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In this episode of the PepTalks Podcast we are joined by Richard Madden, CEO of leading international investment bank and PepTalks Advisory Partner, DC Advisory UK. DC provide buy and sell-side advice during PE transactions and other M&A activity. Richard will be drawing on this expertise and current state of the market to make predictions for the future. This podcast is a vital piece of listening for any PE backed leader looking to prepare for the potentially turbulent times ahead and stay on track to exit.
In this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Andrew Howe, Founder and former CEO or Bridge Leisure. We discuss Andrews Exit journey with Bridge, including taking a business you have started from scratch into PE ownership, orchestrating a successful off market PE deal and the complexities of completing a PE backed Trade Sale. We also discover Andrew’s key learnings from his career and how he will be taking them into his new role as Exec Chair at Largo Leisure.
For this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Chief People Officer at MVF, Andrea Pattico. Over the past 6 years Andrea has been responsible for creating and implementing a strategy that makes MVF a great place to work, resulting in the business coming first in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For in 2020. In this pod, Andrea reveals how she nurtured a high performance and learning driven culture that empowered MVF employees to reach their potential and exceed expectations.
For this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Adrian Gardner to discuss the role of CFO under PE ownership. Adrian is currently COO at Stonehage Fleming and has held several positions as a PE backed CFO. He draws on these experiences to discuss the transition from FD to CFO, the importance of building a strong partnership with the CEO and how to professionalise the finance function under PE ownership.
In this special edition of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast we are reflect on an episode we recorded last year with Former CHS Healthcare CEO, Dr Gaby Silver. During this podcast we asked Gaby her thoughts on what can be done to encourage and promote women into senior leadership roles in PE. Now, whenever we get challenged on this at a PEPTalks event, Gaby’s response is something we always refer back to. So, if you are a PE professional, interested in helping resolve the gender gap present in PE leadership positions, then the following insights can truly help set you on the path to meaningful change. 
For this episode of the Private Equity Power Talks Podcast, we are joined by Reward Gateway COO, Rob Boland. Rob explains how he laid the operational foundations that allowed Reward Gateway to grow rapidly, culminating in the sale of the business to Abry Partners and Castik Capital in 2021. Rob also discusses the importance of operational hygiene, diligent tech implementation, employee mindset and how to remain resilient through the exit process.
For our first episode of 2022 we are joined by loveholidays CIO, Mike Jones. This is the first in a series of episodes where we dive into the world of a PE executive outside of the CEO role. Mike explains how he implemented tech transformation programmes at uSwitch and loveholidays in order to help them scale effectively under private equity ownership. He also discusses the importance of authenticity and incremental improvements in his approach to innovation, value creation, hiring talent and the exit process.
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we are joined by Don Henshall, Former CEO of Farrow & Ball and Chair at Bruce’s Doggy Day Care, an award-winning UK market leader in dog day care. Don discusses his journey as a retail CEO and how leading with an entrepreneurial spirit and owner’s mindset can help you succeed and grow under PE ownership. Don also discusses life after the CEO role and gives his advice to how to start and nurture a successful plural career.
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Andrew Hodgson, Former CEO of SMD and Exec Chairman of Recycling Lives, an award-winning recycling and waste management services provider, and a champion of UK communities. Recycling Lives unique social programmes are game-changing in offender rehabilitation and ending food poverty & homelessness. Andrew discusses how building a business that is as focused on social value as it is EBITDA can create growth, make you more attractive to your potential buyers and help solidify your culture.  
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we are joined by Tim Ham, CEO of Pearson Ham. Pearson Ham work collaboratively with PE backed businesses to help them create value through better pricing. Tim reveals the benefits of updating your pricing model and how PE backed leaders can take control of their own pricing strategies.
In this special bite-sized episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we revisit our interview with Ellie Romer-Lee, former Strategic People Manager and Chief of Staff at Onfido. In this never heard before segment, we discuss the power of language in culture building and how Ellie used the personification of animals to represent the key values and behaviours of the business.
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Dr Gabrielle Silver, Former CEO of CHS Healthcare who partner with the NHS to deliver vital care to patients from the point they are discharged from hospital and beyond. Gaby discusses her response to the Covid pandemic and how she delivered care to thousands of patients whilst simultaneously growing the business, culminating in a Trade Sale. Gaby’s insights on crisis management, client relationships, remote working and deal execution are indispensable for any growth focused CEO or Executive…
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we are joined by Susie Hillier, Partner & Head of Wealth Planning at Stonehage Fleming. Stonehage is an independent adviser to the world’s leading families and wealth creators. Susie explains how PE backed CEOs and their management teams can be affected by the sudden increase in wealth when a business is sold and how Stonehage Fleming coaches them through this process, both in their professional and personal lives.
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we are joined by Justin Stead, CEO of Radley and Founder of the Aurelius Foundation. Justin describes his adoption of stoicism and how he uses its teachings to lead a calmer more productive life. Justin also explains how he applies stoicism to his role as CEO of Radley when approaching ESG, Resilience, Culture and Transformation.
In this episode Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we have our first returning guest to the Podcast, as we once again talk to Richard Madden, CEO of DC Advisory. For this discussion our focus is on the future and how PE backed CEOs can prepare for and execute the Exit process. Richard explains each step a CEO must take and shares his insights on how to run a competitive and ethical bidding process across the various exit routes.
In this episode of Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Ellie Romer-Lee, former Strategic People Manager and Chief of Staff at Onfido. Ellie joined Onfido as employee number 12 in 2014 and ran the people team through to 2020, when the business had a headcount of more than 400. Ellie explains how she developed talent and culture at Onfido by promoting diversity of thought, open discussion and innovation within the business.
After a short break in production to record some new content, The Private Equity Power Talks Podcast will be returning for season 2! This season we will be bringing you some fresh perspectives as we look to diversify the podcast, both in terms of guests and subject matter areas. We will also continue to interview some of the UKs most successful PE backed CEOs. The first episode will be released next week so be sure to subscribe and stay notified. 
In this episode Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Keryn James, CEO of ERM: Environmental Resources Management. Keryn discusses the future of sustainability and ESG, showing how it will shape planning, value creation and culture within your business. Keryn also highlights how environmental and social resilience is viewed by Private Equity and the likely impact it will have on their existing and potential portfolio companies. Useful Links from ERM: Delivering your Company's Net Zero Ambition Building Business Resilience for the Decade of Action Private Equity firms that are ‘ESG strong’ are likely to be winners
In this episode Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Richard Madden, CEO of DC Advisory. Richard draws in his industry expertise to discuss the PE market conditions and trends from the past year and how they have been effected by the Covid Crisis. Richard also gives his predictions for the future focusing on M&A, the role of debt in future investments and the impact of changes to Capital Gains Tax.
In this episode Private Equity Power Talks: Map of the Maze, we talk to Chris Matthews, CEO of Buzz Bingo. Chris discusses his experience of joining a business as CEO mid investment and what it takes to reinvigorate growth and culture through times of adversity, with a key focus on financial and operational turnaround.
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