“Penta were supportive, fair and flexible investors. They played a key role in helping us build our business”

Rupert Clevely
Geronimo Inns former CEO

MANAGEMENT TEAM

The team have, in aggregate, over 90 years experience across the UK private equity market. View profiles of the executives by selecting an image below.

David Calder
Paul Cassidy
Torquil Macnaughton
Charles Schrager
Steven Scott
Maria Lasauskaite

David Calder

David is a founding Partner of Penta and was previously an Investment Executive within the private equity team at the Royal Bank of Scotland until 1999. David is a Chartered Accountant and worked with Coopers & Lybrand in Edinburgh and Toronto after graduating from the University of Edinburgh.

Sector experience: financial services, business services
Penta Deals: esure, Omniport, Aero Sekur, Argentis

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Paul Cassidy

Paul joined Penta in July 2000 and was appointed as the firm’s Finance Partner in February 2002. He joined the firm from Glasgow based investment manager, Murray Johnstone Limited where he was Accounting Manager responsible for the preparation of the Group's financial and management reporting information. Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Stoy Hayward after graduating from the University of Glasgow.

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Torquil Macnaughton

Torquil is a founding Partner of Penta and had previously been an Investment Executive with the private equity team at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Torquil qualified as a corporate lawyer after obtaining degrees from the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen.

Sector experience: leisure, consumer, business services.
Penta Deals: Circle Health, Six Degrees Group, Eat, Geronimo, BDL, La Tasca

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Mark Philips

Mark is a founding Partner of Penta and had previously been an Investment Executive with the private equity team at The Royal Bank of Scotland. Mark holds an honours degree in Economics and Law from the University of Strathclyde as well as an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

Sector experience: business services, leisure, telecomms
Penta Deals: Sports & Leisure Group, Blues

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Charles Schrager

Charles joined Penta Capital in March 2009, and has over 30 years financial services experience, formerly managing director, financial institutions investment banking group at Credit Suisse. Charles holds an MBA from Henley with a specialisation in disruptive technology. Sector experience: Financial services, technology businesses.

Penta Deals: esure, Global Risk Partners, Socium Group

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Steven Scott

Steven is a founding Partner of Penta. He was formally a Director in the private equity division of The Royal Bank of Scotland. As well as transacting his focus is on fundraising and investor relations. Steven is a Chartered Accountant having trained with Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Glasgow.

Sector experience: telecomms, leisure
Penta Deals: CellPoint Mobile, Endura, GRP, Six Degrees Group, Spiritel plc, WIG, BDL, Socium Group

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Maria Lasauskaite

Maria joined Penta as an Investment Manager in 2019. Maria has a breadth of M&A transaction experience, most recently with Stephens Europe Limited, a London based investment bank. Maria qualified as an ACA with Deloitte after graduating from the University of Leeds with a First class BSc in Economics and Management.

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