Since 2013, InvestUK has helped to build a Global Britain by bringing together investors, entrepreneurs and organisations to realise the positive effects of globalisation.

We support new and existing UK businesses to setup, grow and scale and by attracting new investment to the United Kingdom, creating a network for innovation and collaboration across the UK economy. We are a member of the Department for International Trade’s UK Investment Support Directory and provide strong support for business by effectively delivering on the UK Government’s economic development strategies.

InvestUK purpose

Our purpose

To champion investment and innovation and support the UK’s new independent position on the world stage, delivering a better future for our society, economy and the planet.

InvestUK vision

Our vision

Our vision is a world where we harness the power of globalisation to build lasting connections, improve people’s lives and create a thriving society, economy and planet.

Great Britain

Our mission

To ensure the UK is the best place to live, work, learn and invest and that the benefits of Foreign Direct Investment are realised throughout the country.

 

An introduction to the InvestUK Group

Watch the video to learn more about how we contribute to the UK economy.

What we do

We create value by closely aligning our business consultancy services and unique, multi-channel investment platform for UK private equity with our clients’ investment and immigration aspirations. We also create value for shareholders, entrepreneurs, investors, our international distribution partners and the UK enterprise economy.

This is achieved by:

Supporting the successful entry of international entrepreneurs and businesses into the UK market

Expanding our global investor network and matching it with unquoted UK opportunities

Delivering a suite of discretionary investment services, distributed through our global network

Meet the team

Our international team brings together a diverse range of people with different backgrounds, experience, knowledge and skills. This diversity enables us to cover the broad range of services that InvestUK offers.

 

Rupert Gather

Group Executive Chairman

Rupert graduated in Law from Exeter University in 1984. Following operational service in the British Army, Rupert has built a distinguished career in private equity and corporate finance. Rupert's 20 years' experience and 300 completed deals have given him a unique insight into the selection, appraisal and management of direct private equity investments into the UK and international companies across all industry sectors. Rupert founded InvestUK in 2013. He is intensely client-focused and a frequent visitor to China and other countries, building relationships to expand our global network.

Eva Inglander

Client Director

Eva graduated from Gothenburg University and the University of Technology, Sydney, with a BSc in International Business and Anthropology. Prior to joining InvestUK in 2014, Eva worked in marketing and business development roles while also founding companies in brand sponsorships and product development for the hospitality sector. At InvestUK, Eva is responsible for the Client Management team and has directly worked with over 100 international clients, managing their investments into UK companies and guiding their entrepreneurial journey in the UK. She values the importance of building long-term relationships and delivering a high level of care for every client.

Bobby Lyons

Group Commercial Director

Bobby is a graduate of University College Dublin and Hult International Business School, with a degree in Business and an Executive MBA in Finance and Strategy. Bobby has spent 20 years in the financial services industry in the areas of business development, strategy, and commercial growth. Reporting to InvestUK's Executive Chairman and CEO, and utilising his international experience in various financial services roles, Bobby's primary objectives are to scale the business, deliver growth and diversification and ensure InvestUK's strategy is executed effectively globally.

Simon Peacock

Operations Director

An experienced leader operating in both established organisations as well as start-up environments across a range of sectors both in the UK and internationally, Simon has held senior operational positions in corporations including B&Q, Virgin Retail and Pinnacle Telecom plc. Through his consulting practice Simon has led process development projects with businesses such as Kingfisher, British Gas, Anglian Water, EDF and Adidas Asia. Simon’s expertise and global experience is now being applied to the development and management of the operational infrastructure and technology to support InvestUK’s profitable growth.

Sunny Wang

Senior Client Associate

Originally from Shandong province in China, Sunny graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Law alongside qualifications in Legal Practice from the University of Law. In addition to her studies, Sunny gained experience working at several top-ranked law firms across the UK and China. Sunny has extensive experience in immigration-related deal arrangements and endorsement application assistance, working closely with financial and legal experts to provide practical and reliable assistance to international clients who come to the UK to invest and set up companies.

