Souter Investments makes big changes at the top

Brian Souter

Souter Investments, the family investment office of Stagecoach Group founder Brian Souter, said on Monday it appointed John Berthinussen and Calum Cusiter as co-managing directors.

Andy Macfie, who founded the investment business with Souter in 2006 and has been managing director for 14 years, is to become chairman.

Souter Investments has a primary focus on making private equity investments in unquoted companies, but it also makes selected allocations in quoted markets, real estate and funds.

Souter Investments has invested over £450 million across 60 unquoted companies in the last 14 years, and currently has significant interests in more than 25 unquoted businesses.

Brian Souter said: “When Andy and I launched Souter Investments in 2006 our vision was to create a professional but entrepreneurial family investment office, building a diversified investment portfolio that would generate healthy returns over the long-term, be resilient to economic downturns and fund charitable donations.

“Andy has been critical to us achieving these objectives.

“Going forward, under the leadership of John and Calum, our strategy and approach remains the same, and we continue to have significant capital available to invest in new opportunities.”

Macfie said: “Calum and John have worked for me at Souter Investments for the last 12 years and thoroughly deserve their promotion.

“We have together generated excellent returns and have a strong portfolio of investments which has been resilient to the effects of Covid-19.

“After 35 years investing in private equity, I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Calum and John and to look forward to continuing my involvement with Souter Investments as chairman.”

Cusiter said: “John and I are both delighted to have been given the responsibility of leading the day to day operations of Souter Investments.

“Andy has obviously been instrumental in Souter Investments’ growth and development, leading us to our current position, focussed on investing in unlisted companies, as one of the most active and successful family offices in the UK.

“The fact that he will remain involved in the business and will give his input to key decisions is hugely valuable.”

Berthinussen added: “Whilst the events of the last year have been unprecedented, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic severe, 2020 was extremely active for us, as we made several new investments and provided support to our investee companies.

“Alongside Maurice Shamash and Scott Mackenzie, plus our new recruits Rhea Ghosal and Stuart Dunlop, Calum and I look forward to continuing our strategy of investing through the cycle and partnering with market leading management teams, deploying our flexible and entrepreneurial model to help them grow and develop their businesses.”