Darren has over 25 years in banking, venture capital and corporate finance and is recognised as a highly experienced deal maker, non-executive director, advisory specialist and investor.
He has an extensive Board level background on companies that are owner managed as well as venture capital backed and was previously a member of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) hi-tech committee.
Darren has advised on a significant number of management buyouts, private equity transactions and business sales, both domestically and internationally. He particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurial management teams and investing alongside them where appropriate. His advisory firm, Meridian Corporate Finance, have either been a finalist or won the Solent Corporate Finance Team of the Year in each of the last 8 years. Meridian are currently Corporate Finance Team of the year 2018.
He has multiple awards for Dealmaker of the Year in the Solent Deals Awards - as voted by his peers in the region. The Meridian Growth Capital fund that he runs is currently Private Equity Firm of the year 2018 and have currently 12 investments in the portfolio and have delivered 5 exits in the last 3 years. One of the investments that he made at a start up, LoveHolidays, where he sat on the Board from inception recently sold for £190m to PE firm Livingbridge.
Darren is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute Of Bankers and a member of the IT Non-Executive Directors Association.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), FCIB , DipFM, CF, AMRI.
Specialties: Technology, Media, Telecoms, Energy services, Retail Leisure, Aerospace and Defence.
I am passionate about business and have worked alongside fast growth companies as an adviser, non-executive director and investor. I am 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 person start-up to one of the fastest growth companies in the UK.
In my spare time, I am a keen cross country runner and also try to fit in some golf and shooting.
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
- Managing 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