Matt Taylor

Managing Partner

Matt was previously a senior partner at Foresight Group. He has 20 years experience in private equity investing, including 9 years with 3i, and previously worked for Morgan Stanley and IKB Deutsche Industriebank..
Nicola Horlick


Nicola helped to create Mercury Asset Management, where she was appointed a director at only 28 years old. She previously held senior roles with both Morgan Grenfell and Societe Generale, and also created Bramdean Asset Management.
Alan Armstrong


Alan spent 12 years as an Investment Director with NatWest Equity Partners (Bridgepoint Capital), prior to investing in his own MBI turnaround of an international apparel group.
Andrew Green

Director - Structured Finance

Andrew has wide-ranging experience in corporate finance, public equities and alternative assets. In the past, he was a partner at Bramdean Asset Management LLP, and managed equity funds at Aviva and Societe Generale.
Mark Pearson

Business Development Director - Intermediaries

Mark was previously a Sales Manager at Foresight Group. Prior to that, he was part of the Business Development team at Invicta Capital, and has worked in retail banking and as a financial advisor.
Jim White

Business Development Director - Network

Jim has previously worked for Brewin Dolphin and Aberdeen Fund Managers. He was a founding director of one of the UK’s first professional private investor networks and also launched The Pension Consultancy Ltd.
Richard King

Advisory Partner

Richard spent 35 years with Ernst & Young LLP, becoming Managing Partner of UK & Ireland and a member of both the EMEIA Board and Global management group.
Graham Brown

Advisory Partner

Graham set up Aims Group, one of the UK’s largest health and safety and compliance consultancies. He was previously Managing Director of Scotia Wind and he is currently Chairman of Burcote Wind.
Mark Riddick

Advisory Partner

Mark is a successful entrepreneur with over 28 years’ experience as a business owner and manager. He founded SearchFlow, the leading property search provider with a customer base of over 3,000 law firms.

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Rockpool makes it easy for investors to access high-quality UK private companies. Opportunities range from growth equities to asset-backed lending, and there is no need to commit to a fund.

The Rockpool Network is a members club, where investors can engage with their peers and get closer to investee companies. We hold frequent events to encourage networking and sharing of ideas. As a Member of the Rockpool Network, you can build a bespoke portfolio with as much or as little engagement as you want.

Investors with less time to get involved can still create a bespoke portfolio using our Self-select service option. Our Managed service option offers an alternative for investors who prefer us to select companies for their portfolio, working within an agreed investment strategy.

We invest across a wide range of situations and we work closely with each investee company throughout the life of the investment. We provide senior or mezzanine loans and preference and ordinary share capital, focusing on situations such as:

Development Capital: we support rapid organic growth or strategic acquisitions.

Equity Release: we help business owners to realise part of their capital whilst continuing to drive the business forward.

Management Buy-outs: we support the outright purchase of a business by its management team.

Projects: we provide structured finance for infrastructure and construction projects.

Rockpool has wide experience and powerful connections. Our senior team members have been investing in private companies for more than 20 years and also have hands-on experience of managing successful businesses.

Among Rockpool Network Members, there are many successful entrepreneurs, whose experience and contact networks add another dimension to our business. They help us find hidden investment opportunities, recognise risks and grasp opportunities.

Rockpool has a staff of 16, supported by 4 advisory partners, who act in a non-executive capacity and sit on Rockpool’s investment committee.

I’ve been impressed by the quality of Rockpool’s assessments. Information is clearly presented and underpinned by thorough due diligence. That gives me the confidence to introduce friends to Rockpool, and indeed two have already joined the Rockpool Network.

David Franks – founder of Blevins Franks, a leading tax planning and wealth management group focused on UK expatriates and based in six countries.

Rockpool is an innovator, helping to change the whole approach to investment in UK private companies by private investors. At EMW, we contribute to this dynamic by devising innovative procedures and processes which allow for efficient syndication of dozens of private investors into single transactions. I know that Rockpool plans more innovation, and I am sure this will be good for private investors. EMW is looking forward to helping Rockpool with its exciting plans.

Ian Morris – Chairman, EMW

When choosing an EIS provider, having a complete understanding of the underlying investments is essential. Rockpool is simply the most transparent company I’ve dealt with and clients can invest with full knowledge of where they are investing, which cannot be said about everyone. Also, Rockpool’s costs are unusually competitive which helps to improve the client total return.

The Rockpool team are professional, open and knowledgeable. The EIS and Inheritance Portfolio Services offer a number of innovations which set Rockpool apart from the crowd and their commitment to sharing information with clients goes way beyond the regulatory minimums. I’ve found Rockpool to be a pleasure to deal with and a real breath of fresh air in the market place.

Nigel McTear, Chartered Financial Planner