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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The knowledge, experience and pedigree of our people combined with the range of our professional contacts and network are key to providing our clients and investors with services of the highest quality. Details of our leadership team can be found below.

Richard Manley Seneca Partners

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Richard Manley

CEO

Richard Manley Seneca Partners

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Richard Manley

CEO


Richard Manley is a founding Director of Seneca Partners. He was named Managing Partner in 2016. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 2003. He worked for KPMG for over 5 years, initially in their audit business and latterly in their corporate recovery division working on financial and operational restructurings and formal insolvencies. In 2007, Richard joined NM Rothschild’s leveraged finance team in Manchester before joining Cenkos Fund Managers in June 2008. During his time with Cenkos Fund Managers, manager of a £60m pre-IPO investment fund, Richard gained extensive experience of flotations, fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.

Michael Beverley Seneca Partners

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Michael Beverley

Non-executive Chairman

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Michael Beverley

Non-executive Chairman


Michael is an experienced businessman with extensive business and charitable interests. He is currently the majority shareholder and Vice Chairman of One Medical Group, an award-winning solutions and healthcare provider to the NHS. Michael is the Chairman of Seneca Partners Limited, Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras and also Indepen Limited.

Michael spent the first 28 years of his business career with Arthur Andersen, ultimately becoming UK regional and senior managing partner where he was responsible for 3,500 people, 11 offices and a turnover of £350 million.

Upon retiring in 2001, Michael developed a number of businesses centred around healthcare and property, before in 2009 making the decision to reorganise his business interests to focus exclusively on One Medical Group.

Michael has been a member for 6 years of the then Department of Trade & Industry’s Industrial Development Board, a member of Court of the University of Leeds; a member of its Commercialisation Advisory Board and its Campaign Board which is in the process of raising £100 million. Michael was also previously a member of the University of Leeds Business School’s Advisory Board.

Further, Michael was Chairman of Opera North for 12 years and a Governor of Leeds Metropolitan University for 6 years.

Robert Holt Seneca Partners

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Robert Holt OBE

Non-executive Director

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Robert Holt OBE

Non-executive Director


Robert is Chairman of Mears Group Plc in which he had a controlling interest in Mears at the time of the flotation in October 1996. He has a background in developing support service businesses, and has operated in the service sector since 1981, initially in a financial capacity before moving into general management.

Richard Matthewman

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Richard Matthewman

Non-executive Director

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Richard Matthewman

Non-executive Director


Richard joined Seneca as non-executive director in February 2014. He was previously Managing Director of Neales Waste Management until July 2012 when he completed a sale of the business. Having started the company with 6 employees and built it into a multi-site operation employing 150 people offering a complete range of series in waste and recycle management. In 1991, he became Director of Blackburn Rovers FC and later took up the role of Vice Chairman overseeing the strategies and operation of the club. Richard currently holds the position of Chairman of Northcote Leisure Group which consists of Northcote Hotel Limited and Ribble Valley Inn. Together with the board of directors they are in the process of expanding both sides of the business.

Tim Murphy Seneca Partners

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Tim Murphy

Director

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Tim Murphy

Director


Tim commenced his finance career with Barclays in 1983 where he fulfilled various corporate and credit roles, before joining County Natwest in 1990 where he held a number of positions in structured and acquisition finance.

In 1993, Tim joined the Royal Bank of Scotland’s fledgling Acquisition Finance business, initially establishing the Leeds office. He was subsequently responsible for all UK regional teams before in 2002, founding RBS Corporate & Structured Finance. As Joint Managing Director, he had overall responsibility for the National Mid-Cap structured finance business, whilst also being a member of the Banks Corporate Credit Committee.

In 2005, Tim was hired by Deloitte (Manchester) as a corporate finance partner with the remit to establish the National Debt Advisory business, advising on capital raising and stressed debt refinancing.

Ian Currie Seneca Partners

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Ian Currie

Director

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Ian Currie

Director


Ian qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 with KPMG and has been involved in corporate finance with Peel Hunt & Co, Apax Partners & Co and Altium Capital. Ian sits on the Board of Hedley & Co Stockbrokers, is a founder and majority shareholder of Liberty SIPP who manage in excess of £1 billion of assets, is a partner of Palatine Private Equity LLP and is on the Board of Trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford, Manchester.

Gordon Lane Seneca Partners

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Gordon Lane

Head of Corporate Finance Advisory

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Gordon Lane

Head of Corporate Finance Advisory


Gordon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 and has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance lead advisory services. Gordon was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes until 2002 when he joined BDO in Manchester. He successfully established BDO in the North West corporate finance market and was a key member of the National Corporate Finance Operating Board at BDO for more than five years. Gordon’s experience is principally in mid-market lead advisory deals in the £5 million to £50 million range across a broad range of sectors. Gordon is a FCA and gained a BA (Econ) Hons in accounting and Business Finance from the University of Manchester.

David Thomas Seneca Partners

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David Thomas

CEO, Seneca Investment Managers

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David Thomas

CEO, Seneca Investment Managers


David joined the board of Seneca Investment Managers as Chief Executive Officer in April 2015.

He has held a range of senior management roles in the investment industry, including Head of UK Retail at Momentum Global Investment Management, Chief Executive at Alexander Investment (Holdings) Limited, Business Development Director at Midas Capital Partners Limited and Head of Research at Rensburg. Prior to this, David was an investment analyst at Cazenove and Flemings.

David graduated in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford in 1986. He is a member of the Liverpool University Pension Fund Advisory Committee, and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Peter Elston

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Peter Elston

CIO, Seneca Investment Managers

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Peter Elston

CIO, Seneca Investment Managers


Peter’s research responsibility for Seneca IM is asset allocation. Having joined the team as global investment strategist in November 2014, Peter was appointed chief investment officer in April 2015 and to the board of the company in January 2016. Peter was appointed as a fund manager on the Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust plc in March 2016. He has previously worked in investment roles at Mercury and Aberdeen, largely based in Asia. Peter graduated in Oriental Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1988. He enjoys running, photography and science.

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