Lindsey McMurray, Managing Partner

Lindsey founded Pollen Street Capital in 2013 after leading the spin out from RBS. She is Chairman of the investment committee and also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several portfolio companies including Shawbrook Bank. She has been a private equity investor for more than 15 years with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector. Before she founded Pollen Street Capital, Lindsey led the team managing the £1.1bn Special Opportunities Fund within RBS and also spent six years as a Partner at Cabot Square Capital, focusing on operating investments in real estate and other asset backed investments, together with investments in the financial services sector. She has a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and studied for an MPhil in Finance from Strathclyde University. Outside of work Lindsey is a keen runner having successfully completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2007 and 2011. She also supports a number of charities with a particular focus on mentoring children in state schools and a number of projects in Africa.

Abror Ismailov, Investment Partner

Abror is responsible for asset allocation and investment selection at PSC Eaglewood. Prior to joining the firm, Abror worked as a Director within Lazard’s Structured Credit Advisory group, was a Senior Portfolio Manager for Union Investment in Frankfurt, a Portfolio Manager at Cambridge Place Investment Management and held various positions within the Global Portfolio Management Group at Deutsche Bank. In these roles, Abror has been responsible for managing over €3.5 billion of funds invested in structured credit, real estate and private equity investments. Abror has over 15 years of experience investing in credit. Abror holds Master’s degrees in Business and Finance from University of Hamburg, University of Nantes, and University of Valencia and is a CFA charterholder.

James Scott, Investment Partner

James has been a private equity investor since 2004 and has experience originating and managing investments across a range of sectors. Over the last five years James has focused on investing in credit opportunities and financial services businesses. Prior to joining the team, James qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, worked for E&Y in an IT consulting role and, previously worked as a commercial director for a software engineering firm. James has a degree in History and Politics from Exeter University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Key recent transactions include Krunch, Spring, Shawbrook Bank and Target Group. James is currently a non-executive of Target Group and is a member of the Group Pricing and Risk Committee for Shawbrook Bank.

Michael England, Investment Partner

Michael has eight years of experience of private equity investing. As well as financial services, he has been active across a number of sectors including aerospace and infrastructure. Prior to joining the team, Michael spent three years at OC&C Strategy Consultants, focusing on strategy and private equity projects across a range of industries . He has a First Class degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and went on to complete a masters’ degree in carbohydrate chemistry. Key recent transactions include Link Loans, Moneycorp and Cashflows. Michael is a non-executive director on the board of Cashflows.

Ian Gascoigne, Investment Partner

Ian has seven years of experience in private equity investing with Pollen Street Capital and RBS Equity Finance. He is an economist by background who has extensive experience of financial services and credit investing, and prior to joining the team worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants. Ian has a First Class Honours degree in Economics from London School of Economics and an Mphil in Economics with distinction from Cambridge University. He is currently a non-executive of Erno Laszlo and Cashflows, and formerly sat on the board of Arrow Global Group plc. He has previously managed investments in insurance run-off specialist Catalina Re (exited in 2013) and Condor Ferries (exited in 2009).

Matthew Potter, Investment Partner

Matthew has spent the last five years focused on originating and executing deals in the financial services and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining the team, Matthew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and spent four years in their Corporate Finance Department focusing on mid-market transactions. He has a First Class Honours degree in Economics and Finance from Bristol University. Key recent transactions include establishing Shawbrook Bank, acquiring Singers Asset Finance, acquiring Centric Commercial Finance, restructuring and disposing of the Priory Group and divesting interests in Wireless Infrastructure Group and Prime Life. Matthew is a non-executive director of Banca Sistema and a member of the Asset and Liability, Group Pricing and Credit and Audit Risk Committees of Shawbrook Bank. Outside of work Matthew plays golf and is a keen runner having completed the Berlin and London marathons.

Howard Garland, Investment Partner

Howard has been a private equity investor for over 20 years, with a strong focus on financial services. He was a Partner with the team during it’s time at RBS Asset Management, when it raised the £1.1bn Special Opportunities Fund in 2007, and was a member of the Investment Committee until 2012. Prior to re-joining the Pollen Street team in 2016, Howard assisted the Swedish credit institution Hoist Finance to enter the UK debt collecting and debt purchasing sector, supporting the acquisition of a number of UK companies and debt portfolios. Howard has a degree in 1st class degree in Mathematics from University College London.