Our Team

The Rockpool team consists of highly experienced private company investment specialists. Our investment experts focus on finding, researching and monitoring private companies. Our relationship team work with our investors to ensure that they have all the information they require to make an informed decision to invest.

Matt Taylor

Managing Partner

Matt founded Rockpool in 2011. He has been investing in private companies for over 30 years, including at 3i, Foresight, Morgan Stanley and IKB Deutsche Industriebank. In his spare time, Matt writes about economics.

Andrew Green

Head of Investment

Andrew joined Rockpool in 2011, shortly after the firm was founded. He previously worked in equity fund management at Aviva and Société Générale.

Andrew holds a degree in PPE from the University of Oxford.

Elizabeth Orbell

Head of Client Services

Over ten years in Client Services, including five years working with high-net worth investors and over five years working with senior marketing clients at blue chip companies.

Darran Green

Partner

Darran joined Rockpool in 2014, having previously worked for an overseas private equity investor and Terra Firma Capital Partners.

Darran has an MBA from the University of Cambridge and degrees in law and finance.

Guy Ellis

Partner

Guy joined Rockpool in 2018 and has over a decade of experience in private equity, having previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Alcuin Capital. Prior to a career in private equity, Guy was a management consultant at Deloitte.

Guy holds a BSc in industrial economics from the University of Nottingham.

Ben Hutchinson

Investment Director

Ben joined Rockpool in 2016 and has over twelve years’ experience working within private equity and professional services. Ben was included on the 2022 Future 40 Mid-Market Investment Leaders list and led Rockpool’s investment and highly successful exit of Outright Games in 2021, which was shortlisted at the 2022 European Private Equity Awards

Guy Nieuwenhuys

Investment Manager

Guy joined Rockpool in 2017, having previously spent five years at PwC.

Guy is a chartered accountant with a degree in mathematics from the University of Bath.

Tom Coey

Investment Manager

Tom joined Rockpool in 2017, following previous roles in investment banking and private equity with Lloyds Banking Group and LDC.

Tom is a qualified accountant and holds a degree in economics from the University of Nottingham.

Simon Collins

Investment Manager

Simon joined Rockpool in 2018 after seven years at RBS leveraged finance providing debt to support private equity transactions.

Simon holds a BA in Economics from Durham University.

Oliver Taylor

Investment Executive

Oliver joined Rockpool in 2019 from Swire Group’s London family office having previously trained as a chartered accountant at EY.

Oliver holds a degree in economics from the University of Liverpool.

William Beckett

Investment Executive

Will joined Rockpool in 2020 after four years at PwC in transaction services.

Will is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Bristol.

Toby Hurdle

Investment Executive

Toby has five years of experience in private equity. He joined Rockpool in January 2020 having previously spent the prior two years at an investment firm that focuses on growth equity investments into UK SMEs.

Toby holds an MSc in applied and financial economics from the University of Nottingham.

Bethany Walls

Investment Analyst

Beth has over four years of experience in deal advisory and is the newest member of the Rockpool investment team. Beth holds a BSc in Business & Management from the University of Sussex.

Nick Shephard

Head of Relationships

Nick joined Rockpool in 2013. He has 15 years’ experience in private equity and fund management, including working with institutional and private investors at Invesco Asset Management.

Louise Taylor

Relationship Director

Louise is a senior member of the Relationships team. Since joining the company in 2013 she has helped to build the investor network from a hundred to over four thousand sophisticated and HNW investors.

Charles Taylor

Relationship Manager

Charles joined Rockpool in 2017, with experience in private equity sales to intermediary and private clients.

Charles has achieved the IMC and holds a BSc degree from the University of Reading.

Max Taylor

Relationship Manager

Four years’ experience in private equity, working with investors and intermediaries.

Scott Sheldon

Relationship Manager

Scott joined Rockpool in 2020, he has 3 years’ experience working with HNW investors in the UK and Middle East.

Scott is a CFA level II candidate and holds a degree in financial economics

Harry Godfrey

Relationship Executive

Harry joined Rockpool in 2021, with 2 years’ experience working with HNW property investors at Savills.

Harry is working towards his IMC.

Tom Skinner

Relationship Executive

Tom joined Rockpool at the start of 2022, with prior experience in researching private markets across Europe. Tom has achieved his IMC Unit 1 and holds a BSc from the University of Newcastle.

Louis Neale

Relationship Executive

Louis joined Rockpool in 2022 with experience in building relationships with HNWs. Louis holds a degree in Modern Languages with Business from the University of Nottingham.

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