After fifteen years at the helm of Parkwalk, Alastair Kilgour has decided to step back from being Chief Investment Officer with effect from the end of December 2023.

He will, of course, remain a Founder of Parkwalk and will spend several months handing over the role and responsibilities to John Pearson, who will be taking over the role as CIO in 2024, having worked at Parkwalk for six years as an Investment Director. Alastair will also continue to represent Parkwalk on the boards of several of our portfolio companies for the foreseeable future and will be on hand to continue to offer his wise counsel to the Parkwalk team.

Moray Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Parkwalk, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alastair not only for his massive contribution to Parkwalk, but, perhaps more importantly, to the whole UK university spin-out sector. He had the original vision to steer Parkwalk to become a leader in this sector. He has also helped move the Enterprise Investment Scheme towards focussing on this sector and his leadership has led to literally billions of pounds of investment and thousands of highly skilled jobs being created.”

“I also look forward to working more closely with John, who is an experienced investor and has led the exit process on several of our successes in the last few years.”

John Pearson, Chief Investment Officer of Parkwalk, said: “I’m delighted to be stepping into the CIO role for my next chapter at Parkwalk, and to continue working alongside Moray and the investment team, backing ground-breaking deep tech and scientific university spin-outs, and delivering returns to our investors.”