The Team

The diverse and entrepreneurial experience of our team enables us to work closely alongside teams to deliver value.

Tom Matthews - Partner

Tom is a partner at Magenta Partners. Previously, Tom has worked at Deutsche Bank’s strategic private equity arm, Bridges Ventures and MidOcean Partners, and has over 14 years of investment experience spanning development capital through to mid market buy-outs, primarily in the UK. Tom has expertise in a number of industries including leisure, media, consumer and business services.

Tom has an MA in Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD where he was a Louis Franck scholar.

Chase Emson - Partner

Chase is a partner of Magenta Partners. Previously, Chase has worked at the pan-European mid-market private equity firm, MidOcean Partners, where he was a Director, and at Deutsche Bank, in both corporate finance advisory and the venture capital arm of the DB Capital platform. Chase has worked on investments ranging from pure equity venture capital through to mid-market (£150m EV) buyouts and large cap (£2bn) advisory mandates, with a focus on Western Europe.

Chase has an MA in Spanish and Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from INSEAD where he was an IFS Henry Grunfeld scholar.

Advisory Group:

We are fortunate to be supported by a strong group of Advisory Board members and affiliates.  They provide us with thoughtful strategic input and their contact networks and wealth of experience also brings value to the businesses we back.  

Graham Thomas

Graham was latterly Head of Private Equity at RIT Capital Partners plc., a listed investment trust with a NAV of approximately £1.9bn investing in a widely diversified, international portfolio across a range of asset classes, both quoted and unquoted. Prior to RIT, Graham was Global Head of Standard Bank's Principal Investment Management Division, a Partner of MidOcean Partners and Co-Head of Goldman Sach’s Alternative Telecom Group.

Philip Newborough

Philip is Chief Executive of the UK investor Bridges Ventures and has previously managed two venture capital-backed businesses and a substantial pan-European business. He previously worked at Aiwa as Director and General Manager and was then appointed Managing Director of MWB Business Exchange Ltd, a serviced office provider. Philip is a chartered accountant and started his private equity career at Apax Partners.

Founding Investor

Our principal founder and investor are the Tom Singh Family Trusts.  Tom Singh is one of the UK’s leading retail entrepreneurs. Having founded the New Look chain of women’s fashion stores in 1969 with a single store, the chain now operates more than 750 total stores in the UK and Europe.  Tom served as an active executive board member until March 2006 and continues to serve as a non-executive member of the board. Tom is the Chairman of TIE in the UK, a founder member of the Social Investment Task Force and an active philanthropist.