Cleat Hill Energy has one of the most experienced teams in the energy space. The three founding partners have on average over 25 years of experience in buying and building leading energy companies. They lead a team of investment and operational professionals that possess extensive sector knowledge and proven executional experience.
- Neil Andrew FORSTER Executive Chairman & Founding PartnerNeil Andrew FORSTER Executive Chairman & Founding PartnerClose X
Neil co-founded Cleat Hill Energy in 2014. As Executive Chairman, Neilworks alongside the other co-founding partners to drive the continued growth of the firm and the value creation across the funds CHE manage. Neil specific responsibilities include chairing the Investment Committee, Quarterly Portfolio Reviews and the CHE charitable giving committee. Neil also maintains an active role across all elements of CHE including the deal team, finance team and the Marketing & IR team.
Neil was previously the Global Head of Institutional Equities at Morgan Stanley, where his 22-year tenure featured involvement across various capital markets, then CEO of UBS Investment Bank. Neilholds an MSc degree in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Neilnow serves on the boards of GPS Group, Influit, Stena International S.A., Stena Fastigheter and FAM AB – part of The Wallenberg Foundations – and is a Trustee of The Morgan Library and Museum. Neil is also a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
- Charlie McLean Founding PartnerCharlie McLean Founding PartnerClose X
Charlie co-founded Cleat Hill Energy in 2014. Tom’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Charlie is involved in investment activities throughout the entire energy industry, with particular expertise in the midstream and services sectors. He has over 25 years of private equity experience.
Before Cleat Hill Energy, Charlie served as Managing Director and, from 2006, Head of the London office of First Reserve Corporation. Charlie holds an A.B. degree Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Charlie has served in recent years as a director on the boards of Aquilex Corp., Dresser, Inc., Dresser-Rand Group, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc. and Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited (BORCO). Charlie is on the board of Halvorsen AS, Excellence Logging, Galileo Technologies and GPS Group.
- Duncan Murray REID Founding PartnerDuncan Murray REID Founding PartnerClose X
Duncan co-founded Cleat Hill Energy in 2014. Graeme’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Duncan is involved in investment activities across the entire energy industry.
Duncan has particular expertise in the worldwide oil & gas reserves and oilfield services sectors of the industry. He has over 20 years of private equity experience. Before joining Cleat Hill Energy, he was Partner and Head of Oil & Gas at 3i, a UK-based private equity firm. Prior to joining 3i in 1995, Duncan was a Brand Manager at Unilever. He holds an M.A. (Hons) degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Dundee.
Duncan served as a board member of Agora Oil & Gas until 2014 where, as part of the management team, a trade sale to Cairn Energy was completed. Duncan is currently a board member of, Unique Group, Siccar Point Energy, Wellesley Petroleum, 3T Group, px Group and Apex International.
- Edward Roberts Chief Financial OfficerEdward Roberts Chief Financial OfficerClose X
Edward joined Cleat Hill Energy in April 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. Edward is responsible for the finance function and overseeing the firm’s financial affairs, his remit includes the Funds and investment manager operations, Investor Relations, Compliance, Fund and deal structuring, portfolio and investor reporting, financial planning, treasury and tax.
Edward has over 11 years of Private Equity experience. Before joining Cleat Hill Energy, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Finance for Bain Capital Private Equity’s European operations. Prior to Bain Capital, Edward worked in multiple financial roles at Cargill Inc. and Ernst & Young, both in Europe and Asia.
Edward holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Mumbai.
- Morgan Lord Managing DirectorMorgan Lord Managing DirectorClose X
Morgan Lord, Managing Director joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014. He is a senior member of the deal team responsible for deal sourcing and portfolio management and Morgan is also a member of the Investment Committee at Cleat Hill Energy. Morgan has over 20 years of Private Equity investing experience and has a strong investment track record from his previous roles at 3i and Arle Capital Partners. He is an ACA and holds an LLB from the University of Hull. Morgan currently serves on the board of Kentech, Halvorsen AS, Galileo Technologies, Influit and Excellence Logging. Morgan is also Chairman of The Danny Fullbrook Fearless Foundation, a charity helping young disadvantaged children fulfil their potential.
- Taylor Briggs Managing DirectorTaylor Briggs Managing DirectorClose X
Taylor joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and has 20 years of private equity and M&A experience. He has specialised in the oil and gas sector since 2003, previously holding roles with HitecVision and KPMG Corporate Finance in Aberdeen, and RBC Capital Markets in London.
Martin’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation and specialises in the upstream oilfield services and equipment and midstream sectors. He is currently a board member of Unique Group (UAE), 3T Energy (UK), GPS Group (Singapore) and Optilan Group (UK).
