John Arney is a Co-Founding Partner at Smithfield and is based in London. John has over 30 years of experience acquiring, owning, operating, and financing businesses in the industrial, automotive, energy, business services and digital sectors. He began his career at Price Waterhouse in 1990, before moving to 3i plc as a private equity investor. In 1998 John joined Chase Capital Partners (which became JP Morgan Partners) where he led investments across Europe.
In 2002 John joined European mid-market buy-out specialist Candover Partners and in 2011 he led a management buy-out of the business to form Arle Capital Partners. Following the sale of Arle in 2017, John founded The Smithfield Group alongside Tom Corrin and Julian Ameler. He was a board director of Parques Reunidos and has served on a variety of industrial company boards including Pure Power Technologies, Innovia, Thule Group AB, Vetco International and Aibel, and is a founder and board member of both Guardian, which he chairs, and Pure Lifting Group. John is also Vice Chairman and President at KCGI.
Tom Corrin is a Co-Founding Partner at Smithfield and is based in London. Tom has over 30 years of business experience, including 25 years acquiring and growing businesses before selling them on. He has experience in the Industrial, Consumer, Food, Business Services, Financial Services, Energy, and Chemicals sectors. Tom started his career at KPMG where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining Hambros Bank in its M&A team. In 1996 he joined 3i before moving to JP Morgan Partners.
Tom was a founding member of TDR Capital where he became the third partner of the European mid-market buyout firm. In 2013, Tom joined Arle Capital Partners and in 2017 founded The Smithfield Group alongside John Arney and Julian Ameler. Tom has served on a variety of industrial company boards including Innovia, Stork and Fluor and is a founder and board member of both Guardian and Pure Lifting Group, where he is Chairman.
Julian Ameler is a Partner at Smithfield and is based in Berlin. Julian has over 12 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, and private equity across a wide range of industries. He began his career in investment banking at UBS in Frankfurt and London, advising clients in industrials and other sectors. In 2012, Julian transitioned into Private Equity and joined Arle Capital Partners. After 5 years at Arle, Julian joined John Arney and Tom Corrin in founding The Smithfield Group.
During his time at Arle and Smithfield, Julian has been deeply involved in all aspects of private equity investing including supervision and management of portfolio companies, refinancings, restructurings, strategy, deal-sourcing, fund raising, acquisitions and divestments. Most notably, he played instrumental roles in the successful buyouts of Innovia Group, Pure Power Technologies, Guardian and Pure Lifting Group. Julian has served on a number of company boards incl. Hilding Anders, Pure Power Technologies, Guardian, Pure Lifting Group, Laseraid and Elan.
Julian is also a member of the management team at KCGI as the Head of Business Development.
Jock Paton is an Investment Manager at Smithfield. He is based in Northern California and has over 9 years of M&A, private equity, and operating experience. Prior to Smithfield Jock spent 4 years in Lazard’s M&A team in London. He began his career at Arle Capital Partners, where he first worked alongside John Arney, Tom Corrin and Julian Ameler. He is currently a member of the management team of KCGI and completed a 2-year portfolio secondment to Guardian’s executive leadership team in 2021.
Kalina Forbes is a Finance Manager at Smithfield and is based in Salisbury. She has 4 years of experience working at accounting firm PKF Francis Clark, where she completed her ICAEW chartership in 2020. Kalina won the international prize for achieving 100%, the highest mark worldwide, in Business Planning: Taxation. She joined the Smithfield team in October 2021 and has a split role across finance and investments.
Mandy is an Office Manager at Smithfield and is based in Kent. She has over 14 years of experience managing the day-to-day functions in Private equity firms including Candover Partners, Arle Capital Partners and now The Smithfield Group. Prior to working in Private Equity, Mandy worked and gained experience in the following areas: The Charity Sector; Business Intelligence; Local Government; IT Recruitment; Hospitality; and the Oil & Gas Industry.