Richard Cook

Chief Executive Officer

Richard has been Chief Executive Officer since 2009 and has been involved in the

 structuring and management of tax-efficient investment assets for over 14 years.

 Richard conceptualised and launched the Blackfinch brand and has overseen the

 growth and expansion of the company within the UK retail market, evolving the

 company to where it is today. Previously, Richard has worked in senior banking

 roles within Merrill Lynch and the Bank of New York.

Richard has 15 years’ senior experience in financial services, specialising in asset

 backed fund management. Richard has extensive project, corporate finance and

 fund management experience across multiple asset classes such as property,

 renewable energy, asset backed lending and capital protected investments.

 Richard holds an Executive MBA from IE Business School the Certificate in

 Discretionary Investment Management and the Diploma in Financial Planning.

 Prior to joining Blackfinch Richard held roles at NatWest, FTSE and Credit

Suisse in London and New York.

Richard Simmonds

Chief Investment Officer

Stefan has been with Blackfinch since 2009 and is involved in the analysis

and valuation of potential new investment opportunities for the

company’s portfolios, as well as overseeing its back-end investment

management systems and processes. He has over a decade of experience

in similar roles in the financial services industry and holds a Master’s

Degree in Physics from the University of Manchester.



Stefan Agopsowicz

Investment Manager

Paul has over twenty five years of experience in the energy and

commodity sector, working in senior executive positions for various

international banks and trading houses. These include Mercuria

Energy Trading S.A., BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Crédit Agricole

Indosuez. Paul also worked on the wave of government utility

privatisations from the late eighties, in the electricity and gas sectors,

as well as working on upstream oil and gas financing and renewable energy.


Paul Chivers

Asset Specialist (Renewable Energy)

As well being a member of the Blackfinch Investment Committee,

Andrew is owner and manager of a successful and Chartered

Surveying business where he has gained substantial experience in all

elements of Chartered Surveying, working predominantly on

valuations, tenancy work, compensation claims, planning and

development. Andrew is a member of the Royal  Institution of

Chartered Surveyors and a RICS registered valuer. He is also a Fellow

of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). As a CAAV

member, Andrew provides advice and valuation expertise on issues

affecting the countryside from tenancy matters to sale and purchase

of farms and land, from taxation and compulsory purchase to auctioneering.


Andrew Troughton

Asset Specialist (Property)

Terry is the former Partner-in-Charge of Grant Thornton’s Media and

Entertainment group which he started in 1994. From 2000–2014 he

was variously a member of the Grant Thornton UK non-exec board,

member of Grant Thornton International non-exec board and Global

Head of Industries, Grant Thornton International. Having stepped

down from his full time role at GT, he remains a consultant to GTUK

and GT International and is a consultant to the media industry.


Terry Back

Asset Specialist (Media)

Steph has been working within the Blackfinch Group for over 8 years

and her main role is to oversee the activities undertaken by the

Blackfinch trading companies, ensuring that all lending is within the

agreed credit policies and reporting to the Investment Committee on a

regular basis. She also works closely with the accountants in order to

prepare the monthly NAVs for sign off and provides support to the

technical team and accounts department. Steph is currently studying

towards the AAT Accounting qualification with a view to progress to a

Chartered Accountant after her studies.


Stephanie Day

Product Accountant

Guy brings in-depth knowledge of corporate finance gained through a

 number of structured finance (debt and equity investment) roles with

 Lloyds Banking Group. His role at Blackfinch is to lead the origination

and execution of new investment opportunities. Prior to joining the

company, he was sales and marketing and divisional statutory company

director for a FTSE listed outsourced services provider. He subsequently

joined the Wind Prospect Group, where he led the project financing / sale

of renewable energy assets. Guy has a Masters’ degree from Cambridge

University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In his spare

time, he is a keen sailor and is currently trying to encourage his two

young sons to take up the sport

Guy Lavarack

Investment Director

David joined Blackfinch in April 2017 as an Investment Manager. His

previous role was as Manager in the Transaction Services team at PwC

London where his focus was performing financial due diligence on deals

across a range of sectors. David holds a degree in Economics from the

University of York, is an ICAEW qualified chartered accountant, and is

studying for the Investment Management Certificate. In his spare time,

he enjoys playing cricket, hiking and investing in property.

David Higson

Investment Manager


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