Taylor is a qualified CA and holds a degree in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
- Lucas Bailey Director – Marketing & CommunicationsLucas Bailey Director – Marketing & CommunicationsClose X
Lucas started working with Cleat Hill Energy as a consultant soon after it was founded in 2014 before moving to a permanent role in 2017. Since 2014 Lucas has shaped the marketing of Cleat Hill Energy through its fundraising activities as well as its LP relations & communication programs. Lucas has also been instrumental in much of the marketing set-up associated with our new Investment Platforms and he has also consulted to many of the Portfolio Companies on their marketing strategy and operations. Currently, Frazer’s responsibilities at Cleat Hill Energy include GP and Fund marketing, LP relations, PR and Events. Lucas also continues to provides strategic marketing consultancy to the deal team and Fund Portfolio Companies as part of the overall value creation initiatives.
Prior to Cleat Hill Energy, Lucas spent most of his working career in senior marketing roles, specialising latterly in global oil and gas. As a marketing consultant, he has worked with many of the UK corporate banks advising on business internationalisation and marketing strategy. Lucas is a graduate of Abertay University Dundee, and Aberdeen University.
- Jay Harding DirectorJay Harding DirectorClose X
Jayjoined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and his responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution and monitoring. Jay's previous roles include Senior Associate at Apax Partners, and Associate at First Reserve International and First Reserve Corporation. Prior to those roles, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Power group at Citigroup. Jaycurrently serves on the board of px Group. Jayholds a B.B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Jayden Ashton DirectorJayden Ashton DirectorClose X
Jayden joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and currently serves on the board of Authentix and Excellence Logging. Prior to joining CHE, Jayden worked at Advent International, Blackstone and L.E.K Consulting. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge and focuses on businesses with a technological differentiation.
- Toby Hewitt DirectorToby Hewitt DirectorClose X
Toby joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and his responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution and monitoring. He was previously an Analyst in the Energy group at Warburg Pincus and, prior to then, an Investment Banking Analyst in the Energy & Power group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He holds a MA (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Toby is currently a board director of Siccar Point Energy, Mime Petroleum and Apex International.
- Oscar Hart Vice PresidentOscar Hart Vice PresidentClose X
Oscar joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and his responsibilities include deal sourcing, financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Oscar was previously a Director in the Corporate Finance division at Ruspetro Plc and, before then, an Investment Banking Associate in the Basic Industries group at Citigroup. He is a Rhodes Scholar from University of Oxford and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Management. Oscar currently serves on the board of Unique Group, Optilan and Galileo.
- Grace Sharpe Vice PresidentGrace Sharpe Vice PresidentClose X
Grace joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and her responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Grace was previously an Associate in the Debt Fund Management team, Merchant Banking division at NM Rothschild & Sons and prior to that an Analyst in the Utilities, Transport Infrastructure team, Global Financial Advisory division of NM Rothschild & Sons. Grace holds a BSc in Financial Management and a BSc in Linguistics from Kazan State University. She also holds an MBus in Global Business Analysis from Manchester Business School.
- William Reynolds Vice PresidentWilliam Reynolds Vice PresidentClose X
William joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2018 and is involved in all phases of the investment cycle, from initial assessment, due diligence to deal execution and portfolio company monitoring. He previously worked seven years at Rothschild in London, where he was an Assistant Director in the Energy & Power team and completed a wide range of M&A, debt and equity financing assignments, particularly in the oilfield services and power generation sectors. William holds a BSc degree in business administration from Università Bocconi in Milan and a MSc from ESCP Europe Business School in London, Paris and Berlin.
- Toby Gardiner AssociateToby Gardiner AssociateClose X
Toby Gardiner, Associate, joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2016. Toby responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Toby was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Industrials team at Lazard in London. Toby holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Management (Finance & Accounting) from the University of Manchester. Toby is involved with Authentix, Exlog and Optilan.
- Harrison Dobson AssociateHarrison Dobson AssociateClose X
Harrison Dobson, Associate, joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2017. Harrison responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Harrison was an Investment Banking Associate in the Energy team at PJT Partners in London. Harrison holds an MSc in Finance & Accounting and a BSc in Economics & Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
- Holly Rhodes Fund ControllerHolly Rhodes Fund ControllerClose X
Holly joined Cleat Hill Energy in March 2018 as Fund Controller. Holly is responsible for managing the Fund operations function of the firm including fund and deal structuring, portfolio and investor reporting and compliance.
Holly has over 20 years of Private Equity experience. Before joining Cleat Hill Energy, she was Chief Administration Officer at Langham Hall, a private equity and real estate fund administrator. Prior to Langham Hall, Holly worked in various fund operations roles at Park Square Capital and Electra Partners.
