01 June 2020
Frank Holmes is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants who qualified with Deloitte and gained significant experience in corporate finance and restructuring where he was retained for 15 years until 2004 as specialist advisor on the international Banco Ambrosiano collapse famous for its chairman’s murder under Black Friar’s Bridge
In 1992 he acquired his first business, Curran Engineering where he was MD, in a 3i plc backed Management Buy Out and which he subsequently sold in 1996.
In 1995, Frank became the founding partner of Gambit Corporate Finance, a specialist practice regarded as the leading corporate finance and deal making firm in Wales with offices in Cardiff and London, responsible for the completion of over 350 Mergers and Acquisitions transactions in the UK and overseas.
Most notably was lead advisor Wales’ largest management buy-out for £110 million a greenfield start-up fundraising and other financing rounds of over £150 million for a new generation holiday village, Bluestone and nine overseas acquisitions for Biotrace International plc.
In 2007, Frank was voted Wales Dealmaker of the Year and again in 2013 and 2017, the first person to achieve the accolade three times. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Contribution to Finance in Wales at the Finance Awards Wales.
Frank has held several non-executive directorships with high profile companies and is a former Governor of Cardiff Metropolitan University, one of the Club’s Season Sponsors, and is also currently a Governor of The Cathedral School (LLandaff).
In January 2018, Frank was appointed as first Chairman of the Regional Economic Growth Partnership and in 2019 became Chair of the Investment Panel, advising the Cardiff Capital Region Joint Cabinet on the £4.5Bn City Deal economic growth programme. On the charity front, he is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bobath Children’s Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre for 15 years.
In the meeting Frank will give his thoughts on the current pandemic crisis’ impact on the local business sectors and the CCR economic plan, as well as giving an insight into some of the challenges and opportunities he envisages will be faced by the City once the restrictions are lifted and the economy starts to recover.
The Zoom meeting details will be sent to all those participants registered the morning the event is due to take place.
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