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 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 and acts as Investment Director with some of our portfolio companies and joined Committed Capital in 2005.

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.

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

Sunny Nagi

Sunny Nagi

Investment Manager

Sunny joined Committed Capital in 2020 as an Investment Manager and has over six years of corporate finance and transaction advisory experience in both mid-market and larger cross-border deals. 

Before joining Committed Capital, Sunny worked in M&A at Mazars, where he advised on sell-side, buy-side and debt advisory transactions across a variety of sectors including Technology, Aerospace and Business Services. Prior to the M&A team, Sunny worked in Financial Due Diligence at Mazars advising Corporates, PE houses and Banks on transactions in various sectors including Healthcare, Education, Retail and Industrials.  

Sunny started his career as a proprietary trader in the equity, fixed income and energy markets and has also worked at leading financial institutions such as BlackRock, Morgan Stanley and PwC.

Sunny has completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School focusing on Private Equity and Venture Capital and holds a BSc degree in Investment and Financial Risk Management from Cass Business School, London. Sunny is also a chartered accountant with the ICAEW.

Sunny’s passions include sport (read as: watching from the comfort of the sofa!), travelling (most recently visited Japan) and ticking off as many Michelin star and fine dining restaurants as possible!

sunny.nagi@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1352

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

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.

alejandra.pinzon@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1358

Lilie Chouchou

Lilie Chouchou

Office Manager & Fund Administrator

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

With 9 years’ experience in a start-up company, Lilie delivers extensive support in internal structuring in a range of diverse sectors, including Fintech, purchase lending, cosmetic surgery, health care & beauty. Lilie is a highly motivated individual, and is passionate in delivering process improvement and is highly focused on Client Service.

Lilie has a Biology Degree – Jean Monnet University – St. Etienne, France & Accounting Diploma – London South Bank University, UK.

When not managing the office, and when most of us are still asleep, Lilie can be found in the gym, running, cycling, or weightlifting.  Her favourites past times are reading , watching Rugby, and dining out with friends.

lilie.chouchou@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1350

Lachlan Welch

Lachlan Welch

Operation Analyst

Lachlan joined Committed Capital in 2019 as an Investment Fund Administrator.

Lachlan has a BSC in Business Management and Finance from Kingston University.

When not being the cornerstone for Committed Capital’s fund administration, Lachlan can be found capturing his imagination with paint, studying mycology or exploring the ancient art of yoga.

lachlan.welch@committedcapital.co.uk

+44(0)20 7529 1354

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.