Calum is the Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners, a venture capital and private equity fund management business headquartered in Glasgow. He is one of the UK’s leading venture capital executives, with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry. Calum has led SEP since its formation in 2000 and works across the firm’s offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has overseen its investments in more than 150 companies.
Scottish Equity Partners typically makes growth equity investments of between £5 million and £25 million and has backed some of Europe’s most exciting and innovative technology companies over the years. It plays an active and supportive role in the growth and development of the businesses it invests in, working with management teams to help them build significant value. SEP’s current portfolio companies employ over 5,000 people and have aggregate revenues of over £1 billion.
Scottish Equity Partners has been named ‘UK Venture Capital Firm of the Year’ at the ‘Unquote’ British Private Equity Awards on six occasions in recent years. It is a responsible investor and adheres to environmental, social and governance principles, actively promoting these standards across its portfolio. SEP also has a strong commitment to supporting charitable organisations both at a local and national level, particularly those that promote entrepreneurship and seek to improve the health and welfare of children and young people.
Calum was a member of the board of directors at Skyscanner, supporting its growth into a global business with over 60 million unique monthly visitors and over 800 staff, and playing a key role in its £1.5 billion sale to NASDAQ-listed Ctrip in December 2016. Commenting on the Skyscanner acquisition back in 2016, Calum said:
“We are pleased to have played our part in helping Skyscanner become one of the world’s most exciting travel search companies. Ctrip is the ideal partner to enable the company to extend its global reach, grow even more rapidly and continue to deliver a fantastic product that is greatly admired by travellers across the world. We are particularly pleased that Skyscanner will continue to be headquartered in Edinburgh and to operate independently.”
Calum is currently a non-executive director on the boards of fintech companies Totally Money and Zuto. He is also a director of Artemis AIM VCT plc and a member of the GlobalScot network. Calum is also the Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) for 2018/19. The BVCA has 700 members, including over 300 fund managers and 120 institutional investors. Approximately 3,000 companies are backed by the industry in the UK.
Calum was brought up in Linlithgow. He has BA and MBA degrees from the University of Strathclyde, and was named ‘Alumnus of the Year’ in 2017. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, having trained with Ernst & Young, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has been a “judoka” since the age of nine and still coaches at a judo club in East Renfrewshire.