About

Formerly CEO of Enterprise Ventures ahead of its acquisition by Mercia. Jonathan has led and managed a substantial portfolio of successful private equity and venture capital investments. A significant proportion of this portfolio lies in the less affluent regions of the UK, where success has been achieved not only through the generation of attractive financial returns, but also through the jobs that have been created in growing SMEs, making a sustainable and long-term contribution to the UK economy.

Previous experience

Jonathan studied Law at Oxford University and has an MA in Jurisprudence. He spent 12 years in practice as a solicitor in the public and private sectors and the last 28 years as a fund manager with Murray Johnstone, Aberdeen Asset Management and Enterprise Ventures. In that time he raised more than £900.0million of private equity and venture capital funds worldwide, from institutional and Government sources, for investment in the UK. Jonathan was a member of the Council of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and chaired the BVCA Legal & Technical Committee. He was chair of the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA, now Responsible Finance) from 2011 to 2015 and is a member of the North West Regional Council for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

jonathan.diggines@mercia.co.uk

About

Matthew joined the EV Growth Funds Investment Team in 2018 and is responsible for originating and transacting new investments and advising portfolio companies. He is based in the Manchester office and invests into high-growth SMEs across the UK in a range of sectors.

Matt is also a member of the Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view.

Previous experience

Before joining the Group, Matthew spent the last seven years as an assistant director at BDO in the transaction services team based in Manchester, focused on providing due diligence services to mid-market private equity firms, across a range of sectors. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and holds an Economics degree from the University of Sheffield.

Matthew.Molyneux@mercia.co.uk

About

Melanie joined the Group in 2011 as an Investment Executive providing support to EV SME Loans, the RisingStars Growth Funds, Coalfields Growth and the EV Growth Funds Investment Teams which are able to invest in businesses across the UK and in a variety of sectors. Based in Manchester, she is responsible for supporting portfolio management and as such takes responsibility for coordinating the investment process, monitoring portfolio companies during the Fund’s involvement, and also reporting to Fund investors.

Previous experience

Melanie has a background working within the finance and audit function, with a particular focus on governance and compliance. She has previously supported large Government contracts within the Welfare to Work Sector, ensuring the business operated within the parameters of the contracts it managed.

melanie.hooper@mercia.co.uk

About

Wayne joined Mercia in 2006 and is the Managing Director of Mercia PE Funds where he is responsible for originating and investing into high-growth SMEs across the UK. He also manages a portfolio of companies from the PE Funds spanning sectors from manufacturing to online retail including Woodall Nicholson and Total Resources.

Previous experience

Previously, Wayne was an investment director with Aberdeen Asset Managers Private Equity, investing in a broad range of sectors across the north of England. Prior to that, he was in the corporate finance teams at both Ernst & Young and BDO where he advised companies, management teams and investors on a wide range of mid-market transactions. A Chartered Accountant, Wayne has spent the last 20 years of his career advising and investing into SMEs and larger corporates.

wayne.thomas@mercia.co.uk

About

Jill joined the private equity investment team in 2018, and is responsible for originating and transacting new investments and managing portfolio companies. She is based in the Manchester office, and invests into high-growth SMEs across the UK in a range of sectors.

Jill lead’s Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

Previous experience

Before joining the Group, Jill was an investment director at RJD Partners based in London, investing in businesses across the UK mid- and lower-mid market. Jill has over 10 years of private equity investment experience within several sectors including business services, leisure and travel, education, and IT services. Jill has also worked with the Wheatsheaf Group, a long-term investor in food and agriculture businesses. Before joining RJD, Jill spent several years in the corporate finance and corporate tax teams at PwC, and is a chartered accountant. Originally from the North West, Jill has an MA in French and Philosophy from Oxford University.

jill.williams@mercia.co.uk

About

John joined the Group as Finance Director in 2006 and has over 30 years’ experience in managing all aspects of private equity as an investor, portfolio director and in fundraising. He is responsible for all of the financial aspects of the business and a member of the Fund Investment Committees.

Previous experience

A Chartered Accountant, John spent eleven years with Murray Johnstone Private Equity, followed by four years with Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity as portfolio director and a member of the executive management team. John has held a number of non-executive director appointments on behalf of institutional investors and client funds and has advised private equity investors and fund investors, in the private and public sectors, in the UK and overseas, on due diligence and investment management. He is a former member of the British Venture Capital Association Hi-tech Committee and the VCT Fund Managers’ Forum.

 

john.simpson@mercia.co.uk