People

  • David Giampaolo

    CEO

    David Giampaolo

    CEO


    David is the founder and Chief Executive of Pi Capital.

    David previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US and Europe. He has financial interests in several other businesses and industries (both as an angel investor or co-investor) and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the largest and most successful health & fitness companies in world including Fitness First,24 Hour Fitness and Zumba Fitness.

    He is currently on the Board of Directors of Zumba Fitness, Smartmatic, and Fourth Hospitality and is a senior advisor to AMG (Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.) , BC Partners and several leading venture capital funds in the world. David is an active member of YPO and CEO global business organisations and a trustee of Speakers4Schools.org and Pro Bono Economics.

  • Diana Fox Carney

    Director, Strategy and Programmes

    Diana Fox Carney

    Director, Strategy and Programmes


    Diana works to develop and enhance Pi as an organisation as well as to sure the continuing strength of Pi’s events programme. Prior to this she held leadership roles at think tanks in both Canada and the UK.

    Diana has worked for a range of development organisations and policy think tanks – including the Institute for Public Policy Research (UK) and Canada 2020 – focusing particularly on climate and energy issues and identifying pathways for a more sustainable capitalism. She supports a number of green economy and green finance initiatives and sits on the board of Save the Children UK. She is a Trustee of the Friends of the Royal Academy and chairs the board of Ashden, the sustainable energy/energy access charity.

    She has a first in PPE from Oxford and advanced degrees from both Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.

     

     

     

     

  • Paul Thomas

    Managing Director

    Paul Thomas

    Managing Director


    Paul has over 30 years of private equity experience and joined Pi in 2003 to head up its activities in alternative assets.

    Prior to Pi, he spent 19 years with ECI, the London-based mid-market buy-out house, after qualifying as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. He is also on the board of Ventus 2 VCT PLC, a listed renewable energy fund, and is a managing partner at Seraphim Capital, an early stage technology investor. Paul is a physics graduate.

  • Phoebe Hammill

    Events and Membership Manager

    Phoebe Hammill

    Events and Membership Manager


    Phoebe joined Pi Capital in March 2011. She manages the Pi Events, Memberships and Partnerships. Phoebe graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Biology.

  • Penelope Chandler

    Events Assistant

    Penelope Chandler

    Events Assistant


    Penelope joined Pi in August 2015 to support Phoebe in organising Pi events. Penelope studied International Business with Mandarin at Sussex University.

  • Poppy Gardner

    EA to David Giampaolo

    Poppy Gardner

    EA to David Giampaolo


    Poppy joined Pi Capital in November 2015. She supports David, managing his diary and arranging meetings. Prior to working at Pi Capital she worked as a Personal Assistant to a musician. Poppy graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a BA in English Literature and Spanish.