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Team / James Austin

James Austin

Early Stage Team  /  Reading


James joined BGF in December 2011 and is a member of the Thames Valley team, working with both the Reading and London investment teams.

He is responsible for the origination and execution of investments in the South and South West of England, with a focus on scalable technology businesses and the serial entrepreneur community.

He has experience of a broad range of sectors and transaction types but always with a bias towards growth companies and with a particular interest in businesses that have the ability to scale rapidly and the qualities of the management teams that are required to support them.

He is a member of the BGF Investment Committee and will sit on the boards of more complex investee companies or those undertaking multiple transactions.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant in Glasgow, James specialised in corporate finance transactions surrounding privately owned companies, typically in the SME space. He has worked in the South and South West of England for more than 15 years including in RBS Structured Finance and LDC, the Lloyds Banking Group owned private equity house.

James enjoys golf, rugby, cycling and most sports but is usually diverted by three small children and four large dogs.



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