Julian is a Founder Partner of Bestport Capital and has extensive experience of Private Equity investing in the UK.
He commenced his PE career in 1990 with Natwest Ventures (Bridgepoint) and went on to join Hg Capital, Lloyds Development Capital, and Connection Capital where he was instrumental in building up their direct Private Equity business.
He has completed 35 Buy-Out and Growth Capital investments across a wide range of sectors. These include Shire Pharmaceuticals (now a FTSE 100 business) and Cambridge Silicon radio (FTSE 250). He has a particular interest in leisure, software and IT and business services. Latterly he has led investments including the Buy-Outs of the UK’s largest go-karting business Teamsport; on line wine retailer Virgin Wines; and the education software business Impero; and invested growth capital into the phone recycling business Redeem Ltd.
Julian has a law degree and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the insolvency division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.