Team

Based in our London and Paris offices, our team has diverse backgrounds in investments, pensions, finance and operations. Our senior investment team has on average spent over 10 years at Gatemore, and our staff hold accreditations including FIA, ACCA, CFA and IMC.

We are an independent firm with a strong culture marrying entrepreneurship and institutional discipline.

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Liad MeidarManaging Partner

Liad Meidar oversees all aspects of portfolio management including our direct investments.

Prior to founding Gatemore in 2005, Liad had a background in both finance and operations, including running a Seattle-based technology company incubator. Liad began his career in New York in leveraged finance at BT Alex Brown, the investment banking division of Bankers Trust (Deutsche Bank).

Liad has extensive experience as a board member of companies undergoing turnarounds, including Jazz Technologies, a publicly-traded semiconductor wafer foundry based in Newport, California, and MAG Industrial Automation Systems, a privately-held global machine tool builder with dual headquarters in Michigan, USA and Germany.

Liad is Chairman of GSE Worldwide, Inc, a fully integrated talent and sports marketing agency which is a Gatemore Partners LP portfolio company. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Princeton University and on the Board of Trustees of the American School in London. He received an AB in economics from Princeton University.

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Mark HodgsonPartner

Mark Hodgson oversees our institutional clients.

Before joining Gatemore, Mark was Director of the Investment Consulting Practice at HSBC in London. Mark has experienced advising both defined contribution and defined benefit clients across all sectors and played a large role in building HSBC’s corporate investment advisory capabilities. Prior to joining HSBC, Mark was an actuary at Swiss RE.

Mark received a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

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George CadburyPartner

George Cadbury is responsible for all aspects of strategic development across the various business divisions.

His previous experience includes the Head of Business Development and President of the largest independent hedge fund platform in the UK in 2007, PCE Investors, with peak assets of $3 billion. 

George was also Managing Director of an independent Irish UCITS platform – Merchant Capital. Prior to joining Merchant Capital, George was Managing Director in Europe for Ubequity Capital, a Canadian private equity firm.

He was also Head of European Operations for Mondore General Trading, a physical commodity trader.

George graduated with a BA in History from Exeter University.

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Terry KelloggPartner, Gatemore Ventures

As Partner at Gatemore Ventures, Terry oversees deal sourcing, due diligence and ongoing monitoring for our venture strategy.

For more than two decades, Terry has worked and studied at the intersection of business and the environment. His focus areas have included forestry, mining, renewable energy and sustainable business practices writ large at both the Timberland Company and 1% for the Planet. As Director of Environmental Stewardship at Timberland, Terry reduced the company’s carbon footprint, adopted widespread use of water-based adhesives, and launched programs in green building and organic cotton. He also created systems for rating and managing the impact of materials, products and suppliers, initiatives that placed Timberland at the forefront of the field. As CEO of Patagonia’s 1% for the Planet, Terry grew the organization from a concept with 92 members to a global network with 1400 companies in 44 nations that funnelled in excess of $100 million to environmental causes.

Terry has a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and a MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. He serves on the Board of the Green Mountain Valley School and the Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land.

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Tim KirkwoodPartner, Gatemore Ventures

As Partner at Gatemore Ventures, Tim oversees deal sourcing and business development for our venture strategy.

Tim began his career in global investment banking at Wasserstein Perella in New York & Hong Kong then joined San Francisco-based SPO Partners in Bangkok to lead their Asian investment strategy. Tim then joined Deutsche Bank as a Director in their Global Credit Products group sourcing distressed Asian Asset sales which led to a position as the Head of International Corporate Banking at Shinsei Bank in Tokyo. After Shinsei’s IPO, Tim established an Asset-backed lending platform with Bear Stearns in Tokyo from 2005-2011 where in excess of $3B was funded. The JV as a success right up until Bear became extinct.

In 2011, Tim and Family moved to Phuket Thailand, where he established The Kirkwood Family Office which focuses on investments related to his Pennsylvania Family’s holdings in Oil & Gas, Hospitality and Golf. After two very enjoyable years in Phuket, Tim moved to Aspen where he established his own family office, Shawnee Western LLC, to make investments in early stage companies across multiple industries including Women’s swimwear, Insurance, Solar Tec and intra-day trading.

