Shaun Middleton joined Dunedin in 1994. His duties as Managing Partner involve strategic direction, chairman of the investment committee, investor relations and fundraising. He is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities in the North of England. Shaun was involved in the buyouts of CitySprint, Hawksford, ABI, Goals Soccer Centres, Davenham, Zenith, Practice Plan and etc.venues.
What is your background?
After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, I qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, Deloitte in Edinburgh, latterly working in corporate finance. While doing this I also found time to play international hockey for Scotland.
Can you tell me what you think is special about Dunedin?
The people we work with. Personally driven yet team focussed, with a clear sense of direction. I am fortunate to work with a team of talented people who love working together to achieve shared goals and have fun on the journey.
What does the best working relationship feel like between management teams and private equity?
The best working relationships all have honesty and openness at their heart. Two parties working together for mutual best interest which aligns with the best interests of the business that they jointly own. If you have this relationship then there are never any surprises, there is a lot of fun, there may be ups and downs and obstacles to overcome, and there will be a sense of achievement and satisfaction at a job well done throughout the formal relationship and beyond that.
What has been your most memorable moment at Dunedin?
That would have to be doing our own buyout and becoming an owner with an owner’s mindset.
What is the best advice you have ever received
When listening to Col David Scott (7th man to stand on the moon), who was speaking at a Dunedin Annual Partners meeting, about how he was still keen (aged c.80) to keep striving for new goals despite his phenomenal achievements…in summary he said that no matter what you have achieved to date there are always more and different goals that you should aspire to achieve – it keeps life interesting.