We partner with new ventures as their business first takes shape, and we help existing profitable businesses with mentoring and growth capital, as they look to scale their operations through each development phase. Success comes from our strong and trusting relationships with the people at the heart of the companies that we invest in. We give them confidence and support as they draw on the knowledge and expertise of our unique team.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Imbiba Advisory Board
The Advisory Board operate as an advisory panel to the Partners, bringing together the exceptional talents of highly experienced entrepreneurs, each with enviable track records in successful leisure market businesses. The Advisory Board challenge and contribute to our investment strategy, ensuring that we focus on growth opportunities whilst they provide a greater reach into our market through a strong support network.
Karen Jones CBE - Chairman Hawksmoor/Corbin & King
Tom Davies - CEO Brakespear
Karen Forrester - CEO TGI Friday's
Graham Turner - Chairman Barburrito/Vital Ingredient
Martin Clarke - Former Head of Leisure, Permira / CFO, The AA
Management Board - current Imbiba investments
The management board of current investment companies come from established industry backgrounds and with recognised market expertise.
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