Meet The Team

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Simon Cottle

Founding Partner

Simon is a Founding Partner at Stanley Capital. Since founding SC, Simon has originated and led the Noden Pharma and Essential deals. Prior to this, Simon gained lead investor experience as managing director and investment committee member at Ardian and director at Hg Capital.

At Ardian and Hg Capital Simon led or co-led deals into Parts Alliance, GSF, DDS Software, Zenith, Leasedrive, Trigo and Envision Pharma.Simon was named as one of the top 40 under 40 private equity practitioners in the inaugural Financial News awards in 2013. Simon’s pre-investing background was as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup, and a technology and healthcare management consultant at Arthur D Little.

Simon was a British Olympian in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 (Rowing) and holds an MBA (INSEAD) and an MA (Oxford) where he was a Richard Blackwell Scholar and multiple College Prize winner in 1997 and 1998. Before university Simon held an IBM Scholarship in Computer Science where he helped program early voice recognition software.

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James Brooks

Founding Partner

James is a Founding Partner at Stanley Capital and co-led Stanley’s investment into Noden Pharma

Until September 2021 he was on the leadership team of Shell’s R&ES division, responsible for strategy and investment decision making for platforms across power, e-mobility, hydrogen, carbon offsets and venture investing

From 2016 to 2020, James co-led the rapid growth of Lightsource BP to become a global leader in the renewable energy sector. In that same period, James founded, raised and worked as managing partner of one of the world’s largest emerging market-focused green private equity funds, Eversource Capital, and completed investments across utility scale and distributed energy, mobility, water and waste management sectors.

Prior to joining Lightsource BP, James was co-head of EMEA Energy and UK & Ireland for Goldman Sachs’s Merchant Banking Division, its principal investment platform. Prior to GS, James worked at First Reserve and Advent International.

James holds a Masters and BA degree in Physics from Merton College, University of Oxford.

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Patrick Hargutt

Founding Partner

Patrick is a Founding Partner at Stanley Capital. He co-led Stanley’s investment into Noden. Patrick is a private equity and special situations investor with a strong track record across both equity and debt transactions.

Prior to Stanley Capital, Patrick was an investor at Centerbridge Partners and Monarch Alternative Capital. He began his career as an investment banker at JP Morgan.

Patrick holds a Masters in Mathematics from the Technical University Munich with summa cum laude. He is the author of the mathematical specialist book “A Fractional Heath-Jarrow-Morton Approach for Interest Rate Markets“, published while on a post-graduate research scholarship at Imperial College London.

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David Poole

Executive Chairman of S-Labs

David acts as Executive Chairman of S-Labs, previously serving as CEO of Emergence. David also sits on the Executive Committee of SCP. David has over 20 years of experience managing BPO and managed services firms during previous roles at Sutherland Global Services, Serco, Capgemini and PWC.

His career has focused on helping large corporations grow via digitally enabled process management and virtualisation of work. Prior to Emergence, Poole co-founded and was CEO of Symphony Ventures (2014-2019), a BPO and RPA-focused digital transformation consultancy, which was sold to Sykes Enterprises in 2018. Poole completed an MBA from Imperial College London and has a degree in Finance & Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Yair Erez

Head of Research, Partner

Yair Erez joined in 2022 as head of research and partner at Stanley Capital Partners.

Prior to SCP, Yair was a senior private equity partner at Bain & Co for three years, where he focused on healthcare and life Sciences transactions. Before this he spent nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Co where he was part of the private equity practice focusing on healthcare and life sciences transactions as well as undertaking growth strategy work for specialty pharma and other life sciences organisations.

Yair has worked or invested with the SCP team on the three most recent investments Envision, Essential, and Noden Pharma.

Yair is a medical doctor specialising in gynaecology and gained his MD at Hebrew University where he was on the Dean’s list of honours, and an executive MBA at the Herzelliya Interdisciplinary Center.

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Matt Harrison

CFO, Partner

Matt is a Partner at Stanley Capital and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He has over 20 years of private equity experience mainly in CFO and chief operating officer (COO) positions.​

Prior to joining Stanley, Matt was CFO of Candover Investments plc and co-founder and COO of Arle Capital​. He co-led the buyout of Arle from Candover in a public market transaction, eventually selling Arle in 2017. Most recently Matt acted as interim CFO of Appian Capital​.

