Meet Our Team
Our collective experience within the retail industry enables us to bring a unique combination of operational capability, business advisory and retail restructuring expertise to our clients’ business issues. Together, we are committed to building GA Europe’s track record as one of the leading and most innovative retail restructuring firms in Europe.
Chief Executive Officer
Gavin is GA Europe’s Chief Executive Officer. He has 25 years' retail sector experience as an operator, consultant and restructuring professional. Gavin began his career as a qualified Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, before leaving to join UK retailer Dixons where he became a Regional Director responsible for 44 stores in the South East. As a consultant, Gavin is an ex-partner at professional services firm Ernst & Young, where he was Head of Retail. Before joining GA Europe, Gavin undertook several high profile, interim retail restructuring roles with UK and German retailers, on behalf of corporate lenders.
Chief Operating Officer
Milton is our Chief Operating Officer and oversees all GA Europe’s retail operations. He brings in-depth sector experience as well as extensive product and category knowledge to the GA Europe team. In a career spanning over 30 years, Milton has worked as a retail operator, turnaround professional, corporate finance advisor and consultant. He is ex-CEO of Celebrations Group and has held senior operational roles at a host of other UK retail companies such as K Shoes, Burton Group, Woolworths, Courts, Bewise Group and SB Capital. Milton has also been a non-executive director for Eurodis and Trewgates.
Investment Director - UK
Jane is our UK Investment Director and oversees all GA Europe’s transactions in the UK. She has more than 15 years retail sector experience as a corporate financier and strategic advisor. She began her career as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, before moving into the Corporate Recovery team and ultimately Corporate Finance where she was a Director and co-founder of the PwC Corporate Finance Retail team. More recently she was a Managing Director at McQueen, the specialist corporate finance advisory firm.
Tino is our Investment Director in Central Europe and is responsible for transactions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. Tino has more than 13 years’ experience in the retail sector and in restructuring, gained from leading positions in corporate finance, consulting and industry. Before joining GA Europe, Tino was director at FTI Consulting in Germany. He has also been Head of Supply Chain Strategy and Business Development at Arcandor (formerly KarstadtQuelle), and was previously a Manager in Accenture’s retail practice.
Investment Director - Italy
Scott is our Italian Investment Director and is responsible for deal origination and completion in Italy. He has 20 years retail sector experience in the UK and Italy. As CEO of Italian retail consultancy firm Ispira, he has worked closely with many of Italy’s most successful retailers and brand manufacturers. Before joining GA Europe, Scott was Managing Director of Fornari Retail, an Italian fashion retail and wholesale brand with 60 own managed stores in Italy and Europe and a turnover of more than €100m.
Head of Operations,UK
Amanda is GA Europe’s Head of Operations for the UK. She has over 20 years retail experience and has held several senior retail operations roles. She has worked with a diverse range of products and companies, including Whittard of Chelsea, Ann Summers, Thorntons, T-Mobile and Superdrug.
Head of Operations, Germany
Siegfried is GA Europe’s Head of Operations in Germany, and works alongside Milton Guffogg to manage retail operations in Europe. His 15 years of retail operational experience have included some senior operational positions for leading German companies such as Stacklies Enterprise Group, ProMarkt and Metro Group. He has also held an advisory role with Hornbach DIY.
European Market Analyst
Jonathan is our European Market Analyst, and plays a major role in identifying deal opportunities across Europe. He has over 13 years experience of covering the retail and consumer products sectors. Previously, Jonathan was part of the retail advisory team at Ernst & Young, with a specific focus on assisting retailers to develop their international businesses. Jonathan is also a regular author of articles, surveys and points-of-view on issues impacting the retail sector.
Henry Wrigley is our Investment Controller. He is responsible for financial analysis, investment appraisal and managing deal performance. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he previously worked for Deloitte and more recently BDO. In the last 10 years, Henry has worked on a large number of mainstream corporate finance M&A transactions and accelerated M&A deals, with a particular focus on the retail sector. Notable deals include Dawnay Day, Musto and JJB Sports. Henry is also an alumnus of Insead, and has spent time working and living in India and China.