The Team

By the most basic definition, a good team culture is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours shared by a team, whilst working with passion, commitment, integrity and without compromise.

An investee company’s success is as much down to how people work together towards a common goal and how they treat each other, as it is the quality and marketability of their product or service, which is why we look for the same high standards of team culture, attitudes and behaviours that we hold ourselves accountable to.

Our team has invested in and advised fast growing UK businesses for over 20 years.

Committed Capital is made up of a highly experienced team of private equity, corporate finance and management consulting professionals and senior operational managers, from leading investment firms, banks, consultancies and blue chip industrials, both in the UK and internationally. We work in partnership with the senior management and board members of our investee companies.

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

CEO

Steve is CEO of Committed Capital and has spent over 20 years in investment and corporate development acting on takeovers, strategic alliances and fund raisings both as principal and agent.

Initially a Corporate Financier at HSBC, Steve became a Director in the Corporate Finance Department of Société Générale in London.

Later, as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at PA Consulting, Steve developed the firm’s propositions in relation to post-merger integration and joint ventures.

In the early years of the internet, Steve was investment director at Antfactory, a start-up internet incubator, which grew to become one of the largest UK internet investment vehicles; he was also finance director of its investment banking division.

Steve holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA Hons in Modern History. Steve attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was an officer in the British Army.

Steve is an avid reader, particularly of history and politics. He enjoys rowing, running and cycling and is an avid rugby fan, having hung up his boots sometime ago!

steven.harris@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1377

Tim Steel

Tim Steel

Chairman

Tim is Chairman of Committed Capital and is on its Advisory Board.

Tim was Vice Chairman of Cazenove until early 2010 when he stepped down to pursue a portfolio career and work more closely with smaller developing businesses. He joined Cazenove in 1980 from Robert Fleming and became a partner in 1982. In 1983 he moved to New York as President of Cazenove Inc. He returned to the UK in 1989 and became Head of Institutional Broking in 1991. He was appointed Managing Director of Cazenove Fund Management Limited in February 2000 and subsequently became Chairman in April 2001. He was appointed to the main Board of Cazenove Group plc in March 2001.

Tim holds an Honours Degree in Philosophy and Law from Cambridge University. He enjoys golf, tennis, skiing, gardening and blues guitar.

tim.steel@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1351

Else Thomson

Else Thomson

Director – Head of Finance

Else is Head of Finance, Investment Director with some of our portfolio companies and is on the CC Investment Committee.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant with PWC, Else worked in the London corporate finance departments of Handelsbanken and then Islandsbanki, predominantly advising companies in the TMT and healthcare areas. She joined Committed Capital in 2005.

Else holds an Honours Degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Outside of work, Else loves gardens and plants, all forms of cooking (having trained as a professional chef) and dining out, painting botanical art and travelling as much as possible.

else.thomson@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1355

Judy Welch

Judy Welch

Senior Advisor

Judy has worked in Financial Services for over 30 years. She has developed expertise in structured finance, tax and trading, and has held senior positions at a range of leading institutions including Deloitte, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche & Citigroup.

Since leaving Deloitte in 2006, Judy has been an FD of a bio diesel company, been a successful angel investor with several exits including the Insurtech Unicorn Bought By Many ,is an active non executive director and continues to advise smaller rapidly growing companies. 

Outside of work, Judy enjoys wine tastings, fine dining, and yoga.

judy.welch@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1378

Joshua Spence

Joshua Spence

Associate Director

Josh joined the Committed Capital team as an Investment Manager in 2022 from PwC, where he spent 6 years working in both audit and assurance, and in the transaction services practice.

After studying Mathematics in Wales, Josh joined PwC and worked in the Cardiff, Bristol and Central London offices in the audit/assurance practice, where he qualified as an ACA with ICAEW.  Josh then moved to the Deals Financial Due Diligence team where he helped advise PE houses, Corporates, and start-ups on both buy- and sell-side transactions. His industry focuses included Technology, Healthcare, Retail and Financial Services.

