Earth Capital announces new CEO and COO, alongside other senior appointments

Date published: Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Earth Capital (EC), a leading UK growth equity impact investor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Avent Bezuidenhoudt, formerly Head of Investment, to the role of CEO. She is joined by Elise Hockley in the role of COO and Head of Investor Relations, formerly Head of Communications,to lead EC through its next stage of growth as firm co-founder Gordon Power moves into the role of Chairman, as part of the firm’s succession plan.

Avent, an ex-Senior Fund Manager with the FSE Group, and Elise, ex-KKR, will lead the team moving forwards and continue to lead the firm’s investment activities, working in conjunction with Gordon and Richard Burrett, Chief Sustainability Officer. Meanwhile, Bradley Jones, also ex-FSE Group, has been appointed Senior Investment Manager, and Kay Nelson, also ex-KKR, joins as Financial Controller.

Bradley and Kay will be key figures in the continued success of ECL, with Bradley leading on deal origination and value creation and Kay being a key part of the operations team.

EC’s ongoing investment strategy of targeted co-investment into sustainable technology companies at growth stage will be strengthened by the promotion and appointment of experienced and talented private equity professionals to other key roles within the firm. The EC team looks forward to continuing its work under Avent and Elise’s leadership with the addition of Bradley and Kay as valued members of the team.

Avent Bezuidenhoudt, incoming EC CEO, said “It’s a pleasure and an honour to be given the opportunity to lead the EC team into the next stage of the business’ growth. With the support of our co-founders Stephen Lansdown CBE and Gordon Power, and the rest of the EC team, I look forward to continuing to make great investments that have a real positive impact on the world we live in and hope to protect.”

Gordon Power, co-founder and incoming Chairman, said “Since the founding of EC in 2008, it has been our aim to invest in and develop businesses that have a positive impact on our planet. Moving into this new role and handing the reins to Avent and the team will support the strategy of the firm to continue building innovative and impactful businesses.”


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