About Us

Our team has a diverse range of backgrounds as entrepreneurs, operators, advisers as well as investors



Walid Fakhry

Managing Partner

Walid co-founded Core Capital in 2005, having had past experience in operations, strategy consulting and investment banking.  Prior to that, Walid founded and sold one of the largest ISP’s in the middle east.

Walid has experience in various sectors including IT, TMT, software and business services.


Stephen Edwards

Managing Partner

Steve co-founded Core Capital in 2005, having held past roles with Beringea Private Equity, HG Capital, Grosvenor, and PWC Corporate Finance. 

Steve has led, managed or arranged over 25 transactions, managed investment teams and portfolios spanning some 50 private companies.

Steve has particular experience of investing in leisure, healthcare, business services and media.

Rhonda Nicoll

Finance Director

Rhonda joined Core Capital in 2010 having spent a total of 13 years in fund accounting and administration at F&C Asset Management.

Rhonda is a CIMA qualified investment accountant and is responsible for all Core Capital fund reporting, secretarial and compliance.

Ian Simpson


Ian Simpson joined Core Capital as an adviser in 2017. Ian previously advised on the raising of both Core Capital I and Core Capital II. Ian is the founder and Managing Partner of placement agent Amala Partners. He spent the previous 15 years as a Director of Helix Associates, a placement agent, which he co-founded in 1993.  Ian was a Director of Berkeley Govett (UK) Limited and before that an Associate Director in the Global Private Equity Placement Group at Continental Bank. Over the course of almost 30 years in the industry, he has advised and raised capital for a broad range of private equity firms in both Europe and the US. 


Vince O'Brien


Vince O'Brien joined Core Capital as an adviser in 2017.  Vince has worked in the private equity industry for nearly 30 years. A former Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association, he served for more than 20 years as a partner with Montagu Private Equity, a mid-market private equity manager with over €5 billion of assets under management. He started his private equity career at Coopers and Lybrand where he assisted management teams in fundraising and venture capital transactions.




Our investment approach

Core Capital Partners UK LLP are no longer making investments from Core Capital Partners II LLP.

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