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August Equity is pleased to announce the promotions of Kate Cook to investment director and Sam Hardy to investment manager.

Kate joined our investment team in 2015 as a manager, having spent seven years at Deloitte in the transaction services department, where she qualified as a chartered accountant.

At August, she is responsible for origination, execution, portfolio management and exits across our core sectors. She was a key member of the team involved in the recent acquisitions of British Assessment Bureau, Charterhouse Voice and Data PLC and Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging, and was previously a director of VetPartners, which was exited in December 2018.

Sam has been an August employee since January 2017, prior to which he worked at Skillcapital, an independent private equity advisory firm. Sitting within the investment team, his new role will see him leading our origination, new investments and execution, the portfolio acquisition pipeline, and commercial due diligence across our sectors.

He also works closely with our management teams, pre and post-transactions, and has been heavily involved in developing August’s unique adjacency origination strategy.

Of his promotion, he said: “We intend to build upon August’s clearly defined adjacency model that helps us create extremely strong relationships with management teams and unrivalled pipeline visibility, with the vast majority of August’s investments secured off-market through direct origination.”

Philip Rattle, managing partner, said: “Many congratulations to Kate and Sam on their promotions following an outstanding year of acquisitions and exit activity.

“Both are great examples of August’s ability to recruit and develop team players who start at the junior level and speedily contribute to our unique investment approach and supportive culture. Both are in a strong place to further build their careers with us.”

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