Team

The WestBridge senior team have worked together for many years both previously and since founding WestBridge over 11 years ago. They have many years' combined experience in private equity gained at WestBridge and other blue chip organisations.

All have a passion for investing in and supporting management to grow lower mid-market companies, and each has invested significant amounts in WestBridge managed funds.


Guy Davies

Guy Davies

Managing Partner


Guy co-founded WestBridge in 2008, manages the business, leads the investor relations activities and sits on the investment committee.  He is also involved in originating investment opportunities in the North West and South West of the UK.

Guy has worked in the private equity industry as a principal and management team advisor for over 20 years at WestBridge, Deloitte, HSBC Private Equity and Pi Capital.  Prior to that he worked at KPMG in both the UK and USA undertaking due diligence and audit assignments.

He currently sits on the board of Aptus and APEM.  He was also responsible for the now exited Aero Stanrew and Linkfresh investments. 

Guy is a member of the national judging panel for the BVCA Management Team Awards, chairman of the South West regional panel and a member of the Welsh regional panel.

Guy is a chartered accountant and graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

James Wakefield

James Wakefield

Chairman


James co-founded WestBridge in 2008, chairs the business, is heavily involved in investor relations activities and chairs the investment committee.  He is also involved in originating investment opportunities in the North East and South Coast of the UK.

James has worked in the private equity industry for over 30 years at WestBridge and Bridgepoint, where he ran two regional offices and was originally a member of the London based transaction team.  Prior to that he worked for NatWest Investment Bank.

He currently sits on the board of AJ Mobility, Wilcomatic and DB Pixelhouse.  He was previously on the Board of Vista Technology Services Limited before this was realised.

Valerie Kendal

Valerie Kendall

Founding Partner


Valerie co-founded WestBridge in 2008 and chairs the valuations' committee. She also leads the originating activities in the South East and Thames Valley regions of the UK.

Valerie has worked in the private equity industry for over 20 years at WestBridge, 3i and HSBC.  At 3i she worked in the London deal team and was latterly responsible for the management and realisation of a number of SME focussed funds in the South East.

She currently sits on the APEM, bChannels and Energist boards.  She was also responsible for the Kallidus and ISG investments.  Valerie is a judge for the BVCA Management Team Awards for the South East region.

Valerie is a chartered banker and graduated from University of Plymouth with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

Tim Whittard

Tim Whittard

Partner


Tim joined WestBridge in 2017, leads and manages the origination activities nationally and is also heavily involved in team development.  He particularly focusses on originating investment activities in the Midlands, South West and South East.

Tim has worked in the private equity industry for almost 20 years at WestBridge, Sovereign, Gresham, Bridgepoint and the BGF, where he was one of the founding directors in the Midlands region.  Prior to that he worked for PWC.

He currently sits on the Aptus, AJ Mobility and Bespoke Health & Social Care boards.  Tim is also a judge for the BVCA Management Team Awards for the Midlands region.

Tim is a chartered accountant and graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Peter Barkley

Peter Barkley

Investment Director


Peter joined WestBridge in 2019, is based in our Manchester office is particularly focussed on originating new investments and supporting current investments in the North.

Prior to joining WestBridge, Peter worked as a corporate finance advisor specialising on advising management teams and both buy and sell side to private equity houses for over 8 years at BDO and Dow Schofield Watts.

Peter is an alternate director at Aptus and APEM and is heavily involved in value creation at both companies.  Peter is also a judge for the BVCA Management Team Awards for the North West and North East regions.

Pete is a chartered accountant and graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Accountancy.

James MacLeay

James MacLeay

Investment Manager


James joined WestBridge in 2018, is part of the investment team and involved in deal origination, deal execution and portfolio management. He particularly focusses on originating investment activities in the South West and the South East.

Prior to joining WestBridge, James worked as a corporate finance advisor specialising in advising private equity investors and banks deploy capital into SMEs at Kingston Smith Corporate Finance.

James currently sits on the board of DB Pixelhouse and bChannels.

James is a chartered accountant and graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Geography.

Edward Minton

Edward Minton

Investment Manager


Edward joined WestBridge in 2018, is part of the investment team and involved in deal origination, deal execution and portfolio management. He particularly focusses on originating investment activities in the Midlands and the Thames Valley.

Prior to joining WestBridge, Edward worked as a corporate finance advisor specialising in advising management teams looking to raise capital and undertake buyouts at WK Corporate Finance. He previously worked at Terra Firma Capital Partners and Crowe.

Edward currently sits on the board of Wilcomatic and is an alternate director of AJ Mobility and Bespoke Health & Social Care. Edward is responsible for our marketing and social media activities.

Edward is a chartered accountant and graduated from the King's College London with a degree in Business Management.

Rebecca Sinclair

Rebecca Sinclair

Investment Executive


Rebecca joined WestBridge in 2019 and supports the investment team with deal origination, deal execution and portfolio management, specifically in London and the Midlands.

Prior to joining WestBridge, Rebecca worked at HSBC.  Having completed its Corporate Banking Graduate Scheme, she went on to contribute to the successful completion of over 40 transactions and became the youngest person to be promoted to Senior Associate in its leveraged finance team. 

Rebecca is part of the investment team for Bespoke Health & Social Care.

A graduate of the University of Durham, where she studied Biology, Rebecca also holds a Diploma in Banking Practice and Finance.