Tom Hopkins joins ParkwalkParkwalk are delighted to announce that Tom Hopkins has joined the team as Business Development Director. Tom has worked alongside Parkwalk since early 2015 as one of the co-founders of Kin Capital who provide fundraising services to the Parkwalk EIS Fund and will continue to do so. Tom has 13 years’ experience across the front, middle and back office functions of venture capital firms. He has managed deals across the private equity spectrum, from early stage to buy-outs, as well as heading up fundraising and internal operations. At Parkwalk Tom will be assisting the team to deliver a customer service (to investors and their advisers) to match our investment track record, which we believe is one the best in the EIS market. We will be launching our online portal in the first half of next year as a major step in improving the client experience at Parkwalk. Commenting on the new hire, Moray Wright said: ‘We are thrilled to have Tom join the team as we look to build on our strong growth over the last few years. We are now the largest EIS growth fund manager focused on university spin-outs, and the largest by funds raised for the last two tax years. And it is important that we ensure our message around strategy, transparency and returns is continually heard in the market which is why Tom has joined the team. We believe our investment sector sits at the epicentre of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, to diversify the UK economy into areas deemed key to the success of UK plc. As result there have been changes to the EIS rules, and enhanced reliefs offered under the EIS to companies that qualify as ‘knowledge intensive’, which our companies do. Coupled with the potential for pension funds to enter the sector in a more meaningful way will help fuel future growth for Parkwalk and returns for our investors.’ Tom Hopkins added: ‘I am passionate about growth investing and the UK venture capital schemes, especially EIS, and the opportunity to go back to the venture capital ‘coalface’ was too compelling to turndown. There is a great team at Parkwalk who I know well having worked alongside them for 3.5 years, helping them become the largest growth EIS fund in the market. But also, I believe Parkwalk have unique attributes which I find compelling, the same reasons why investors continue to be attracted to the Parkwalk funds.’