Stuart is the Managing Partner of Odyssean Capital, which he founded in 2017. He has spent the last 18 years investing in public and private UK small and mid-size corporates and a further two years providing investment advice in the same field.
Prior to founding Odyssean he was a Director and fund manager at GVQ Investment Management. In 2009, he became lead fund manager of Strategic Equity Capital plc. Over the following 7 years, was instrumental in driving a turnaround in the performance and fortunes of this closed ended fund.
Stuart began his career as a strategy consultant undertaking commercial due diligence and strategy projects for private equity and corporate clients. In 2001 he joined HgCapital and spent five years executing small and mid-cap leveraged buyouts in the UK and Germany, including working on a number of public to private transactions of UK quoted companies.
Ed joined Odyssean in December 2017. Prior to joining Odyssean Ed was a Principal in the Technology team at HgCapital. He joined HgCapital in 2006 and worked on numerous completed deals, including multiple bolt on transactions made by portfolio companies. He has additional quoted market experience having led all aspects of the successful IPO of Manx Telecom plc in 2014 as well as having evaluated and executed public to private transactions.
Ed started his career as an analyst in the UK mergers and acquisitions department of JPMorganCazenove in 2004.
Luke joined Odyssean in September 2023 as an Investment Analyst. He studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at the University of Oxford, and since graduating has experience in strategy consulting and commercial due diligence.
Isabelle joined Odyssean as Compliance Officer in May 2021. Isabelle has over 25 years’ experience in financial services initially as an auditor in Luxembourg and thereafter as a supervision officer at the FCA (formerly FSA/IMRO) and a Compliance Officer for a range of asset managers in the UK. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from ICHEC (Brussels) and a CFA UK Certificate in Investment Management (IMC).
Emily joined Odyssean in October 2018 as an Executive Assistant. Prior to joining Odyssean she worked alongside Stuart, Ed and Ian at HgCapital before joining Blue HK Investments in 2010, where she worked for 8 years.
Christopher is a Non-Executive Director of Odyssean Capital and is CEO of Harwood Capital, which he founded in 2011. He has over 42 years investment experience in quoted and unquoted smaller companies.
Harwood's flagship investment trust, North Atlantic Smaller Companies, has been managed by Mr Mills since the early 1980s.
Christopher was a founder shareholder and CIO of J O Hambro Capital Management from 1993 until its sale in 2011, where it had >£9bn AUM.
Ian joined Odyssean in September 2017 as the Non-Executive Chairman. Ian is the former Chairman and CEO of HgCapital (formerly Mercury Private Equity), a leading European mid market private equity house. Under his leadership AUM grew from £300m to £5bn. The investment trust managed by Hg outperformed the FTSE ALL share by an average of 7.4% per annum over the 10-year period prior to his retirement from Hg in 2012.
He is now an adviser to Tenzing Private Equity, which is focused on lower mid-market buyouts in the UK and a Managing Partner of Isfield Investments, a family office which manages Mr Armitage’s investments.
Ian established and chairs Kindred Squared, a charity dedicated to promote the welfare and development of children from birth to Reception Year in school. He is also a trustee of Governors For Schools.