finance for start-up companies, as well as sourcing venture and other forms of capital
for developing businesses.
Jon qualified as an accountant in Canada after graduating with an MBA from the
University of British Columbia. He went on to become a qualified banker working with
international banks in Corporate Banking. In this capacity he covered capital markets,
project finance, trade finance and other related banking and finance products.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and The
Worshipful Company of International Bankers.
Rupert Gather founded Claridge Capital in 2009 after two decades in Family Offices
and M&A boutiques. At Partner Capital he headed up the Distressed Opportunities
practice. After graduating in Law from Exeter University, Rupert spent 8 years as an
army officer, including active service in the first Gulf War. In 1992 Rupert joined the
operational management team of a major retailer before taking up the role of
Portfolio Manager within a leading London based Family Office.
His 20 years exposure to operational management, investment and advisory in Private
Equity has given Rupert extensive experience in all aspects of unquoted investment
and Special Situations/Opportunities. Rupert has successfully led over 40 transactions
and assignments over five years.
William Ritchie has been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years and is a Fellow of
the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). He originally
trained with Arthur Andersen & Co in London as a statutory auditor before moving
onto a number of Investment banks including NatWest Markets and Barclays de Zoete
Wedd where he performed a back office function in various divisions. Following this he
worked for 8 years working as the group financial controller of the Klesch & Company
Group working across a number of fields including private equity, hedge funds and
In 2005 he founded Bill Ritchie & Co, a small boutique accountancy practice. His
specialism lies in the financial services Industry with extensive knowledge in risk
management, cash flow management and regulatory issues.
Dr Thomas W.J.
Tom is a Technical Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in finance,
renewables, electricity and the oil and gas industry.
Tom commenced his career with Merrill Lynch in precious metals before joining the oil
industry in exploration and support services. More recently, he has been involved UK
electrification programs, solar sector and numerous renewable energy projects.
He is well qualified in business finance, geoscience, electrical and electronic engineering,
drilling, O&M and senior project management. His clients have included companies
such as National Grid, Network Rail, ABB, Pemex, Centrica, Cairn, Oil India and BP.
Tom gained an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from
Heriot-Watt University, and subsequently a PhD from Cambridge University.
Stephen Hill is a senior professional in Fund Management having worked for the past
30 years in corporate venturing and venture capital. He has been responsible for
investments and divestments in the high tech, healthcare, automotive development,
media and engineering sectors.
Stephen is a published author, classicist and economist and has an extensive network
in the investment world and focuses on emerging companies, which are bringing new
technologies to market. He is Economics Editor of Spear’s Wealth Management
For the past 8 years Alistair has been in the financial sector advising clients on
investments and wealth management. For 7 years he worked at Russell Investments,
where he was responsible for strategic partner relations, developing and managing
relationships with banks, private banks, asset managers, family offices and high-net
worth individuals, including their trusted advisors.
Alistair graduated in biochemistry from University of St Andrews, and currently is a
member of the University Business Committee. He then served in the Household
Cavalry, Life Guards for 6.5 years, and has supported the armed forces raising over
£1.6 million for injured servicemen as CEO of a military charity. Alistair holds an
Investment Management Certificate, and is qualified to advise on investments under
the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulations.