Our Firm

The Investment Committee

Greensphere’s investment teams are supported by an experienced Investment Committee comprising leading names from the realms of public and private equity investing.  With similarly strong ESG credentials and exceptional business networks, the Investment Committee provides additional strategic oversight whilst enhancing Greensphere’s ability to access attractive investment opportunities.

Divya Seshamani

Divya is Managing Partner of Greensphere Capital LLP

 

Divya is a private equity and venture capital investor with over 20 years of experience, growing and investing in businesses in sustainable technology, infrastructure, energy, sustainable agriculture and forestry. Educated at Oxford (BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and at Harvard (MBA, the Harvard Business School), she built her track record at industry-leading organisations such as Goldman Sachs, Parthenon, Unilever Ventures, GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) and at the global Private Equity house, TPG, where she was a Partner. Divya is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work in sustainable and impact investing and has served on the Investment Committee for the Global Innovation Fund anchored by USAID and the UK’s DFID. She was previously a council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) where she was re-elected for two consecutive terms. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Forterra PLC, a FTSE-250 British manufacturing business. In 2019 Divya was appointed by the Secretary of State to advise the UK Government as a member of the HMG’s Council for Sustainable Business where she leads the Net-Zero Initiative.

Jon Moulton

Jon is a Partner and Member of Greensphere Capital’s Investment Committee

Jon was formerly Managing Partner and Founder of Schroder Ventures where he served from 1985 to 1994. He was also the Managing Partner of Alchemy Partners, which he founded in 1997. Jon has previously worked with Citicorp Venture Capital, Permira, and was a Director at Apax Partners. He was an inaugural member of the British Venture Capital Hall of Fame and serves on the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of The Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has sat on the Board of several public companies and is currently a director of a number of private companies and charities.

Paul Lester CBE

Paul is Partner and IC Member of Greensphere Capital

Paul has over 30 years experience at the senior management or director level of businesses. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Signia Wealth Limited, Readypower Group Limited, and McCarthy and Stone. Paul previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of Forterra, John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited, a FTSE 250 company where he led the initial public offering of the fund in 2010; and was a Non-Executive Director of Invensys, a FTSE 100 company, and Chief Executive of VT Group Plc, amongst a variety of other directorships. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Management Studies from Nottingham Trent University. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of Her Majesty’s Major Projects Review Group. Paul was awarded a CBE in 2007.

Ian Nolan

Ian has known and worked with the founders of Greensphere Capital in various capacities for over a decade

Ian has over three decades of experience in private equity and investment management and currently also serves as Partner of Circularity Capital, a sustainable investment fund. Ian was chosen by the UK Government as founding CEO in 2011 to establish the UK Green Investment Bank and was its Chief Investment Officer until 2014. Previously, Ian spent 25 years at at 3i during which time he was Chief Investment Officer with responsibility for managing £10 billion of assets across Europe. He was also a member of the 3i Group Executive, Investment Committee, Risk Committee and Conflicts Committee. Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and graduated with a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Paul Smith

Paul is a Partner of Greensphere and has worked with the Partners of Greensphere in various capacities for over a decade

Paul has an extensive background in the chemical industry and private equity for over than 35 years. Paul is currently an investor in and NXD at Marine Biopolymers Limited, and Group Chair of multinational chemicals and materials company, Scott Bader Company limited. He is also a founding partner and director of the advisory group Cogency Chemical Consulting Limited, providing commercial strategy and market due diligence services to the financial investment sector. Paul is a graduate Chemist (1976), enjoying a long and successful career within a number of large multinational chemical companies until moving into private equity and venture capital in late 2001. His early roles included General Manager – Commercial for Albright & Wilson’s Surfactant Business in Europe, Marketing Director at Brent International PLC, and European Managing Director – Elementis Pigments. Paul has held a number of leadership roles in VC-backed businesses and has an enviable track record of creating value and highly profitable exits for investors. These include the sale in 2018 of the three Catexel Group companies to ICIG portfolio company, Weylchem, and US based Borchers Company, respectively, and Rahu Catalytics Limited (a business where he worked with Divya Seshamani at Unilever Ventures) to Wall Street listed US Specialty Chemicals player, OM Group Inc. in late 2011. He has extensive international experience in Europe, North America and Asia, and lived and worked in Germany for 4 years.

Barry Collins

Barry is a Partner of Greensphere Capital and has been with the business in various capacities for 7 years

Barry is a Chartered Accountant with over 2 decades of cross-sector experience, having spent 15+ years in PE-backed businesses as CFO and in other senior finance, commercial and strategy roles.  Barry is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes.

Ben Newton

Ben is an Operating Principal of Greensphere Capital

He has over 20 years in senior financial, operational and strategy roles across multiple industries, with the last 4 years spent in Operating Partner roles in Private Equity. Ben qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University.

Sri Brahma

Sri is an Operating Principal of Greensphere Capital

Sri has extensive expertise in the sustainable farming, seed technology, food processing and organic waste processing industries for over 10 years. As a qualified agricultural scientist, seed technologist and long-standing operator in sustainable agriculture and organic waste, Sri has engaged with leading technologies in green energy production as well. Sri has held a number of roles from Vale Green Energy, ReFood, Biffa and Severn Trent. Sri has a  Bachelors degree with Distinction in B Tech Biotechnology at Allahabad Agricultural University, India, and an MSc Applied Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

Our Story

Greensphere was founded in 2011 by a team of sustainable investment experts. Greensphere seeks to demonstrate how investors can lead the transition to more inclusive and sustainable business practices to mitigate against some of the biggest thematic risks resources and the environment facing our generation.

Founded in

2011

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major risks our investments mitigate

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core thematic investment criteria

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investment and operating professionals

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Years of collective investment experience

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core investment sectors

  • Greensphere Capital LLP is incorporated.

  • Greensphere obtains FCA authorisation and regulatory clearance.

  • Greensphere wins GIB account against 24 other fund manager.

  • Investment into Duranta Energy’s anaerobic digestion platform is announced – awaiting final documents with EPC/construction.

  • Investment into Western Bio Energy.

  • Investment into Duranta Investment Services.

  • Merger with TPG.

  • Investment into Whites Recycling at TPG.

  • Investment in WBE Fuels.

  • Air Liquide’s gas-to-grid facility is operational at Duranta’s Middlesbrough site, increasing the plant’s capacity from 5.1MWe to 7.4MWe.

  • March – August 2016: Third tranche investment into Duranta to fund expansion and gas-to-grid facility.

  • Spin out of Greensphere from TPG to pursue two new funds.

  • GAIA Fund closed (buy-to-hold strategy backed by long terms institutional investors)

  • GEN2 strategy investing in high growth sustainable investors closed backed by institutional investors.

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