Our Team

A blend of skills and experience

Eoghan Barry

Eoghan Barry

Investment Analyst

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Eoghan Barry joined RJD in 2017 as an Investment Analyst. He previously worked as a Research Associate for Third Bridge where he managed projects for Private Equity and Hedge Fund clients. He also completed an internship with Polaris Partners, a Venture Capital fund based out of Boston.

Eoghan holds a BA in History and Philosophy from The University of Sheffield and a MSc in Finance from Trinity College, Dublin.

Frank Bulman

Frank Bulman

Partner

Sector specialism

IT services and leisure & consumer services

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Frank joined RJD in 2007 and is a member of RJD’s Investment Committee.

He previously worked in corporate finance for both Livingstone Partners and Close Brothers where he worked on a wide range of private equity transactions.

He is a chartered accountant having qualified with KPMG.

At RJD, Frank has led a number of buy-outs including Class Tours and Verdant Leisure. He works across a variety of service sectors but has strong experience in the consumer, ecommerce and IT services space. He sits on the board of both Barber and Class Tours.

Richard Caston

Richard Caston

Managing Partner

Sector specialism

Leisure & consumer services

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Richard is a founding partner of RJD Partners and a member of the Investment Committee.

Richard has previously worked at now Deloitte, where he qualified as a chartered accountant; HSBC where he worked in corporate finance; Legal & General Ventures; and Royal Bank Private Equity.

Richard is currently a director of Babington Group and Chemigraphic.

He also led RJD’s successful exits of Teaching Personnel, Ipes and Academy Music Group.

Richard leads RJD’s investment activity in the leisure & consumer services sector and has led or been involved with many deals, including the buyouts of Verdant Leisure, Emprise Services, European Boating Holidays, GB Holiday Parks and Hayley Conference Centres.

Richard graduated from Oxford University in Engineering Science.

John Dillon

John Dillon

Managing Partner

Sector specialism

Healthcare services

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John is a founding partner of RJD Partners and a member of the Investment Committee.

John was previously at Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young); North West Regional Fund Limited; Lloyds Development Capital; and Royal Bank Private Equity.

He began his career in 1982 at Crossley Sharrock, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

John is a director of Harrington Brooks, Stone Group, Intrinsic Technology and Barber of Sheffield. He led RJD’s successful exits from Raphael Healthcare and Character World, amongst others.

Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt

Investment Manager

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Emily joined RJD in 2015 from KPMG, where she was a Manager in the Turnaround, Transformation and Liquidity team. Her role involved the provision of financial and operational advice to underperforming and distressed businesses. She has also worked in Transaction Services focusing on financial due diligence and Corporate Finance, with a specialism in project finance advisory and modelling.

At RJD, Emily has worked on the buyout of Barber of Sheffield and is an observer on the boards of Barber and Burgess Marine. She provides support for RJD’s investment activity across all sectors.

Emily holds a BA (Hons) from The University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Accountant.

David MacLellan

David MacLellan

Chairman

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David is a founding partner and chairman of RJD Partners and chairman of the Investment Committee. David is also responsible for investor relations.

Previously at Arthur Young McClelland Moores (now Ernst & Young), where he qualified as a chartered accountant, and Murray Johnstone.

David read Commerce at the University of Edinburgh. David is a former member of the Council of the BVCA and past Chairman of the Regional Committee of the BVCA.

David is a director of J&J Denholm Limited, deputy chairman of John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited and a Trustee of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection.

Sophie Pell

Sophie Pell

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

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Sophie joined RJD in January 2016 after leaving SilverDoor where she worked as the PA to the Managing Director.

Sophie is now the Office Manager for the RJD office and also EA to the team.

Hugo Strachan

Hugo Strachan

Investment Manager

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Hugo joined RJD in 2015 and has worked on the buyouts of Babington and Class Tours. He also supports the investment in Harrington Brooks.

Hugo joined RJD from PwC where he was a Senior Associate in the Strategy team. His role included the provision of commercial due diligence and strategic recommendations to a range of private equity and corporate clients including Exponent, Towergate Insurance and HSS Hire.

Hugo is a chartered accountant with and a graduate of Newcastle University.