Darren joined NatWest Bank on the graduate scheme and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
After 6 years working in relationship banking and then structured finance, Darren was given the opportunity to start either a biotech or an IT focussed early stage venture capital fund. This was an easy decision, being that he can’t stand the sight of blood and has been working with technology companies, the occasional pharma company and fast growth companies in general ever since.
With a solid background in banking, venture capital and operational board experience, Darren joined Meridian as Director in 2003 and completed their own MBO of Meridian in 2008. He hold’s the Corporate Finance qualification and has served on the Boards of a number of companies as a Non-Executive Director.
Darren has worked extensively with TMT companies with global ambitions as well as with companies at board level in aerospace and defence, bio-diagnostics and retail.
I have over 25 years in banking, private equity and corporate finance and I have worked alongside TMT companies for the last 15 years as an investor and adviser. I am also the driver behind our own technology focussed venture capital fund. I enjoy negotiating cross-border transactions and am proud to have achieved great results on behalf of my clients and investors.
Highlights of my career include; the sale of a capacitive touch sense technology company to a US semi-conductor manufacturer for $135m; investing and helping to grow the UK's leading supplier of energy to schools; and taking a travel company from a two men start-up to being sold for £190m.
In my spare time I am a keen cross country and long distance runner.
Corporate Finance Team of the Year 2018 - The Business Magazine's Solent Deals Awards
Private Equity Firm of the Year 2018 - The Business Magazine's Solent Deals Awards
Corporate Finance Team of the Year 2017 - The Business Magazine's Solent Deals Awards
Deal Maker of the Year 2016 - The Business Magazine’s Solent Deals Awards
Deal Maker of the Year 2015 - The Business Magazine’s Solent Deals Awards
Deal Maker of the Year 2014 - The Business Magazine’s Solent Deals Awards
- Partner - Meridian Growth Capital Ltd
- Director - Meridian Corporate Finance Ltd
- Director - Barclays Ventures
- Director - BVCA Hi-Tech Committee
- Founder and Principal - NatWest IT Fund
- Manager - NatWest Bank Plc Relationship Banking & Structured Finance