Management Team

Ben Murray, Founder

ben@newforestcap.com

Ben has over 10 years of strategy and management experience in Europe, specializing in financial services through his work at Roland Berger and the Bank of England. Since founding New Forest in 2014, he has built a portfolio of privately held businesses in the insurance services industry across the East Cost, taking an active role in day-to-day operations. Ben is originally from Scotland, and graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He now lives in Boston and enjoys winter sports in New England and coaching local rugby teams.

Adam Barker, principal

adam@newforestcap.com

Adam has over 10 years of investment experience, focusing on SMEs, whether mature businesses or start-ups. He has experience investing in and building companies in the US, China, Hong Kong, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe in both traditional industries and frontier technology. At New Forest, Adam focuses on identifying businesses where technology can transform the business model. Adam is originally from San Francisco, and holds an MA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

LINK MOSER, OPERATING PARTNER

link@newforestcap.com

Link grew up in New Hampshire and knew from an early age he wanted to work for himself. Link’s learned sales and marketing at his family’s landscape nursery business. In the mid 1990’s, Link recognized the potential of the Internet and founded a small web design company. He grew that business to over 300 clients through multiple acquisitions and taught himself new technologies and skills along the way. Link offers a unique balance of marketing expertise, leadership skills and entrepreneurial savvy.  He brings 22 years’ experience in digital marketing strategy, lead generation and interactive media experience and has a history of developing and delivering highly effective campaigns that drive sales, expand brand awareness, engage target audiences and maximize organizations’ marketing ROI.

ADVISORY BOARD

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.