2023 Advisory board
Global Head of Portfolio Management
Dennis joined Baird Capital in 2006 and has over 30 years of relevant operational and financial experience. With a Joint Honours degree in accounting and law plus an MBA from Warwick Business School, Dennis trained with Singer & Friedlander before moving into operational and then portfolio management roles where he has served on the boards of a large variety of businesses during a private equity career that spans in excess of 25 years.
Dennis sits on the Global Valuation Committee, chairs the new transaction assessment Partner Meetings and currently represents Baird Capital on the board of directors of bfinance, the SR Group and Collage.
He is a chartered accountant having worked for KPMG earlier in his career, ahead of joining the Co-operative Group M&A team.
John then spent 8 years in industry, firstly as CFO of £80m turnover Individual Restaurants and latterly as CEO of NorthEdge portfolio company East Coast Concepts.
Initially joining East Coast Concep s as CFO following the NorthEdge investment, he then won CFO of the year in his category across both the 2018 North West Finance and the 2019 FD Excellence awards, before being promoted to CEO in 2020.
Avent is named as one of the leading water tech investors in the UK and has been recognised by Business Insider and Tribe Capital as one of the top 10 female early stage investors in Europe. With over 25 years’ experience in venture capital and private equity investing, portfolio management and corporate finance advisory, with a particular focus on high-growth technology businesses, she has a strong track record of successful investments.
Head of Portfolio Talent
Mayfair Equity Partners
Antonin de Margerie
Antonin de Margerie
Antonin holds an MBA from Insead and a MS from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
Value Creation Partner
Violette is passionate about the role businesses can play to support a more sustainable and equitable future. She has played a leading role in developing LDC’s ESG strategy and supporting its portfolio companies to further advance their own strategies and reporting.
Violette holds an MBA from Essec Business School Paris.
Head of Talent
Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Social Policy as well as a Diploma in Corporate Finance from the University of Sheffield.