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Ben Murray

Ben moved across the Atlantic so that he could work in businesses where people matter. Before New Forest he was a strategy consultant, through which he worked with many interesting businesses to help them deal with problems that they faced and helped people buy and sell companies. But he had to leave it to somebody else to use his work to make a difference. Ben also worked at the UK central bank helping to protect people’s jobs and savings during the financial crisis and creating new safeguards to protect them in the future. His experience of working in all these different organizations across many countries helped him discover his true passion - to build a great environment where people come first.

Ben is Scottish which means that capitalism is in his blood; he believes in hard work and rational decisions, not following the latest management fad. He learned to speak German by working on a farm, and while studying at Oxford University he played rugby and read a lot of books about the economy. When he isn't working he likes to explore the outdoors and meet other people who share his passion for small businesses. 

Adam Barker

Adam met Ben at Oxford University on the way to rugby practice. Through the sport and business he has become passionate about building teams with people from all walks of life. He started his career as an investment banker in the UK where he learned about buying and selling companies. Adam also worked in Asia as a consultant and investor, where his work involved helping US companies enter new markets and form joint ventures, overcoming many unique challenges along the way. He returned to the US in 2012 to attend Harvard Business School. 

Raised in California and Scotland, Adam has worked in cities across the US, Europe and Asia. He is proud to speak three languages - English, American English, and Chinese. Living overseas has given him a great perspective on why the US is still the best country in the world for entrepreneurship and a renewed appreciation for fresh air, blue skies, and Dunkin' Donuts. 

Our Advisors

Paul Thomson

Paul Thomson

Paul Thomson founded Scottish American, which is a national insurance business with 15 offices and 120 people. He is the Scottish whilst the rest of his team are the Americans. He's passionate about creating American jobs and building a unique work environment. Paul was a professional rugby player, before becoming a Scottish Chartered accountant. he's also been a furniture removal man, building site laborer, door to door salesman, barman and now goes by the job title Chief Gopher. He graduated from Harvard Business School where he won no awards, proving that they probably shouldn't have let him in. Paul is an entrepreneur and loves hanging out with those brave enough to start their own entrepreneurial journey. He spends his weekends with the kids at United Cerebral Palsy in New York. They tell him his accent is barely decipherable, so he communicates with his hands. This is mostly effective.

James M. Sharpe

James M. Sharpe

At Harvard Business School, Jim is an Entrepreneur in Residence concentrating in the area of turnarounds, entrepreneurship and running small businesses. He has taught entrepreneurship, turnarounds, launching new ventures and running small and medium size enterprises. His interests are in the areas of business acquisitions, manufacturing, B2B niche marketing, pricing, leadership, family balance, large/small company differences, ethics, exit strategies and employee empowerment. Jim sold his company, Extrusion Technology, to a private equity firm in December 2008. He had purchased the aluminum extrusion fabricator in 1987 after an 11 month unfunded search and grew it from $4 million to $32 million, developing a value-added products niche in the Datacomm/Telecom electronics markets and a supplemental factory in Xiamen, China. After taking on substantial debt, Jim transformed the second generation, family-owned business. A focus on quality led to early qualification for ISO-9000 in 1992 and emphasis on lead time reduction and lean manufacturing techniques resulted in a Bronze Shingo award in 2008. Jim has a BS degree from Babson College and after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1976, joined General Electric and moved on to Product General Manager positions within the GE materials businesses. After 5 years, he left GE to run 3 turn-around situations which prepared him to strike off on his own in 1987.

Mason Myers

Mason Myers

Mason is responsible for all investment decisions for Greybull Stewardship, an investment partnership formed to provide an ideal home for growing, profitable companies. He founded Greybull Stewardship in 2010 after being a founder and owner/operator. He was a co-founder of a company that went public, investor in Zipcar, and was President of the National Holistic Institute, which he bought with a partner after an independent study project at business school.

Henry Allen

Henry Allen

Henry Allen started a business along with a colleague and their two wives in 1990. Over 17 years it grew into a unique and thriving enterprise, employing 70 people and turning over £8 million, which commanded strong staff and customer loyalty, known for its distinctive management style and a highly motivational working environment. During that time Henry had to face many issues, routine and operational, and others which were crucial to the future of the Company, including major changes in ownership, a radical diversification of the product offering, international business development, and getting through a nearly catastrophic collapse in the market. Henry prefers to look at a business challenge with an alternative perspective. As a listener and thinker he has natural coaching skills which have been greatly appreciated by staff and colleagues over the years. He is fascinated by the parallels that appear in different types of business and relishes the opportunity to contribute ideas while also learning something new himself.

James Johnstone

James Johnstone

Jim has deep multinational experience in a variety of senior positions in the corporate world, management consulting, investment banking and the public sector - working in Europe, the US, the Far East and the Middle East. Currently, he is involved with several small to mid sized companies seeking to expand their business interests internationally, particularly in Europe, China and India. At the beginning of his career, Jim was, briefly, at management consultants Arthur D Little Inc., Cambridge, before becoming a marketing executive with Xerox Corp.,New York. He then joined Pergamon Press in London, as Special Assistant to the Chairman, Robert Maxwell - responsible for acquisitions and new business development Subsequently, he was a senior executive at world leading executive search firms Egon Zehnder International and Heidrick&Struggles Inc. - working at different times out of London, New York, Brussels and Tokyo. Over the years, he has founded two independent management consulting firms based, firstly, in the Middle East and, later, in New York/London respectively. Areas of business included advising small to mid sized companies on international expansion, through acquisition and distribution tie ups. Jim, a Scotsman, has also spent time in the public sector, as CEO of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, charged with attracting international direct investment, developing the country's exports and improving the small to medium sized company sector During much of the 1990’s, he was involved in business and investment banking activities linking the U.S., China and the Far East. Based in New York, he helped to create an in house merchant bank, First Shanghai Inc., Returning to London, he helped an American group to set up a small private equity fund specializing in high technology ventures. Jim has an MA Economics from Edinburgh University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has a life long interest in politics, international affairs and rugby (Founder of the HBS rugby club). Fluent French and a working knowledge of Spanish.

Marcus Shadbolt

Marcus Shadbolt

Marcus Shadbolt is the Managing Partner of Vermilion Partners, an investment and advisory firm based in China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, London and Munich. Recognising the opportunity offered by China’s emerging economy, he left a private equity investment firm in London and moved to China in 2004 to start Vermilion. Since then, the business has grown to become a leader in the market, advising many multinational corporations, as well as smaller companies with potential. Marcus now splits his time between Europe and Beijing and is often in the US. In his careers as a consultant accountant, private equity investor and entrepreneur, he has advised and invested in businesses in China, the US, Europe and Latin America. Marcus has a broad base of experience having being a director and advisor to many companies, ranging from publishers of academic and religious works, to fashion brands, financial services groups and manufacturers of lead oxide. Marcus has a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy from Durham University, an MSc in International Banking and is a Chartered Accountant. He has lived on three continents and visited over 80 countries. He is a family man and enjoys food and wine, some sports and the arts. He is attracted by challenges and people who are striving to achieve something.

our investors

New Forest is a private family office. The management team owns and controls each business. This enables us to avoid the temptation and pressure from outsiders to pursue short term performance at the expense of long term company health.