After 25 years in the military, my father went on to found his own successful business. I was fascinated to observe his inner entrepreneur emerge and flourish in such a different arena. However, it all looked alien to me as I launched my own career in the Arts, as an actor and producer. All went well until a sudden barren year. So, with a mortgage to pay and a baby on the way, I ‘temporarily’ needed to get a ‘proper job’. It was 1995 — the year I fell in love with business.
It quickly became clear that there was equal, perhaps greater, scope for creativity in the commercial world. I then went on to found, operate and exit a number of fast growth B2B Media and Intelligence Services companies, while along the way I was also establishing the world’s largest Thought Leadership forums for many sectors, including the Fund Management, Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) industries.
For the past decade, I have been travelling the globe as an award-winning speaker, including for Vistage (the world’s largest peer-to-peer learning platform for owners). I have supported PE on maximising portfolio value and I have been a strategic advisor to CEOs of high growth private companies looking to scale, fund and sell. Latterly, I scaled two businesses with major sales teams globally, as part of a leading data analytics company, GlobalData plc.
Having referred clients to BEAN Partners throughout that decade, it has been a privilege, finally, to join forces with a corporate finance team who truly understand business ‘in 3D’. Together we bring an agile, values-driven focus on delivering the right outcomes — rather than just getting deals done — through solutions that blend intelligence, human insight and experience with unique creativity.