Meet the team behind
MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDING PARTNER
Andrew Smith is the founder of Albany Investment Limited and its Managing Director, with a particular focus on the sourcing of potential investment opportunities. Prior to founding Albany, Andrew was a director at a corporate finance boutique in Mayfair and previously worked in private equity with a focus on infrastructure, energy and SME investments. Andrew's strategic leadership and planning capabilities have been honed after a dynamic career in the British Army, where he served in the Parachute Regiment operationally in the UK, Sierra Leone, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. During his military career, he acquired an extensive knowledge of both the operation and the acquisition of cyber security technologies. Andrew was responsible for a £1.2bn, predominantly technology-focused equipment programme in the British Army. Andrew holds an MBA from the Open University and is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Harold Gittelmon has more than 20 years of experience in the private equity, banking and retail sectors within Europe and the US. He held several executive roles in his career, beginning with 3i Group plc, where he was in charge of several successful acquisitions, IPOs and AIM listings, generating outstanding returns for his team. He was also a co-founder and Managing Director of the private equity firm Eclipse Investment Partners, where he transacted on a considerable number of private equity deals. He then went on to run Harding Brothers Limited as CEO and was CEO Europe for Flemingo thereafter. Harold is an enthusiastic private investor and currently holds stakes in a number of companies. He holds an MBA from Cass Business School and a BA (Hons) in banking, insurance and finance from the University of Wales.
Jothan Webb has over 10 years of experience as a technology investor, entrepreneur and finance professional. He has founded several technology companies, most notably GraduRates Ltd, which was acquired by RateSetter Ltd in 2015. Prior to joining Albany, Jothan worked on private equity and venture capital investments globally at ACE & Company, Khazanah, Oxford Seed Fund and SeedNet Ventures. Jothan started his career on the trading floor, trading equities, ETFs and options at Peel Hunt and Cantor Fitzgerald. Beyond investments, Jothan is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and is a mentor at the Virgin StartUp programme. Jothan holds an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of St Andrews and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
James Wellwood founded Reviresco Partners in 2021, after a decade focused exclusively on developing businesses in the Alternative Asset Management industry. During this period, James formed part of the Global Business Development team at Cheyne Capital, was Head of Distribution at Kairos Investment Management Ltd and latterly worked within a large European family office where he spearheaded the development of the family’s two asset management entities, including researching asset managers for the purpose of acquisition. James is also a Partner in Urbanic, a Sequoia-backed London-based women’s online fashion brand, and is a director of both the UK and Singapore entities. Prior to his career in business, James was a professional and international athlete. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.
Rupert joined Albany as an analyst in September 2022. Prior to Albany, Rupert worked at Linus Digital Finance, a European Private Real Estate Debt Fintech, and Tellworth Investments, a L/S Hedge Fund specialising in the UK small cap market. While working at these firms, Rupert gained experience across both public and private markets and across a variety of financial products. Rupert graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 2021 with a degree in Music.
MAJOR GENERAL (RETD) CHIP CHAPMAN CB
Chip Chapman served for 33 years in the British Army, mostly in counter-terrorism, working closely with UK and international agencies. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as the Senior British Military Advisor to US Central Command, responsible for geo-political and geo-strategic analysis and contingency planning. In 2013, he published his memoir, ‘Notes From A Small Military’, and, in 2014, he authored ‘The Chapman Review’ - a strategic analysis tilted ‘An Independent Review of the Police Disciplinary System in England and Wales’ for the then Home Secretary, Theresa May. He is a regular analyst/commentator on TV/radio on terrorism, cyber security, government counter-terrorist policies and Middle East strategies.
Duncan Macintosh is the Senior Partner at Capital Law, where he leads the corporate team and is a member of the firm’s board. He is qualified as a solicitor both in England and Wales and in Scotland. Duncan has spent over 30 years in private equity and venture capital, as well as in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He is recognised as a leader in his field by the legal directories. Prior to founding Capital Law, Duncan worked for 3i Group Plc. Subsequently, he co-founded a private equity fund, sits on the advisory board of another and advises the senior teams of national and international trading companies as well as acting for sellers, buyers, companies and businesses on various joint venture and sale and purchase transactions. He holds an MA and a LLB from the University of Glasgow.
Conrad Prince was formerly the Director General for Operations and deputy head of the UK Government’s signals intelligence and cyber security agency, GCHQ, and, subsequently, held a role as Cyber Security Ambassador for the UK Government, specialising in international capacity building. Conrad led the intelligence and cyber operations at GCHQ for seven years, during which time the agency transformed for the cyber age. As Cyber Ambassador, he led UK cyber capacity building and strategic advisory work with a number of foreign governments. He was also a strategic advisor on the UK Government’s agenda to build a strong UK Cyber Eco-System, including working on issues relating to national cyber skills, the UK cyber industry and regulation.