Board of Directors

The Baronsmead Second Venture Trust plc board of directors are listed below

Anthony Townsend 

Anthony Townsend

Anthony joined the Board in August 2009. He has over 40 years’ experience in financial services. He was previously a director of Rea Brothers Group plc, a non-executive director of Worldwide Healthcare Trust plc and was chairman of the Association of Investment Companies. He is chairman of, Gresham House plc, BMO Global Smaller Companies plc (formally F&C Global Smaller Companies plc), and Finsbury Growth & Income Trust plc, and a non-executive director of Hansa Capital Ltd.

Ian Orrock
Ian Orrock

Ian joined the Board in October 2010. He has wide experience having founded, developed and sold a number of businesses particularly focussing on the international media, technology and telecoms sectors (“TMT”) and has worked at board level in quoted global organisations. He was also a non-executive director of Henderson Private Equity Investment Trust plc. He is currently a director of a number of TMT businesses including Arkessa Limited, Iotic-Labs Ltd and Silchester Limited.

Malcolm Groat

Malcolm Groat

Malcolm was appointed to the Board following the merger of the Company and Baronsmead VCT 4 plc on 11 March 2016. Prior to the merger, he served as a director of Baronsmead VCT 4 plc from April 2014. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. During his career, Malcolm has worked as finance director for global businesses in engineering, construction and financial services. Malcolm currently holds directorships at established companies Corps Security, Maritime House and Tekcapital plc, at young ventures daVictus plc, TomCo Energy plc, and Golden Saint Technologies plc.

John Davies (Chairman) 
John Davies

John was appointed to the Board following the merger of the Company and Baronsmead VCT 5 plc on 30 November 2016. Prior to the merger, he served as a director of Baronsmead VCT 5 from February 2006. He was a Director of BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc until his retirement in July 2011. He was Managing Director of 3i Asset Management Ltd (1985-2002), responsible for the management of three investment trusts and the group’s quoted portfolio. He is also a director of Gardens Pensions Trustees Ltd, a corporate trustee of the 3i Group Pension Scheme and is a member of the investment committee of the scheme.