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Cheryl Potter is a BVCA Council member and is Chair of the BVCA for the 2019/20 year. She is a Non-Executive Director at Dr Martens and Best Secret. Cheryl spent much of her career at Permira the global private equity firm.

She joined Permira in 1999, becoming a partner in 2005 and returning from the partnership at the end of 2019. During her time at Permira she lead the Global Consumer Team and the London office. She also served on the firm’s Executive Committee and the Compensation and Partnership Committee. She worked on numerous transactions including Allegro Group, Arcaplanet, Creganna, Dr. Martens, Homebase, Iglo Group (and its subsequent acquisition of Findus Italy), Maxeda, Best Secret (formerly Schustermann & Borenstein) and The Reformation.

Cheryl is currently on the Advisory Council of Level 20, a Founding Patron of Women Supporting Women (part of The Prince’s Trust) and a member of Tick Tock, a fundraising committee for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Prior to joining Permira, Cheryl worked at Royal Bank Development Capital and at Arthur Andersen in both Audit and Corporate Finance.

She has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool and is a Chartered Accountant.

Below you can view who has been a past Chair of the BVCA since 1983.

 

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Cheryl Potter
2019/20 Chair

 


Year
2019

Cheryl Potter

BVCA Chair 2019, Partner, Co-Head of Consumer, Permira

2018

Calum Paterson

Managing Partner, Scottish Equity Partners (SEP)

2017

Helen Steers

Partner, Pantheon

2016

Alan MacKay

Executive Partner and Founder, GHO Capital

2015

Rob Lucas

Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners

2014

Tim Farazmand

Managing Director, LDC

2013

Simon Clark

Managing Partner, Fidelity Growth Partners Europe

2012

Robert Easton

Managing Director and Co-Head, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners

2011

Richard Anton

Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners

2010

Hugh Lenon

Managing Partner, Phoenix Equity Partners

2009

Simon Havers

CEO, Baird Capital

2008

Jeremy Hand

Managing Partner, Lyceum Capital

2007

Wol Kolade

Managing Partner, Livingbridge

2006

Rod Selkirk

Chief Executive, Hermes Private Equity

2005

Vince O'Brien

Director, Montagu Private Equity Ltd

2004

Anne Glover

Co-founder and Chief Executive, Amadeus Capital Partners

2003

Richard Green

Managing Partner, August Equity

2002

Michael Queen

Finance Director, 3i

2001

Edmund Truell

Chief Executive of Pension Corporation and founder, Duke Street

2000

David Thorp

Director, ISIS Private Equity

1999

James Nelson

Non-Executive Director, Intermediate Capital Group

1998

Clive Sherling

Former Chairman, Football Licensing Authority

1997

Norman Murray

Chairman, Cairn Energy

1996

David Quysner

Non-Executive Director, Private Equity Investor

1995

Andrew Joy

Partner, Cinven

1994

Brian Larcombe

Non-Executive Director, Gallaher Group

1993

Ron Hollidge

Chairman, Kleinwort Capital Trust

1992

Robert Drummond

Chairman, Acta

1991

Adrian Beecroft

Partner and former Chief Investment Officer, Apax Partners

1990

Michael Denny

Executive Chairman, Northern Venture Managers Limited

1989

Richard Hargreaves

Chairman, SPDG Technologies

1988

John Nash

Chairman, Care UK

1987

Lionel Anthony

Founder, Cinven; Founder, the Causeway Capital Group

1986

Colin Clive

Non-Executive Director, Thompson Clive Investment

1985

Sir Ronald Cohen

Founder, Apax Partners

1984

Tony Lorenz

Managing Partner, ECI

1983

Sir David Cooksey

Director, Bank of England, Former Governor, Wellcome Trust

Year
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