About Me

DR KEITH ARUNDALE

BSc MSc, PhD, FCA, FCIM, CMktr, FIoD, FInstP, FRSA

Dr Keith Arundale is a chartered accountant and chartered marketer, author, speaker, trainer and researcher specialising in private equity and venture capital and all areas of entrepreneurial finance. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading and author of two books on venture capital and the BVCA’s “Guide to Private Equity”. For some 28 years he was with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in London, Windsor and Pittsburgh, USA latterly leading the venture capital programme and business development for the European Technology Industry Group which focused on serving the needs of entrepreneurial, fast-growth independent businesses (companies with extraordinary potential). He leads executive training programmes for lawyers, accountants and entrepreneurs on private equity and venture capital and speaks regularly on entrepreneurial finance.  His aim is to help to improve the transparency of the private equity and venture capital asset class, making it understandable to all through his books and guides, lectures, seminars and training courses.

 

Keith studied Physics (BSc) and Applied Optics (MSc) at Imperial College London. His PhD in venture capital is from the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. His thesis explores the reasons for the historical difference in performance between European VC funds and US VC funds, focusing on the differences in the structural, operational (investment practices) and wider environmental characteristics of European and US VC firms. Keith was awarded an Adam Smith Business School Prize for his doctoral work in 2018.

Keith is the author of “Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe” published by Kogan Page (2007) and “Venture Capital Performance: A Comparative Study of Investment Practices in Europe and the USA” published by Routledge (2020). His main research interests are the performance of venture capital funds and the investment practices of venture capital firms in UK, Europe, USA and China. He is an experienced non-executive director, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, and a Liveryman of the Chartered Accountants.

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Education, Training and Memberships

  • BSc, ARCS – Physics, Imperial College London
  • MSc, DIC – Applied Optics, Imperial College London
  • PhD – Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM), Chartered Marketer
  • Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA)
  • Member of the Research Advisory Group of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
  • Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors
  • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants
  • Freeman of the City of London

Experience

  • Senior Visiting Fellow, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading (2009 to present)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Chester Business Research Institute and China Centre (2020-2022)
  • European Venture Capital Leader and Director of Business Development, Global Technology Industry Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (1998 to 2005)
  • Director of European Business Development and Proposals Support, Price Waterhouse (1990 to 1997)
  • Member of BVCA Research Advisory Group (2023 to present)
  • Non-executive director Henley Business Angels (2016 to 2023)
  • Specialist consultant to Right Management (Manpower) in private equity & venture capital (2007 to date)
  • Member of Advisory Board of Tenx Health VC fund (2019 to 2022)
  • President, English Technology Tour (2007)
  • NED, Audit Committee Chair, Senior Independent Director, Deputy Chair – Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (2008 to 2016)
  • NED, Audit Committee Chair, West London Healthcare NHS Trust (1992 to 1999)
  • Member of Board of Trustees of Chartered Institute of Marketing (2013 to 2016) and of CIM Audit and Risk Committee (2011 to 2017)

Areas of expertise

  • Venture capital
  • Private equity
  • Business angel finance
  • Crowdfunding
  • Corporate venture capital
  • Business plans
  • Strategy
  • Audit, risk and corporate governance

Sector Specialities

  • Start-ups and independent businesses
  • Technology (IT and Lifesciences)
  • Healthcare
  • Entrepreneurial finance

Interests

  • City of London livery companies
  • Visiting Pittsburgh and Florida Keys
  • Cats (we have two Maine Coons and a Tuxedo cat)
  • Visiting lighthouses (member of Association of Lighthouse Keepers)
  • Running marriage preparation courses with my wife