In a move towards the future, Kerry Hughes, Head of Portfolio and Investment, and Kim Hawkins, General Counsel, have stepped up to become directors and board members of Earthworm.
The Earthworm team has grown larger and stronger over the last year, welcoming 12 new colleagues across different areas of the business since May 2019.
Kim and Kerry stepping up to hold both director and board positions marks a significant step forward for the business. They have already made a positive impact on Earthworm and their respective experience will allow the business to grow into other areas and attract a wider range of investor.
Kerry leads the investment team in the identification, structuring and execution of new deals as well as managing the portfolio of existing investments. She brings a wealth of experience in both the equity investment and debt space gained over the past 10 years. Kerry holds a master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University, is a fully qualified accountant under ACA and has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.
Kim has been in practice for over 15 years. He was previously a partner at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, a top 50 UK-ranked law firm. Kim focuses on complex private equity and corporate finance transactions. His former clients include Foresight Group, Octopus Investments and Triple Point. Kim’s practice has also included acting for international private operators in the renewable energy sector.
Ben Prior, founder, added: “The world is changing, and we all need to be more responsible for the decisions we make and the impact that we can have on the world and communities around us. The Earthworm vision has so far been 10 years in the making. To implement real change, the business needs to keep building and bringing in excellent people with fresh ideas. There’s so much potential around to have a truly positive impact, and with Kerry and Kim using their new roles to focus their energy on how we can do that here at Earthworm, the impact we can make has the potential to be huge.”