Our Faculty

We believe that it is our faculty of experienced practitioner trainers, which makes us different from other providers. We think it takes a winning combination of qualities to join the faculty at Ascentium Associates. Indeed to be a great trainer, we require years of practical experience, so that our programmes are current market practice. Secondly and just as importantly, there needs to be a passion to impart knowledge and experience in an engaging, friendly and interactive manner.

Most of our faculty have several years of training experience and at least 10-20 years of relevant industry experience. Please do not just take our word for it, click on their profiles below to read about their backgrounds, areas of expertise and upcoming courses.

Following is an overview of our tutors.

Gareth Anderson

Gareth Anderson (M.A. (Cantab), M.Sci. (Cantab), MCSI is a senior investment professional over 17 years of real estate and financial markets experience. Over the course of his real estate career he ha ...

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Dr. Keith Arundale

Keith Arundale is a university lecturer, executive trainer and author in private equity and venture capital. He is a Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading w ...

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Dr. Robert Bain

Robert Bain is an independent infrastructure investment analyst. A Chartered Civil Engineer, he was a transportation consultant for 15 years working in Asia, Latin America, the USA and Europe for priv ...

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Aleksander Grzeszczak

Aleksander Grzeszczak has for the past 10 years been a senior advisor to Value Discovery Partners (VDP), a major private equity investment fund focused on emerging markets, particularly on South Easte ...

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Dr. Mike Hicks

Dr. Mike Hicks  has been involved with private equity for the last 21 years as an LP and a GP, an adviser to business owners, a writer of research reports on the PE/management relationship and, above ...

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Sneha Hiremath

Sneha Hiremath has over 10 years of private equity investor relations and fundraising experience. Currently she heads Ace Advisors, a firm she founded to help private equity firms with their fundraisi ...

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Robin Illingworth

Robin specialises in commercial due diligence training. He worked for many years in finance and business around the world before moving into the M&A market.  He is also a director at Armstrong Transa ...

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Kapriel Kasbarian

Kapriel Kasbarian is responsible for all aspects of the day to day running of Ascentium Associates. His exposure to private equity is both from an entrepreneurial perspective - Ascentium Associates is ...

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Susan Lawrence

Susan Lawrence has over 25 years of  hands-on experience in the commercial real estate field, including the areas of development, acquisitions, dispositions and management.  Currently she heads Real ...

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Dr. Roger Mills

Professor Dr Roger Mills PhD, MSc, BTech (Hons), Cert Ed, MColl, FCMA, FCIS, FCT. Roger is currently Group Chairman and CEO at Value Focus Group, a group of consulting firms. He is also Emeritus Profe ...

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Vicky Mudford

Vicky Mudford has worked in the private equity industry for over 30 years, first with Apax Partners, then as Executive Director of the British Venture Capital Association from 1984-1997 and, from 1997 ...

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Richard Rivlin

Richard Rivlin is managing director of Bladonmore and works with leading private equity and asset management groups to prepare senior spokespeople for media engagements. His clients include Doughty Ha ...

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Garry Sharp

Garry Sharp has been active in the private equity markets as a practitioner, trainer, writer and adviser since 1985, when he joined a nascent UK venture capital firm. He participated in the firm’s o ...

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Ben Shore

Ben Shore is a senior consultant at Bladonmore and specialises in helping leaders make the most of their media interviews and presentations. Recent clients include Coller Capital, the Virgin Group and ...

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy - Attendee cancellations received more than fifty (50) days in advance of the course will receive a full refund of the fees paid for a course. Cancellations received from forty-nine (49) to thirty six (36) days in advance of the course will be subject to a fee of 50% of fees paid. All cancellations must be made in writing (by letter, or email - proof of receipt will be required) to the relevant contact at Ascentium Associates or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Unfortunately no refunds will be made for cancellations made within thirty five (35) days of a course. Cancellations received less than thirty five (35) days in advance of a course will receive a 100% credit to be used at another course for up to 12 months from the cancellation date.

Substitution Policy - A registered attendee may transfer this place on a course to another colleague from the same organisation provided we are notified in advance of the commencement of the course.

Postponement Policy - Ascentium Associates reserves the right to postpone a course at any time in advance of a course if it becomes necessary to do so. Examples include but are not limited to: if the course trainer were to become unavailable and no alternative replacement found in time, or if we receive an insufficient number of registered attendees that would be required to effectively run a course.

If a course is postponed, delegate payments already received are entitled to a full refund of fees paid or they can elect to have the funds credited towards the fees of a future course and receive a 10% discount.

Ascentium Associates will confirm the status (running or postponed) of a course up to 2-3 weeks (or earlier) before a course’s scheduled dates and will contact attendees by email. It is advised that attendees do not undertake any accommodation or travel  arrangements until it is confirmed that a course will run. Ascentium Associates are not liable for any costs incurred by delegates if it becomes necessary to postpone a course.

Force Majeure - Force Majeure refers to circumstances beyond our control that make it impossible to run a course.  This includes but is but not limited to circumstances such as: bad weather conditions, acts of God, disasters, acts of terrorism, acts of war, strike action, regulations or orders of governmental authorities, civil unrest. In the case of force majeure, we reserve the right to keep attendee fees as a contribution to all incurred course related costs, such as venue and administrative costs.

Travel and accommodation - The course fee does not include any travel or accommodation costs incurred by attendees. Whilst Ascentium Associates may suggest accommodation nearby the training venue, we are not accountable for making any bookings for accommodation or transportation arrangements on behalf of attendees. Attendees are responsible for their own transfers to and from the training venue and we will not accept any liability for any transport disruption an attendee may encounter. Our cancellation policy applies if an attendee is unable to attend all or part of a course.

Course Leader and External Experts - Whilst course trainers and any external speakers and subject matter topics are confirmed in advance of the course, there may be circumstances beyond our control for which we reserve the right to change any aforementioned trainers, speakers or topics.

Programme contents – The course contents delivered verbally or provided in any format are purely for education and information purposes only and do not constitute advice or any course of action. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken for contents to be accurate and up to date, Ascentium Associates accepts no liability for any incompleteness or inaccuracy. Ascentium Associates accepts no liability whatsoever for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of the contents of a course.

Programme Fee -  Fees allow attendees to go to all the training sessions and food and beverage refreshment breaks at the course. The fee also includes tuition and the training materials, which will be given at the course. Where applicable, the fees  are subject to local taxes such as VAT and these are charged upon registration.

  1. Payment - Full cleared payment of the fees must be received in advance of attending a course. Failure to do so may result in an attendee not being allowed to participate in the course. Payments can be made by most credit cards or wireRegistrations received fifteen (15) days or less before a course commences, then the payment must be via credit card.

Membership fees - Full cleared payment of the membership fees must be received in order to benefit from member rates. The annual membership fee applies for a full calendar year and is only refundable if the very first programme related to the member is postponed and a refund is requested. Even if only one programme is booked per annum, the membership fee is not refundable even if no more courses are booked during the remainder of year. 


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