Matt is a qualified chartered accountant, having worked for KPMG in London and Brunei​. He holds an MA in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Nottingham University.

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Simon Cottle

Founding Partner

Simon is a Founding Partner at Stanley Capital. Since founding SC, Simon has originated and led the Noden Pharma and Essential deals. Prior to this, Simon gained lead investor experience as managing director and investment committee member at Ardian and director at Hg Capital.

At Ardian and Hg Capital Simon led or co-led deals into Parts Alliance, GSF, DDS Software, Zenith, Leasedrive, Trigo and Envision Pharma.Simon was named as one of the top 40 under 40 private equity practitioners in the inaugural Financial News awards in 2013. Simon’s pre-investing background was as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup, and a technology and healthcare management consultant at Arthur D Little.

Simon was a British Olympian in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 (Rowing) and holds an MBA (INSEAD) and an MA (Oxford) where he was a Richard Blackwell Scholar and multiple College Prize winner in 1997 and 1998. Before university Simon held an IBM Scholarship in Computer Science where he helped program early voice recognition software.

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James Brooks

Founding Partner

James is a Founding Partner at Stanley Capital and co-led Stanley’s investment into Noden Pharma

Until September 2021 he was on the leadership team of Shell’s R&ES division, responsible for strategy and investment decision making for platforms across power, e-mobility, hydrogen, carbon offsets and venture investing

From 2016 to 2020, James co-led the rapid growth of Lightsource BP to become a global leader in the renewable energy sector. In that same period, James founded, raised and worked as managing partner of one of the world’s largest emerging market-focused green private equity funds, Eversource Capital, and completed investments across utility scale and distributed energy, mobility, water and waste management sectors.

Prior to joining Lightsource BP, James was co-head of EMEA Energy and UK & Ireland for Goldman Sachs’s Merchant Banking Division, its principal investment platform. Prior to GS, James worked at First Reserve and Advent International.

James holds a Masters and BA degree in Physics from Merton College, University of Oxford.

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Patrick Hargutt

Founding Partner

Patrick is a Founding Partner at Stanley Capital. He co-led Stanley’s investment into Noden. Patrick is a private equity and special situations investor with a strong track record across both equity and debt transactions.

Prior to Stanley Capital, Patrick was an investor at Centerbridge Partners and Monarch Alternative Capital. He began his career as an investment banker at JP Morgan.

Patrick holds a Masters in Mathematics from the Technical University Munich with summa cum laude. He is the author of the mathematical specialist book “A Fractional Heath-Jarrow-Morton Approach for Interest Rate Markets“, published while on a post-graduate research scholarship at Imperial College London.

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Arianna Nardelli

Senior Investment Associate

Arianna is part of the investment team at Stanley Capital.

Arianna began her career at Goldman Sachs and spent over six years in the consumer, retail and healthcare M&A team, working across a set of large transactions spanning acquisitions, mergers and equity capital raises.

Arianna holds a Bachelor in Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University and a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University.

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Rodolphe Louvet

Investment Associate

Rodolphe is an Associate with the Investment Team.

Rodolphe joined SCP from Morgan Stanley where he focused on healthcare transactions from its London office. Prior to that, Rodolphe began his career at Citi and spent four years in the healthcare investment banking team working across acquisitions, capital raises, and joint ventures.

Rodolphe and holds a MSc in Financial Markets and Investments from SKEMA Business School.

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Yair Erez

Head of Research, Partner

Yair Erez joined in 2022 as head of research and partner at Stanley Capital Partners.

Prior to SCP, Yair was a senior private equity partner at Bain & Co for three years, where he focused on healthcare and life Sciences transactions. Before this he spent nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Co where he was part of the private equity practice focusing on healthcare and life sciences transactions as well as undertaking growth strategy work for specialty pharma and other life sciences organisations.

Yair has worked or invested with the SCP team on the three most recent investments Envision, Essential, and Noden Pharma.

Yair is a medical doctor specialising in gynaecology and gained his MD at Hebrew University where he was on the Dean’s list of honours, and an executive MBA at the Herzelliya Interdisciplinary Center.

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Marnelia Scribante

Investment Strategy Associate

Marnelia is an Associate with the Investment Strategy Team at Stanley Capital.

