The team

As Venture Scalers,  the Root Capital team is made up of entrepreneurs and operators who in total have built and run more than 20 companies.

We only invest when we see the potential to build a much larger business, but possess the long-term vision and real-world experience to understand that this takes time and hard work.

Who we are

Root Capital is run by two Partners; Simon Philips and Frank Hyman. Our team also includes eight further experienced professionals.

We are happy to assist with any enquires. Feel free to reach out to one of the team.

Simon Philips
Managing Partner

Simon is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur. After starting his career at Bain & Company, Simon has gone on to develop an enviable track record of delivering exceptional returns on investments in the software, digital and business services sectors.

Frank Hyman
Partner

Frank has six years of investing experience at Root and ten years as CEO within the portfolio. With a background in strategic consultancy, Frank’s expertise lies in turning around and growing tech-based SMEs in the broadcast, education and travel security sectors.

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Michael Allen
Investment Director

Michael is responsible for Root’s deal origination and execution. He is a chartered accountant and investment professional with over 10 years’ experience across investment, financial and operational roles. 

Rob Henderson

Rob Henderson
Investment Director

Rob is responsible for Root’s deal origination and execution. He qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG and then spent four years at Albion VC, investing £1m-10m in early stage companies.

Michael Panagopoulos
Strategy Director

Michael focusses on strategic analysis and detailed examination of new markets to understand where growth opportunities lie for both new investments and our current portfolio.

Kirstyn Lowry-Corry
Finance Director

Kirstyn is a fully qualified chartered accountant and has 10 years experience specifically working within private equity. Kirstyn provides support to our current portfolio and new opportunities.

Jamie Arnold
Talent Manager

Jamie is responsible for Root’s talent acquisition and leadership development function. Before joining Root in 2020, Jamie spent 4 years with a private equity-focussed executive search firm.

Niall Casson

Niall Casson
Marketing Manager

Niall is responsible for Root’s brand management, deal origination and strategic sector consulting. His background sits within financial services and brand activation across various industries.

Emily Juniper
Team Support

Emily has vast experience; from running her own business to travelling the world with her work. Emily’s role now consists of providing operational support to the different functions within Root.

Karen Steadman

Karen Steadman
Team Support

Karen joined Root in August 2015 and has previous experience in marketing and events. Karen supports the senior team and is involved in projects across the company portfolio.

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