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

Andrea Pattico

Chief People Officer, MVF

Andrew Hodgson

Executive Chairman, Recycling Lives

Bob Ellis

Chairman, KCA Deutag

Brian Stringer

Former CEO, Survitec

Chris Matthews

CEO, Buzz Bingo Ltd

Chris Merry

CEO, Stonehage Fleming

Christian Nellemann

Founder & Executive Chairman, XLN

David Brennan

CEO, Nexus Vehicle Rental

David Leigh

CEO, Alexander Mann Solutions

Deborah Kemp

Former CEO, Laurel Funerals

Don Henshall

Chairman , Bruce’s Doggy Day Care

Giles Derry

CEO, Blackrock Expert Services

Glenn Timms

Chairman, Rebound Returns

Graham Donoghue

CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages

Greg Watson

CEO, GL Education

Humphrey Cobbold

CEO, PureGym

Ian Filby

Chairman, Joules

Jane Kennedy

Founder, Join The Dots

Jim Arnold

CEO, M Group Services

Jim Graham

Chairman, Ventrica

Jon Andrew

Portfolio Chairman and Value Creation Advisor, Private Equity

Justin Ash

CEO, Spire Healthcare

Justin Stead

CEO, Radley

Katie Beck

Chair, Sonnet Care Homes

Keryn James


Kevin Brennan

Former CEO, Quorn Foods

Lars Pedersen

CEO, Questionmark

Lisa Stone

Non-executive Chair, Smoothwall

Mark Fowle

Chairman, CTS

Mark Howling

Chairman, Cyberfort Group

Martin Smith

Chairman, The poweredbypie Group

Paul Howarth

CEO, Times Higher Education

Paul Stanley


Paul Thandi

CEO, The NEC Group

Peter Catterall

Non-executive Chairman, Synlab

Peter Liney

CEO, Great Rail Journeys

Richard Cotter

Executive Chairman, Jollyes

Russell Wilcox

CEO, Clarion Events

Sam Porteous

Non-executive Director/ Executive Coach, REsi and others

Scott Haddow

CEO, MTI Technology

Stella Donoghue

Chair, PharmaReview

Stephen Halliday

Chairman, Aistemos Limited

Steve Byrne

CEO, Travel Counsellors

Steve Groves

Chairman, Key Retirement Group

Steve Weller

Chairman, Love Energy Savings

Tim Clover

CEO, Rayner

Tom Riall

CEO, IDH Group

Warwick Nash

Non-exec Director, Leger Holidays

Wayne Story

CEO, Civica

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