Posted: 28 January 2021

WestBridge invests in Channel 3 in fourth lockdown transaction

WestBridge invests in Channel 3 in fourth lockdown transaction

WESTBRIDGE has completed its fourth transaction in seven months with an investment of £10m to support the MBO of London-based Channel 3 Consulting Limited, which designs, implements and optimises digital transformation programmes for the health and care sector.

CEO John Howard, who joined the company two years ago, led the MBO alongside colleagues Eleanor Rollason and Lucy McLintock.  The three will now lead the company following the departure of the founding directors.

Established in 2009, Channel 3 helps its clients harness the power of technology to deliver better patient outcomes, improve services and operate more efficiently.

Over the past decade, Channel 3 has worked with over 90 organisations across the NHS, private healthcare, local government, the Ministry of Defence and the wider public sector.  It is currently appointed to several key NHS frameworks.

The need to digitalise the NHS has been understood for many years and the challenges presented by Covid-19 have emphasised this further.  

Longer term, the launch of NHSX in 2019 - a collaboration between the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement tasked with driving the digital transformation of healthcare - presents strong opportunities for Channel 3.

The WestBridge team comprised Valerie Kendall, James MacLeay, Rebecca Sinclair and Peter Barkley.

Kendall said:

“Channel 3 is a great company positioned in a growing and dynamic market. With John Howard and his team at the helm over the last two years, it has embraced more strategic partnerships with its growing customer base and we are all confident that it is well placed to unlock future potential.

“The launch of NHSX was a clarion call for all healthcare providers to harness the power of technology to transform outdated systems and improve care for all. Partly as a result of this government initiative, the health tech market is growing rapidly and Channel 3 has the expertise to provide thought leadership to this dynamic and vital sector.”

MacLeay added:

“Channel 3 represents everything we look for in a company - a strong business model with excellent client relationships in a resilient, niche and growing market, coupled with a highly experienced senior management team which is united in its ambition. We are looking forward to working with John and his team.”

John Howard CEO at Channel 3, said:

"This is a landmark moment for our business, and we are genuinely thrilled to secure support from the WestBridge team, which has demonstrated a collaborative and supportive approach. 

“Our growing team of consultants has impressive expertise, and we are all proud of helping our customers achieve great things with technology.  The importance of what we do has been brought into even sharper focus during these challenging times.  

“I speak for the entire team at Channel 3 when I say we are very much looking forward to seizing the opportunity presented by WestBridge over the next few years.”

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