Outside of work, Josh can usually be found watching or playing some sort of sport, including Football, Skiing, Cricket, F1, and most recently Golf.

Joshua.Spence@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1354

Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris

Investment Manager

Jamie joined Committed Capital in 2022 as an Investment Manager from Jardine Matheson where he spent 7 years starting, growing, and acquiring businesses.

Prior to joining Committed Capital, Jamie gained deep operational expertise as a General Manager at Jardine Matheson; working across Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Most recently, he was responsible for the formation and growth of CART, an e-grocery joint venture in Singapore. Previous roles with Jardine Matheson included M&A advisory in Singapore & Malaysia, as well as full P&L responsibility for their Health & Beauty e-commerce business in Singapore.  Jamie has operating experience across marketing, hiring, improving operational unit economics and product management in high growth environments. 

Jamie has a 1st Class Degree in International Relations from Durham University (Vice Chancellor’s Scholar) and an MSc in Management from Imperial College Business School with a specialization in Digital Business. He is a capped Singapore National Rugby Team player. 

CISI- Investment Management-Level 4

Jamie.Harris@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1378

Alejandra Pinzon

Alejandra Pinzon

Financial Analyst

Alejandra is a Financial Analyst and joined Committed Capital in 2015.

Prior to joining Committed Capital, Alejandra worked in manufacturing and export businesses, setting up new operating divisions and managing export processes and in compliance with regulation.

Alejandra has an MBA in Project Management from the London Metropolitan University and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de América, in Colombia.

Outside of work Alejandra enjoys property investment and development, rowing on the river Thames and dancing Salsa.

CISI- Investment Management-Level 4

alejandra.pinzon@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1358

Glen Stewart

Glen Stewart

Head of Intermediated Capital Raising

Glen joined Committed Capital in 2015, and has 15 years’ experience raising capital for business’s in partnership with financial advisers and accountants utilising tax efficient investment wrappers such as Enterprise Investment Schemes and Venture Capital Trusts.

During this time he has raised capital for a number of diverse businesses and asset classes including multi-media, property, renewable energy and AIM listed companies ranging from startups to well established and profitable companies.

Prior to this Glen spent the previous ten years at Coopers & Lybrand qualifying as a tax adviser, PwC and Deloitte specialising in High Net Worth, Expatriate tax and cross border advice before co-founding a successful accountancy and tax consultancy business based in Sussex.

When not marketing Committed Capital’s funds, Glen can be found running, kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking or walking and climbing in our beautiful national parks, and for relaxation an occasional round of golf.

glen.stewart@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1365

Guy Beech

Guy Beech

Business Development

Guy joined Committed Capital in March 2020 and has a wealth of family office expertise.

Guy began his career at Henderson Global Investors, becoming International Sales Director before moving to Columbia Threadneedle where he launched the UK funds business and was also involved in the hedge funds and institutional businesses. More recently Guy has worked for several family offices and was Head of UK Family Offices at Kempen. 

When not working Guy is a keen countryman and can be found casting a fly or walking with his dogs.

guy.beech@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1350

Tim Stewart

Tim Stewart

Head of Compliance

Tim joined Committed Capital in the summer of 2019, as Head of Compliance. He is a qualified lawyer and business consultant, with over 25 years’ experience in regulatory compliance monitoring, tracking systems, and the regulatory IT systems that support this.

Tim has a business development background with experience in financial services, healthcare, insurance, tax, finance, data forensic auditing, solvency II and treasury services. He has been able to develop integrated expertise within both the regulatory environment, the systems underlying meeting those regulations, and the various reporting requirements.

Tim holds a 4-year legal degree and has previously served as a senior legal advisor for a large international insurer. He has been a certified financial planner. He currently is certified Data Protection Officer / MSP / Prince 2 Practitioner.

