When you get Synova on board, you’ll be working with people who are driven by success.

We’re in business to make a difference. We don’t just stand and observe. We act fast to get things done. We have the experience and expertise to help management teams make the right strategic decisions and the energy and drive to help our portfolio companies achieve their goals. Meet the team and learn something about what we’re capable of.

David Menton
Managing Partner

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David is a Managing Partner of Synova Capital. Prior to co-founding the firm during 2007, David spent a number of years within a subsidiary of WPP and a prominent family office investment firm, where he was responsible for managing UK investment strategy. David’s track record includes a number of highly successful mid-market transactions in the UK. He is a Non-Executive Director of Clearwater Care and served as a Non-Executive Director of dbg. David is focused on the Financial Services and Healthcare sectors.

Philip Shapiro
Managing Partner

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Philip is an experienced investor in growing UK companies. Prior to co-founding Synova Capital in 2007, Philip worked at Phoenix Equity Partners. Prior to this, Philip advised private equity houses and mid-market companies on UK acquisitions whilst working at UBS and Dresdner Kleinwort. Philip is a Non-Executive Director of TLG Brands, Clearwater Care and Kinapse. He oversees the Technology and Consumer Brands sectors.

Alex Bowden

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Alex joined Synova Capital during 2011. He has over 15 years’ experience of successfully investing in and supporting UK mid-market companies. Prior to joining Synova Capital, Alex spent a number of years at Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC) and 3i plc investing in businesses across the UK. Alex is a Non-Executive Director of Mandata and MK Test and oversees Synova’s strategy in the Business Services sector.

Daniel Parker

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Prior to joining, Daniel spent four years at Zouk Capital, a private equity and infrastructure fund manager, where he served as Finance Manager & Head of Compliance. Daniel previously served in the Finance teams at Samena Capital and Man Group Plc, both investment managers. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Young, where he spent five years in the investment management team. Daniel is also a Managing Partner at Synova Capital.

Tim Ashlin

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Tim joined Synova Capital in 2014 and has a broad range of investment experience across the UK mid-market. Prior to joining Synova, he was a Partner and Head of Healthcare and Education at Phoenix Equity Partners. Tim also spent several years advising and supporting companies whilst working for Close Brothers Corporate Finance and for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Tim is focused on the Healthcare and Education sectors.

Laura Swann
EA/Office Manager

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Laura joined the Synova team in 2009 having worked as a Personal Assistant in a variety of capacities since graduating in 2005 with a BA from the University of Roehampton. She is responsible for managing the office as well as providing administrative support to the senior team.

Lizzie Ryan
Investment Manager

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Prior to joining Synova Capital, Lizzie spent six years working in lead advisory at Deloitte. Her experience, which has been focused on the Financial Services sector, includes advising private equity houses, corporate shareholders and management teams on disposals, acquisitions, management buy-outs and restructurings. Lizzie holds a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Charles Dale
Investment Manager

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Charles joined Synova Capital as an Investment Manager during 2014. Prior to joining, Charles worked as an Analyst at Gresham Private Equity, where he focussed on lower mid-market UK buyouts. Charles holds a Masters in Finance and Investment and a BA in Business Economics, both from the University of Exeter.

Zachary Tsai
Investment Manager

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Zac joined Synova Capital as an Investment Manager during 2013. Prior to joining Synova Capital, Zac advised private equity houses and UK mid-market companies on company sales, acquisitions, management buy-outs and growth capital fundraisings whilst working in the M&A team at Catalyst Corporate Finance and at the investment banking division of PwC. He holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Birmingham University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Scott Fairlie
Investment Manager

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Scott joined Synova Capital as an Investment Manager during 2013. Prior to joining the team at Synova, Scott spent 6 years at KPMG working on a number of transactions in the retail, consumer and telecoms sectors. He is a Non-Executive Director of MK Test. Scott holds a BA in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Jessica Farrow
Team Assistant

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Jessica joined Synova in 2013 after graduating with a BSc from University of Greenwich in 2012. In her role as Team Assistant she provides administrative support to the Synova Team.

Jack Andrews
Investment Executive

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Prior to joining, Jack completed a BA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Oxford.

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