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Our team

The British Patient Capital team is based in Sheffield and London. We have a strong culture of collaboration and inclusive team working, and as a closely integrated team, we capitalise on the diversity and variety of experience among our investment professionals.

Ian Connatty 190829 BPC306 Ian Connatty Managing Director – Sheffield

Ian joined in 2018. His previous experience includes working at the British Business Bank and its predecessor, Capital for Enterprise Ltd. He brings with him a wealth of experience in VC fund investing, including close involvement in the deployment of the VC Catalyst which formed the seed portfolio of British Patient Capital. He previously worked in corporate finance at technology company Infinity SDC and in financial modelling at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Natalie Bangay Natalie Bangay Director – London

Natalie joined in 2018 from the Private Equity team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Prior to this, she worked in the investment team at SVG Advisers, a subsidiary of SVG Capital. She brings more than a decade of experience in the private equity market, having worked on both primary and secondary investments in buyout and venture capital funds across Europe. Natalie started her career as a management consultant at Corven and Andersen.

Christine Hockley Christine Hockley Director – Sheffield

Christine joined in 2018 from the British Business Bank where she spent four years investing in venture capital funds via the VC Catalyst and Enterprise Capital Fund programmes and leading a pilot programme in the lower mid private equity market for British Business Investments, a subsidiary of the Bank. She has investment, corporate finance and commercial experience, having previously worked at the Bank of Scotland, PwC and BOC Industrial Gases.

Rob Greenwood Robert Greenwood Investment Director, Portfolio Funds – Sheffield

Rob joined in 2018 having worked at the British Business Bank for six years where he was part of the Lending Solutions team and involved with the design and implementation of a number of debt-related programmes before transitioning to the Venture Solutions team in March 2017. Rob previously spent 12 years in corporate and commercial banking with Clydesdale Bank. He has extensive transaction execution and portfolio management experience.

Tej Panesar Tej Panesar Investment Director, Life Sciences – London

Tej joined in 2018 from the British Business Bank where he focused on equity fund investments via the VC Catalyst programme. He was formerly Head of Credit and Equity Risk at Crowdcube and was founder and CEO of a real estate fund based in Poland for over a decade. Tej began his career in Citigroup as a corporate banker before working with Fintech start-up On Bourse and in corporate advisory.

Anu Adebajo Anu Adebajo Investment Manager – Sheffield

Anu joined British Patient Capital in 2018 from the British Business Bank where she invested in venture capital funds. Prior to this she was an Analyst at the British Business Bank’s Angel CoFund for almost five years, making direct equity investments alongside angel syndicates. Previously, Anu worked in a variety of finance roles, including a year and a half in Nigeria at a pan-African bank, Ecobank, and founded and ran an award-winning e-commerce start-up.

BPC Chloe Arrowsmith Jensen Chloe Arrowsmith Jensen Senior Manager, Institutional Relations – London

Chloe joined British Patient Capital in 2019 to head up the Institutional Relations programme. Prior to this, Chloe worked for seven years at Caxton Europe LLP, a global macro hedge fund, where she covered investor relations and business development in EMEA. Before Caxton, she worked for a multi-strategy hedge fund focusing on macro research and global investor relations. Chloe has over 10 years’ experience in alternative investments and 12 years’ experience servicing clients.

Samuel Baldry Sam Baldry Investment Analyst – Sheffield

Sam joined in January 2019 from Santander’s Credit Risk department where he was involved in managing and updating the monitoring of the credit card portfolio. Prior to that he was a government economist and has experience in financial analysis and modelling.

Kati Ballands Katie Ballands Personal Assistant – Sheffield

Katie joined in October 2018. She provides administrative support to the Managing Director and wider team. Previously, Katie worked at the British Business Bank and the NHS where she was an Executive Assistant to the Medical Director. She has a decade of PA experience.

BPC James Burnham James Burnham Senior Communications Manager – London

James joined British Patient Capital in 2020. He previously ran his own communications and investor relations consultancy, and was an expert advisor to the European Commission covering SME finance policy. Prior to this, James was the External Relations Director at Invest Europe, and before that Head of Marketing and Communications at Climate Change Capital. James has 15 years’ experience in private equity and venture capital.

BPC Tom Haywood Tom Haywood, CFA Senior Manager, Direct Investments – London

Tom joined British Patient Capital in 2019 from Foresight Group where he focused on the Foresight Williams fund, an early stage deeptech VC fund. Previously, he was an investment manager at EcoMachines Ventures. He co-founded a biotech manufacturing start-up called Puridify that was sold to GE Healthcare and worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank.

Pinky Ghosh Pinky Ghosh Investment Analyst – Sheffield

Pinky joined in 2018 from a UK-based manufacturing unit where she worked in finance. Prior to this, she was a Senior Investment Analyst at Zacks Investment Research, a leading American firm, where she focused on investment research and financial write-ups on the US equities market. She started her career in leading financial services groups in India, working in portfolio management services in equities and commodities markets.

Tatiana Mecattaf Tatiana Mecattaf Investment Analyst – London

Tatiana joined British Patient Capital in April 2019. Prior to joining, Tatiana started her career as a business development manager for a Foreign Exchange start-up in Beirut. She has undertaken internships at Blue Cloud Ventures, New York and Credit Suisse, Lebanon.

Carol Simon Carol Simon Senior Business Partner – London

Carol is a qualified accountant and Senior Business Partner in the finance team of the British Business Bank, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Carol joined the British Business Bank from the Royal Bank of Scotland where she worked as Head of Reporting in the restructuring team. This followed nearly 10 years at JP Morgan Cazenove Investment Bank, where she rose to Deputy Head of Accounting.

Chris Smart Chris Smart Senior Investment Manager – London

Chris joined British Patient Capital in 2018 from the British Business Bank where he worked in Financial Risk supporting the Bank’s various equity programmes. Prior to this he worked in a number of roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, including Financial Sponsor Coverage providing banking products to UK and European mid-market buyout firms.

David Woods David Woods Investment Analyst – Sheffield

David joined British Patient Capital in April 2019 from a specialist deal origination firm where he led the private equity department, sourcing investments for institutional firms and family offices. He has four years of financial services experience.

Richard O’Brien Investment Manager – Sheffield

Richard joined the British Business Bank in 2016 and transitioned to British Patient Capital at its formation in 2018. He has led and supported a number of commitments to venture capital funds via the VC Catalyst and Enterprise Capital Fund programmes. Richard previously held roles in the actuarial sector, at a risk arbitrage fund, in foreign currency banking, and at a Fintech start-up, and has investment, analytical and modelling experience.

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