Tim has represented Great Britain in numerous International and World championship in F-Class long distance rifle shooting (up to 1000 yards). He won the European championship in 2012. His shooting interests include ballistics, wind reading, shooter training, coaching and reloading. He also delves into bullet metallurgy, design and development.

tim.stewart@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1367

Lilie Chouchou

Lilie Chouchou

Office Manager & Fund Administrator

Lilie joined Committed Capital in 2019 as our Office Manager and Fund Administrator.

Over 9 years’ experience as an EA – C Suite- Lilie delivers extensive support in structuring & client service.

Lilie graduated from Jean Monnet University St. Etienne with a Degree in biology ( DEUG B) & Foundation degree diploma in accounting at LSBU, London.

When not managing the office, Lilie can be found running across Hyde Park… Her favourites past times are reading , Rugby tournaments, and Vietnamese street food.

lilie.chouchou@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1350

Advisory Board

Mark Blandford

Mark Blandford

Mark was the founder, and former Chairman and CEO, of Sportingbet plc, a pioneer in the online gaming industry.

After founding the business in 1998, Mark grew it successfully, listing it on OFEX in 2001, and then AIM, before eventually exiting the company when it listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in 2001. Mark was voted 2002 AIM Entrepreneur of the Year.

After stepping down from the board of SportingBet in 2007, he set up the Valhalla digital fund, and is a highly active and widely-followed venture capital investor, particularly in the digital leisure sector.

Mark is a partner at Burlywood Capital, which focuses on the digital Pay2Play entertainment industry.

David Wheeler

David Wheeler

David is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse in London and has 40 years of Investment Banking experience.  He is Chairman of the Media & Telecom Group in EMEA, based in London and Co-Chairman of the European Investment Banking Committee.

Prior to his current role he was a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse and a Vice Chairman of CSFB.  He is currently an Independent Director of Orbit Showtime Networks where he serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member and former Vice Chair of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees.

Mr Wheeler joined Credit Suisse in 1996 from Lehman Brothers where he was Co-Global Head of the Media & Telecom Group.  Prior to that, Mr Wheeler was a Managing Director with JP Morgan in London and New York.

Mr Wheeler holds a Summa cum laude degree in History from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a dual citizen and has lived in London for over 30 years.

Eric Wilkinson

Eric Wilkinson

Eric Wilkinson is a highly experienced senior executive having had significant success as a PE and VC investor as well as having co-founded a unicorn company, Top Golf Inc, in the US and executed 4 successful turnarounds. He has sat on numerous boards as an NED and as Chairman. He particularly enjoys the human interaction these roles provide within the context of rigorous and challenging goals.

His current roles include NED of Vaughan Lighting Limited, CEED Limited, Smart TMS Limited and LEO Limited as well Chairman of the advisory Board of 8 Hours Ahead, a Sino-Global technology transfer company. He is a member of the advisory board of Committed Capital. He is also on the advisory board of IntoUniversity,one of the UK’s leading mentoring organisations.

Previous roles include Partner of Bain & Co., Partner of Apax Partners and founding Principal and Partner of The Beacon Group LLP, a boutique investment bank that was sold to Chase Manhattan in 2000 for $500 million. Eric was a member of Beacon’s Operating Committee as well as its Investment Committee. Eric subsequently led JPMorgan Partners consumer and retail private equity group until 2002. He became a partner of Talisman Management Limited in 2005.

At Talisman Management, Eric was a co-founder of Top Golf Inc, one of the fastest growing entertainment companies in the US, currently valued at over $2 billion. He was also Chairman of Coemar Spa, an entertainment lighting turnaround which was sold in 2010, Board member and Executive Committee member of Solel Inc, a solar energy business which was sold to Siemens in 2010 and co-CEO of Leclanche SA until June 2014.

In January 2016, Eric joined Hambro Perks Limited as Partner and CIO. He helped raise over £30 million of permanent capital for the firm and the audited value of portfolio of the firm more than doubled during his tenure. He left the firm on good terms in 2019.