Thu 16th Nov 2023

 9:00am – 7:30pm


Central London

The 2023 PepTalks Conference

Join us, and 150 other private equity backed CEOs, for a full day of value creation and exit case studies, market forecasts and intelligence, and unrivalled networking opportunities, at the 2023 PepTalks Conference.

Exclusively for PE backed CEOs, our Conference provides a unique environment to openly share experience and benchmark common challenges.

Our guests will leave with practical insights, tools and contacts to better navigate their deal cycles, especially against the backdrop of a challenging economic landscape and M&A market.

Key Discussion Topics

Sustaining positive business growth amidst economic adversity

Resetting investor expectations and negotiating management equity

Navigating the buyer & seller dynamic in an exit process

Analysing the economic forecast and election outcomes for 2024

Meet some of our speakers...

Humphrey Cobbold,

CEO, Pure Gym

Since 2015, Humphrey Cobbold has held the role of CEO at PureGym, one of Europe’s largest gym operators. Under his leadership, the company achieved a successful exit from CCMP to Leonard Green in 2017 and secured £300 million in development capital from KKR in 2021, resulting in a valuation of approximately £1.5 billion. 

David Smith,

Economics Editor, The Sunday Times

David Smith has served as the Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989. During the conference, he will delve into the current state of the economy and offer insights into his political predictions. This will empower our guests to proactively prepare for the upcoming year and fortify their businesses against challenges.

Ruth Poole,

CEO, Preventx ltd

Ruth is CEO of Preventx who offer innovative healthtech that makes remote testing accessible to all. Ruth was a clinical nurse proudly delivering patient care as a cancer nurse specialist. Wanting to have a wider impact on healthcare, Ruth became Group Commercial Director at Healthcare at Home and subsequently Director of Speciality at Celesio UK.

Richard Madden,

CEO, DC Advisory UK

Richard Madden has been the CEO of DC Advisory UK since 2009. DC is an international investment bank with a substantial focus on UK PE. Leveraging his extensive 30-year experience, Richard will provide an overview of the PE deals market for the upcoming year helping our CEO guests understand the implications it could have for their businesses.

Greg Watson,

Former CEO, GL Education

Greg was previously the CEO of GL Education, the leading provider of benchmarking, formative and diagnostic assessments to UK and international schools and school groups. He joined the business in 2013 and took the business through a digital transformation whilst diversifying geographically to earn nearly half of its revenues outside the UK. In 2016 he successfully led a SBO to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, and then sold the business to Renaissance Learning in 2023.

Jon Andrew,

Co-Founder, Ārahi

Jon is a private equity value enhancement expert who spent 13 years with two private equity houses: LDC, where he built the value enhancement team before becoming COO, and then Inflexion, where he developed their portfolio reporting and value creation approaches. Jon will be sharing his advice on how to reset expectations with investors and deliver growth through tough market conditions.

Paul Stanley,

CEO, Achilles

Paul is currently CEO at Achilles, a tech enabled provider of supply chain risk management, backed by BridgePoint. Paul has worked with many leading private equity companies such as Moneybox (Apax), Retail Decisions (Palamon), Global Navigation Solutions (Phoenix) and developed businesses that have been sold to trade or floated on public markets. He will be sharing his expertise on building strategic planning and operating processes.

Mandy Hickson,

Former Royal Air Force Fast Jet Pilot

As one of the first female pilots on her frontline Tornado GR4 squadron, flying multi-million pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force, Mandy worked in a constantly challenging, yet exhilarating environment. She offers a unique insight into this elite world, supported by anecdotes about her time on the front line.

Richard Potter,

Co-Founder & CEO, Peak

Richard Potter is the CEO and Co-Founder of Peak, a game changing AI platform which optimises inventories, pricing and customer personalization for businesses of all sizes. Peak’s AI platform is used by global industry leaders including Nike, Molson Coors, Pepsico and Sika. Richard will be discussing the ever changing landscape of AI and the likely effect it will have on your business.

Stuart Coventry,

CEO, Jamieson

Stuart is one of the Founding Partners of Jamieson who support CEOs and senior executives in negotiating their equity and incentive arrangements. Stuart has personally advised more than 200 private equity management teams in the UK, Europe, and the US and will be drawing on their experience to help our guests get the most out of their equity.

Alice Bufton-Thorneycroft,

Director at Harvey Thorneycroft Ltd

Alice will be facilitating the PepTalks 2023 Conference. She has worked in the field of Consultancy for twenty years and has a real passion for generating interesting and relevant content for audiences whether they be direct clients or intermediary communities. She is an accomplished event host and facilitator. Alice prides herself in preparation, building relationships and understanding audiences. She also specialises in workshop design and delivery. Topics include teamwork, coaching, feedback, presentation skills and leadership.

As the conference is exclusively for CEOs, and not open to the investment community, it provides the perfect environment to confidentially discuss some of the pressing challenges currently confronting portfolio CEOs.

We have a limited number of complimentary invites for interested CEOs in order to showcase our community.

Amongst our attendees will be a large contingent of the PepTalks Honorary Members, who represent some of the most successful PE backed leaders in the country, having all completed numerous high multiple exits.

To reveal the Honorary Members who will be joining us on the day, click below.

Some key attendee takeaways from last year's conference...