Board of Directors

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

Anthony Townsend

Anthony Townsend

Anthony 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 British & American Investment Trust plc, Gresham House plc, F&C Global Smaller Companies plc, Finsbury Growth & Income Trust plc and Miton Worldwide Growth Investment Trust plc and a non-executive director of Hansa Capital Ltd.

Tim Farazmand

Tim has spent 30 years in private equity. His last full-time role was as a Managing Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Bank. He previously worked for 3i Group Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Private Equity. He was Chair of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) for the 2014-2015 term. He currently chairs the Palatine Impact Fund, sits on the Advisory Board of Beechbrook Capital and the boards of Estio, The Lakes Distillery and Vinoteca.

Malcolm Groat

Malcolm Groat

Malcolm served as a director of Baronsmead VCT 4 from April 2014 until the Merger on 11 March 2016. 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. He has also served as chairman or non-executive director in a number of significant businesses and currently holds directorships at established companies Corps Security, Maritime House and Tekcapital plc, and at young ventures daVictus plc and Landmark Development Group. He is also a director of an overseas consulting firm that supports innovators in many sectors including disruptive technologies, construction and mineral extraction.

Sarah Fromson (Chairman)

Sarah joined the BSVT Board on 1 October 2019. She is Head of Investment Risk at Wellcome Trust and Board member of the Boston based Arrow Street Capital Partners. She was previously at RBS Asset Management (formerly Coutts) where she held a number of senior positions, including Chief Investment Risk Officer, Co-Head of Investments and Head of the Long-Only Investment team.