Ian Downing



Ian joined BGF in September 2011 and is based in the Nottingham office, with responsibility for finding and making new investments, and then working with portfolio companies to support their growth.


Before BGF, Ian was the CFO of Quotient Clinical, a provider of specialised drug development services to the global pharmaceutical sector. He also spent 10 years at 3i, where he completed over 20 investments across a range of sectors and represented 3i on the board of over 30 companies, helping them to grow and ultimately to exit via trade sale, flotation and refinancing.


He started his career as an engineer at Jaguar Cars, where he developed technologies for autonomous vehicles.


Ian has a Physics Degree from Warwick University.

Board Positions

Palmer Hargreaves

Board director

SDL Group

Board director

Reflex Vans

Board director

Prodrive Composites

Board director


Board director

Solid Solutions

Board director



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