Giles Thorley joined the Finance Wales Group as Chief Executive
in April 2016. With significant senior management and
private-equity investment experience gained from a successful
twenty-year career, he is also a business angel.
Before joining Finance Wales, Giles was a Partner at private
equity firm TDR Capital LLP focusing on deal origination
activities. Prior to this he spent 9 years with Punch Taverns
plc - the first year as Chairman, when a consortium of private
equity investors owned the business, and then as Chief Executive
following the execution of an IPO. Previously he served as
the Chief Executive of Unique Pub Company plc - created out of
Inntrepreneur Pub Company, a joint venture between Grand
Metropolitan and Foster's Brewing Group. Giles was also a
founding member of the Principal Finance Group at Nomura
International plc and was involved in a number of acquisitions
including Unilease, Phoenix Inns, Angel Trains, Annington Homes and
Inntrepreneur Pub Company.
He has held Non-Executive Director roles with Esporta, Ducati
SpA, Tragus Holdings, TUI Travel plc and Matthew Clark Wholesale
Ltd; is currently acting as consultant/angel investor on a number
of business start-ups; and is a long-serving Trustee with the Rona
Sailing Project. Giles holds a law degree from the University of
London and qualified as a Barrister in 1990. He is a member
of the Bar Council of England & Wales.