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 eleven years. He has overseen the growth and expansion

of the company within the UK retail market and has evolved 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 12 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 insurance investments. Richard holds a Masters

Degree from the London School of Economics, the Certificate in

Discretionary Investment Management and the Diploma in Financial Planning.

 

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

 

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