Kostas joined Downing as a Partner in 2015. He is a member of the Downing Investment Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Kostas has more than 15 years’ private equity experience as investor, board director, portfolio manager, adviser and business angel. Kostas worked as a corporate finance advisor at PwC, where he advised institutions and management teams on private equity deals and later joined the private equity team of Bank of Scotland in 2006. He was a member of the Caird Capital team that led a successful spin out of a £500 million private equity portfolio from Lloyds Banking Group in 2010. Kostas has worked with management teams through operational improvement, growth, turnaround and successful exits. Kostas holds a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW.