Over the years we have worked with a number of entrepreneurs who have a variety of operational skills. They have all run successful businesses and have considerable experience within their sector. We call upon them to help with transactions where appropriate.
Bobby is a close associate of RCP, having previously been a Partner here at RCP for more than five years. He maintains his close association with RCP and continues to work with us on a number of on-going investment opportunities. He is a dealmaker focused on the SME consumer / leisure sectors, with over 20 years of business experience – as a private equity investor, serial entrepreneur, and ex-investment banker. From Mar 07 - Aug 12, Bobby was a Partner at RCP, where he participated in originating and executing private equity deals across the UK. Prior to RCP, Bobby co-founded and lead Coffee Republic Plc from its inception to position as one of the best-known coffee bar brands in the UK, an LSE quoted company with annual sales of £30m and 100+ stores across the UK. As CEO and then Executive Chairman, he was involved with all aspects of growing and running the business - including strategy, finance, branding, operations and fundraising. The business was founded in late 1995, floated on London Stock Exchange in 1997, and by 2001 when Bobby first exited the business, the share price had risen by 5x since flotation. Bobby has co-authored “Anyone Can Do it”, a UK No. 1 best-selling business book about entrepreneurship. He started his career as an investment banker in mergers & acquisitions at Lehman Brothers in New York. He has an MBA from Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College in the U.S., and a BSc in Computer Engineering.
Ron has over 35 years experience as an owner of several private companies and has also acted as CEO of a listed business. Ron qualified as a certified accountant before founding a freight business. He sold this to Nightfreight Plc, a parcel delivery firm, in 1996. He became group CEO of Nightfreight in 1998 before selling to a management buyout in 2002. More recently he developed a cosmetics distribution company that he sold to Bare Escentuals Inc in April 2007. He has been involved in a number of sectors including transport, distribution, retail, and healthcare. Ron is known to RCP since he and Luke Johnson both served on the board of Nightfreight Plc.
Ravi Takhar has a 20 year career in the financial services industry as a lawyer, investment banker and entrepreneur. As a lawyer at Clifford Chance, Ravi helped to create the first capital markets funded financing company operating out of the UK market. As an investment banker, latterly at Nikko Prinicipal Finance, Ravi led the acquisition and/or capital markets financings in over 50 deals in a diverse range of asset classes including mortgage loans, port companies and motorway service stations. Ravi was Head of Investec Principal Finance and led Investec's entry into the UK and international mortgage markets. As an entrepreneur Ravi has acquired and founded a number of finance companies active in the UK mortgage market, UK over 60s equity release market, UK premium finance market and in the UK distressed asset acquisition market. Ravi is a solicitor and has an MA from Oxford University.
Martyn works with RCP to source private company transactions. An experienced M&A practitioner, Martyn has specialised in finding private companies for sale for over 30 years. His company Chartercourt employs researchers who link industry and internet research with financial analysis of business accounts filed at Companies House. Martyn and RCP develop investment strategies to discreetly identify, approach and acquire attractive privately owned businesses.
Paul has over 20 years experience as a manager and owner of public and private companies. He has a wide range of experience in general and financial management. He has been involved in a number of sectors including retail, financial services, leisure, manufacturing and business services. He has experience of growing businesses such as Cash-a-Cheque – taking it from 1 store to 60 stores in 4 years – as well as turnarounds. He has been known to Risk Capital's principals for over 10 years and has been CEO of two of Risk Capital's portfolio companies. He is currently acting as full time CEO of Patisserie Holdings.
Gary is the founder and Executive Chairman of InterQuest Group PLC, a specialist IT recruitment business, which floated on AIM in May 2005. Prior to that, he founded Abacus Recruitment plc, which was the best performing AIM share in both 1996 and 1997 and was subsequently sold to Carlisle Holdings in 1998 for a ten fold multiple of its float price. Gary is a Fellow and Past President of the Institute of Employment Consultants.
A hotel and catering graduate, trained with Grand Metropolitan, THF Leisure and the Savoy Group. As Chief Executive of PizzaExpress PLC he was instrumental in taking the business from 6 to over 300 restaurants worldwide. Since exiting PizzaExpress he has worked with Six Continents and Giraffe restaurants and more recently has established and developed Bartellas, an up scale neighbourhood restaurant concept.
Russel Joffe has extensive experience in the restaurant sector. Between 1977 and 1984 he managed Odettes, Coconut Grove and Langhams Brasserie in London. Russel opened his first restaurant, Le Bistroquet in London in 1984 which was successfully sold to Allied Lyons in 1989. During this time he owned Rosslyn Deli in Hampstead and started Café Flo, selling the business in 1994 having added a further 8 sites. Russel then spent 4 years living in Israel. Russel created the first Giraffe in Hampstead in 1998 which has now expanded to 25 sites, including recent openings outside London.
Graham is a serial manufacturing and retail chairman. He has been a Director of a number of Private Equity backed and privately owned companies since 1997. Graham's 20 year retail career commenced with the MFI Group - where he was latterly Operations Director. He left MFI to be the Sales and Marketing Director of Texas Homecare (Homebase), where he was responsible for the entire Retail Operation, 8000 FTE employees and ultimately becoming Deputy Managing Director. He went onto become CEO of Ritz Video driving the growth of the Ritz Video chain and the opening of 400 high street locations before leading the sale to Blockbuster Inc, then CEO of SWEB Retail leading the sale to Comet in 1996. He led the Buy In Management Buy Out as Chief Executive of GWS Group, a pan European manufacturing business where he later became Chairman. Other previous roles include Executive Chairman of UK based Tensator Group and non executive Director of Go Outdoors & Harvey Jones. Over the past twenty years Graham has led the opening of 250 superstores, over 1,000 high street locations and 2 Distribution Centres.
He is currently deputy chairman of Risk Capital Partners' Portfolio Company Tile Depot, Advisor to the Swedish based manufacturer ITAB Group and Non Executive Director of Britannia Living.