Stephen Ingram - Chair of the Finance and Risk Sub Committee

Stephen started his career as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton where he spent ten years as a partner becoming managing partner of its Sheffield office.

In 1986, he took on the role of managing director of Candlelight Products, subsequently becoming part-time chairman of this highly successful homewares designer and distributor.

In 1989, he founded Ingram Forrest Corporate Finance which he built into a leading regional corporate finance advisory business serving a wide range of substantial private companies, private equity investors and banks. In 2006 he became a partner at BHP, following the merger with Ingram Forrest Corporate Finance.

During this period, he also served as a director of several listed and substantial private companies. He had also always wanted to give back to his community. In the early nineties, he sat on the board of two charities for a number of years but work and a young family did not allow him to commit in the way that he would have liked.

When Stephen semi-retired, the Key Fund board sought him out. His strong commercial qualities and skills of developing clear business strategies, and then ensuring that the people and processes were in place to ensure implementation, were invaluable.

With no prior experience of Key Fund, Stephen found it chimed with his values. He became Chair of Finance and Risk, as well as sitting on the regular investment panel.

Stephen has a very strong empathy with Key Fund’s mission. At the most basic level, he sees the transformative value in creating as little as one job for someone who is struggling. It not only makes that one person’s life immeasurably better – it has a knock-on effect on others too – their friends and family. Once the effect of this is compounded it can mean less demand on society at large, including hospitals, social services, and law and order.

A proud Yorkshire man, it would be remiss not to mention Stephen’s love of cricket, and his membership of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (as well as the MCC).

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