Growth capital specialists

We are a private equity team that provides growth capital to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK.

We are the private equity division of Puma Investments, which manages a series of investment funds on a discretionary basis. This means we have capital in hand, ready to deploy – so we can move quickly to help you. We operate across the country from our offices in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh and are part of an organisation that raised its first private equity fund in 1996.

We are proud of the strong relationships we build, and look forward to supporting your future success.

Meet the team

Puma Private Equity - Rupert West

RUPERT WEST – Managing Director

+44 (0)20 7468 7973 Rupert's email

  • 14 years of investment-related experience
  • Investment highlights include Brewhouse & Kitchen, Rosebourne garden centre group and NRG Gym
  • Previous roles include Manager at Barclays Capital and Associate at Standard Bank
  • Read Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bristol then a Masters in International Policy Analysis

KELVIN READER – Investment Manager

+44 (0)20 7468 7981 Kelvin's email

  • 10 years of investment-related experience
  • Investment highlights include Parade Media and InSport
  • Previous roles include Principal at Station 12 and Investment Manager at Ingenious Media
  • Member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and read Accounting at Stellenbosch University

HARRIET ROSETHORN – Investment Manager

+44 (0)20 7468 7946 Harriet's email

  • Six years of corporate finance and investment experience
  • Investment highlights include Le Col, Pure Cremation and SEN Schools
  • Previous roles include Associate at GP Bullhound and Analyst at Results International
  • Completed the Diploma in Corporate Finance, read Chemistry at the University of Southampton
Puma Private Equity - Jonathan Wyles

JONATHAN WYLES, CFA – Investment Manager

+44 (0)20 7468 7939 Jonathan's email

  • 15 years of investment-related experience
  • Investment highlights include eight years of managing institutional portfolios in international markets
  • Previous roles include Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Asset Management and Portfolio Manager at ABN AMRO
  • CFA charterholder, MBA with Distinction (Cass Business School), MSc Finance, read Earth Sciences at University of Bristol
Puma Private Equity - Ben Leslie

BEN LESLIE – Investment Executive

+44 (0)20 7468 7988 Ben's email

  • Seven years of transaction and investment-related experience
  • Provided a range of transaction-related and due diligence services to clients across the UK, Europe and North America
  • Previous roles include Transaction Services Manager at Deloitte
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, read Economics at the University of Edinburgh

HENRI SONGEUR – Investment Partnerships

+44 (0)20 7468 7944 Henri's email

  • Six years of investment-related experience
  • Investment highlights include SaveMoneyCutCarbon, Hill & Friends and BorrowMyDoggy
  • Previous investment roles at Orchid Partners and IW Capital
  • Read Mathematics & Economics MA at the University of Edinburgh and LL.m in Law & Economics at the University of Rotterdam

KATE CLARFELT – Team Assistant

+44 (0)20 7468 7907 Kate's email

  • Previous experience at Headland Consultancy
  • Read Ancient History MA at the University of Edinburgh