Prior to joining Stanley, Marnelia spent five years as a consultant at OC&C Strategy. There she advised private equity and corporate clients on M&A and strategy projects across B2B Services and Tech sectors.

Marnelia holds a MSc in Business Analytics from Imperial College London and BEng from Stellenbosch University.

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David Poole

Executive Chairman of S-Labs

David acts as Executive Chairman of S-Labs, previously serving as CEO of Emergence. David also sits on the Executive Committee of SCP. David has over 20 years of experience managing BPO and managed services firms during previous roles at Sutherland Global Services, Serco, Capgemini and PWC.

His career has focused on helping large corporations grow via digitally enabled process management and virtualisation of work. Prior to Emergence, Poole co-founded and was CEO of Symphony Ventures (2014-2019), a BPO and RPA-focused digital transformation consultancy, which was sold to Sykes Enterprises in 2018. Poole completed an MBA from Imperial College London and has a degree in Finance & Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Felix Massun

CEO

Felix serves as CEO of S-Labs, having previously been CEO of Symphony Lam in the US and Latin America since March 2018.

Felix is considered an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in BPO and supply chain planning consulting and technology In particular, where Felix has a proven track record in developing Latin American business and operations for multinational consultancies Sutherland Global Services, Capgemini and Arthur Andersen.

Felix joined Symphony Ventures in June 2017 to establish the firm’s regional operations. Felix obtained an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business and a degree in Engineering & Industrial Business Management from the Universidad Católica Argentina.

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Greg Caswill

Healthcare Services
Technology

Advises on:

  • Healthcare Services
  • Technology

Career Highlights:

  • Current chairman and founder of Envision Pharma, a med affairs services and software company
  • Global healthcare leader with a strong entrepreneurial and investment track record and successful exits
  • Previously founder and managing director of a specialist medical communications agency
  • Greg is a chartered accountant by background
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Sharon Curran

Healthcare

Advises on:

  • Healthcare

Career Highlights:

  • Highly experienced big pharma executive leading high impact global marketing, commercialisation and growth strategies through strategic guidance, leadership and decision-making scrutiny for world class pharmaceutical corporations
  • Sharon is a board member of Noden Pharma and a non-executive director of Clinigen Group plc and Circassia Group plc. She was previously senior vice president at AbbVie
  • Prior senior leadership experience at Abbott Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly
  • Sharon holds a BSc in Biotechnology from Dublin City University and a MSc in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin
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Xavier Flinois

Technology
Healthcare Services

Advises on:

  • Technology
  • Healthcare Services

Career Highlights:

  • Former President of PAREXEL Informatics and member of the executive leadership team of PAREXEL. CEO and director of blue-chip publicly listed tech and services businesses (Schlumberger, Atos, PAREXEL)
  • Xavier was recognized as one of the 2016 ComputerWorld Premier 100 Technology Leaders and of the 2018 PharmaVoice 100 most inspiring people in life sciences
  • Xavier is an Ecole Polytechnique graduate
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Brian Hepburn

Healthcare Services
Technology

Advises on:

  • Healthcare Services
  • Technology

Career Highlights:

  • Co-founded Envision Pharma in 2001 and was previously a director at PPSI
  • 30 years of experience from Pharma and associated service organisations in roles encompassing clinical research, marketing, medical communications and publications
  • Brian holds a BSc in Microbiology from The University of Glasgow
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Royston Hoggarth

Technology

Advises on:

  • Technology

Career Highlights:

  • Royston held senior executive roles at leading technology companies such as BT, ANT plc, Cable & Wireless plc and IBM
  • His experience was supplemented by non-executive roles across multiple industries
  • He has worked in technology and data/analytics focused product and services businesses across industries
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Alexander Mironov

Healthcare

Advises on:

  • Healthcare

Career Highlights:

  • Alexander has more than 20 years of leadership experience in corporate and business development, M&A, licensing and operations
  • He is a board member of Noden Pharma, president of LifeMD’s and former chief business officer for Covis Pharma
  • He has led transactions in the pharmaceutical space totalling over $5bn in value including M&A, licensing, and equity and debt financings
  • Alexander held senior positions with public and private equity funded growth-oriented companies such as Alvogen, EKR Therapeutics, Esprit Pharma and Valera Pharmaceuticals, beginning his career at Pfizer
  • Alexander holds a BS in Biochemistry from Rutgers University
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Rob Piconi

