Ian Balmforth

Chief Operating Officer, Top Hat Industries


I am Ian Balmforth an experienced operations leader within private equity backed companies. I’m often hired to deliver a step change in operational performance. My most recent role was as Director of Operations at Willerby, the UK’s largest manufacturer of caravan holiday homes and lodges, which is backed by Equistone Partners.

Before this I was COO at modular house builder, TopHat Industries (backed by Goldman Sachs) and Group Operations Director of Princess Yachts. Here, I was responsible for all operational areas (3,000 staff) and improving output from 270 to 330 boats per year, whilst improving lead times, supply chain performance, quality and reducing costs. I was instrumental in improving results and EBITDA for the business and shareholders, which included L Catterton Europe.

I have also worked on the other side of the private equity fence, spending eight years at TPG Capital as an Operations Principal and Senior Advisor working in their Field Operations Team. I led successful operational and performance improvement initiatives at several companies within TPG’s European portfolio.

I add value to PepTalks members who are looking to:

  • Ramp up their production
  • Deliver change programmes
  • Achieve process improvements within their manufacturing operations

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