Our team

Our team of investment professionals understand the challenges and the competitive environment within which businesses operate.

Having completed over 60 transactions as a team, our experience enables us to adapt to the evolving market place, deliver well structured transactions and assist businesses to achieve their strategic potential.

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Graeme Shankland

Managing Partner

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2210

Email:
gshankland@cairdcapital.co.uk

Graeme has worked within Corporate Finance for over 25 years and has extensive investment experience across the Private Equity market. He originated and executed a number of the portfolio investments and sits on the Investment Committee responsible for follow-on capital. Graeme is married with two grown up children and is interested in sport, aviation and music.

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Neil Scragg

Partner

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2240

Email:
nscragg@cairdcapital.co.uk

Neil has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in portfolio management and new investment from his 12 years at Gresham LLP. He is currently responsible for Caird’s Finance team and has responsibility for the investments in Willerby Holiday Homes and Chaucer. Neil was responsible for our successful exits of TM Lewin and Maynard & Harris. Neil has two teenage children who take up much of his time and enjoys playing tennis.

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Mark Hammond

Consultant

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2220

Email:
mhammond@cairdcapital.co.uk

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in Private Equity.  He sits on the Cavendish Investment Committee and has led several of our successful portfolio exits including Tuffnells, Martin McColl and Polypipe.  He lives in Hertfordshire with his young family and can be found with his son at most MK Dons home games.

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David Cowie

Partner

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2225

Email:
dcowie@cairdcapital.co.uk

David has worked within the Private Equity and Corporate Finance industry for over 20 years and has extensive investment and portfolio management experience. He has responsibility for a number of investments within the current portfolio, including Fishers Services Limited, and recently oversaw our successful exit of Malcolm Group. David has a young family, and in his spare time is a keen follower of Edinburgh Rugby.

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Claire Mellor

Finance Executive

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2211

Email:
cmellor@cairdcapital.co.uk

Claire joined Caird in November 2015 from PwC’s Structuring Services Team where she provided specialist accounting advice in relation to transactions such as IPOs, group optimisations and refinancings. She currently supports Gavin who is responsible for accounting, reporting and tax for Caird. In her spare time, Claire likes to play sport and is a keen musician.

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Gavin Key

Finance Director

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2212

Email:
gkey@cairdcapital.co.uk

Gavin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in Financial Services for over 15 years, the last 12 years in private equity. As Finance Director, he is responsible for accounting, reporting and tax for Caird. Gavin is married with three young children. He is a keen hill walker and one day plans to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall.

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Matthew Simcox

Director

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2208

Email:
msimcox@cairdcapital.co.uk

Matthew has a broad range of origination and investment management experience, having worked in the Private Equity industry since 2006.  He has managed the investments in M&H Plastics and Bifold through to successful exits and works closely with current investments in Nylacast and Miller.  Most of Matthew’s spare time is spent with his young family, but when he gets the chance he enjoys eating out and following rugby and football from the comfort of the side lines.

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Michael Coupland

Associate Director

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2204

Email:
mcoupland@cairdcapital.co.uk

Michael joined Caird in October 2015. Prior to joining Caird he spent six years at KPMG within the Corporate Finance and Tax Divisions. Michael studied at the University of Nottingham and holds an ACA. Michael’s portfolio responsibilities include Fishers, Miller Developments, Miller Homes and Nylacast. Outside of work Michael enjoys most sports including golf and rugby.

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Lisa Hennessy

Executive Assistant

Direct Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7871 2221

Email:
LHennessy@cairdcapital.co.uk

Lisa joined Caird in May 2016 having been in the Financial Services industry for over 16 years. In her spare time she enjoys travelling going to the gym and socialising with her friends.