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Wol Kolade


London, UK

Managing Partner


Wol Kolade
Wol Kolade is Managing Partner of Livingbridge, a mid-market private equity firm of over 80 people in the UK and Australia that helps businesses grow faster by investing and working with the client to come up with a market strategy that helps to focus where on what matters.

Wol has a deep interest in healthcare and education and sits on the boards of a number of schools and universities. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Social Finance Board and in 2009 held the post of Chairman for Responsible Investment Advisory Board.

Wol is the Chairman of the Guy's and St Thomas’ Charity, a 500-year-old charitable foundation with total assets of £600 million.

Wol Kolade’s Newsfeed

15 Jan 2018
Livingbridge announces partner promotions

Wol Kolade, managing partner at Livingbridge said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Matt and Xavier. They have both been longstanding members of our team and played a crucial role in helping us to deliver a number of investments over the years."

14 Dec 2017
Do academics always make the best university leaders?

But could anything similar be achieved in higher education? Wol Kolade, managing partner at Livingbridge, a private equity firm with more than £2 billion in assets, believes that it would be tough, but insists that lessons could still be learned from his sector.  “As a vice-chancellor, there isn’t much room for manoeuvre,” says Kolade, whose firm invests anywhere between £2 million and £70 million in promising businesses. “Universities have multiple stakeholders – government departments and quangos, funders, the local community – and there is lots of regulation.”

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Wol Kolade’s Background

Managing Partner
1993 - Present
London, UK
A mid-market private equity firm of over 80 people in the UK and Australia. They have £1 billion ready to invest over the next 5 years and invest anywhere from £2 million to £70 million in fast-growing companies.
1990 - 1992
Barclays PLC is a British multinational bank and financial services company.

Other Business Interests

Chairman of Risk Committee
Haywards Heath, UK
Cumnor House Sussex is one of the country’s leading independent co-ed day and boarding schools for 2-13 year-old boys and girls situated in Mid-Sussex.
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London School of Economics
Lay Governor, Member of the Court
London, UK
The LSE Court of Governors is a 100-member body of supporters and advisors to the School, who are elected on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of the Court. The Committee has membership comprising student, lay and academic members.
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Wol Kolade’s Education

MBA, Business
1989 - 1991
B eng, Civil Engineering
1985 - 1988