B.P. Marsh & Partners appoints Nick Walker to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, London – B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc, the venture capital provider to early stage financial services businesses (AIM: BPM), is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Granville Walker as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee with immediate effect.

Nick Walker, aged 56, has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector, beginning his career at the Bank of America International in the European M&A Group where he was an Analyst and later became appointed as Vice President. In 1988 he moved to Citicorp Investment Bank Limited as Vice President and Country Head of its Spanish M&A Team. Nicholas left Citicorp in 1991 to set up Socios Financieros S.A. Based in Madrid, Socios Financieros is one of Spain’s leading independent corporate finance firms and has undertaken in excess of 250 transactions during its 26 years since formation.

The Board considers that Nick Walker’s long track record in European and international M&A will bring additional depth to the Group and provide an excellent resource for the Management team and looks forward to his contribution.

Commenting on the appointment, Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of B.P. Marsh, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Nick to the Board; as well as offering his wide-ranging experience of European M&A markets we are confident that he will also provide a fresh perspective to the Board as the Company grows and develops its global outlook.”

On his appointment Nick said: “I am very much looking forward to increasing my involvement with B.P. Marsh, having worked together over recent years in relation to its investment in Summa, culminating in my appointment to the Summa Board in February of this year. I hope to be able to contribute additional expertise to the B.P. Marsh Board in particular in relation to any potential disposal opportunities and expansion plans.”

About B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc

B.P. Marsh’s current portfolio contains fourteen companies.

Since formation over 25 years ago, the Company has assembled a management team with considerable experience both in the financial services sector and in managing private equity investments. Many of the directors have worked with each other in previous roles, and all have worked with each other for at least five years.

Prior to Brian Marsh’s involvement in the Company, he spent many years in insurance broking and underwriting in Lloyd’s as well as the London and overseas market. He has over 30 years’ experience in building, buying and selling financial services businesses, particularly in the insurance sector.

Alice Foulk joined B.P. Marsh in September 2011 having started her career at a leading Life Assurance company. In 2014 she took over as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, running the Chairman’s Office and established herself as a central part of the management team.

In February 2015 she was appointed as a Director of B.P. Marsh and a member of the Investment Committee. In January 2016 Alice was appointed Managing Director of B.P. Marsh.

In her position as Managing Director, Alice is responsible for the overall performance of the Company and monitoring the Company’s overall progress towards achieving the objectives and goals of the Company, as set by the Board.

Dan Topping is the Chief Investment Officer of B.P. Marsh, having been appointed as a Director in 2011. He joined the Company in February 2007, following two years at an independent London accountancy practice. Dan is the Senior Executive with overall responsibility for the portfolio and investment strategy of B.P. Marsh.

Dan graduated from the University of Durham in 2005 and is a member of the Securities and Investment Institute and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Dan is a standing member of the B.P. Marsh Investment and Valuation Committees and currently serves as a Board Director across the portfolio.

Camilla Kenyon was appointed as Head of Investor Relations at B.P. Marsh in February 2009, having four years’ prior experience with the Company. She was appointed to the main board in 2011. Camilla is Chair of the New Business Committee evaluating new investment opportunities. She acts as a nominee director and is a standing member of the Investment Committee. She is a Member of the Investor Relations Society.

Jonathan Newman is a Chartered Management Accountant and is the Group Director of Finance and has over 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Jon graduated from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in Business Studies and joined the Group in November 1999, following two years at Euler Trade Indemnity and two years at a Chartered Accountants. Jon is a Member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants, the Chartered Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Jon was appointed a Director of B.P. Marsh & Company Limited in September 2001, and Group Finance Director in December 2003 and was instrumental in the admission of the Group to AIM in February 2006. Jon is a member of the B.P. Marsh Investment and Valuation Committees and currently serves as a Board Director for Walsingham Motor Insurance Limited, and provides senior financial support and advice to all companies within the Group’s portfolio as well as evaluating new investment opportunities.

For more information : http://www.bpmarsh.co.uk

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