John Garner - Head of New Business - LDC

Judge for The LDC Growth Through Innovation Award

John is focused on LDC’s new business efforts nationally, he plays an
integral role in the delivery of LDC’s pledge to invest £1.2billion over the
next three years. He is also a member of LDC’s Executive Committee and
Investment Committee.

Since joining the firm in 2006, he has supported a broad range of fast-growing businesses across multiple regions, investing over £500million in 30 mid-market businesses.

Investments of note in the last two years include: the minority investment and subsequent IPO of Team17; the MBO of NBS from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the MBO of Dimensions from US-listed parent Tailored Brands, the minority investment into iamproperty, the MBO of Mosaic Fulfilment Solutions and the MBO of Commsworld.

John has been a leading figure in the private equity and M&A community for more than two decades, working across a wide variety of sectors, including technology, consumer goods, business services, healthcare and manufacturing.

He started out in an advisory role, qualifying as an accountant at KPMG in 1998 and subsequently spent nine years as a Corporate Finance Advisor.