James McNaught-Davis

Managing Partner

James has been at WHEB since 2007.  As WHEB Partners’ Managing Partner, James is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of WHEB’s Private Equity business including chairing its Investment Committee.

James has two decades of private equity investment experience, mostly at partner level and primarily in technology growth capital. This includes five years as a general partner at Advent (2001 – 06) and five years at Warburg Pincus (1996 – 2001), where he became a Partner and Managing Director in 1999.

Prior to moving into private equity, James accrued many years of technology industry experience as a senior executive of Misys Plc where he was responsible for M&A.

James graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1990 after having spent much of the 1980s as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Schroders. James also has an MA (honours) degree from the University of Cambridge.

James is an active member of the BVCA’s Energy and Environmental and Technology Committee.

Portfolio Companies:  Watson Brown, Green Energy Group, PassivSystems, Petainer, WEMS

Private Equity Special Advisors

Professor Geoff Randall OBE

Geoff is a non-executive director of two WHEB investee companies and a member of our Advisory Board.  He has 38 years’ experience at ICI, Zeneca & Astra Zeneca, where his final position was Director of Global EHS and Environmental Science and Technology Operations. Geoff has a PhD in Chemistry from University College London.

Ken Briddon

Ken has 10 years’ experience of chairmanships and non-executive directorships of private equity backed software and services businesses.  He spent three years as CEO of JBA Holdings PLC and eight years as Divisional Managing Director at Misys PLC.  Ken previously worked for Cypher Business Systems and Ericsson Information Systems.

Dr Wolfgang Hanrieder

Wolfgang is a board member of friedola TECH and Bowman Power.  He has more than 26 years’ experience as a manager and investor in technology-rich industries, including at Siemens, SNI, Star Ventures and the Carlyle Group.  Wolfgang has 15 years’ experience in private equity at partner level including as Managing Partner of an international VC firm, and Fund Head of a global private equity group.  He has an MSc and PhD in Physics from TUM Munich, Germany and MBA from MIT Sloan, Cambridge, USA.