Gareth has a wealth of knowledge on the low carbon economy as well as a network of contacts within the climate change industry, particularly amongst the investor community.
Prior to establishing Beetle in 2008, Gareth was a Founder and Board member of Climate Change Capital ("CCC") where he led the incubation, development of and capital raising of circa $1.75bn for various CCC funds. Prior to CCC, Gareth was a Managing Director of Marsh & McLennan ("MMC"). At MMC, Gareth developed a number of innovative integrated risk finance solutions in the Energy & Power sectors and was also responsible for the development of MMC's European Climate Change initiatives. Prior to MMC, Gareth held executive positions at Johnson & Higgins and Fenchurch.
Gareth has led UK Trade Delegations to China and India, and is a Trustee of the Global Cool Foundation. Gareth helped launch and is on the Board of The Ice Organisation (an enterprise focused on the mass mobilization of consumer purchasing power for the mitigation of climate change).
Gareth has an MA Hons from St Andrews University and was educated at Monkton Combe School.
Alex has 15 years of experience in the financial services sector, in investment banking, private equity investing and capital raising.
Prior to joining Beetle in 2009, Alex was a Vice President in the London office of Bregal Investments, a €3bn private equity fund-of-funds programme, backed by the Brenninkmeijer family. Alex led the European co-investment activity and was involved in the fund’s investment alongside First Reserve in the $3.6bn acquisition of CHC Helicopter, the largest buyout ever in the oilfield services sector. While at Bregal, Alex was a member of the investment team for approved fund commitments totalling €240m.
Alex also spent five years in the private equity team at Hawkpoint, a leading mid-market corporate finance advisor. Alex managed the execution of sell-side transactions totalling over £500m on behalf of sponsors and co-ordinated the firm’s private equity relationships, developing the pipeline of buyside opportunities for clients. Previously he was a strategy consultant to the CEOs of leading UK media companies including BSkyB, Channel 4 and EMI.
Alex has an MA in Classics from New College, Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD. Alex also founded and runs the INSEAD Energy Network.