Our Team

We are a young, proven and ambitious team. Crucially, we have a deep understanding of entrepreneurs, the challenges they face and the support they need to achieve their ambitions.

Simon Hitchcock

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner of Horizon Capital, I am responsible for the overall strategy and management of the firm whilst being actively involved in new investments and our portfolio.

Alongside my fellow partners, I set up Horizon Capital with a clear vision to be a sector specialist in technology and services businesses using buy and build in every investment we make. I started my career in the Corporate Finance team at PwC, having graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Business Administration. I moved into an investing role early in my career as I wanted to work with management teams beyond just the transaction.

I now have over two decades of investing experience and have had the privilege of working with some exceptionally talented teams in building market leading businesses.

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Luke Kingston

Managing Partner

I am Managing Partner and a Founder of Horizon Capital and am focused on finding new investment opportunities, structuring and executing these transactions and supporting our management teams to deliver on their exciting growth plans. I also sit on the Horizon Investment Committee and manage our origination and investment teams. Prior to joining Horizon, I originated and led transactions for the leverage finance team at RBS, Sovereign Capital and the M&A team at EY. I currently manage our investments in Dains, Ridge and The Marketing Practice and previously led and managed our investment in Sapphire.

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Adam Lewis

Partner

I am a founding Partner and a member of the Horizon Capital Investment Committee. I have invested in fast growing entrepreneurial businesses for over 13 years, helping managers and entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the UK and internationally. I currently manage and sit on the boards of three of our portfolio companies; AgriBriefing, Churchesfire and Strat7.

My early career was in strategy consulting at Deloitte, I moved into investing early in my career and worked with two other lower mid market private equity firms before founding Horizon Capital with my fellow partners. I hold a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath.

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Tom Maizels

Partner

I am a Partner in the Horizon Capital team responsible for leading new platform investments and supporting the growth and development of our portfolio companies.

I led our investments in and am a board member of intelligent automation services provider BP3 and employment compliance provider TopSource. I am also a board member of customer contact technology business Sabio. Prior to joining Horizon Capital, I spent over 4 years at Spayne Lindsay working on M&A deal execution with corporate and private equity clients. I hold a first class degree in History and French from Bristol University. I’m also a merit holder of the ICAEW/CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance.

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Martin Squier

Partner

I am a Partner and member of the Investment Committee at Horizon Capital. My role includes responsibility for the firms finances and risk as well as portfolio performance.

In founding Horizon Capital with my fellow partners, I saw a real opportunity to specialise in supporting growing technology and service companies in executing intensive buy and build strategies.

My early career was in the Corporate Finance team at PwC and I worked for another lower mid market investor before forming Horizon Capital.

I hold a Commerce and Science degree from the University of Queensland and am a Chartered Accountant and CFA charterholder.

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Emily Hickley

Investment Director

My role at Horizon Capital is to source and execute both new investments and add-on acquisitions for our portfolio companies.

I am currently a board member of digital operating transformation provider Sapphire Systems, workplace technology provider Agilico and Dains Accountants.

Before joining Horizon Capital, I was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance team at RBS, spending 6 years providing debt capital for private equity transactions across the UK and Western Europe. I hold a degree in Economics from the University of Exeter.

Matt Morris

Investment Director

My role at Horizon Capital is to source and execute both new investments and add-on acquisitions across our key sectors of software, technology, data and business services. I have worked on our investments in Ascent and Sapphire Systems and am currently a Non-Executive Director at Modern Networks and The Marketing Practice.

Before joining Horizon Capital, I worked at Preqin, a data provider to the alternative assets industry. I hold a first class Economics and Politics degree from the University of Exeter.

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Jack Teasdale

Investment Director

At Horizon I am responsible for originating and executing new investments and strategic acquisitions for our portfolio companies. Prior to joining Horizon Capital, I spent 5 years at BGF investing in technology companies. My early career was spent in Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance team advising clients on acquisitions, disposals and raising growth capital.

I am a qualified chartered accountant (ACA) and hold a degree in Economics and Finance from Loughborough University.

Tom Kitchen

Investment Executive

I am responsible for sourcing and executing new platform investments at Horizon Capital, whilst working closely with our portfolio companies to support their buy and build strategies and growth ambitions. I am supporting the team at BP3 helping them with acquisitions across Northern Europe.

Before joining Horizon Capital, I worked in investment banking at DC Advisory and venture capital at Mercia Asset Management, where I led investments into high-growth technology businesses. I hold a degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.

Jamie White

Investment Executive

I am responsible for supporting the execution of Horizon's buy & build strategy through sourcing and executing new platform investments and add on acquisitions. I am supporting the teams at Ascent and STRAT7, helping them with international acquisitions.

I joined Horizon from the boutique investment bank Smith Square Partners where I advised entrepreneurs and public companies on transactions across multiple sectors ,including technology-enabled services and business services. I have previously worked at Quayle Munro (acquired by Houlihan Lokey) and hold a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.

Conor Murray

Investment Executive

At Horizon I am responsible for sourcing and executing new platform investments as well as supporting our portfolio companies with their acquisition plans.

Prior to Horizon, I worked in Investment Banking, initially in the Technology and Software team at GCA Altium and latterly Houlihan Lokey following its acquisition of GCA. Prior to this I worked at a Birmingham based Corporate Finance boutique having initially begun my professional career in Wealth Management. I hold a degree in History from the University of Exeter.

Emilie Le Querec

Executive

My role at Horizon is to source new deals as well as strategic add-on acquisitions.

I previously worked at Third Bridge, a primary research firm, supporting Private Equity, Management Consulting and Hedge Fund clients. I hold a BSc (Hons) in International Business and German from the University of Warwick.

Claudia Cazalet

Executive

In my role at Horizon, I focus on sourcing new deals and strategic add-on acquisitions for our portfolio companies.

I worked previously at AlphaSights, a knowledge-on-demand company that connects Private Equity, Management Consulting, Investment Management and Corporate clients with industry experts to provide market insights and industry expertise. I hold a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol.

Yuen Steckler

Executive

At Horizon, my role is to source new deals and strategic add-on acquisitions.

I previously worked at Third Bridge, a primary research provider, focusing on creating content for Private Equity clients. I hold a Ba in Sociology from the University of York.

Anna Melville

Analyst

In my role at Horizon Capital I support our portfolio companies in their growth journeys and am responsible for undertaking the analysis which underpins our portfolio management and investor reporting.

I am a Board Member at Ascent, the data and software business that undertakes digital transformation for mid market companies and work closely with the management team on their buy and build programme

I have a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Exeter and prior to joining the Horizon Capital Team was a Business Analyst at an eCommerce start up.

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Chloe Jones

Executive Assistant

I support the Horizon Capital team in succeeding in their roles.

I joined the business after completing a diploma in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

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