John leads LDC’s teams in Yorkshire and the North East and is responsible for supporting ambitious management teams looking to grow their business with the backing of a private equity partner.

Since joining the firm in 2006, he has supported a broad range of fast-growing businesses across multiple regions, investing over £0.5bn in 30 mid-market businesses.

Investments of note in the last two years include: the minority investment and subsequent IPO of Team17; the MBO of NBS from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the MBO of Dimensions from US-listed parent Tailored Brands, the minority investment into iamproperty, the MBO of Mosaic Fulfilment Solutions and the MBO of Commsworld.

John has been a leading figure in the private equity and M&A community for more than two decades, working across a wide variety of sectors, including technology, consumer goods, business services, healthcare and manufacturing.

He started out in an advisory role, qualifying as an accountant at KPMG in 1998 and subsequently spent nine years as a Corporate Finance Advisor.

LDC has been a supportive investor and our seven year partnership with John Garner and the team helped us expand our reach through both acquisitive and organic growth.”
John Whittle, Chief Executive


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