Resource Efficiency
Healthcare Services

Advises on:

  • Resource Efficiency
  • Healthcare Services

Career Highlights:

  • Rob is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a wealth of diverse experience through his prior executive leadership roles at Fortune 100 public companies in the healthcare, technology and resource efficiency spaces
  • He is the current CEO of Energy Vault, which develops sustainable energy storage solutions that are transforming the world’s approach to utility-scale energy storage for grid resiliency
  • Rob is former CEO and founder of a leading healthcare technology management business with >$100m EBITDA, who has a strong track of value creation and successful exits
  • Current chairman of a leading diagnostic imaging manufacturer
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Björn von Siemens

Healthcare
Technology

Advises on:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology

Career Highlights:

  • Björn is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on ventures that improve human health through data-driven solutions
  • He is the founder of Caresyntax, a leading developer of surgical intelligence technologies working to make mission-critical settings smarter and safer, with over three million surgeries
  • Björn is also managing director of Surgical.ai, a private SPAC healthcare investment company with over $200m assets under management focused on surgical technology and data platforms, serving hospitals, insurance, robotics, and government stakeholders
  • He is a member of the CREO syndicate, a public charity founded by wealth owners and family offices with a mission to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time
  • Björn is a graduate of the London School of Economics and completed postgraduate research as a PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen and Harvard University
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Gary Spellins

Technology
Healthcare Services

Advises on:

  • Technology
  • Healthcare Services

Career Highlights:

  • Gary has spent 18 years leading private equity-backed businesses. He has been chair of two businesses backed by Inflexion LLP; Reed & Mackay, a global corporate travel management and solutions company servicing the financial and professional services market and Scott Dunn, an international luxury tour operator specialising in premium tailor-made holidays
  • He was CEO at Independent Clinical Services, Europe’s leading healthcare staffing and professional services company
  • Gary was also chair at The Parts Alliance, an Hg Capital investment in the automotive sector leading the buy-and-build strategy that built the business to the number two player in the UK. Parts Alliance was successfully sold in 2017
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Dr Joe Taylor

Healthcare

Advises on:

  • Healthcare

Career Highlights:

  • Has worked as a management consultant in healthcare, social care and education since 2006
  • He is a medical doctor and undertook his subsequent doctoral research in neurophysiology, both at the University of Oxford
  • Joe is an expert in MedTech who is active in the biohacking community
  • He is leader of the North for Candesic
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Dr Donald Weir

Resource Efficiency
Technology
Career Highlights:
  • Donald trained as an electrical and control engineer and has more than 20 years of experience in the power distribution industry, first with Landis & Gyr then with Siemens where he was CEO of the global Power Transmission & Distribution Service business unit
  • He was the CEO of E.ON Technologies with responsibility for both innovation, design and technical service to E.ON’s assets
  • Donald has an MA from Cambridge, an MSc from Imperial College London and DPhil from Oxford
Background:
  • Ex CEO Thyssen Krupp Industrial Services
  • Ex CEO Siemens Compression and Solutions

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Matt Harrison

CFO, Partner

Matt is a Partner at Stanley Capital and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He has over 20 years of private equity experience mainly in CFO and chief operating officer (COO) positions.​

Prior to joining Stanley, Matt was CFO of Candover Investments plc and co-founder and COO of Arle Capital​. He co-led the buyout of Arle from Candover in a public market transaction, eventually selling Arle in 2017. Most recently Matt acted as interim CFO of Appian Capital​.

Matt is a qualified chartered accountant, having worked for KPMG in London and Brunei​. He holds an MA in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Nottingham University.

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Natalie Peacock

Executive Assistant

Natalie is the Executive Assistant for the Founding Partners at Stanley Capital and acts as Office Manager

Prior to joining Stanley Capital, Natalie was an Executive Assistant at Lightsource BP for 7 years

Natalie has spent over 20 years living abroad in the Middle East and Southern Africa working across a variety of industries including Media, Asset Management and Conferencing

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Marissa Arrows

EA

Marissa is the Executive Assistant for Founding Partners, Simon and Patrick, at Stanley Capital.

Prior to joining Stanley Capital, Marissa was an Executive Assistant at Arab Banking Corporation.

Marissa has worked across a variety of industries including Interior Design, Finance and Fashion, where she spent 5 years at global brand Burberry.