Our People

We are a collaborative network of entrepreneurs, operators, and scientists, who share ideas, expertise, and relationships to build competitive businesses and generate superior returns for all stakeholders.

Our team have gained the experience of starting and growing companies, with all the challenges and excitement that it brings. We know what it’s like to persevere through difficult times, and we know what it takes to succeed against the odds. We are keen to partner with like-minded people in deal origination, execution, and management.

Our key team members include:

Julian McIntyre is a serial entrepreneur and investor with significant experience in the technology, energy, and finance sectors. Julian has started and invested in numerous businesses, raised billions of dollars of investment capital, and shared in the value creation with experienced operator management teams.

Julian was the founder of Arq, an energy technology company that applies novel technology to produce low-cost additives for oil products. Julian has raised $230 million for Arq from investors including Vitol, Mitsubishi, and Peabody Energy.

Julian was a founding shareholder of Greenfire Resources, a large oil producer in Alberta; was the founder of a large natural gas operator in the Rocky Mountains; and founded Rift Petroleum, an African E&P company that was sold to Tower Resources plc. Prior to that, Julian founded Gateway Communications, a pan-African telecoms company that was sold to Vodafone in 2008 for $700 million. He also established one of the first African pay television platforms that pioneered affordable satellite television.

Venkat is a successful entrepreneur and capital markets professional, with experience in energy, technology and investment banking. Venkat co-founded Arq with Julian and currently serves as its CFO, responsible for fundraising, corporate finance, financial planning and reporting.

Venkat is also the co-founder of Greenfire Resources, an oil producer in Canada that in partnership with Trafigura, acquired JAPEX’s Canadian operations. Prior to this, Venkat managed McIntyre Partners’ investment portfolio from 2009 to 2014, in addition to which, he led the due-diligence, deal execution and investment management efforts across several transactions in the energy, bulk commodities and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this, Venkat worked as a corporate finance banker within Goldman Sachs' M&A franchise, where he advised Julian on the sale of Gateway Communications to Vodafone in 2008.

During his tenure at Goldman, he advised some of the UK's leading blue-chip and mid-cap companies, including Cadbury's, Tesco's, and the BBC, amongst others, on issues relating to M&A, fundraising, restructuring and strategy. Venkat previously worked for Motorola in Singapore, and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.