Our team


We established Chiltern Capital because we wanted to take a fresh approach to private equity.

We are a small, experienced team that has worked together for many years. We have the energy and directness that can be lacking in large institutions.


Alex Sheffield


Tel: 0203 637 5622

Email: alex.sheffield@chilterncapital.co.uk

Alex has a background in strategic, financial and operational management, having been COO and CFO of GSM London, a higher education college, where in 2011 he led a management buy-in with backing from Sovereign Capital, before leaving in 2015 to set up Chiltern Capital. Over his four years at GSM, the business invested heavily and grew turnover five-fold. During this time he raised two follow-on rounds of equity and debt funding to fund the business’ rapid expansion, and led a successful refinancing of the business in 2014.

Prior to this he was Group Finance Director of Melorio plc from its flotation in October 2007, creating value through a combination of organic growth and three targeted acquisitions, prior to leading its successful sale to Pearson plc in 2010.

He has invested actively in private equity opportunities for over 10 years. He has extensive experience of working with entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses, including successfully transitioning businesses to taking on their first external investors.

Alex qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.


Tom Phipps


Tel: 0203 637 5623

Email: tom.phipps@chilterncapital.co.uk

He focuses on developing the firm’s direct origination activities. He has extensive experience in the Business Services, Human Capital, Education and Training, Food and Technology sectors.

Prior to Chiltern Capital, Tom was a director of Livingstone Partners, an international mid-market M&A and advisory firm. He has been involved in over 50 transactions, working closely with entrepreneurs, management teams and private equity investors, leading deals, advising on strategy and acquisitions, and supporting exit processes.

Whilst at Livingstone, he was part of the team that completed a successful management buy-out of the business from its parent company.

Previously, he worked at the Financial Times Group, focusing on business analysis and research.

Tom co-founded Chiltern Capital with Alex in 2015 and is a partner.

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