Level 20 appoints new Chair to work alongside newly formed Advisory Council

The board of Level 20, the not-for-profit organisation established to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry in Europe, is delighted to announce the appointment of George Anson as Chair, succeeding Jennifer Dunstan. Alongside this appointment, Level 20 has launched an Advisory Council, made up of senior men and women from private equity, to provide high-level advice to the organisation’s leadership.

George Anson brings more than 30 years of experience and an impressive track record in the private equity industry, including having been Chair of Invest Europe from 2013 to 2014. He is currently a Senior Advisor at HarbourVest Partners and has served on numerous advisory committees of European venture capital and buyout funds. In his role as Chair, George will work closely with Jeryl Andrew, who has been Level 20’s Chief Executive since 2016. As one of Level 20’s 12 co-founders, current Chair Jennifer Dunstan, Partner at 3i plc, will remain on the organisation’s board.

The Advisory Council will include James Brocklebank at Advent International, Nic Humphries at Hg, Wol Kolade at Livingbridge, Cathrin Petty at CVC Capital Partners, Cheryl Potter at Permira, and Emma Watford at Bridgepoint. The Advisory Council has been established to provide a diverse range of strategic advice to the senior management team at Level 20; to act as a sounding board for the implementation and delivery of new initiatives; and as ambassadors for Level 20’s mission of increasing participation by women in the private equity industry in Europe.

Commenting on his appointment, George Anson said: “It is an honour to be able to work with the excellent team at Level 20 to build upon the strong platform created under Jennifer’s leadership. Level 20’s mission to deliver greater representation for women across the private equity industry is an important one.

“I have been very impressed with the impact that Level 20 has made on the industry in a relatively short period of time and I am confident that, with the support of Jeryl and now with the addition of the impressive Advisory Council, Level 20 will be even more successful over the coming years.”

Jeryl Andrew, CEO of Level 20, said: “We are pleased to welcome George as the new Chair of Level 20, and we believe his extensive experience and network across the European PE community, as well as his experience chairing Invest Europe, will be of great value as we expand our reach next year across much of Europe. We are very grateful to Jennifer for her hard work over the last two years and, as one of our 12 co-founders, we are delighted that she will remain on the board.

“From the outset, Level 20 has worked closely with the industry to achieve its goals and has promoted a diverse and inclusive membership. Attracting more female talent to private equity requires the engagement of both men and women and we are delighted to have support from many senior professionals across the industry: through our membership base; our mentoring programme, in which half of our mentors this year are men; and our newly-formed Advisory Council.”

Jennifer Dunstan, current Chair of Level 20, said: “I am delighted to pass the position of Chair to George. In a short period of time, Level 20 has established itself as a critical force in encouraging women in the industry.  I look forward to working with George and Jeryl and the Advisory Council as Level 20 moves on to the next chapter of its development.”

Since its launch in 2015, Level 20 has made significant progress, expanding initiatives, independent research and partnerships, and ultimately greatly improving its reach and engagement in the industry, with 46 sponsor firms and more than 1800 individual members.