Meet the team

suir valley ventures

Gareth Burchell

Head of Stockbroking

Gareth began his career in the Insurance industry and spent 3 years at RBS Insurance prior to setting his sights on a career in the city. His financial career began as a trainee Stockbroker in 2003 and he has spent his time trading Equity markets ranging from FTSE 100 companies, right through to small cap and fledgling stocks. He has developed strong and lasting relationships with corporate brokers, market makers and market professionals throughout London. Gareth has obtained the Diploma in Private Client Investment Advice and Management (Level 6).


Barry Downes

Chief Investment Officer

Barry is CIO of Suir Valley Funds and also Chairman of TSSG, a leading technology Research Institute, Incubator and Accelerator, which has raised over €90 million to date. Previously, a Founder of FeedHenry, a software technology company acquired in 2014 for $82M by RedHat Inc. Barry holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School, a BSc in Applied Computing from WIT and has executive education qualifications from Haas Business School at UC Berkeley (in VC) and also Harvard Law School. Barry was recently named one of the top Irish software superstars by Silicon Republic.

Damon Heath

Head of Corporate Broking

Damon has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the growth company arena, having worked in the sector since 1996. Following a period working in the health service, he moved to the City to focus on the small-cap market where he has dealt with retail, professional, institutional and corporate clients. Damon is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate from the Chartered Financial Association.


Erik Woolgar

Corporate Broking

Erik has 8 years’ experience in the growth company arena from an investor relations and corporate broking perspective. Beginning his career focusing on natural resources, he has since advised and provided insight to a range of corporate clients, while building a strong investment community network. Erik has been instrumental in bringing several companies to market, both AIM and standard listings, and advising on AIM transactions. He holds a number of CISI qualifications, and is now studying for the ICAEW corporate finance diploma.


Simon Leathers

Corporate Finance

Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999, and has over 16 years of corporate finance experience with Evolution Securities, Daniel Stewart & Co, Fox-Davies Capital and BDO LLP. He has provided financial and regulatory advice to a number of private and public companies in retained and transaction roles. He has acted as lead corporate finance adviser on a broad range of transaction types, and in doing so fulfilled the role of Nominated Adviser for the LSE’s AIM market and sponsor for the LSE’s Main Market.

Brian Kinane

Business Development

Brian is an experienced industry software, tech entrepreneur and investment manager. He has extensive corporate technology experience from product management roles at global telecom companies such as Ericsson Group and Telenor Group. Additionally, Brian has deep operational experience as a founding shareholder and board director of a number of high tech start-ups backed by international VCs including Feedhenry where he worked with Barry Downes. He has had a successful track record as a hedge fund growth capital investment manager funding over 60 companies. Education includes BA Mod Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and MBAs London and Columbia Business Schools.

Isabella Pierre

Isabella started her career working at Old Park Lane Capital, a boutique natural resources stockbroker, before moving to Vox Markets, a FinTech Investor Relations platform, where she worked closely with board level management in introducing new methods of online shareholder communications. She later joined Northland Capital, an institutional stockbroker, working on AIM transactions across Healthcare, TMT and Mining within the Corporate Broking and Equity Sales division.

Phil Swinfen

Mining Analyst

Phil has 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. A geologist by training, he started his career in 1998 working in diamond exploration in South Africa. Subsequently, Phil worked as an exploration and mining geologist for Anglo American over a wide range of commodities and projects worldwide. Since 2006, Phil has worked as a mining analyst for a variety of London stockbroking firms and investment banks, being a member of the No.1 ranked mining team at Numis Securities. In 2016 he founded his own firm, Mineview Consulting, which advises a variety of clients including brokers, banks, investment institutions and mining companies. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Exploration Geology (First Class) from the University of Wales, Cardiff and an MSc in Mineral Project Appraisal (Distinction) from The Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. Phil is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Jimmy Millholland

Corporate Finance

Jimmy is a former avionics technician who specialised in general aviation aircraft, as well as a race-winning stockcar mechanic and race engineer. He graduated with honours from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta as well as studying aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He joined Shard Capital in 2018 and has supported a number of corporate finance transactions leveraging his skills and experience developed from fast-paced team environments. He is currently studying for CISI Corporate Finance certification.