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About Paul Marson-Smith
Assuming the role of Chairman in July 2013, Paul was Managing Partner of Gresham from 1998 and oversaw the recruitment of a first class team and the development of Gresham into the leading regionally based private equity firm in the UK with a network of offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and most recently Bristol.
Since he joined the firm, Gresham has completed over 50 new investments, achieved 90 realisations and has returned 2.6 times cash to its investors.
Paul also led Gresham's own Management Buy Out from Zurich Financial Services in 2003 - invaluable experience which he shares with the managers Gresham is backing in their own MBOs.
is absolutely committed to the partnership approach to investment, whereby Gresham
actively partners with the managers it is backing.
Partnership is an ethos which runs throughout every aspect of Gresham's
Paul has worked in private equity for over 20 years, previously at 3i where, most significantly, he completed the MBO of Morse Computers which he believes became 3i's largest ever capital gain at the time.
Prior to that, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers both in London and overseas.
has also lectured for the BVCA.