John Connell, Chairman
John Connell, Chairman

John is a serial leisure entrepreneur who built and sold two UK pub groups prior to founding Imbiba in 1997 as a specialist investor, focused on the bar, restaurant and hospitality sectors. John has been Chairman of all 15 Imbiba investments since 1997 and has unrivalled connections to the UK leisure property market.

Simon Wheeler, Partner
Simon Wheeler, Partner

A chartered accountant, Simon trained at a Big Four practice before moving into industry with Cadbury Schweppes. From 1997 Simon was Finance Director of the early Imbiba investments before transitioning to a Non-Executive Finance Director role, recruiting FDs into the respective businesses, ensuring high quality reporting and margin control across all Imbiba businesses.

Brian Phillips, Partner
Brian Phillips, Partner

Brian has over 30 years private equity experience, developing a wide range of businesses, initially at Bridgepoint, before founding Greenhill Capital (renamed Kester). Brian has completed over 40 private equity investments and overseen many more. His leisure market investments include Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia, Vue Cinemas and Rileys, amongst others.

Fraser Bradshaw, Partner
Fraser Bradshaw, Partner

Fraser has 25 years experience in strategic marketing within client companies and communications agencies. As former managing director at McCann Erickson, he has worked in UK and international markets developing business and brand plans with a focus on the leisure industry. Fraser is founder of creative agency saintnicks.

Darrel Connell, Partner
Darrel Connell, Partner

Darrel has spent nine years in corporate finance and private equity. Prior to joining Imbiba he was a Director at Foresight Group, a market leading UK lower mid market private equity firm with £2bn of assets under management. Darrel led the firms consumer and leisure coverage and was a Non-Executive on the board of multiple high growth consumer businesses.