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The Team

The Team

The knowledge, experience and pedigree of our investment team, combined with their individual track records of successful investing in the SME sector, is complimented by our Unique Advisory Network of 300 High Net Worths and seasoned entrepreneurs.

When combined with the entrepreneurial culture of Seneca itself, the investment team is empowered to provide a flexible approach to investment, that enables it to make decisions quickly and transact fast.

Seneca take an active role in portfolio companies, typically in the form of a non-executive board position. Seneca will also help the investee company to strengthen the management team where appropriate. This may be financial or operational, or with an experienced non-executive director or chairman that can help with the strategic direction of the company.

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John Davies

Investment Director

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John Davies

Investment Director


Ex PwC, RSM Robson Rhodes and BDO Transaction Services team with Business Recovery and Audit experience. At Clearwater Corporate Finance he completed a number of high profile deals across a broad spectrum of sectors including private equity, owner managers, management teams and debt funders. John has extensive experience of both buy-side and sell-side support in relation to fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions, refinancing and restructurings.

Since joining Seneca in June 2015, John has transacted in excess of £28m in over 30 rounds of EIS investments.

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Connor Grimes

Investment Manager

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Connor Grimes

Investment Manager


Connor joined Seneca Partners in 2014 from Kleinwort Benson in London where he worked in the Finance and Principal Investment & Advisory teams and gained experience with business management, fundraisings and corporate finance advisory mandates. Since joining the investment team at Seneca Partners, he has acted on numerous transactions totalling in excess of £35m across multiple industries and sectors. His experience encompasses both private equity and public market transactions including IPOs, acquisitions and restructurings.

Connor graduated from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands where he earned a BSc in International Business and an MSc in Finance & Investments.

Connor is a CFA® charterholder.

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Matt Currie

Investment Director

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Matt Currie

Investment Director


Matt joined Seneca from the RBS Structured Finance team in January 2017 where he completed 15 Leverage Finance transactions, being primarily mid-market private equity deals. Working alongside the top private equity institutions in the region, Matt led deals across the Leisure/Consumer, TMT, Professional Services, Manufacturing and Infrastructure sectors. Prior to that Matt spent four years with Deloitte, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working on both audit and advisory engagements throughout the North West. Matt graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010 with a degree in Management with Accounting & Finance.

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Siobhan Pycroft

Investment Executive

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Siobhan Pycroft

Investment Executive


Siobhan joined Seneca in 2013, as an original member of our debt advisory business before joining the Growth Capital Team in October 2019 as Investment Executive. Whilst working in our advisory business, Siobhan managed a team that advised over 1,000 SMEs relating to finance and an overall debt quantum in excess of £1 billion. Siobhan has a strong network of advisers and SMEs throughout the North West which puts her in a great position to assist SMEs with the funding requirements.

Siobhan is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has a law degree with an emphasis on public companies, equity finance and acquisitions. She started her career in Washington D.C. working on U.S. government and economic policy pertaining to complex financial instruments and derivatives. Siobhan then joined a U.S. ranked Tier 1 global patent, intellectual property and commercial litigation firm based in Silicon Valley in Risk Management, boasting a Fortune 100 client base with offices and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe.

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Chris Hood

Sales Director - Tax Advantaged Investments

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Chris Hood

Sales Director - Tax Advantaged Investments


Chris is Seneca’s Sales Director with a focus on our tax-advantaged investment services. Chris is responsible for Seneca’s relationships with wealth managers, IFAs and other intermediaries.

Chris began his career in Financial Services in 1986 with Norwich Union where he worked for ten years as a Business Development Manager across the North West of England. After two years of working as an Independent Financial Adviser he embarked on an eighteen-year career with Clerical Medical/ Scottish Widows where he led many successful teams in his role as Regional Sales Manager.

In 2012 Chris joined London & Capital as a Business Development Manager where he represented the Discretionary Fund Manager in the North West. He joined Seneca in December 2019 from LV=, where he led their North Regional Sales Team for the last five years. Chris holds the Regulated Diploma in Financial Planning from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

You can contact Chris in the office on 01942 295 988.