Shiyi Qin

Client Associate

Shiyi is from southern China and has worked as an experienced InvestUK client manager for four years.

Urban Coningham

Client Associate

Originally from Newcastle, Urban graduated with a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Oxford University in 2020. Following this, Urban built extensive experience working abroad, including as a translator on UNESCO programmes in Jordan, as a volunteer on the post-earthquake recovery team in Kathmandu and post-conflict in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Now working as a Client Associate, Urban prioritises the delivery of a friendly and professional service to clients.

Bertie Wellesley

Portfolio Development Analyst

Bertie graduated from Newcastle University with a bachelors degree in Earth Science & Accounting, focusing his studies on geological economic reports. He discovered his passion for sustainability through his analytical studies and completed an online course at The University of Cambridge in Sustainable Finance. During his studies, he was also a keen rower, competing to a high level which gave him the perseverance and determination to complete tasks to a high standard. Using these acquired skills, Bertie manages the InvestUK investment portfolio to the best of standards.

Saquib Rahman

Group Financial Controller

Saquib graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2014 with a BSc degree in Accounting & Finance and joined the InvestUK Group as a Trainee Accountant shortly afterwards. Having obtained his ACCA qualification in 2018, Saquib has since taken over Finance Department and is now the Financial Controller for the Group and its subsidiary companies.

Jessamy Gather

FP&A Manager

Jessamy studied English at Oxford University and has since joined the FP&A Team to help InvestUK clients with their product and go to market strategies, assisting in research and preparation of business plans and investment documents.

Amy Bloom

FP&A Analyst

Amy studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is currently studying for a masters in History at The University of Edinburgh. She is drawn to social history, and more specifically gender history. Amy's aptitude for writing and research contribute significantly to her work as an FP&A Analyst, and she enjoys helping to bring new business ideas to life. In her spare time, Amy enjoys open water swimming, yoga and long dog walks.

Grace Hailes

FP&A Analyst

Grace graduated from the University of York with a bachelors degree in Economics. Prior to joining the team at InvestUK, Grace worked as a Personal Assistant for an internationally renowned Leadership Coach where she gained insight into the trials of what makes a great leader and how organisations excel. As an FP&A Analyst at InvestUK, Grace uses her past experience to add value to her clients and help businesses reach their full potential. Grace tries to escape to yoga retreats in the countryside whenever possible and is passionate about keeping the office kitchen stocked with copious amounts of tea.

Theo Turvill

Lead Copywriter

Cambridge born and raised, Theo studied politics at Newcastle University before pursuing a career in copywriting. He has worked across various sectors in content and copywriting and has been published in various journalistic publications; all experience which he draws upon in his role as Lead Copywriter at InvestUK.

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As the United Kingdom exits the European Union, InvestUK will help to ensure that it plays a leading role in global affairs by defending its interests and promoting its values.

Our network

InvestUK takes a collaborative approach, working across borders with private organisations and the UK Government to develop new solutions, build international connections and drive development into the United Kingdom.

InvestUK are partners or members of the following leading organisations:

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China-Britain Business Council

InvestUK is an Enterprise Member of the China–Britain Business Council (CBBC), a British organisation promoting trade and investment between the UK and China.

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British Chamber of Commerce China

The British Chamber of Commerce in China is a non-profit organisation for British business focused on boosting UK-China trade and investment.

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Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

The Russo-British Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit company that has worked to facilitate and promote trade and investment between the UK and Russia since 1916.

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Investment Migration Council

The IMC is an international association for investment migration and citizenship-by-investment, bringing together the leading stakeholders in the field and giving the industry a voice.

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Investment Migration Insider

Investment Migration Insider is an international publication for investment migration.

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UK Business Angels Association

The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is a non-profit trade association for angel and early-stage investment in the United Kingdom, representing over 650 members that collectively deploy in excess of £2bn per annum.

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The Hong Kong Society

The Hong Kong Society is a not-for-profit, self-funded organisation bringing together groups or individuals with an interest in Hong Kong.

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Arab-British Chamber of Commerce

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organisation that promotes bilateral trade and investment between Britain and the Arab countries.

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