At Earth Capital (EC) we think globally, but have the added benefit of colleagues around the world who are experts in their local markets. From 1984 to December 2020, this team had an overall IRR of 28.5% in 256 realised investments (i.e. sale, flotation or administration/liquidation) and unrealised investments and they have made 47 sustainable private equity investments since 1985 generating an IRR of 45.2%. We also strongly believe in promoting diversity, as an equal opportunities firm and have signed the UK Government’s Charter on Women in Finance. For more information visit our About Us page.
Nelson Abioye joined Earth Capital Ltd at the start of 2022.
He has a first class Honours BSc in Economics from the University of Kent and an MSc in Finance and Investment from Loughborough University.
Head of Investment and Director
Avent is Head of Invesment and a Director at Earth Capital as well as a member of the Investment Committee.
Avent leads the investment team and her responsibilities include making new investments with a particular focus on new technologies in the sustainability sector, as well as working with the management teams of our portfolio companies to develop and deliver on their strategic plans.
Avent has over 25 years’ experience in investing, portfolio management and corporate finance advisory, with a particular focus on high growth technology businesses and a strong track record of private equity technology deals.
Prior to joining Earth Capital, Avent was a Senior Fund Manager at The FSE Group and before moving into investment management, was an Assistant Director in the London Corporate Finance team at BDO UK.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Richard is also a member of the investment committee.
Richard has spent over 35 years in international banking. In his 20 years with ABN AMRO he was Head of UK Structured Finance and Corporate Banking and sat on the UK Executive and Credit Committees. As Global Head of Project Finance, he was responsible for ABN AMRO’s award-winning business franchises in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and Brazil. In this role he was also instrumental in the creation of the Equator Principles, a market recognised standard for managing environmental and social risk issues in project financing.
Latterly, as Global Head of Sustainability, he chaired the group’s Sustainability Council and developed the bank’s strategy on climate change and the carbon markets. He is former Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative, a former Steering Committee member of Renewable Energy Networks for the 21st Century and external board member of Forest Renewables (part of the Forestry Commission in Scotland).
Richard is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and holds a BA and MBA from Durham University. He is an Independent Non-Exec Director of Triodos Bank UK and a Senior Adviser to the Earth Security Group.
Kathryn Duffy FCCA
Kathryn is Financial Controller.
She has 20 years’ finance experience in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Media and is an FCCA.
Elise Hockley, MIoD
As well as Board Director, Elise's responsibilities include leading on brand and communication across marketing and investor relations, overseeing the day-to-day function of the operational team and working closely with the sustainability team on the Earth Dividend.
Under Elise's leadership, the company has developed significant recognition across private wealth and sustainable finance.
With over 10 years of experience in the finance sector, she has worked at KKR and Edge VC in Operational and Investor Relations roles.
In 2016, Elise relocated to India, working with NGOs focused on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) where amongst other duties she handled relations between the projects and the donors. She joined ECL in 2018.
Elise has received a Drama and Theatre degree from Middlesex University, a Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Stephen was co-founder of the private client business Hargreaves Lansdown (HL), the UK’s largest independent private client brokerage, and a FTSE100 constituent. He co-founded Earth Capital Holdings with Gordon Power in 2008 to focus on sustainable technology investments and stepped down as executive director of HL in 2010.
Sue is the Executive Assistant to our Chief Investment Officer.
She has worked in the financial sector for over 25 years. In 1994 she joined Gordon Power at ProVen Private Equity as Facilities Manager.
She previously worked as Office Manager for Palamon Capital Partners and relocation consultant and events co-ordinator at Warburg Pincus International. More recently she has been a freelance consultant to a number of companies before returning to work for Earth Capital.
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Gordon is responsible for the investment activities of the firm. He is also a co-founder of Earth Capital Holdings with Stephen Lansdown, Earth Capital's holding company. In addition, Gordon is also Director & Investment Committee member at Berkeley Energy Ltd (BEL) and Director of Sustainable Development Capital Ltd (SDCL).
Gordon has over 35 years’ of private equity experience. He founded the private equity business ProVen Private Equity (now re-named Beringea) and led its buy-out from Guinness Mahon in 1997 acting as CEO and CIO until the firm’s sale in 2004. In 2003 ProVen had funds under management of $340m. Gordon’s investment track record extends to over 256 investments made over the last 35 years, generating an IRR of 28.5%. During this time he has made 33 investments in sustainable technology within areas such as forestry, plastic recycling and eco-friendly building materials and brand packaging which have generated an IRR of 45%.