Steve Weller

Chair, Direct Ferries & The Barrister Group

BIO

I am currently Chair of The Barrister Group, the first chambers to become private equity backed after receiving investment from LDC in 2023. I am also Chair of Intermediate Capital Group-backed Direct Ferries, following their investment in June 2023.

My other Chair roles include Non-exec Chair of Love Energy Savings, a company enabling businesses to save on their utilities, backed by LDC and Evolution Funding Ltd, the leading motor finance and technology partner for the automotive industry.

I have significant experience as a CEO within private equity backed technology and marketing businesses. In 2013, I successfully supported uSwitch through a MBO with LDC from Forward Internet Group who acquired uSwitch in 2009. Later in 2015, I led the sale of the business to ZPG plc for £190m, delivering a return of 3.2x and an IRR of 91% for LDC. I remained with the business post-acquisition and joined the ZPG leadership team, eventually growing uSwitch profits to £42m (from just £1m in 2009).

I add value to PepTalks members around sales and marketing growth strategies. I also enjoy sharing my experience of devolving responsibility down into an organisation and creating an environment where employees are empowered to make decisions.

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