February 17, 2024

Evolve Corporate Finance appoints new partner to accelerate growth plans

Evolve Corporate Finance, the fast-growing independent corporate finance firm headquartered in Birmingham has appointed Gary Ward to its team.


Ward brings more than 30 years of experience as a dealmaker, private equity investor and business growth expert.  Most notably as a partner at Gresham Private Equity, senior business development positions at both LDC and PwC, and in recent years, running his own private equity consultancy, advising and investing in businesses across the UK, Europe, and South Africa.


Ward joins Evolve Corporate Finance as partner following a string of senior appointments at the firm in the last 10 months. Gary is an experienced dealmaker and he will focus on leading the firm’s business development strategy, building existing and new client relationships and helping the firm strengthen its links with the wider advisory community and professional network.


Gary Ward, partner said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Evolve and proud to be a part of what is one of Birmingham's most exciting, new, and emerging corporate finance houses. The values that founders David and Justin have woven into the fabric of this business, align perfectly with those that have served me well throughout my long and varied career. Their focus on providing specialist, expert advice, their consistent delivery of outstanding results, and the value they place in great relationships that stand the test of time is a formula for success in this fast-moving sector.”

David Neate, partner and co-founder of Evolve Corporate Finance added: “This is an exciting appointment for our firm and we are delighted Gary is joining us to continue our development following a strong first 18 months since we launched Evolve. Gary’s background, experience, and expertise in leading business development in private equity and deal origination will help us to further accelerate our growth plans. He joins at an exciting time as we continue to build a national, partner-led practice advising owner-managers, founders, and institutions on acquisitions, disposals, and raising finance.”

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