BGF has appointed Joanne McTiffin to its Talent Network team, which provides portfolio companies with access to a group of more than 5,500 board-level non-executives, business leaders and sector experts. Based in Manchester, Joanne will further expand BGF’s network, with a particular focus on supporting BGF portfolio businesses in the North West and the Midlands.
Joanne has extensive experience in executive recruitment, leadership training and coaching roles. She joins BGF from Tindall Perry Partnership where she initiated and led the partnership with London Stock Exchange’s ELITE network supporting high-growth companies. Joanne also has more than 12 years’ experience as a leadership coach and trainer.
In her new position, Joanne will work with BGF investors and investee companies to identify potential candidates for Non-Executive Director and Chair positions as the portfolio continues to expand.
BGF’s Talent Network is one of the largest groups of board-level non-executives in the UK. During the past six years, this network has grown to more than 5,500 members who engage with BGF throughout the investment lifecycle. This includes co-investing, sharing market, commercial and financial insight, and taking Chair, Non-Executive Director or interim management roles at BGF-backed businesses.
Recent introductions in the North West include Joloda International’s appointment of Non-Executive Chair Mike Molesworth. Mike is also Non-Executive Chair at EBS Aftermarket Group, also backed by BGF, and the former CEO of Dennis Eagle, a global supplier of refuse collection trucks. This was followed by education entrepreneur Rees Withers joining Orbital Education as a Non-Executive Director on completion of BGF’s recent investment.
Cate Poulson, Head of BGF’s Talent Network, said: “As well as capital investment, businesses need the right support and expertise to unlock their growth potential. The strength of Joanne’s network, particularly in the North West, and her experience of board-level recruitment makes her a fantastic addition to the team.”
Joanne McTiffin, BGF Talent Network Manager, added: “I’m passionate about working with growing businesses to create diverse, balanced and effective boards. The scale and quality of BGF’s Talent Network is testament to the reputation of the business and the calibre of its dynamic and ever-increasing portfolio.”
Neil Inskip, Head of BGF’s Manchester office, added: “We believe in the strength of business across the UK regions. In the same way that more than 70% of our investments are outside of London and the South East, we’ve built up an unrivalled network of Non-Executive Directors locally to support them, and with Joanne’s expertise we can continue to accelerate this.”