John Mackie joined the Board on 1 January 2006 and became Chairman on 11 August 2006. He had an early career in retail management before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1985 and thereafter started working in the private equity sector, originally with 3i and then with Morgan Grenfell Development Capital. From 2000 to 2005 he was chief executive of the British Venture Capital Association. He is currently a partner at Parallel Private Equity LLP.
Terry Connor was appointed to the Board on 1 November 2004. He became Senior Independent Director with effect from 2 November 2006 and chairman of the Audit Committee with effect from 19 March 2009. He was a media analyst with James Capel subsequently joining Mirror Group plc in 1993, as part of a new management team. Currently a non-executive director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, a member of the Legal Services Board and trustee of the Africa Education Trust. He is also a member of Hertfordshire Police Authority.
Barry Dean joined the Board in May 2000. He is a qualified chartered accountant and was formerly managing director of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Private Equity Limited. Currently a non-executive director of ProVen VCT plc, Elderstreet VCT plc and Downing Absolute Income VCT 2 plc. In addition, he is a consultant to Elderstreet Private Equity Limited, and a member of the advisory committee of Parallel Private Equity LLP and a member of the investment committee of Beamreach Capital LLP.
Ian Orrock was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2005. He is a technology-oriented engineer and general manager having extensive international experience with United Telecom, Racal Electronics and Meridian. He has built his own and other businesses and turned around specialist engineering, computer and telecom companies in both the private and public sector. Between 1992 and 2000 he was the chairman and chief executive officer of Roxspur Plc and from 2002 to 2008 was chief executive officer then also chairman of Vianet Group plc. He is currently chairman and chief executive of Arkessa Limited, a director of Baronsmead Venture Capital Trust III Limited and is involved with a number of technology media and telecoms companies.
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