ENTREPRENEURS ADVISORY GROUP
Phoenix’s non-executive advisors enable the Phoenix team to access a wider network of relevant contacts – entrepreneurs, business owners, and other sector experts - and, where appropriate, they may sit on the boards of portfolio businesses
Geoffrey Gestetner is the founder of and runs Davidson Holdings Limited which is an owner and active manager of manufacturers of specialist branded UK plumbing and heating products. Davidson’s brands include Cistermiser, Keraflo, Salamander Pumps and Talon. Previous experience in the sector was gained as Managing Director of the businesses of Aqualisa and Heatrae Sadia Heating. He has an MA from Cambridge and MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Council of the City & Guilds Institute.
After an initial career in industry, Sean then spent almost two decades as a partner in PwC Corporate Finance where he focused on the leisure / consumer sectors and latterly ran their M&A business. On reaching the big "Five-O" he always planned to start his "3rd career" and now sits on 5 boards - all private equity related - and has a number of private company investments. For Phoenix, he sits on the boards of The Travel Chapter and Bridge Leisure. Golf, rugby, travel and family take up the rest of his time.
Simon Walker CBE was Director General of the Institute of Directors from October 2011 to January 2017. He previously served as Chief Executive of the BVCA. Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing. He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003 and earlier served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways. From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street. Simon was previously a partner at Brunswick, the public relations group. Simon read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union.
Steve Groves was a founder of Partnership Assurance, established in 2005 and backed by Phoenix. He led the business from 2006 through to a secondary with Cinven in 2008 and a £1.6bn flotation on the LSE in 2013. He recently stepped down following a merger with its largest competitor to form JRP plc. Steve was also a founder Director of Guardian Financial Services, sold to Swiss Re - also for £1.6bn and is now Chair of Retirement Bridge, a specialist property firm, and a seed investor and adviser to a number of specialist businesses ranging from Financial Services, Classic Cars to Medical Diagnostics.
David Gregson is Chairman of the LTA and a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games. Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners. Over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies.
Most recently, David was Chairman of CGL, the UK’s largest social and health care charity and and of Karmarama, the UK's largest independent creative agency until its sale to Accenture. David has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Maths and Physics degree from Cambridge University.