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Meet
the team

The British Patient Capital team is based in Sheffield and London. We are a diverse team with a variety of backgrounds working collaboratively to invest in venture and venture growth opportunities across all sectors.

Ian Connatty 190829 BPC306 Ian Connatty Managing director Based in Sheffield

Ian joined in 2018. His previous experience includes working at British Business Bank and its predecessor, Capital for Enterprise Ltd. He brings with him a wealth of experience in VC fund investing, including close involvement in the deployment of the VC Catalyst which formed the seed portfolio of British Patient Capital. He previously worked in corporate finance at technology company Infinity SDC and in financial modelling at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Natalie Bangay Natalie Bangay Director Based in London

Natalie joined in 2018 from the Private Equity team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Prior to this, she worked in the investment team at SVG Advisers, a subsidiary of SVG Capital. She brings more than a decade of experience in the private equity market, having worked on both primary and secondary investments in buyout and venture capital funds across Europe. Natalie started her career as a management consultant at Corven and Andersen.

Christine Hockley Christine Hockley Director Based in Sheffield

Christine joined in 2018 from the British Business Bank where she spent four years investing in venture capital funds via the VC Catalyst and Enterprise Capital Fund programmes and leading a pilot programme in the lower mid private equity market for British Business Investments, a subsidiary of the Bank. She brings investment, corporate finance and commercial experience having previously worked at Bank of Scotland, PwC and BOC Industrial Gases.

Anu Adebajo Anu Adebajo Investment manager Based in Sheffield

Anu joined British Patient Capital in 2018. Previously she worked for British Business Bank’s Venture Solutions team from May 2017 investing in venture capital funds and as an Analyst at the Angel CoFund for almost five years. The Angel CoFund makes direct equity investments into high growth companies alongside angel syndicates. Prior to that she worked in a variety of finance roles including a year and a half in Nigeria at a pan-African bank, Ecobank. Prior to this, Anu ran an award-winning ecommerce start-up.

Daniel Baker Daniel Baker Finance business partner Based in Sheffield

Daniel joined during 2019 and has over 15 years’ financial services experience. His career began at Barclays, where he undertook a variety of roles, rising to the position of Senior Financial Analyst in the bank’s Canary Wharf office. He moved to UniCredit’s London office in 2010, where he worked as a Revenue Controller in the FP&A team, before relocating to Sheffield in 2018.

Samuel Baldry Sam Baldry Investment analyst Based in Sheffield

Sam joined in January 2019 from Santander’s Credit Risk department where he was involved in managing and updating the monitoring of the credit card portfolio. Prior to that he was a government economist and has experience in financial analysis and modelling.

Kati Ballands Katie Ballands Personal assistant Based in Sheffield

Katie joined in October 2018. She provides administrative support to the Managing Director and wider team. Previously, Katie worked at the British Business Bank and the NHS where she was an Executive Assistant to the Medical Director. She has a decade of PA experience.

Pinky Ghosh Pinky Ghosh Investment analyst Based in Sheffield

Pinky joined in 2018 from a UK based manufacturing unit where she worked in finance. Prior to this, she was a Senior Investment Analyst at Zacks Investment Research, a leading American firm, where she focused on investment research and financial write-ups on the US equities market. She started her career in leading financial services groups in India, working in portfolio management services in equities and commodities markets.

Rob Greenwood Robert Greenwood Senior investment manager

Rob joined in 2018 having worked at British Business Bank for a total of six years. Previously he was part of the Lending Solutions team, where he was involved with the design and implementation of various debt-related programmes before transitioning to the Venture Solutions team in March 2017. Rob previously spent 12 years in corporate and commercial banking with Clydesdale Bank. He brings extensive transaction execution and portfolio management experience.

Tatiana Mecattaf Tatiana Mecattaf Investment analyst Based in London

Prior to joining in April 2019, Tatiana started her career as a business development manager for a Foreign Exchange start-up in Beirut. She has undertaken internships at Blue Cloud Ventures, New York and Credit Suisse, Lebanon.

Richard Obrien BLANK Richard O’Brien Investment manager Based in Sheffield

Richard joined the British Business Bank in 2016 and transitioned to British Patient Capital at its formation in 2018. He has led and supported a number of commitments in venture capital funds via the VC Catalyst and Enterprise Capital Fund programmes. Richard previously held roles in the actuarial sector, at a risk arbitrage fund, in foreign currency banking, and at a FinTech start-up, and brings with him investment, analytical, and modelling experience.

Alex O Sullivan Alex O'Sullivan Operations and portfolio analyst Based in Sheffield

Alex joined British Patient Capital as the dedicated Operations and Portfolio Analyst in August 2019 where she is primarily responsible
for drawdowns, distributions and reporting. Previously she spent three and a half years at British Business Bank and 10 years at Key Fund Investments in both Finance and Treasury roles.

Tej Panesar Tej Panesar Senior investment manager Based in London

Tej joined in 2018 from British Business Bank where he spent a year focusing on equity fund investments for the VC Catalyst programme. He formerly held roles as Head of Credit and Equity Risk at Crowdcube and was CEO of a real estate fund based in Poland for over a decade. Tej began his career in Citigroup as a corporate banker before working with two FinTech startups and a boutique corporate advisory firm focused on LBO transactions.

Carol Simon Carol Simon Senior finance business partner Based in London

Carol is a qualified accountant and Senior Finance Business Partner in the finance team of the British Business Bank, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Carol joined the British Business Bank from the Royal Bank of Scotland where she worked as Head of Reporting in the restructuring team. This followed nearly 10 years at JP Morgan Cazenove Investment Bank, where she rose to Deputy Head of Accounting.

Chris Smart Chris Smart Senior investment manager Based in London

Chris joined from the British Business Bank where he worked in Financial Risk supporting the Bank’s various equity programmes. Prior to this he worked in a number of roles at Royal Bank of Scotland including Financial Sponsor Coverage providing banking products to UK and European mid-market buyout firms.

David Woods David Woods Investment analyst Based in Sheffield

David joined British Patient Capital in April 2019 from a specialist deal origination firm where he led the private equity department, sourcing investments for institutional firms and family offices. He has three years of financial services experience.

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