Elizabeth is a well-known figure in the tech and entrepreneurial world. Despite not having formal education, she set up and ran an Aim-listed tech business which traded for over 25 years and was sold a few years ago to a US multinational for £20m. She currently runs Forster Chase’s Private Equity Fund focussed on Fintech businesses at growth stage, investing between one and five million pounds and providing operational and strategic support to grow the business and take it to the next level. She has won a raft of awards including The Telegraph's Most Disruptive Entrepreneurs, Finance Monthly CEO Award, PCR's Top 50 Women in Technology, West Midlands Women of the Year Outstanding Contribution to Technology Award. In 2012, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Andrew spent the first 19 years of his career in the City in Corporate and Investment Banking with NatWest & RBS Group where he structured highly complex project and export finance transactions. Subsequently he became Head of the Financial Services Practice for a global support services firm. At Forster Chase, Andrew is currently a director within our research and delivery function helping to deliver corporate finance advisory transactions across the financial services spectrum. Andrew holds the Cert CIB from the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Esther Zheng-Grove is an experienced head-hunter within Executive Search. She has a specialism in Commerce and Industry sectors such as FMCG, Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals as well as in Technology and Service sectors. She leads the Research Function in both Forster Chase Advisory and Search, providing up to date market information on both senior executives and acquisition targets. Prior to starting her career in recruitment, Esther also ran her own IT start-up with a business partner that in five years grew to a turnover of £2M and was sold to a large PE backed Office Services Group. Esther has a degree in Law from the London School of Economics.
Alex’s career spans more than 15 years providing senior-level support within Financial Services, Executive Search, Media and the property industry. She has worked with the senior team of Forster Chase since 2018. At Forster Chase, Alex plays a key role in ensuring projects are run smoothly and efficiently. Alex provides support to the rest of the team on meeting liaison, research, document management, compiling reports and ensuring the clients are kept informed throughout.