People: PwC hire for private equity firm; Director recruited at Huthwaite International

John Garner and Gareth Marshall

LDC, the mid-market private equity investor, has strengthened its Yorkshire team with the appointment of senior corporate finance specialist Gareth Marshall as an investment director.

Marshall previously spent around eight years at PwC, where he was M&A director in the firm’s corporate finance team, advising on mid-market transactions across the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, manufacturing, industrial products and chemicals sectors.

He began his career with KPMG where he qualified as a chartered accountant in the audit practice, before moving into its corporate finance division.

At LDC, Marshall will be responsible for identifying investment opportunities, leading transactions and supporting LDC’s portfolio of companies, which includes Wakefield-based games developer Team17 and Halifax-based global technology business SSP.

John Garner, director and head of LDC in Yorkshire & North East, said: “We’ve seen a busy period of activity across the region with investments in Team17, PAW Structures and ZyroFisher and the successful sale of several companies. We’ve also continued our support for a growing portfolio of fast-growing, ambitious businesses. Looking ahead, Yorkshire and the North East is an important region for LDC and it’s vital we bring the right people on board with the experience to help us unlock this potential – Gareth’s experience and expertise are the perfect fit for our expanding team.”

Marshall added: “The region is increasingly recognised by investors as a source of growth potential and private equity has an important role to play. LDC’s commitment opens the door to work with the some of the most exciting companies across the region, and I’m looking forward to building on my previous experience to help us deliver our pledge.”


Huthwaite International

South Yorkshire based Huthwaite International, which specialises in sales, negotiation and communication training courses, has hired Laura Errington as a client director.

She joins from Spellman Walker, where she experienced a variety of business development management roles.

Tony Hughes, CEO at Huthwaite, said: “Laura brings a wealth of experience to this role and we’re particularly keen to see what her expertise will deliver. We are sure they will position her well to help grow our global base of clients.”