Tim was born in Thailand and was educated at Marlborough College in England, Kyoto University in Japan and then at University of Texas at Austin. Tim is a member of YPO, having formerly served as the Membership Officer for the Aspen Chapter.

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William BrammarHead of Manager Research

As Head of Manager Research, William Brammar overseas Gatemore’s fund manager research.

Prior to joining as a graduate, William spent a 12-month internship working for Gatemore focused on client reporting and thematic research.

William graduated with an BSc in Economics from the University of Surrey and is a CFA charterholder.

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David CassellsChief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

As Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, David is responsible for the firm’s financial reporting and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Gatemore, David worked as group Accountant for G.H. Financials Ltd, an FCA-regulated global clearing and settlements company, where he produced year-end audited statutory accounts for three entities in the UK, US and Hong Kong and ensured the firm was FCA compliant, with particular focus on client money regulations. Prior to that, David worked at Klesch Group and was responsible for the accounting function of the FCA regulated company as well as three Swiss-based entities. Previous to this David worked as an Assistant accountant for the asset management branch of Babcock & Brown.

David is a board member of GSE Worldwide, Inc, a leading sports agency and marketing company. He received a BA in Business Economics from Leicester University and is an ACCA qualified accountant.

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Hannah CheshireOffice & Events Manager

As a personal assistant and events manager, Hannah supports the London office and organises Gatemore client events.

Hannah graduated with a degree in Theatre Production from the University of Winchester.

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Ben JacksonResearch Analyst

As part of the research team, Ben’s role is focused on fund manager research.

Prior to joining Gatemore, Ben worked for hedge fund startup Middleton Private Capital, and interned at St. James’s Place Wealth Management during his studies.

Ben graduated from Durham University with an MSc in Financial Management.

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Matthew KayHead of Risk Management

As Head of Risk Management, Matthew Kay is responsible for building and maintaining Gatemore’s risk systems.

Prior to joining Gatemore, Matthew was an analyst at Kyte Capital Advisors, a multi-manager hedge fund firm, where he focused on manager research and portfolio construction. Matthew began his career in the Markets & International Banking division of RBS, where he worked within the equity derivative and dividend teams.

Matthew holds an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA charterholder.

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Wilson LihnDirector of Research

As Director of Research, Wilson Lihn oversees research on direct investments.

Prior to joining Gatemore, Wilson served as a legal compliance and Internet abuse associate at United Online, the parent company of Juno and NetZero. He had formerly acted as facilities coordinator and purchasing analyst at the company. Previously, Wilson was co-manager and member of the music group Fixer, for which he played lead guitar.

Wilson is a board member of GSE Worldwide, Inc, a leading sports agency and marketing company. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in History and received an MBA with distinction from NYU’s Stern School of Business where he was named a Stern Scholar. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Charles MajorRisk Analyst

As part of the risk management team, Charles’s role is focused on building and maintaining Gatemore’s risk systems.

Prior to joining Gatemore, Charles worked at BNP Paribas as a Market Risk Analyst.

Charles graduated from Warwick University with an BSc in Economics.

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Rutej MehtaInvestment Analyst

Rutej sits in Gatemore’s direct investments team.

Prior to joining Gatemore, Rutej was an Investment Banking Analyst at Perella Weinberg Partners. He previously also worked in venture capital and startups as well as in European Equities at Orbis Investments, a long-only contrarian fund with $35B assets under management.

Rutej graduated with an MEng in Engineering Science from St. John’s College, University of Oxford.

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Laura PaulekaiteMarketing Manager & Creative Director

As Marketing Manager & Creative Director, Laura oversees Gatemore’s brand management and marketing efforts.

Previously Laura has worked both as a freelance designer and an in-house creative lead. She started her career working in finance and has a degree from Cass Business School as well as professional qualifications from CATC Design School.

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Maia PougetOperations Assistant

As part of the operations team, Maia’s role is focused on operations and compliance analysis.

Maia graduated from the EM Normadie Business School in France with an MSc in Finance and Banking.

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Clarissa SaupePortfolio Administrator

As a portfolio administrator, Clarissa provides portfolio administration and support for our clients in Europe.

Prior to joining Gatemore, Clarissa was a customer care representative at ASB Bank in Auckland, New Zealand.

Clarissa graduated with a BBS in Accounting and Economics from Massey University in New Zealand.

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