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BGF appoints new investor to Reading team

BGF News 04.13.2022
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BGF has strengthened its Reading team following the appointment of Duncan Wade as Investor.

Duncan brings with him 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and working in successful private equity backed companies. Most recently he was leading the M&A strategy of a global business to business marketing agency.

Duncan was previously managing director of Newbury-based specialist M&A advisory firm BCMS and before that he spent 11 years at EY in roles including Mergers and Acquisitions Director (primarily focussed on the Thames Valley region) and latterly, Chief Development Officer for UK and Ireland.

Having originally trained as an accountant, Duncan’s first M&A role was Acquisitions and Business Development Director for a listed company. He has also worked as CFO for a 3i funded management buyout from Shell where he led the East European business and was partly located in Poland.

At BGF Duncan is based in the Reading office and will be responsible for all aspects of the investment process across the Thames Valley and Solent regions, from originating and executing new investments to supporting the management teams of portfolio companies and managing exits.

We’re delighted to welcome Duncan to BGF. He brings a wealth of experience in working with equity-backed companies with different growth strategies, particularly international expansion and M&A. Our investor team plays a vital role in identifying exciting and entrepreneurial businesses, ripe for growth. Duncan is an excellent addition to our team – someone who shares our desire to support forward-thinking companies that are eager to scale up with the support of a minority investor firmly focused on taking a patient and long-term outlook to growth.

Ned Dorbin, head of BGF’s investment team in Reading

BGF recently completed an £8 million investment in Operational Solutions, a leading counter drone technologies business based in Reading. Other high-profile deals led by the Thames Valley team include a £10.5 million minority investment in cybersecurity business e2e-assure; and a £10 million investment in Polar Technology which manufactures high-performance carbon and metal components for the automotive, medical and aerospace/defence sectors.

Duncan commented: “I have known BGF since its inception and have always been impressed by its integrity, culture and focus on true minority growth capital investments.

I was particularly attracted by the opportunity to work alongside a great team of people, many of whom I already know very well, to combine and leverage the experience I have gained working in M&A and growth capital investment.

I am looking forward to supporting the diverse, ambitious businesses we are privileged to have in our region.”