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Matt Insley – Managing Investment Director

Matt Insley brings private equity and corporate finance experience. As the Managing Investment Director of Aldridge Wealth, Sir Rod Aldridge’s family office investment vehicle, Matt has successfully invested, managed and exited private equity investments in a number of sectors in the UK. Matt’s other directorships include Warwick Estates Property Management, the fifth largest block manager in the UK with £10bn of assets under management, where he also chairs the audit and remuneration committees, as well as a number of other smaller VC investments in the UK.

Prior to his past five years working at Aldridge Wealth, Matt worked for four years at Knox D’Arcy Investment Management, an FCA regulated specialist investment management firm culminating in a role as an Investment Director.

Matt gained his professional qualifications whilst working at Deloitte in London, in both their Structured Transactions (which spanned the Audit and Tax practices) and then in their M&A (Corporate Finance practice) teams.

Matt holds a first class 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.

Emma Southwell – Head of Group Finance

Emma joined the Aldridge Wealth team in July 2018 as Head of Group Finance. Emma’s role is to oversee all areas of finance and administration, including management reporting, taxation, payroll, cash management, banking and statutory reporting.

Emma qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young before continuing her career as financial controller in a number of SMEs. Immediately prior to joining Aldridge Wealth Emma was Financial Controller at Upper Street Events, a UK-based consumer events organiser, where she managed a finance team of five and controlled the annual audit process and preparation of the statutory accounts.

Before that Emma was Financial Controller at HouseTrip, a holiday rentals website, until its acquisition by TripAdvisor in 2016. Prior to HouseTrip, Emma spent six years as Chief Accountant at Colefax Group plc, an AIM listed designer and distributor of luxury furnishing fabrics.

Emma is a member of the ICAEW and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University.

Mukami Wainaina – Accounts Manager

Mukami joined the Aldridge Wealth team in December 2017. Mukami’s crossfunctional role sits across our Investment and Finance functions. She supports the Managing Investment Director in the sourcing, due diligence and execution of strategic opportunities, and in evaluating the ongoing performance of portfolio companies. She works with the Head of Group Finance on the accounting and finance functions of the business.

Mukami holds a LL.M Masters degree in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her studies focussed on the Law and Practice of International Finance, M&A and Restructuring, and Business Taxation. Prior to this, Mukami achieved a LL.B (Hons) Law degree from the University of York.

During her studies, Mukami also found time to gain a wide variety of experiences, including working for an Investment Fund in Kenya, Corporate Law Firms in Zambia and Kenya, and a Legal Clinic in Washington D.C.

Mukami is an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant.

Andrew Sheach – Chairman

Andrew Sheach spent his career as a Corporate Partner at a leading international law firm with over 25 years’ experience advising on mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions.

Michael Aldridge – Investment Committee Member

Michael Aldridge is the co-founder and CEO of Sunbird Group, an integrated business services company operating across East Africa.

He is a corporate finance professional with over 15 years’ experience in establishing and managing start-up businesses.

Investment Committee Members

Aldridge Wealth has two Independent Committee Members

A Partner with over 15 years’ experience at a major top-tier Private Equity firm specialising in UK mid-market Investments as well as further experience in corporate finance.

An experienced Chairperson with a distinguished history of working in the Information Technology and Services industry.