Sir Rod Aldridge OBE
Sir Rod Aldridge is a social entrepreneur with over 40 years’ experience in the public, private and third sectors. In 1984, he founded Capita, leading it until his retirement in 2006, and turning it from start-up to a FTSE 100 company. Today, Capita remains the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK, and is the 50th ranked company in the FTSE 100, with a market capitalisation of over £8billion.
Prior to Capita, Sir Rod worked in local government for ten years, becoming a qualified account with CIPFA, and ultimately its Technical Director. He served as Chairman of the CBI Public Service Strategy Board at its inception in 2003.
In 2006, Sir Rod established the Aldridge Foundation to further the work of his charitable trust. Over 10 years we developed a family of sponsored non-selective community academy schools and colleges that have a strong focus on developing entrepreneurial skills and on rapidly improving the quality of education on offer in order to transform the life-chances of young people. In September 2016 we established Aldridge Education as a multi-academy trust which is now responsible for the performance of the schools.
Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2006, he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people.
Sir Rod is Chair of The Lowry, the arts and entertainment venue in Salford; Patron and former Trustee of The Prince’s Trust, former Chair of Acorn Care and Education, a provider of special schools across England, and a founding member of the Prince’s Charities Council.
He is a Founder Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.
Matt Insley – Investment Director, Aldridge Wealth
Matt joined the Aldridge Wealth team in April 2016 as the Investment Director. Matt’s role is to oversee the activities at Aldridge Wealth and in particular the investment portfolio which includes the whole transaction life cycle from acquisition to monitoring through to sale.
Prior to this he was the Investment Director at Knox D’Arcy Investment Management, an FCA regulated specialist investment management firm focusing on traditional private equity and special situations as well as activist strategies.
Before joining Knox D’Arcy Investment Management, Matt worked at Deloitte where he was a Manager in their Corporate Finance – M&A Department. He specialized in Valuation of both debt and equity and had no sector bias. Prior to working in the Corporate Finance Department, Matt began his career at Deloitte in their Financial Services department where he was predominantly involved in structured transactions.
Matt holds an MSc in International Business from The University of Nottingham where he majored in International Finance. He also read Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry at The University of Nottingham where he gained a BSc (hons).
Matt is a member of the ICAEW and is also a member of the CFA Society of the UK.
Matt is a keen cyclist and swimmer in his spare time, and he is also known to enjoy a good lunch!