James Titmuss /

Name: James Titmuss

Personal Assistant: Julie Rushworth

Telephone: 0161 912 6510

Email: james.titmuss@isisep.com

Title: Investment Director

I focus on new investment opportunities, so spend a lot of time meeting businesses ranging from those that have little knowledge of private equity through to those that have appointed advisers and already know that they want investment.  My job is to understand what they need and demonstrate - using our huge range of real examples - that ISIS can support them to grow their business. I love getting right into the heart of a business, breaking it down into a simple set of value drivers and finding out what makes it special.

One of the most satisfying investments I have been involved with is inov-8. As a keen runner I became aware of inov-8's great running shoes back in 2007, just 4 years after founder Wayne Edy had launched the business. Even then it was easy to spot the potential for the brand and I first spoke to Wayne when his turnover was around £1m. His passion for the product and ambition for growth was clear to see in those early days. We stayed in touch and when Wayne decided to sell a stake in the business some years later we were well placed with our fantastic experience of consumer brands, retail channels, international growth, genuine passion for the product and track record of working with founder entrepreneurs. We were delighted to complete an investment with inov-8 in May 2012.

 

I graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences before training as an accountant at PwC. I then worked in the City for 8 years advising a range of companies from SMEs through to FTSE100s.  This experience made me realise my real passion was in working with and supporting fast growing, entrepreneurial companies.

About me
Little known fact: I won the Pendleton Fell Race in 2012. The great marathon runner Ron Hill won the same race in 1958. Standards must have dropped considerably and I have no intention of launching a brand of running clothing.

Most likely to say? 
The inov-8 X-Talon 212 is the greatest off road running shoe ever made.

Outside of work I... spend time with my young family.

Perfect day:
A day at the seaside with the kids where nobody gets sunburnt, drops their ice cream or loses their bucket in the sea.

What makes me get out of bed in the morning?
Variety.