David BeechChief Executive Officer
A corporate lawyer and former manager of a private equity fund, David joined Knights in 2011 with the vision to transform the business into the UK's number one regional, legal & professional services business.
David acquired and remodelled Knights in 2012 with a clear strategy to transform the business into a growth platform. Knights became a pioneer in the UK legal sector being one of the first law firms to secure external funding in 2012 to fully corporatise the business and create a clear separation between ownership / management and partners.
Kate LewisChief Financial Officer
Kate qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the ICAEW since 1996 having trained as an accountant at Dean Statham. Kate spent over 10 years as an Audit Manager at Baker Tilly and KPMG and joined Knights in 2012 as Finance Director, overseeing the Knights’ corporatisation and subsequent refinancing with both Allied Irish Bank and Permira.
Balbinder (“Bal”) JohalNon-Executive Chairman
Bal is the Managing Partner of international private equity firm MML Capital Partners LLP, operating in the UK, USA, France and Ireland. Bal is based in the UK and sits on the MML Investment Committee and Management Committee.
Bal has a track record of successful investments across several sectors, including The Regard Partnership, Optionis, Vanguard, Instant, Arena, CSI Group amongst several others. He has been a director on the board of all these companies and previously Bal was also an Investment Director at 3iplc. He started his career as a Management Consultant at Accenture, later working as a Financial Analyst at HSBC.
Richard KingChief Operating Officer
Richard has extensive experience of transforming operating models, integrating acquisitions and exploiting technology to scale-up and deliver operational efficiency in large enterprises such as Procter & Gamble, Shell and a B2B cloud services start-up (Transora).
Previously, Richard was European Commercial Capabilities Director at Procter & Gamble.
Stephen DoltonSenior Independent Non-Executive Director
Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the ICAEW since 1989 having qualified with Grant Thornton. He has spent over 20 years in senior financial roles including CFO of NAHL plc, NSL Services Group, Azzurri Communications, Safety Kleen Europe, Walker Dickson Group and Peek plc (including a two year period in Asia as Regional Controller).
He is also currently Chairman of the Go Inspire Group and was previously a non-Executive Director of Oxford United Football Club until its sale in February 2018.
Jane PatemanNon-Executive Director
Jane brings 17 years’ experience in senior HR roles at listed businesses including Centrica and British Gas, and culminating in her current role as Group HR Director at Biffa plc where she has been responsible for developing the People Strategy for approximately 8000 employees across 4 operating divisions.
Jane has a strong track record in driving business benefits through the development and delivery of human capital strategies. During her eight years at Biffa, she has provided significant support in delivering solutions during major growth periods, including during its IPO as well as driving people and cultural integration for the multiple acquisitions Biffa has made over the past five years.
Jane will chair Knights’ Remuneration Committee and also join the Audit Committee.