Our Team

We are 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

Partner

I am a Partner and Founder of Horizon Capital and am focused on finding new investment opportunities, structuring, and executing transactions and supporting our management teams to deliver on their exciting growth plans. I also sit on the Horizon Investment Committee. 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 Sapphire, Dains, Agilico and The Marketing Practice.

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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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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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Jeremy Hand

Chairman

I am Chair of Horizon Capital and a member of its investment committee. More than three decades of investing has taught me that success lies in people. Today, drawing on experiences gained over that time, I work with the team at Horizon to help build great businesses and deliver strong returns for our investors. The partnerships we form with each of our talented management teams is central to making that possible.

After graduating in Computer Science and Accounting at Manchester University, I started my career at Coopers & Lybrand advising smaller businesses. I moved into private equity in 1989 at Hambros and helped establish Horizon Capital in 2018. Over the years, I have been NXD or Chair of more than 30 portfolio companies and past chair of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

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Tom Maizels

Director

I am a Director 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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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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Giuliana Victoria Cian

Manager

At Horizon I focus on sourcing both new deals and add-on acquisitions for the portfolio. I work with the management teams at TopSource and Dains on their buy and build programmes.

I am also responsible for supporting the partners on Investor relations activities and for leading the Horizon Capital ESG programme, working closely with all of our portfolio companies. I joined Horizon Capital from Third Bridge, a primary research provider to Private Equity firms. I hold a first class degree in International Management and Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Chris Snow

Manager

I am responsible for originating and executing new platform investments at Horizon Capital, whilst working closely with our portfolio companies to support with their M&A strategies and acquisitions. I am currently supporting our portfolio company Juniper, a leading software provider to the Education sector, helping them drive an extensive buy & build strategy across the UK and am a Non Executive Director of Strat 7.

Before joining Horizon Capital I worked in Technology focussed investment banking for 6 years at EY and Torch Partners, where I advised high growth companies and entrepreneurs across the B2B SaaS and Internet infrastructure landscapes.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with a degree in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham.

Talia Tabbara

Executive

I focus on sourcing both new deals and strategic add-on acquisitions for our portfolio companies across our key sectors of Software, Technology, Data and Business services.

I started my career at Third Bridge, a primary research provider focusing on Private Equity and Hedge Fund clients. I hold a first class degree in Management and Modern History from the University of St Andrews.

Anna Fatakhova

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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Gareth Denley

Advisor

I work as an advisor to the Horizon partners supporting them in achieving their ambitious growth plans.

During my career I have chaired many private equity-owned companies and have particular expertise in the software and technology services sectors. I met Horizon when I was Chairman of Access Group, an enterprise software company they backed and successfully sold to TA Associates.

I started my career at P&G, before moving to IBM, where I was a director and board member of IBM UK and IBM Financial Services. I have held senior executive roles within a number of technology and support services businesses, including as CEO of Rebus HR Group, which under my leadership grew EBITDA from £6 million to £14 million before we sold the business to Northgate I.S. I hold an honours degree in Physics from the University of Wales.

Katherine Woodfine

Manager

I am focused on sourcing and executing new platform investments and supporting our portfolio companies in making add-on acquisitions. I work closely with intelligent automation solutions provider BP3, supporting on their buy and build programme. I also work with our portfolio companies TopSource and Ground Control.

My twelve years experience in business includes 5 years as an investor at Puma Investments where I was responsible for a number of growth investments.

I hold a first class degree in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham and am a CFA Charterholder.

Victoria Venn

Head of Marketing and Communications

I lead all Marketing and Comms activity across the business and my core focus is the development and preservation of the Horizon Capital brand.

Previously, I was a Director on the asset management team at Citigate Dewe Rogerson working with in house marketing teams on corporate communications strategies for institutional investors. Clients included NN Investment Partners, Intertrust and SPDR ETF.

I ran my own financial and financial services Marketing and PR business (VSC) for six years working with clients such as Wellian Investment Solutions and Harwood Capital, developing communications strategies for the IPOs of Harwood Wealth and Odyssean Capital.

I started my career in technology and financial services PR working with a range of cloud computing and data centre clients