James is our Founder and Chairman. He has more than two decades of venture and growth capital experience in Europe and the USA. He was the Managing Partner of WHEB Partners (2007 – 17) and chaired that firm’s investment committee which invested €300m across its three sustainability venture capital funds. James has been an active director on the boards of numerous portfolio companies and his exit track record includes several successful company sales to trade acquirers and financial buyers. James was previously a partner of Advent Venture Partners in London and of Warburg Pincus in New York and London where he worked with Michael Hoffman, our Chairman. Before moving into private equity, James was responsible for M&A at Misys Plc, an acquisitive London stock exchange quoted software group, and was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch (equity capital markets) where he worked with Ajmal and at Schroders (project finance). James has an MA (honours) degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania).