Meet the Team

Asper is built on a tightly-knit team of experienced executives that worked together for many years on the investment, portfolio management and operations side.

We have a strong, distinctive culture founded on a balance of high energy and caring: we are driven but also deeply committed to each other’s success!

Head of Operations

Debbie Hudgell

Head of Finance

Gerard McHugh

Analyst

William Reagan

Senior Advisor

Stephen Bough

Senior Advisor

Magnus Goodlad

Senior Advisor

Christopher Knowles

Senior Advisor

Andrew Buglass

Senior Analyst

Adam Ben-Hamo

Director

Olivier Delpon de Vaux

Operations Executive

Nicole Gilsenan

Senior Fund Accountant

Madeleine Josham

Associate

Eleanor Keen

Senior Portfolio Manager

Alejandro Algora

Director

Andrew Clements

Chief Investment Officer

Emma Tinker

Head of Legal and Compliance

Humphrey Edginton

Head of Investor Relations

Luis Quiroga

Senior Advisor

Alison Hampton

Director

Allister Sykes

Chief Executive Officer

Luigi Pettinicchio

Director

Dirk Hovers

Fund Accountant

Louis Charlton

Senior Advisor

David Walker

Head of Operations

Debbie Hudgell

Debbie has been working with the Asper team since joining Hg in 2008.

Over the years, she has provided the team with logistics and executive support, and since 2017 has taken on responsibility for HR, IT and other operations management.

Prior to joining Hg, Debbie had worked at senior board level in investment management for more than 19 years, as an office manager and previously at Skandia, providing executive support to the Group Sales Director of Skandia Life and the Chief Executive Officer of Skandia Investment Management.

Head of Finance

Gerard McHugh

Gerard has been working in management accounting since 2006 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2015.

Gerard heads the Finance team at Asper, where he has responsibility for both the fund and corporate accounting, as well as portfolio and investor reporting. Gerard previously worked at BlueBay Asset Management for 8 years where he gained experience in corporate accounting, FP&A and fund accounting.

Gerard holds a degree in accounting from Cardiff University and is a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants.

Analyst

William Reagan

William joined the Asper team in October 2019 as an Analyst. His prior experience includes interning with Fortress Investment Group in 2018 and Pamplona Capital Management in 2019 in their investment teams.

As an Analyst, William’s responsibilities include assisting the Investment and Portfolio Management teams.

William holds a MAs joint Honours in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

Senior Advisor

Stephen Bough

Stephen is an independent member of the Investment Committee, Valuation Committee and Platform Review Committee at Asper Investment Management.

Stephen is an accountant by background, having initially trained and worked for ten years in a variety of financial roles at the Prudential Assurance Company. He subsequently joined Hg, a European Private Equity House, where he was a Partner in the firm for 20 years in the role of CFO/COO. Since 2019 he has been a Non-Executive Director on Hg’s Board.

Senior Advisor

Magnus Goodlad

Magnus is an independent member of the Investment Committee at Asper Investment Management.

Magnus is currently Head of Transactions at Rede Partners, advising clients on a wide range of GP-led secondaries.  Prior to Rede, Magnus was Chief of Staff to Lord Rothschild and responsible for the private equity and venture capital investment programmes for the Rothschild family and philanthropies from 2014 to 2019.

He was previously a partner at Hermes GPE, a global private equity and infrastructure fund and co-investment manager.  Magnus spent ten years at Top Technology Ventures and IP Group Plc specialising in early stage UK technology venture capital and intellectual property commercialisation investment where he held various roles, including Chief Operating Officer.

Magnus commenced his career qualifying as a solicitor with Slaughter and May.  He holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.

Senior Advisor

Christopher Knowles

Chris is an independent member of the Board of Asper Columba.

He has been engaged in the finance of infrastructure, climate and environmental assets since 1976, much of this time with the European Investment Bank where he led EIB’s emergence as a climate finance leader globally. He has extensive experience of debt, private equity and blended capital structures, and a broad, practical knowledge of the sustainable finance agenda.

Currently Chris serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number of investment funds, advises various policy advocacy and research entities, and works with startup fund management teams, all in the sustainable space.

He has a BA Econ. and an MSc in Management Science from the University of Durham.

Senior Advisor

Andrew Buglass

Andrew is an independent member of the Valuation Committee at Asper Investment Management.

He has been focused exclusively on funding and developing global energy projects since 1992, in senior roles with leading companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, ING Bank, PowerGen plc and Unocal Corporation. Andrew now serves as Non Executive Director to a number of corporates in the electricity sector in the UK and internationally.

Andrew’s experience spans energy projects in over 30 countries, delivering investment in excess of £11bn, with extensive experience of delivering projects at all stages of the development cycle.

He is a regular expert contributor to Government and industry groups on policy and investment issues. This has included being retained as adviser to two Parliamentary select committees, private consultations with senior stakeholders, such as government ministers and senior civil servants, and ongoing debate with key influencers and opinion formers across the private sector and relevant NGOs.

Senior Analyst

Adam Ben-Hamo

Adam joined the Asper team in 2018 as an Analyst, having completed internships at Hg in 2016 and Asper in 2018.

His role covers a broad scope assisting the investment team in research, origination, analysis and fundraising.

Prior to joining Asper, Adam led projects at London Strategic Consulting, with a focus on expansion strategies for small and medium sized companies.

Adam holds a first class BSc and MSc in Physics from University College London, where his focus was on high energy particle theory.

Director

Olivier Delpon de Vaux

Olivier has been working in the energy sector since 2006 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2013.  

At Asper, Olivier leads the team’s origination efforts in renewable power and sustainable heat across Europe. He also led our investments in Vasa Värme, our Swedish district heating platform.

Olivier has led the strategic acquisitions and financings of a number of investments and successful exits in Sweden and the UK.

He started his career with Booz & Company before joining EDF Energy where he focused on corporate strategy, energy policy and investments in nuclear and renewable power in the UK.

He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick and an MBA from INSEAD.

Operations Executive

Nicole Gilsenan

Nicole joined the Asper team in June 2019, having previously worked at Warburtons for 7 years.

Nicole’s roles at Warburtons included Finance and Administration Assistant, and subsequently Management Secretary to the South-East Senior Leadership Team.

Senior Fund Accountant

Madeleine Josham

Madeleine is Asper’s Senior Fund Accountant and has been working with the Asper team since 2017.

Madeleine was previously an Assistant Management Accountant at Hg since 2015 and before that a Fund Accountant at Wells Fargo.

Madeleine holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Durham University and qualified as a chartered management accountant in 2016.

Associate

Eleanor Keen

Eleanor started her career in 2015 at US alternative asset manager, EJF Capital LLC, working in their Washington DC and London offices on CDO origination and European investment research.

Most recently, while studying for an MSc, Eleanor worked as an Infrastructure Analyst at Copper Consultancy, a specialist in stakeholder engagement for complex infrastructure projects. 

Eleanor holds a BA in Government, Economics & Environmental Studies from Georgetown University and a first class MSc in Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development from University College London.

Senior Portfolio Manager

Alejandro Algora

Alejandro started his career with Abengoa Solar (Spain and US).

Prior to joining Asper in 2018, he worked for Mitsubishi Corporation in London where he focused on the development, financing and management of renewable energy assets across the EMEA area.

Alejandro holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from University Carlos III from Madrid and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Director

Andrew Clements

Andrew has been working in energy and infrastructure investments since 2006 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2013.  

At Asper Andrew has a leading role in our renewable power investment platform in Ireland, and he led the execution of a number of investments, financings and successful exits in both the Irish and UK markets.  

He joined the team from Royal Bank of Canada in London, where he was part of the European M&A team and specifically assisted Hg on its successful exits of the UK wind portfolio in 2012/2013. Prior to that, Andrew worked for Nomura and Lehman Brothers in London.

Andrew holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Chief Investment Officer

Emma Tinker

Emma co-founded Asper in 2016 with Luigi and Luis, with whom she had worked at HgCapital since 2008.

Emma has worked in investment since 1999 and in the energy sector since 2002. During her tenure at Hg she started the renewable energy business that eventually led to the raising of Hg’s first renewable energy fund in 2003.

Emma is responsible for Asper’s investment strategy, is Chair of the Investment Committee and sits on the Sustainability and Platform Management Committees. She leads the origination and strategic business planning on existing platforms and new investments. Over the years she has led and managed investments, financings and exits in different markets and technologies in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and Italy.

From 1996 to 1999, Emma worked in strategy consulting for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

She has a degree in History from Cambridge University.

Head of Legal and Compliance

Humphrey Edginton

Humphrey is responsible for all legal and compliance matters at Asper and sits on the firm’s Risk and Compliance and Sustainability Committees.  He has been a lawyer in the alternative investment industry since 2001.

Prior to joining Asper in 2020, Humphrey was Head of Legal for Morgan Stanley’s private funds business in EMEA with responsibility for its European based funds, transactions and regulatory matters.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and worked in the London and Munich offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Milbank Tweed before joining Morgan Stanley in 2007.

Humphrey studied at the Universities of Exeter and Saarland and has a degree in Law.  He speaks fluent English and German.

Head of Investor Relations

Luis Quiroga

Luis co-founded Asper in 2016 with Luigi and Emma, with whom he had worked at HgCapital since 2008.

At Asper, Luis is responsible for relations with Asper’s clients and leads Asper’s business development fundraising.  Luis also remains involved in origination and execution of new investments, leveraging on his over 12 years of experience in energy investments.  Luis is a member of Asper’s Investment Committee, Valuation Committee and the Sustainability Committee.

Luis started his career with The Boston Consulting Group (Munich and Madrid) before joining Credit Suisse’s European Energy Investment Banking Team.  Luis holds a Master of Science in Foreign Affairs (Fulbright Scholar) from Georgetown University and a joint degree in Law and in Business Administration from ICADE Madrid.  He is fluent in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Senior Advisor

Alison Hampton

Alison is an independent member and Chair of the Risk & Compliance Committee at Asper Investment Management.

Formerly a partner at Hogan Lovells and a consultant at Weil Gotshal, Alison was HgCapital’s General Counsel.

She also led HgCapital’s responsible investment initiative until June 2017 and sits on the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Board.

Director

Allister Sykes

Allister has been working in the energy sector since 2010 and started working with the Asper team since he joined Hg in 2012.

Allister is responsible for the delivery of platform business plans across the portfolio and chairs the Asper Platform Management Committee. He is also a member of the Sustainability Committee and leads our investments in our Nordic Power platform Vasa Vind.

Allister led a number of transactions in the Swedish market and has also supported the team on UK and Irish transactions.

He joined the team from PwC’s Energy & Infrastructure deals team where he worked for 5 years.

Allister is a Chartered Accountant and has a first class honours degree in Theoretical Physics from Durham University.

Chief Executive Officer

Luigi Pettinicchio

Luigi co-founded Asper in 2016 with Emma and Luis, with whom he had worked at HgCapital since 2008. 

Luigi has more than 15 years of experience in energy and investing.  At Asper, he is responsible for investment execution across all platforms, the organization and the overall management of the firm. Over the years Luigi led a number of investments, financings and exits in different markets and technologies across the UK, France, Spain and Scandinavia. He sits on the Investment Committee, Platform Management Committee, Sustainability and Risk and Compliance Committees.

Prior to joining Hg/Asper, Luigi worked for Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division in London and for McKinsey&Company in Milan.

He holds a “cum laude” double degree in engineering from Milan’s Politecnico and Paris’ Ecole Centrale, and a MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Director

Dirk Hovers

At Asper Dirk plays a leading role in the firm’s investments and portfolio management, with a specific focus on the Dutch and Swedish platforms. He is also the first to join in Asper’s new office in the Netherlands, and will lead its further expansion.

Fund Accountant

Louis Charlton

Louis joined the Asper team as a Fund Accountant in 2020.

Coming from BDO’s Financial Services Sector, Louis specialised in Asset and Wealth Management as a Senior Auditor.  Before this, he interned at Fortress Investment Group, supporting the Eurocastle Investment Limited finance team.

Louis qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 2019 and holds a degree in Mathematics from Northumbria University.

Senior Advisor

David Walker

David is a Senior Advisor to Asper Investment Management.

He was previously a Private Equity Director at BMO Global Asset Management and held several leadership positions within the European Investment Bank and the EIF, including Head of Infrastructure Funds, Climate Change and Environment Division from 2010 to 2015.

David is a member of the Management Board of the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (“Marguerite I’), a member of the Board of Directors of the European Energy Efficiency Fund and sits on the Advisory Council of WWF in Scotland.