Hugh is one of the UK’s most prominent entrepreneurs with a track record of more than 25 years. Hugh co-led the acquisition of Pizza Express, which became the UK’s largest quoted restaurant group, increasing the company’s value more than twenty-fold over the period that he was on the board.
Hugh was Chairman of Punch Group PLC and led the consolidation of the UK pub industry, overseeing multiple acquisitions of some 8,000 pubs for more than £3.5 billion.
He was Chairman of Pearl Group and led more than £6 billion of acquisitions of life insurance assets, creating the largest life and pensions consolidator in Europe, now listed in the FTSE 100 Index as Phoenix Group PLC.
Hugh founded the restaurant group Various Eateries PLC in 2015 and floated it on AIM in 2020. Most recently Hugh raised over $300m on NYSE through a SPAC which merged with Vertical Aerospace in 2021.
Marc has over 25 years’ experience investing with Hugh in a wide range of sectors including leisure, financial services and real estate, often at times when that particular sector is going through change or upheaval. He has held several operational roles in the underlying businesses, including Executive Chairman of Punch Taverns prior to its IPO and Chairman of the Assets/Liabilities Management Committee of Pearl Group (now Phoenix Group Holdings PLC).
Marc led the acquisition of Center Parcs and the sale and leaseback of Santander’s retail branch network in Spain.
Most recently Marc raised over $300m on NYSE through a SPAC which merged with Vertical Aerospace in 2021.
Ed has over 20 years’ experience of investing with his partners in a range of investments including leisure, financial services, and housebuilding. He was an Executive Director of Phoenix Group in (previously Pearl Group), growing it organically and via acquisition & reversing it in to US SPAC Liberty Acquisitions, building it to be a business with 14m customers.
Ed led the acquisition of Keepmoat which is now a top ten UK housebuilder and is a founding shareholder of ilke Homes, the UK’s largest modular home builder.
In 2020 Ed raised over $300m on NYSE through a SPAC which merged with Vertical Aerospace in 2021 and, most recently, he co-led the acquisition of Go Ape USA, the dominant player in the treetop adventure and zipline sector in the USA.
Edward Spencer Churchill
Edward Spencer Churchill
Ed started his career at Bain & Company. He has over 20 years’ experience investing in a wide range of companies and industries. Ed oversaw the £500 million business process outsourcing transaction for Pearl Group with Tata Consultancy Services in 2005 which transformed the business. Most recently, alongside Mark Wilson (ex CEO of Aviva plc) he has overseen SCP’s investment into Abacai Group, a personal line insurance technology business.
Marcus started his career as a consultant with Bain & Co and Arthur D. Little. In 2003 he co-founded and was CEO at Firefly Drinks, including leading the sale to Langholm Capital in 2014. In 2008 Marcus was a founder investor and board member of Portman Dental, one of Europe’s fastest growing private dental groups. Marcus joined Sun Capital as partner in 2019 and most recently co-founded BSL, a company set up to invest in the luxury assisted living sector in the UK.
Most recently Marcus co-led the merger of Broadstone Acquisition Corp with Vertical Aerospace where he sits on the main Board.
Matthew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been the Director of a range of companies, including PizzaExpress Plc (1993 ‐ 2002). He founded and was Chairman of Integrated Dental Holdings Plc and as Chairman of First Quench, was responsible for its sale to Nomura for £240 million.
Stephen joined the Sun Capital team in 2003 following four years’ experience in corporate finance. He has worked on a number of transactions including the acquisition, financing and listing of Pearl Group, where he served as a Director of Pearl Group Services, and the €2 billion sale and leaseback of Santander’s entire freehold branch network in Spain in 2007.
Most recently Stephen worked on raising over $300m on NYSE through a SPAC and its merger with Vertical Aerospace.
Jamie has over 17 years’ experience and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor. He joined Sun Capital in 2010 and has focussed on real estate investments including Uro Property Holdings, Keepmoat and ilke. He also founded RDF, a UK residential development lender, in 2013 and co-founded BSL in 2019 which invests in luxury assisted living space in the UK.
Jamie worked on raising over $300m on NYSE through a SPAC and its merger with Vertical Aerospace. Most recently he co-led the acquisition of Go Ape USA, the dominant player in the treetop adventure and zipline sector in the USA.
Tiffany joined Sun Capital in 2013 and worked initially on the acquisition of the Strada restaurant estate out of administration in 2014. She launched Coppa Club, a new all day restaurant concept in 2015 and was operational in making it fit for expansion. More recently she led the IPO of the wider restaurant group, Various Eateries PLC, listing it on AIM in September 2020 and raising £25m growth capital. Tiffany also led the acquisition of Capital Physio, now Bodyset, a group of UK high-street physio studios in preparation for roll-out.
Most recently Tiffany worked on raising over $300m on NYSE through a SPAC and its merger with Vertical Aerospace.
Caspar joined Sun Capital in 2019 and has focused on insurance investments and, in particular, the Abacai Group, a personal lines insurance technology business. Prior to joining, he was an investment banker focused on principal investments and corporate finance at Dresdner Kleinwort and QInvest.
Anna is responsible for external relations and corporate communications at Sun Capital.
Arnis joined the finance team at Sun Capital Partners in 2018 and having worked on multiple projects since his arrival, including Elysian, Uro and Ilke Homes, he has subsequently been promoted to the role of Finance Director.
Zoe has been working with the partners at Sun Capital since it was founded in 2001. Zoe graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Hospitality Management.
Holly joined Sun Capital in 2019 as an Executive Assistant. She has over 9 years’ experience in supporting senior level individuals across a variety of industries. Holly has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Newcastle University.
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