Stewart Hicks

External Investment Committee member

Stewart has a Physics degree from Oxford University an an MBA from the London Business School. He undertook management training with TI, a Mechanical Engineering group, which involved three years in aluminium smelting in the Scottish Highlands.

Stewart then joined BICC which at the time was in the top three cable companies world-wide. After time in head office, he became managing director of several turn-around companies. Managed switchgear, fuse gear, telemetry and sheet metal companies in the UK, with considerable experience with restructuring and European employment law. He was part of the team that completed a management buyout of the communications rack division, subsequently listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

Stewart has worked for the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC as an industry specialist for global manufacturing – covering renewables, pharmaceuticals, biotech and general manufacturing in many emerging markets. During his time there, he spent 14 months in Chengdu China helping local SMEs.

He then joined GIC (Singapore government sovereign wealth fund) in Singapore on the private equity side, covering natural resources, renewables, and infrastructure. He took seats on boards in India and China, where he advised on dealing with problem companies and instances of fraud.

He is currently a non-executive director on Associated British Ports (ABP), and an advisor for Bamboo Finance, an impact investment fund, as well as working here at CDC.

Investment committee: Equity investments, other investments as appropriate