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The Investment Management Team

With over 100 years of combined experience in venture capital investments and the waste industry, Iona Capitalís investment management team are your first point of contact for industry expertise and investment advice.

We have set up a team who have the expertise to evaluate and advise on the best investment opportunities this sector presents. The strong industry knowledge within our team is augmented through the partnerships we have formed that extend from our investment base, which embraces many of the industry key players within the SME market, to the broader advisor community. Utilising this knowledge base our approach is to help shape the investments through proactively advising at an early stage in the project inception how to optimise investor returns. The typical form of our support will include financial structuring, procurement and general commercial advice. We will also provide strategic sector advice to both our investor and investment base.

Michael has over 20 years' experience within waste management and infra-structure investment. Read More +He has worked for both the public and private sector and held board positions for the last 15 years of his career including chairman of ELWA Ltd, which operates the largest MBT facility within the UK and has previously held senior roles within Shanks and Veolia Group. In addition to his roles and responsibilities as a Director of Iona where Michael sits on the Investment Committee and the Group Boards, he is a non-executive Director of London Waste Limited and a voting member of the Investment Committee of the London Waste and Recycling Board which is a funded from central government and the London Development Agency to invest in projects that promote waste reduction and recycling in London. Michael is a MCIWM and has a Master in Finance degree from the London Business School.

Nick joined Electra Partners in 1993 after several years in investment analysis and fund management. Read More + Nick started his career as an investment analyst at Montagu Loebl Stanley Stockbrokers in 1985 before moving into fund management at Provident Mutual and latterly Electra Partners, where he worked from 1993 to 2008.  Whilst at Electra he was part of the team investing in smaller company transactions and was also responsible for fund raising over £125m for smaller company investments. Nick founded Iona Capital with Mike Dunn in 2010  and sits on the Companyís investment and management committees. Nick is an economics graduate of Nottingham University and holds associate examinations from the Institute of Investment Management and Research.

John is the independent Chairman of the investment committee established by the Company to oversee all investment decisions. Read More +John is a qualified FCA and served as Financial Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Veolia Environmental Services (previously Onyx Environmental Group) since its establishment in the UK in 1990.

Mark brings 30 years experience from a career in Merchant Banking and International Banking and currently acts as a Non-Executive Director and/or Management Consultant to companies with a focus on strategy, change, finance, risk and governance. Read More + His most recent corporate roles were at HSBC (8 years) as Global Head of Finance, Risk and Advisory and senior MD Principal Investments. Prior to that Mark spent 12 years with Robert Fleming building an international business financing, and advising both corporates & private equity funds on acquisitions, restructuring and disposals. He also completed a number of principal and PE investments for Flemings. In 1999 he went to Hong Kong as CEO designate of Jardine Fleming Bank and NED at Jardine Pacific Finance eventually playing a leading role in the sale of the Bank in 2001. Mark has a degree Banking & Finance (Loughborough Ď83) an MBA (CASS í89) and an Advanced Professional Diploma in Non-Executive Directorship (2013). He has been a member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers since 1984.

Phil has over fifteen years of experience in the in the waste management industry working for local authorities, the private sector and as a consultant assisting both public and private clients on matters of waste management, contract establishment and contract management. Read More +His most recent role is the Managing Director of Kinetic Consultancy Solutions. Philís previous roles include Project Director for two major waste management investment contracts namely; the Integrated waste collection and disposal contract for the London Borough of Southwark and the waste treatment contract for Cumbria County Council. Phil also works for Defra advising local authorities on commercial issues relating to waste infrastructure PFI including advising on funder issues relating to infrastructure development. Other recent project highlights include on-going project director role for the procurement of waste infrastructure to manage approximately 1million tonnes of municipal waste for the North London Waste Authority, and tender preparation for private sector organisations.

Stuart has more than 12 years experience in the waste management and renewable energy sectors, working as an engineering consultant, developer and investment manager. Read More +His background is in the specification and development of biological treatment projects. Prior to joining Iona, Stuart was Business Development Manager and a Senior Consultant at Fichtner Consulting Engineers, where he was responsible for leading the development of Fichtnerís AD team and delivery of the majority of Fichtnerís work in the UK AD sector, including directly advising Iona on the technical aspects of a number of early deals . Stuart has also completed technical assessments of a wide range of renewable energy technologies, ranging from AD facilities designed for the treatment of agricultural feedstocks to clean and waste wood biomass combustion plants. Working as a project developer, he became familiar with UK planning and permitting regulations and has been directly involved in successful planning applications for a number of MBT-AD facility sites. He has also spent time working on waste treatment projects internationally and acted as Lenderís Technical Adviser to a number of large and small PFI/PPP projects featuring MBT and AD technologies, including the North West and North East Wales food waste treatment contracts, the Essex Waste PFI and NLWA residual waste treatment PPP projects. Stuart has a degree in Physics from Manchester University where he also went on to receive a Master of Enterprise in Environmental Science and Business.

Paul brings 38 years of experience in all phases of major projects in international Oil & Gas, LNG, Petrochemical and Renewable Energy sectors. Read More + His experience ranges across initial Conceptual Design, Feasibility Studies, Cost Modelling and Project Implementation on over £250 million of capital investment in Renewable Energy projects in the United Kingdom.

Julia is responsible for providing financial modelling support within Iona Capital. She is experienced in C++, Matlab, VBA and HTML. Read More +She is also responsible for tracking environmental sector activity and developments and undertaking research activities. Julia has a Masters degree in Chemistry from Oxford University. Julia's first language is Russian, she is fluent in English and can speak German.

Colin is a chartered accountant with broad CFO-level international financial and commercial experience. Read More +Business sectors include: major capital-intensive businesses ; business process outsourcing; commodity and capital market trading. Over the last twenty years he has held senior positions at Transport for London, Amey plc and ENI spa.

Hilda is a qualified accountant with 11 years of hands-on senior finance experience. She joined Iona Capital in September 2013. Read More +Hilda holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of New South Wales and has an extensive practical knowledge at fund and corporate level.

Dominic joined Iona Capital in May 2014. He recently qualified as a charted accountant, having trained at Tudor John LLP. Read More +He has a degree in Economics with Study in Continental Europe from Bristol University and is also proficient at languages speaking  intermediate Spanish and German as well as basic French.

Louisa is an Assistant Accountant at Iona Capital. She has over 10 years of experience in managing accounts. Read More +Prior to joining Iona, Louisa worked for 8 years in Simmons & Simmons LLP and then contracted for a year at Olympic Games.

Tamlyn is an Assistant Accountant at Iona Capital. She began her career as a trainee accountant at Sappi Paper and Pulp in South Africa. Read More +Since living in the UK has worked in fund accounting at Close Investments and Patron Capital before joining Iona. Tamlyn holds a BCom degree in Accountancy from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tamlyn is currently on maternity leave until January 2015.

Contacts

Iona Capital Ltd.
86 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6JD
Telephone: +44(0)207 0643 300
Email us: info@ionacapital.co.uk