Ron Bell

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Director: Head, Operations



“I learnt early in my career that risk and opportunity represented two sides of the same coin: satisfaction comes from building robust management of the former, to enable the latter space to grow.”

Ron began his career at J Rothschild holdings PLC (now St James Capital PLC) and RIT Capital Partners PLC where he was the Chief Financial Officer. The environment was fast moving and entrepreneurial and a significant part of RIT’s investment portfolio at that time was in hedge funds, real estate funds and private equity. Many considered these areas high risk, Ron considered them to be “different” – and took direct responsibility for monitoring and understanding the performance of the third party funds and the investments within them.

Ron then spent a number of years as a Partner and Finance Director in mid-market European private equity firms, but his interest in growth markets was rekindled when he joined Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity as a Managing Director responsible for overseeing multi-jurisdictional transaction support and operations.

Ron joined Actis as Head of Operations in 2009 and is on the board of many of the Actis LLP subsidiaries. He has responsibility for the global transaction support group, technology, business operations, finance, fund administration, tax and fund accounting. An important part of his job across the firm is to help build a bridge between the support operations of Actis and the front office in our regions.