Name: Mark Advani
Personal Assistant: Sarah Mitchell
Telephone: 0845 604 8355
I feel blessed to have a job that allows me to indulge my passion. I lead one of our investment teams in the regions, so get to meet and work with a whole spectrum of different people from every industry I can think of.
I grew up in Newcastle and read Economics at Nottingham. I’ve been with ISIS for 12 years following a secondment some years earlier. I’m not as old as I look - much of my working life has been spent here. I previously dabbled in banking with Barclays, moving between London, New York and Hong Kong.
My first investment at ISIS was into Fat Face. It was a £7m turnover fashion retailer and we backed Tim and Jules, the founders – together growing it to £60m turnover, hiring a whole new management team on the way. We made nearly twelve times on our investment which is great, but the real fun of it was the people. Six years after sale I am still in contact with so many of the people who were involved in that deal.