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.

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.

Candice Moss

iUK Academy Operations Director

Candice graduated from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a degree in Japanese and Economics. Born and bred in Asia she began her career in investment banking in Hong Kong, working for HSBC and JP Morgan. She subsequently held a senior operations role in a leading Hong Kong litigation law firm. After relocating to the UK in 2020 Candice joined InvestUK as Director of Operations for iUK Academy where she is responsible for the design, coordination, implementation and management of the iUK Academy programmes as well as managing strategic relationships with industry experts, mentors and founders who form an integral part of the programme

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.

Bertie Wellesley

Senior Manager - Portfolio

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.

Sophie Armitage

Senior Manager - Client Services

Sophie graduated from the University of Leeds with a bachelor's degree in International History & Politics. Prior to joining InvestUK, Sophie worked in business operations and development, with a focus on strategic initiative and building long-standing relationships. At InvestUK, Sophie is responsible for the Client Management team and Insights program, guiding international clients through their entrepreneurial journey and relocation to the UK, maintaining and strengthening relationships with InvestUK's trusted experts and delivering a high level of care for every client.

Sam Farrant

Senior Analyst

Having graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Financial Maths, Sam now works for InvestUK in multiple capacities. He is responsible for maintaining and updating company data and tech systems, whilst also monitoring the progress of Innovator and Start-Up Visa Founder businesses throughout their time on the program.

Millie Hughes


Millie, an English Literature graduate from Newcastle, initially joined InvestUK as a content writer. She now handles a variety of responsibilities, encompassing client success, and business analysis, to help clients successfully obtain visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Tom Raben

Research Analyst

Having graduated with a dual degree in Economics and Geography at Trinity College Dublin, Tom is passionate about the relationship between economic development and geographic mobility. Having grown up in Ireland, an economy which has thrived off FDI for over 2 decades, Tom is acutely aware of the benefits of inward Investment. Tom works on the portfolio team, managing stakeholder expectations and relations.

Rumi Chen

Client Success Manager - China Market

Rumi graduated from the University of the Arts London and seamlessly combines art and finance in her career. Her journey has seen her excel at renowned institutions like Hermès and Harper's Bazaar, McCann. With a strong background in international art consultancy, PR, and business development, Rumi has fostered valuable connections within the luxury and finance sectors. Rumi's unwavering commitment takes center stage in her role, as she plays a pivotal part in helping high-net-worth clients on their pathway to success.

Phoenix Murray

Marketing Manager

Phoenix graduated from Brunel University in 2022 with a BSc degree in International Business. Phoenix currently manages the marketing activities of InvestUK, overseeing social media growth, event management, content production, website development, and collaboration.

Vicki Yuan

MD Co-Founder Club

Vicki is the founder of the Co Founder Club a business development and tech hub. Supported and incubated by InvestUK.

InvestUK is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme established for the protection of investors does not apply.