Our Team


The members of the Prefequity team have built up highly successful track records over many years of supporting middle-market companies across the UK.

Theo Dickens

Theo is Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. He has over 20 years’ experience in debt and equity investment. Prior to founding Prefequity, he worked in leveraged finance and investment banking with Morgan Grenfell, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He also spent three years in mid-market private equity with NPIL. Theo represents Prefequity on the boards of CaviTech and TLC Marketing.


Nick Petrusic

Nick is Senior Partner and a member of  the Investment Committee. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior and mezzanine debt and commercial lending.  From 1990, he spent 10 years financing mid-market buy-out transactions with NatWest. He then worked at GSC Partners, latterly as head of its European business responsible for two mezzanine funds focused on mid-market companies across Europe. After GSC was acquired by Black Diamond Capital Management, Nick continued as European head for a further 3 years before joining Prefequity. He represents Prefequity on the board of WPI Group.


Johnny Carew Pole

Johnny is a Partner at Prefequity. He has invested in lower-mid market UK companies for over 15 years. Before Prefequity, he was an Investment Director at CapitalSource (mezzanine debt) and Eternity Capital (private equity) and a partner at consulting and corporate finance boutique Cairneagle Associates. He started his career at Mercer Oliver Wyman advising FTSE-100 companies on strategic and operational issues. Johnny represents Prefequity on the board of HCI International Healthcare.


Simon Orange

Simon is a Senior Advisor to Prefequity and the Chairman of CorpAcq, a Manchester-based investment firm which he founded in 2006 and which currently owns a portfolio of over twenty-five businesses, many of them industrial companies based in the Manchester area. He has been responsible for originating several investment opportunities for the firm in the North West.


Dominic Barbour

Dominic is Prefequity’s Finance Director. He has over 20 years of experience in the private equity industry. From 2002 he was the Finance Partner at Hutton Collins, which raised three funds with aggregate commitments of €1.2 billion. Prior to this, Dominic was the Finance Director at Botts & Company (a mid-market private equity business) for six years.