Sporting Capital Team
We have a small, committed team, who are passionate about supporting organisations who deliver social impact through sport.
Pete is our investment director and is responsible for Sporting Capital’s investments. He has over 20 years’ experience in professional services and now leads Sporting Assets and Sporting Capital. Pete is a keen cyclist and recently took up powerlifting.
Rich is the Accountable Officer for the Sporting Capital Fund and co-founder of Sporting Assets. Rich has extensive experience in private equity and social investment and is passionate about sport and the environment, setting up the Blackburn Rovers supporters trust and, more recently, a £40m community energy social investment fund.
Jemma is our investment manager and is responsible for managing the investments made by the fund. She has over 10 years’ experience in making investments and grants into environmental projects and now leads the investment activity for Sporting Capital. Jemma is a netballer having rediscovered the sport through Back to Netball over 10 years ago.
Please contact Jemma to discuss any queries you have regarding the fund, and if you are successful in your initial application will arrange a time to discuss your project in more detail.
Our investment committee
Our investment committee is an independent panel with significant experience in private equity and social investment, facilities, retail and sport, and all with a passion for making a difference through social enterprises.
CIO, NESTA, Managing Partner Nesta Impact Investment
Nathan joined Nesta in 2015 as Chief Investment Officer with overall responsibility for the organisation's investment activities including running its Impact Investment fund management business. Nathan has worked as an investor in high growth businesses for almost 20 years and has successfully backed companies across sectors and from startup stage through to reaching global scale. Originally an engineer, Nathan is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked at Arthur Andersen, Barclays Private Equity and Social Finance where he became passionate about social impact investing. Nathan has a wide range of non-executive roles including Emerge Education, a leading ed-tech accelerator, the Shared Lives impact investment fund, and a multi academy primary school trust in the south of England. He is an enthusiastic, but distinctly average sportsman, often found wheezing on his bike, upside down in his kayak or hanging around on the end of a rope pretending to be climbing.
Global Director, Promoter & Business Relations, Formula One Group
Chloe Targett-Adams joined Formula 1® as in-house counsel in 2009 and since April 2017 took on the role as Global Director to lead race promotion operations for the organisation and be the key contact point for all Formula 1® event promoters, currently spanning across 21 host nations and comprising governments and large private companies. Chloe started her legal career training as a solicitor with SJ Berwin and spent 2 years with Harbottle & Lewis, acting for clients in media & entertainment sectors on a range of M&A transactions, joint ventures, restructuring and business recovery, distribution arrangements and general commercial queries. Chloe is also a non-executive director of Snowsport England, and previously helped establish World Film Collective, a registered charity that teaches young people how to make films on mobile phones and market and distribute these films via social media.
Paul May is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the planning and delivery of major events and construction projects. Most recently Paul has provided advice on venues and events including Eden Project, Qatar 2022, Tokyo 2020 and Glasgow 2014. Paul spent 7 years as Head of Venue Development at the London 2012 Organising Committee. His team was responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of all competition and non-competition venues. Prior to working at LOCOG, Paul was the Estates Director for ExCeL London, the major events venue in London Docklands, where he was responsible for the delivery of the venue and development of the ExCeL estate.
ex-CEO, Evans Cycles
Nick Wilkinson is a retail Chief Executive with 30 years’ experience of consumer-facing businesses in the UK and overseas. He was the Chief Executive of Evans Cycles, leading the growth of that business as an award-winning national and digital brand, before selling it in 2015. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of a leading DIY business in the Netherlands and Belgium. He serves as a Trustee of the charity Age UK, where he is a Director of their social enterprises. Earlier in his career he was a brand manager at Unilever, a consultant at McKinsey & Co, and a Managing Director at Dixons Group. Married with 3 children, he’s passionate about adventure sports in particular and is a committed mountaineer, cyclist and scuba diver.
Director, CriSeren Foundation
Chris is the founding director of the CriSeren Foundation which takes a venture philanthropy approach to providing grants and other appropriate support to charities and social enterprises. Chris was an intellectual property solicitor until he experienced a spinal injury. Since then, he has worked with a variety of operational and philanthropic charities and has developed an interest in capacity building and helping smaller social sector organisations achieve their potential. He is a committee member at the Bevy, the UK’s only community pub on a housing estate. He is a school governor and trustee of Octopus Giving, the corporate foundation of Octopus Investments. He is also a director of the CriSeren group of companies, which is a long-term, supportive investor in private and quoted businesses and property.
Experienced Sports Sector Executive and Non Executive
Emma now manages a portfolio of non executive appointments. She joined the British Paralympic Association as an Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2013 and has been reappointed for a second term, as Senior Independent Director through to 2021. She was appointed to the Board of The National Lottery Community Fund in February 2019 and also serves as a Trustee for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
Until May 2019 Emma was the Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance and has many years’ experience in the senior civil service working across three central government departments. In her last Civil Service role she led the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit to support Lord Coe as the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador, establishing a role in the sporting landscape post London 2012. Prior to that, Emma’s earlier roles have included Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Madrid, Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for social policy and legislation and as an officer in the British Army.