Gillian is the Executive Assistant to the Kennet London team.

Gill began her career at the Bank of England in 1996. She has since worked for a number of Financial Institutions and Insurance groups, including HSBC, Credit Suisse and Beazley Group. She is now a Partner at SmartPA, who offer bespoke business support to clients.

Anila is the Operations and Investor Relations Manager at Kennet.

Anila is responsible for fundraising efforts, office operations and administrative support across all activities of the firm.

Previously, Anila was an Executive Assistant at KKR in the Credit & Markets team and an Executive Assistant/ Junior Accountant at Kennet before transitioning into her current role.

Anila holds a B.A. Honours in Journalism from the University for the Creative Arts and a Foundation Certificate in Accounting (AAT).

Jamie is an Analyst at Kennet. He is responsible for sourcing and analysing growth opportunities.

Jamie joined as an intern in 2021 and has since returned to Kennet as a permanent member of the deal team.

Jamie also holds a B.A. in Biomedical Sciences from Oxford University.

Edward is the Finance Manager at Kennet. He is responsible for management group finance, as well as group and fund administration.

Before joining Kennet, Edward worked as a Chartered Accountant at Dixon Wilson in London.

Edward also holds an BSc degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham.

Michael Chan, who is known as ‘Chan’, is the Financial Controller at Kennet, working on all aspects of both fund and management group finance and reporting, as well as providing ad-hoc transactional support.

Before joining Kennet, he was a Associate Vice President within the Fund Management team at The Carlyle Group in London.

Chan began his career with PwC where he gained experience in both Valuations and Assurance.

Chan is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and holds a BSc in Business Administration and Mathematics.

Olivier Verhage, Vice-President, Silicon Valley

Olivier’s experience includes growth equity investing and M&A as well as operational experience as the founder of a VC-backed SaaS company.  

Prior to joining Kennet in 2015, Olivier worked in technology M&A at Capitalmind and as an IT project manager. He took a break from investing in 2018 and co-founded a SaaS startup after which he rejoined the Kennet team in 2020.

Olivier was involved with Kennet’s investments in Rimilia (robotic process automation SaaS, acquired by Blackline), CrossBorder Solutions (tax compliance SaaS), Redica Systems (healthcare analytics SaaS), and currently also sits on the board of Intelepeer (communications voice platform, CPaaS).

Olivier holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and a Masters Degree in Corporate Finance from City University, London.