Founding Members

CEOs who join the PEPTalks community are supported by a group of seasoned private equity backed leaders who we call our Founding Members.

We purposefully look for Founding Members who have faced significant hurdles during their PE journeys before going on to achieve upper quartile returns. Having experienced some tough times themselves, they are now keen to support those who are earlier on in their journeys by sharing what they wish they’d known first time around.

Our group of Founding Members include:

Adam Sullivan

CEO, Baywater Healthcare

Andrew Hodgson

Chairman, AVID Technology Group

Andrew Milner

CEO, Pelsis

Charles Noall

CEO, Element Materials Technology

Chris Herrmannsen

Chairman, Flexioffices

Chris Matthews

CEO, Buzz Bingo Ltd

Chris Merry

CEO, Stonehage Fleming

Chris Noblet

Chairman, Traveltek Ltd

Christian Nellemann

Founder & Non-executive Director, XLN

David Brennan

CEO, Nexus Vehicle Rental

David Leigh

Advisor to the Board, Study Group

Deborah Kemp

Former CEO, Laurel Funerals

Gary McIlraith

Former CEO, Kalibrate

Giles Derry

CEO, Blackrock Expert Services

Glenn Timms


Greg Watson

CEO, GL Education

Humphrey Cobbold

CEO, PureGym

Ian Filby

Chairman, Joules

Jim Arnold

CEO, M Group Services

Jim Graham

Chairman, Ventrica

John Beighton

Chairman, Acino

Justin Ash

CEO, Spire Healthcare

Kevin Brennan

CEO, Quorn Foods

Kevin Mouatt

CEO, Anesco Ltd

Lars Pedersen

CEO, Questionmark

Louise Rogers


Mark Fowle

Chairman, Converge TS

Mark Howling

Chairman, Redstor

Martin Smith

Chairman, poweredbypie

Neil Thackray

Founder & Non-executive Director, Agribriefing

Paul Thandi

CEO, The NEC Group

Peter Hall

Former CEO, Tilney Group

Peter Liney

CEO, Great Rail Journeys

Peter Utting

Managing Director, Gü Puds

Richard Bowden-Doyle

Chairman, Neilson Active Holidays

Richard Cotter

Executive Chairman, Jollyes

Robin Rowland OBE

Chairman, Rosa’s Thai Café

Russell Ward

Chairman, Advanced Insulation

Russell Wilcox

CEO, Clarion Events

Sam Porteous

Non-executive Director, Resi

Stephen Halliday

Chairman, Aistemos Limited

Steve Byrne

CEO, Travel Counsellors

Steve Groves

Chairman, Key Retirement Group

Steve Weller

Chairman, Love Energy Savings

Tom Riall

CEO, IDH Group

Do You Share our Values?

PEPTalks members share the following set of values:

  • They have a growth mindset
  • They want to learn and inspire others
  • They are open, honest and humble
  • They want to see others succeed

If this sounds like you then please register your interest in membership here