Stuart is RSM UK’s head of private equity, leading RSM’s cross disciplinary private equity team. Stuart supports clients across the private equity market across funds, transactions and portfolio companies with audit, tax and consulting. 

He works closely with founding partners and CFOs of private equity funds, supporting them through the fund lifecycle, including fundraising, deployment of capital, implementation of investment thesis and realisation.

Stuart has significant experience in valuation, fund structures and the regulatory environment they operate in. He is a member of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCAs) Accounting Committee.

Stuart is used to working with deal teams and private equity backed businesses, working with their local management teams to deliver a coordinating portfolio of solutions to support the transaction, post deal implementation, optimisation and preparation for exit phases.

'I take real satisfaction of helping people succeed, whether that is my clients or developing our enthusiastic talented people at RSM and those specialists in our private equity team.'

Stuart trained as an auditor and started his career working with portfolio companies and owner manager businesses before specialising in fund audit and building RSM’s fund audit team. He has significant experience in financial reporting including IFRS, FRS 102 and FRS 101 accounting standards, plus the IPEV guidelines.

RSM timeline:

  • 2024: promoted to head of private equity
  • 2016: promoted to head of fund audit
  • 2006: qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW)
  • 2004: joined RSM as a graduate

Stuart took a sabbatical during 2022 and spent 12 months with his young family in the French Alps embracing the outdoor lifestyle and introducing his children to his passions of snowboarding, cycling and the local community.