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, Wireless Innovation and DMC Canotec.

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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 10 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

My role as Chairman is both fascinating and a huge privilege. I was a founder member of the Horizon Capital team and I now support the Partners in delivering the growth of the business. Each day presents new opportunities as well as the chance to share experiences, network and offer practical advice from my 30 year investment track record.

At Horizon Capital, we partner with hugely talented and entrepreneurial managers. Helping them achieve their ambitions is definitely the most rewarding part of our business, the partnerships we form with our management teams is always central to making that possible.

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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 investment in employment compliance provider Topsource and am also a board member of customer contact technology business Sabio and data analytics provider Strat7.

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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Aidan Connelly

Manager

I am focused on sourcing and executing new platform investments and add-on acquisitions for our portfolio companies. I work with our portfolio company Juniper Education, a SAAS software business in the education market.

Prior to joining Horizon Capital, I spent six years working in mid-market private equity in South Africa and the UK. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and hold a BCom Honours in Accountancy from the University of Johannesburg and a BAccounting from Stellenbosch University.

Emily Hickley

Manager

My role at Horizon Capital is to source and execute both new investments and strategic add-on acquisitions for our portfolio companies. I work with the management team at fast growing software provider Sapphire Systems on their UK and US acquisitions.

Before joining Horizon Capital, I was a Vice President in the Acquisition Finance team of Royal Bank of Scotland. I spent six years providing debt capital for private equity transactions in the UK and Western Europe.

I hold a degree in Economics from the University of Exeter.

Matt Morris

Manager

My role at Horizon Capital is to source and execute both new investments and strategic add-on acquisitions across our key sectors of software, technology, data and business services. I am currently a Non-Executive Director at Ascent Software.

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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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 our Converged Managed services provider Timico on their buy and build programme.

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.

Giuliana Victoria Cian

Associate

I focus on sourcing both new deals and add-on acquisitions for the Horizon Capital portfolio companies. I work closely with the management team at our employment compliance group Topsource on their buy and build programme.

I started my career at Third Bridge, a primary research provider for Private Equity firms. I hold a first class degree in International Management and Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Morgan Johnson

Associate

I focus on sourcing both new deals and strategic add-on acquisitions across our key sectors of software, technology, data and business services. I have worked closely with our portfolio companies DMC and Juniper Education on their acquisition programmes.

Prior to joining Horizon Capital, I worked at Dartmouth Partners recruiting front office investment professionals into the hedge fund, private equity and family office industry. I hold an International Business Management degree from Cardiff University.

Charlotte Parsons

Personal Assistant

I support the Horizon Capital team in succeeding in their roles. I joined the business after completing a PA Diploma from Oxford Media and Business School.

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Lucy Wooding

Personal Assistant

I support the Horizon Capital team in succeeding in their roles. I studied Marketing Management and spent four years as a Marketing Executive.

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Gareth Denley

Advisor

Gareth is an Advisor to Horizon.

Gareth has chaired many private equity-owned companies and has particular expertise in the software and technology services sectors. Most recently he was Chairman of Access Group, an enterprise software company backed by Horizon until it was sold to TA Associates in 2015.

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

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