Duke Street beefs up its ranks with two new hires

European mid-market buyout shop Duke Street has named James Almond as fundraising director and Jamie Supple as an investment executive. Almond was the founder of Cornhill Asset Management while Supple previously worked at Canaccord Genuity in M&A.


Duke Street, the mid-market private equity firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of James Almond as Fundraising Director.

James began his career with Philip Capital before founding Cornhill Asset Management in 2004, subsequently building the group to include Cornhill Capital and Cornhill FX. James exited Cornhill via a sale to join Octopus Investments in 2012, where he was responsible for growing the institutional funds business from scratch to £1.5billion AUM.

James will take responsibility for all aspects of investor relations, co-investment and fundraising from Buchan Scott.

In addition, Jamie Supple has joined Duke Street as an Investment Executive. Jamie previously spent 6 years in M&A at Canaccord Genuity, including a secondment to Candlewick Asset Management.

Welcoming the joiners, Peter Taylor, Managing Partner of Duke Street, said:
“We all owe Buchan a huge debt of gratitude for his contribution to Duke Street over the past 15 years, and we will all miss him as he moves on to explore new opportunities in the coming months. James and Jamie join Duke Street at an exciting time of deal and investor activity – we recently announced the acquisition of Fork Rent and One Call, and we continue to see a high level of quality new deal flow.”

About Duke Street
Duke Street is a leading operationally focused European mid-market buyout group, founded in 1988. It is currently investing across five sectors: healthcare, business services, consumer, financial services and industrials/engineering. Duke Street has a proven model of value creation by successfully transforming businesses through implementing operational change and buy-and-build, having made nearly 60 bolt-on acquisitions for its portfolio companies. The firm is supported by its strategic partner and shareholder, Tikehau Capital, a leading alternative asset manager investing across public and private debt, equity and real estate, with EUR 6.5 billion of assets under management.