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Matthew founded Cow Corner in 2018 after he escaped from the City to spend more time watching cricket, walking the dogs and working with entrepreneurs. Previously Matthew was
the Managing Partner of HgCapital, one of Europe's largest and most successful private equity investment businesses. At Hg Matthew made many successful (and some unsuccessful)
investments and was a director of numerous businesses, all in the software and business services industries.
Before Hg, Matthew was a corporate finance partner with Deloitte, working with private equity investment firms across the world. Matthew trained as a chartered accountant with
Deloitte, joining from Liverpool University in 1992. Like so many others, he fell into accountancy because he needed a job and then discovered that he enjoyed it.
After 25 years working in the City, Matthew was increasingly spending more time doing the things he was less good at and wanted to get back to his primary interest which was
working alongside entrepreneurs. He also wanted to build a family business himself. Working at what you want to do, with people that you want to be with, is one of life's great privileges.
Matthew has a wife (Leona), two sons (Peter and Andrew) and two dogs (Kenny and Digger). He spends his time shuttling between Brighton and Horsham. He is an obsessive Liverpool
fan and a lifelong Sussex cricket supporter.
Before joining Cow Corner in 2018, Jonathan had spent 25 years in a variety of equity and equity derivative trading roles. An early foray into the world of sports betting
led him to the world's biggest casino, the City of London. He joined and then ran the financial trading desk at City Index, before joining Kaupthing in 2007 to head their
equity derivatives trading desk. His timing there wasn't great, so in 2009 he joined UBS to manage equity derivatives trading and investments for UBS Wealth Management.
By 2018 Jonathan had had enough of Bank station and 5am starts. He also wanted to get back to the buzz of trading. He likes shouting at screens. Jonathan is responsible
for all public market investing at Cow Corner. He is married to Zoe, has three children (Holly, Thomas and Luke) and lives in SW London. Like his brother he is an obsessive
Liverpool fan. His cricket obsession is less well developed, but since getting his MCC membership it is coming along nicely.
Leona is another member of the team that fell into accountancy after university (Heriot-Watt) and then discovered that she was good at business. She started work for Bank of
Scotland in their structured finance team which lent money to MBOs and private equity. She then joined Babson Capital, a global specialist credit investment business. At Babson
Leona was a Managing Director responsible for running the European leveraged finance credit team before taking a career break to bring up two boys. Leona manages the Cow Corner
finances and provides support on transactions. She is also the voice of reason when others are getting carried away with themselves. Leona pretends not to be that interested in
cricket but is often found watching it...
Jo runs the office and conducts research for both the public and private market investment strategies. She is married to Hayden whom she met working aboard a superyacht, and they
have a young son (Jett). She's not fussed about cricket but will happily join in with the hospitality.
Nicky was persuaded to join Cow Corner in 2018. She had spent the last decade in the world of property and client advisory where she was the youngest ever partner at Strutt and
Parker (UK affiliate of Christie's Auction House). She understands how to help people navigate selling their most precious asset. Nicky is the public face of Cow Corner and her
role involves knowing everyone in Sussex that has an interesting business and might one day be interested in having a conversation with us. She studied politics at
Aberystwyth University where she met her husband Neil. They have one young daughter (Niamh). Nicky goes to ground during tennis Grand Slams but has little interest in cricket.
Stephen is a serial CEO, having been in leadership and management roles for over 20 years. An engineering graduate from Strathclyde, he learned business and leadership at
Black and Decker. He subsequently ran Scottish airports, Heathrow and finally all UK airports in a series of leadership roles at BAA. He led the UK's largest ports business
(Peel Ports) before becoming CEO of JLA, a specialist services business in HgCapital's portfolio. JLA was Hg's most successful investment in its 'fund vintage'. After JLA's
sale to Cinven in 2018 for £640m, Stephen stepped down from the CEO role and is now well underway with his plan to become a serial chairman.
Central to Stephen's success as a business leader and CEO has been his capacity to align his teams around simple goals and get them to work as effectively as possible to
achieve them. People businesses live or die by their culture and setting the right tone and building the right culture is what Stephen wants to help businesses achieve.
Stephen will (normally) take the Chairman role in all Cow Corner investments. He has a wife (Sharon) and three children (Emma, Andrew and Matthew). He lives in Glasgow but
is 'down south' at least once a week. He is obsessive about Celtic FC but doesn't understand cricket.
Iain joined the team in 2018 to take on the CFO roles of both Cow Corner and Galloways (one of Cow Corner's initial investments). Prior to this he was following a tried
and tested finance professional route of university (Edinburgh), Big 4 audit (Deloitte), corporate finance (Deloitte) before moving in to industry. In industry Iain worked
for Pennon Group subsidiary Viridor, where he latterly headed up the Finance Business Partnering team. It was here whilst managing the growth of Viridor's Energy from Waste
business (from scratch to in excess of £100m EBITDA) that he realised that what he enjoys most in business is working with operational teams focused on developing and growing
their businesses and overcoming the challenges that come with this.
Iain is married to Zoe (not the same one as Jonathan), has two children (Magnus and Elodie) and a dog (Skye) and is in the process of relocating from Somerset to Sussex.
When not spending time with his family Iain can usually be found either feeding his exercise induced endorphin addiction or cutting grass. He is pretty ambivalent about
cricket but is able to feign enough interest to humour Matt and Jonathan when required.