I joined ECI over a decade ago to set up and establish our Commercial Team, built to offer hands-on support to management teams, and unlock growth opportunities for the companies we back. Having started out in the chemicals industry and then strategy consulting, I was keen to put my advice to the test, to find and back great businesses. I waited 18 months before my first deal, backing Christian at XLN, and each company I’ve backed has been a pleasure to work with. There is nothing like competing to win the opportunity and then working with the team towards a successful outcome. I’m also proud of the Commercial Team we have created at ECI and our operating model which has been proven to work, time and time again!
“I captained my college rugby team at university. Our President, Lord Eatwell, had the bright idea of using a prima ballerina as a way of training. The press got hold of the story and our lineout ended up on Page 3 (of the Independent)!”
“When we sold our investment in Wireless Logic to CVC. I looked back at the strategy we had outlined with Oliver and Phil post our investment, to become the European leader in IoT. Very pleased to have helped them do exactly that!”
“Rachael – my wife – and I had, I think, our best meal in Fransschoek outside Cape Town. It was an awesome vegetarian restaurant, not usually our thing, but everything on the menu was fantastic. And our six-month-old daughter Ciara, slept through the whole occasion…!”