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Stephen Welton

Chair of the BGF Foundation  /  London


Stephen Welton is chair of the BGF Foundation. He was the founder CEO of BGF from 2011 to 2020, then executive chair between 2020 and 2022, and later non-executive chair until January 2023. During this time, Stephen led the expansion of BGF into Ireland and was integral to the establishment of the Canadian and Australian BGFs. And he is leading discussions with other potential partners.

Stephen has extensive experience as an investor in private capital markets around the world. Prior to BGF, he was one of the founding partners of global private equity firm CCMP Capital (formerly JP Morgan Partners) and, before that, managing director of Barclays Private Equity and Henderson Ventures, which he also co-founded.

In 2013, Stephen was appointed as an advisor to the UK Government regarding the establishment of the British Business Bank and, in 2017, served as a member of the Industry Panel advising HM Treasury on the Patient Capital Review. He was also a member of the Prime Minister’s 2021 Business Council.

From 2018, Stephen was a member of the first Council of Innovate UK, an integral part of UK Research and Innovation, the UK Government agency spearheading funding for science, technology, and R&D. Stephen was also a member of the Diversity Project Advisory Board.

Stephen has served as an independent director on a broad range of companies over many years, both in the UK and internationally, including having led, run and sold TV Travel Shop to Expedia Inc and, since 2017, as a non-executive director of FTSE 100 alternatives asset investment manager Intermediate Capital Group plc.

Stephen led the UK Scale Up Week in 2021 and 2022, a major national investment programme, working with government, major stakeholders and leading industry participants across the UK finance and entrepreneurial ecosystem (including more than 60 speakers, 10 core debates and 25 fringe events).

Stephen started his career in banking, has a law degree from Durham University, and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law.



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