Simon Rowan joined Dunedin in 2008. He is responsible for transacting deals across the UK. He was involved in the buyouts of Blackrock PM, Kee Safety, Premier Hytemp, Red and Weldex; the exits of Blackrock and WFEL; and sits on the Board of CGI. Simon is included in the “2018 Private Equity Rising Stars” list compiled by Financial News and Private Equity News.
What is your background?
I started with HSBC Global Banking and Markets as a currency trader and analyst before joining HSBC Investments as a quantitative analyst. I then spent three years in New York as a fund of funds manager focused on alternative asset classes before returning to London to join HSBC's Private Equity team where I was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and delivering deals.
Can you tell me what you think is special about Dunedin?
I think the culture and collegiate environment at Dunedin makes it special. Everyone at Dunedin is fully focussed on working together as a team in order to deliver exceptional results to our LPs and to help our portfolio businesses achieve the goals set out at the time of investment. There is a challenging but supportive environment at Dunedin which pushes people to be the best.
What does the best working relationship feel like between management teams and private equity?
The best working relationships with management teams are based on mutual trust, respect and shared goals. There will obviously be tough decisions to be made over the life of an investment and these times are made easier when there is a strong, open and honest relationship between the Investor Director and the management team. It is important to us that there is a good cultural fit between Dunedin and the businesses we partner with to ensure that we can all have some fun on the journey together.
What has been your favourite or most memorable moment at Dunedin?
There have been many memorable moments during my time at Dunedin, the Christmas party is always guaranteed to deliver! However, the Artemis Kindrochit Challenge stands out. The challenge consisted of a swim across Loch Tay, a hike/run across seven Munroes, kayaking the length of the Loch and finishing with a bike ride around Loch. What made this so special was that it was a fantastic Dunedin team effort from those completing the whole challenge, those taking part in a relay and those providing support.
What gets you out of bed at the weekend?
At the moment, training for the Berlin marathon is getting me out of bed at the weekend. Need to ensure that I am up and away early to get back in time to take my two boys to their rugby, football and swimming lessons! When not getting up to train then one of my boys jumping on me will usually do the trick in getting me out of bed.