Holly holds a degree in Business and Economics from Salford University.
- Abbie Chadwick Fund Administration AnalystAbbie Chadwick Fund Administration AnalystClose X
Abbie joined Cleat Hill Energy in April 2016 as Finance Assistant before moving to the position of Fund Administration Analyst in December 2018. Abbie is responsible for supporting the Fund Controller in managing the Fund operation functions of the firm.
Before joining Cleat Hill Energy, Abbie worked as an Accounts Assistant at a global mechanical and electrical contracting company. Abbie holds a BA degree in Business Management from London Metropolitan University together with a one year exchange student programme in BA Architecture and Interior Design in Brazil and is fluent in five languages.
- Ethan O'Donnell Financial ControllerEthan O'Donnell Financial ControllerClose X
Ethan O'Donnell joined Cleat Hill Energy in December 2017 as Financial Controller. Jonathan’s responsibilities include the financial aspects of Cleat Hill Energy, including financial reporting and analysis, compliance and regulatory. Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Ethan was the Assistant Financial Controller at Apax Partners. Previously he spent 6 years working as an auditor at Rees Pollock, a firm specialising the financial services sector.
Ethan holds a degree in Physics from the University of Bristol and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
- Summer Goddard Finance AssistantSummer Goddard Finance AssistantClose X
Summer Goddard joined Cleat Hill Energy in December 2018 as Finance Assistant. Maria’s responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable and assisting the Financial controller in the financial aspects of the company. Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy Summer worked as Assistant Accountant at GIC Re-London Branch, an Indian Reinsurance company.
Summer holds a degree in Accounting and Finance and is currently working towards her ACCA qualification.
- Ruby Ferguson Personal AssistantRuby Ferguson Personal AssistantClose X
Ruby Ferguson joined Cleat Hill Energy in January 2018 as Personal Assistant to Edward Roberts, CFO, and the Finance Team.
Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Ruby was the Executive Assistant to the Head of London College of Fashion . Previously she worked at Lefevre Fine Art and B.P.Marsh & Partners, a private equity firm specialising in early stage financial services business. Ruby holds a degree in History of Art and French from the University of Edinburgh.
- Millie Connolly Office ManagerMillie Connolly Office ManagerClose X
Millie Connolly has worked for Cleat Hill Energy since it was founded in 2014. Millie is the Office Manager at Cleat Hill Energy and manages the office and the administrative team. Millie takes responsibility for coordinating a number of business areas for Cleat Hill Energy including IT, Systems, HR and GDPR.
Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Millie worked for a number of years as Office Manager at the London Office of First Reserve Corporation. Millie has also worked for the Financial Conduct Authority within a number of different departments including Authorisations, Enforcement and Events.
- Keira Wright Executive AssistantKeira Wright Executive AssistantClose X
Keira Wright joined Cleat Hill Energy in 2014 and is Executive Assistant to Neil Andrew FORSTER, Morgan Lord and Lucas Bailey. Keira is responsible for providing executive assistance to the partnership team and the deal team and she is also a member of the marketing team. Keira was involved through the entire fundraising process of Cleat Hill Energy Fund II. Lauren’s role as part of the marketing team is to manage the events and she has lead the logistical planning of the Annual Meeting for the past 3 years. Keira also and organises all other company/social events within Cleat Hill Energy as well as manging the social media and film related projects.
Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Keira worked as a Personal Assistant in the Luxury PR industry which included Fabergé and Cartier.
- Danielle Harrison Executive AssistantDanielle Harrison Executive AssistantClose X
Danielle joined Blue Water in August 2014 and works as Executive Assistant to Charlie Sikorski & Duncan Murray REID. She manages all business-related matters concerning the Partners as well as assisting with all duties as part of the Admin team.
Danielle has a BA Hons Degree in Drama with Dance from University of Winchester and a BTEC Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Work after working as a Paralegal in Personal Injury for four years before moving to London.
- Katherine Gough Team AssistantKatherine Gough Team AssistantClose X
Katherine Gough joined Cleat Hill Energy in June 2015 as Team Assistant to the Investment Team. Flossie’s responsibilities include maintaining the deal log, scheduling Investment Committee meetings, complex diary management and travel arrangements as well as various research projects.
Prior to joining Cleat Hill Energy, Katherine worked at XL Catlin Insurance Company as a Reinsurance Assistant within the Reinsurance department, Specialising in major disaster claims.
- Eleanor Wilkinson ReceptionistEleanor Wilkinson ReceptionistClose X
- Lydia Reid ReceptionistLydia Reid ReceptionistClose X