Feb 2012 – Kirsty McDonald joins deal team
GCP boosts deal team with significant hire
GCP, the most experienced provider of blended equity and debt to the UK’s small to mediumsized businesses, has boosted its deal team with the appointment of Kirsty McDonald, who joins from 3i, as an Investment Director.
“Businesses have an increasing need for flexible, patient capital, suited to achieving their growth plans. This is key to the economic recovery. I wanted to join an investor that works with a business to help to deliver value and GCP takes an innovative approach to this. Its funding structures do not rely on third party bank debt, as it provides the majority or all of the funding in a transaction, meaning certainty of delivery.”
Bill Crossan, managing partner of GCP, commented:
“In the lower-mid market we’ve cut our teeth working with smaller companies that are hungry to succeed, that are nimble enough to continue to innovate, and thatoperate in a segment of the market where it is still possible to drive growth.
“Kirsty has significant experience of investing in this area in fast-growing private businesses, and will be an excellent addition to our deal team.”
Before joining GCP, Kirsty spent 5 years at 3i. Previously, she worked at Trinity Mirror plc, focusing on corporate acquisitions, and she was also one of thefounders of a London-based strategy consultancy, providing support across arange of sectors and for companies ranging from start-ups to FTSE100.
Kristy studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge where she gained both a First Class honours degree and a Masters degree in Engineering.