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Gavin Manson

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Electra Private Equity PLC

London, UK

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Gavin Manson’s Biography

Gavin Manson has spent his career in finance leadership roles implementing strategic change and turnaround in businesses across sectors. Having filled CFO roles in UK and international businesses, from FTSE 250 to privately held, he is now Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Electra Private Equity PLC.

Electra is an LSE investment company that focuses on sustainable value creation in controlled corporate investments. The portfolio now includes TGI Fridays, Hotter Shoes and Sentinel Performance Solutions. Gavin is on the board of each of the firm’s portfolio companies and works closely with portfolio management to steer strategy and grow value. Under his leadership, shareholder value has grown from £1bn to £2bn.

A highly respected finance professional, Gavin was previously CFO of Thomas Cook Group’s £7bn revenue tour operator division, after joining in 2013 to help develop and implement the Group’s recapitalisation and turnaround plan. Before this, Gavin was Finance Director of Premier Farnell PLC, a FTSE 250 company, where he had global P&L responsibility whilst delivering digital strategic change across operations in Europe, US and APAC.

During his tenure at Merck KGaA, Gavin served in leadership positions in the UK whilst also leading wider group projects. He led Merck’s Consumer Healthcare division in the UK and Ireland as Finance Director and managed the integration of the group’s four operating divisions across the UK and Ireland. This followed his success as Finance Director of OTC medicines manufacturer, Seven Seas.

Earlier in his career, Gavin held Finance Director roles within The Drambuie Liqueur Co Ltd and Lees of Scotland, where he helped lead strategic turnaround and change.

Gavin started his career at KPMG, as a Chartered Accountant, after graduating from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering. He is a keen supporter of Scottish Rugby and of The Royal Opera House.

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The Times
Loadsamoney frenzy gets the floats rolling

Gavin Manson, chief financial and operating director at Electra, was quoted in The Times, saying public markets were “relatively strong”.

Thomson Snell & Passmore advises Electra Private Equity Plc on sale of Adjustoform Products Limited

Commenting on the transaction, Gavin Manson, CFO of Electra Private Equity says: “We are delighted that Adjustoform has become part of Groves. Thomson Snell & Passmore guided this transaction with great skill and multidisciplinary teamwork and we thank them for their expertise and the role they played in enabling a seamless transaction.”

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Gavin Manson’s Background

Electra Private Equity PLC
Chief Financial & Operating Officer
Aug 2016 - Present
London, UK
Electra Private Equity PLC is an LSE listed investment trust that focuses on private equity investments.
Thomas Cook Group
Finance Director | Tour Operations, Hotels & Resorts Division
Mar 2013 - Jul 2016
London, UK
Gavin was Group Head of Financial Reporting until 2014 when he became Finance Director for Thomas Cook's £7bn tour operations, hotels & resorts division globally. He led operational and cultural change, and delivered improved profitability despite challenging trading conditions.
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Current Board Positions

Fridays
Chairman & Non-Executive Director
The UK franchise of a leading restaurant chain offering American food and beverages with an atmosphere that captures the spirit of Fridays.
Hotter Shoes
Chairman & Non Executive Director
Skelmersdale, UK
Hotter Shoes is the largest footwear manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The company sells over a million pairs of shoes a year and have been manufacturing specialist footwear that combines both style and comfort since 1959.
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Philanthropy

The Royal Opera House
Supporting Friend
London, UK
The Royal Opera House is a major performing arts venue in central London. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
National Trust for Scotland
Supporter
National Trust for Scotland is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting Scotland’s cultural, natural and built heritage, and supported by more than 365,000 members.

Gavin Manson’s Education

The University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering
1984 - 1989

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