Richard Griffiths - Chairman
Richard, has had a long career founding, running, investing in and advising growth companies. Previously, he was founder and Executive Chairman of the Evolution Group PLC, a diversified financial group, taking it from start up to FTSE 250 membership within 5 years. Richard subsequently went on to found ORA Capital Partners Plc in 2006. Before distributing the company's assets in late 2013, ORA Capital Partners had made an annual rate of return of 38% to its shareholders.
Richard has also been a venture or strategic investor in many successful UK companies including IP Group, Nanoco, Tissue Regenix, GVC, Oxford Nanopore and Plectrum Petroleum (sold to Cairn Energy). He maintains a keen interest in farming, sport and philanthropic initiatives.
Michael Bretherton – Director
Michael has spent most of his 38 year career in a variety of finance director roles where he has been involved in the strategic evaluation and commercial implementation of a broad range of business initiatives including acquisitions, disposals and company restructurings. Michael joined ORA Capital Partners Plc in 2006 as Finance Director and he is also Chairman of the investment company, Sarossa Plc. In addition, Michael has been a director of six other AIM quoted companies during the last five years.
Michael has a degree in Economics from Leeds University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His early career included working as an accountant and manager with PriceWaterhouse for 7 years in London and the Middle East.
Craig McDougall – Director
Craig has been involved in public and private UK growth capital markets for almost 25 years and has held senior roles in a number of institutions including Canada Life and N+1 Brewin where he was a founding partner. His career within equity capital markets has seen him participate at many investment and advisory levels of the growth company spectrum. Craig has always operated within the institutional investor realm and he has uniquely fulfilled both buy-side portfolio management and sell-side equity sales roles.
Craig joined ORA Capital Partners Plc in 2012, holds a degree in Accounting and Finance and is an associate of the CFA.
James Sutcliffe – Director
Following university James gained his professional accountancy qualification and went on to work for Grant Thornton and PwC, both in the UK and overseas. James has significant experience across a wide range of business sectors and markets from dealing with small private clients to full list PLC’s. James joined Ora Limited in 2014 acting as financial controller and currently also acts as company secretary.
James is a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.