Tom Rowley

Change is a constant in our lives in the 21st century but, even so, 2013 was quite a year. After the arrival of our third child, two house moves (one of which involved crossing the Pennines) and new schools for our elder two, my change of job in the New Year probably slipped under the family radar. However, moving into private equity had been a long term goal and opportunities like the one at NorthEdge do not come along very often.

12 months in and my new role has certainly lived up to expectations. From IT solutions at Jigsaw24 (I am now an Apple convert) to the incineration of hazardous waste at Fine Environmental Services, no working day is the same and we are privileged to get to meet a mixture of management teams, owners, advisors, non execs and funders from a whole range of industries and backgrounds on a daily basis. It is this variety from day to day, along with the occasional charity cycling challenge, that makes this job so unpredictable and yet so fulfilling.

Although we are a generalist fund, as we move into 2014 I am focusing in particular on the chemicals and specialist engineering sectors which are exhibiting strong growth dynamics as the UK economy recovers. If I manage to escape the invitations to recreate the first stage of the Tour de France it is shaping up to be another great year.