Our People


Richard Bailey

Non-Executive Chairman

Former partner in Rothschild and Co.

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Richard Bailey is a former partner in Rothschild and Co, the global investment bank where latterly he was Executive Chairman of its Mid Cap business.  During the 38 years at the bank he was involved in a range of private and public company work with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings.

Alistair Currie

Chief Executive Officer

Fund manager with over 30 years experience.

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Alistair has been a fund manager specialising in UK Smaller Companies for over 30 years.

He is a graduate of Business Studies and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1985. He was formerly a Director of Edinburgh Fund Managers plc and was the Head of UK Smaller Companies for that group. Under his management the Edinburgh UK Smaller Companies Fund won several Micropal awards for performance, and in 2000 he was the winner of the ‘Investment Week UK Small Companies Fund Manager of the Year’ award.

He joined Castlefield Investment Partners in 2007 to manage the Castlefield UK Smaller Companies Fund. Alistair has been an Executive Director of Capital For Colleagues plc since 2013 and was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2019.

John Lewis

Finance Director

Extensive Commercial and Employee Ownership Experience.

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John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, qualifying with Spicer & Pegler, whilst employed as an Audit Manager.

During his career, John has worked in industry and has extensive experience with SME and sizable family owned / managed businesses across various sectors trading in the UK & overseas. As part of this he has been involved in the creation of Employee Ownership Trusts and Share Incentive Plan schemes (EOTs and SIPs), as part of their journey towards employee ownership. John also had 12 years’ experience in a large family run business where the majority of its 1,100 employees were shareholders.

John has worked with C4C since its inception as a LLP in 2011, prior to its incorporation as a PLC. In addition he is involved with a number of C4C employee owned investee businesses in independent Trustee and / or board advisory roles.

Ed Jenkins

Non-Executive Director

20+ years experience of advising on business tax.

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Ed is a solicitor with wide experience of advising family and employee owned businesses.

Since retiring from full time practice Ed has undertaken a variety of roles including working within the Family Office of a large family and employee owned property group and being a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law. A significant proportion of Ed’s work has been, and continues to be, related to advising businesses on how to best incentivise key executives and the general workforce.

Ed has been a non-executive director of Capital for Colleagues plc since its shares were first listed in 2014.

Richard Sloss

Non-Executive Director

A former fund manager and institutional stockbroker with over 30 years experience in investment markets.

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Richard is a former fund manager and institutional stockbroker with over 30 years experience in investment markets.

As a fund manager for Scottish Amicable he covered UK large and small cap equities, Japanese equities and Investment trusts. He subsequently worked for a number of bulge bracket investment banks including NatWest Markets and Deutsche Bank before setting up and running the Scottish operations of Landsbanki, Shore Capital and Cantor Fitzgerald. Latterly Richard worked for the Edison Group across the equities and investment companies businesses.

He is a member of CFA UK and sits on its Scottish committee.

Richard has been a non-executive director of Capital for Colleagues since November 2020.

Bill Ainscough

Non-Executive Director

Founder of Wain Group, Networkspace and other property businesses.

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Bill has had a distinguished career in the residential construction sector. Having started his career as an architect, he moved into house building by founding Wainhomes in 1972. Over the following thirty years Bill grew Wainhomes through a number of mergers and acquisitions and following the merger with Whelmar Housebuilders, he floated the Group on the London Stock Exchange in 1991.

Bill also established Networkspace, a company involved in investment, development and management of commercial property and Windermere Marina Village.

In 1999 he took Wainhomes back into private hands. A significant part of the business was sold to Wilson Connolly in 2001 with the residual operations being renamed as the Wain Group.

The Wain Group has since grown into a substantial business, with divisions in the South West and North West of England.

In 2015 Bill set up the Himor Group, a land and property company that specialises in commercial development, land promotion, property investment and regeneration.

Besides being the majority shareholder in the Wain Group today, Bill is also an active trustee of three charities; On Side Youth Zones, Rainbow Hub and The Brick.

Deb Oxley

Non-Executive Director

Former CEO of the Employee Ownership Association with extensive employee ownership experience.

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As Chief Executive Officer of the Employee Ownership Association (the EOA) from 2015 to 2022, Deb led the national campaign to increase the profile and impact of employee ownership in the UK. An influential and passionate advocate, Deb represented the UK employee ownership sector with business groups, created partnerships within industry and was pivotal in shaping employee ownership focussed industry leadership groups. Since leaving the EOA, Deb has founded Oxley Works, a specialist consultancy working with employee owned and purpose driven enterprises. Deb was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her services to employee ownership and social enterprise and became a Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire in 2021.

Company Secretary

John Lewis

Company Secretary

Extensive Commercial and Employee Ownership Experience.

Partners & Associates

Peter Matthews

Partner, Advisory

Peter has over 30 years of business experience.

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Peter has over thirty years’ experience of working with consulting and advisory businesses, investment management businesses and professional service companies.

He has worked with Employee Owned Businesses (EOBs) in the UK, Ireland and the United States for over twenty years. He has advised many SME companies on all aspects of the transition to becoming employee owned, and typically works with the board to support their growth thereafter.

Peter also acts as an independent Trustee for a number of Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs).

Jeremy Burden

Partner, Investments

Jeremy has over 30 years of managerial and investment experience.

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Jeremy graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester and after a period at KPMG joined an acquisitive international packaging machinery manufacturer working directly with the Group FD and CEO through the flotation of the company on the main UK stock market. That was followed by further fundraising and an international acquisition programme, spending some time living in the USA and also gaining practical experience in corporate finance, business development and IT strategy which he latterly headed up for the Group.

He subsequently supported his former family owned EOB through a period of rapid expansion and was involved in the formation of Capital for Colleagues in response to challenges faced by that business in securing equity finance as a private EOB.

Since the flotation of C4C Jeremy has worked for C4C as an Associate and has been involved in the majority of its transactions. He is also himself an employee owner with business development interests in a small number of C4C investees and related businesses.

Carly Lock


Carly joined C4C in January 2020

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Carly joined C4C in January 2020 and is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), qualifying in 2014 at Bath College.

Carly has had over 14 years work experience within various accounting roles.