Gareth is an experienced management consultant and joins the firm having worked as an independent consultant leading key strategic and cost saving projects for a number of private equity backed companies. He has also worked as a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company and Together Group, where he provided strategic advice and guidance to its chief executive.
In his new role at Palatine, Gareth will be responsible for improving the performance of the firm’s portfolio companies.
The latest hire follows a period of significant growth at Manchester-headquartered Palatine, which has recruited six new team members since the start of 2017.
Gary Tipper, Managing Partner at Palatine Private Equity, said: "I am delighted that Gareth has joined the Palatine team to identify operational efficiencies across the portfolio. He has an excellent track record of providing strategic advice to well-known businesses, including Speedy Hire and the AA, and we are confident he will add significant value to the management teams we work with."
Commenting on his appointment, Gareth added: "It is an exciting time to be joining Palatine, which has established itself as one of the UK’s leading private equity outfits for entrepreneurial companies. The firm has a diverse portfolio ranging from healthcare to leisure and property to tech, and I will use my management knowledge and expertise to help drive top line growth."
The awards, which were held at the Grange Hotel, in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, celebrated the very best of British business. There were 12 individuals who collected gongs from host Julia Hartley-Brewer in front of a start-studded audience of 400 of the city’s best known figures.
Beth won Investor of the Year following an impressive 12 months of innovation in the private equity space. She led Palatine towards the final close of its £100m Impact Fund, which was created to target smaller companies that will have a positive social and/or environmental impact, as well as making financial returns.
The judges described Beth as an ‘ethical private equity guru’ and said the win was down to her leading the way in her field. The independent panel included famous City figures such as WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell and Virgin Money chief Jayne-Anne Gadhia.
Commenting on the award, Beth said: "It was a fantastic evening and it’s an honour to be recognised for another award ‐ especially given such an impressive judging panel. We’ve worked incredibly hard to get this Fund off the ground and do something different in the private equity space, so we’re really pleased that it continues to pay off. We’ve already completed two deals from the Fund and have a number of others in the pipeline so we’re looking forward to what’s in store for next year."
Palatine was not the only Manchester-based success story at the event as online fashion retailer boohoo.com triumphed as Business of the Year.
Back in 2007 it was just myself, fellow partners Tony Dickin and Ed Fazakerley, Beth Houghton and office manager Liz Diggle.
Today, the firm has more than 30 members of staff and we have expanded nationally with the opening of an office in Birmingham to supplement our Manchester and London offices.
10 YEARS OF PALATINE PRIVATE EQUITY - It is 10 years since Palatine Private Equity opened for business. We have launched four funds which have raised a total of £570m, invested in 26 businesses and successfully exited nine investments.
HUMAN CAPITAL PLANNING INTERVIEW WITH MIKE STILES - Human capital planning plays a pivotal role in helping companies generate maximum returns and, getting the right team in place, is imperative for a business to achieve its goals.
MAKING A £100M IMPACT - Palatine celebrated the final close of its Impact Fund which hit its hard cap of £100m in less than a year of fund raising, smashing its £75m target.