Giles Thorley

Giles is currently chair of ZipWorld plc, and he acts as consultant/angel investor on a number of business start-ups.

Before joining the Development Bank of Wales, Giles was a partner at private equity firm TDR Capital LLP - focusing on deal origination activities.

Prior to this, he spent nine years with Punch Taverns plc - the first year as chair, and then as chief executive following the IPO of the business.

Previously, Giles served as the chief executive of Unique Pub Company, and he was a founding member of the Principal Finance Group at Nomura International plc.

Giles has held non-executive director roles with Esporta, Ducati SpA, Tragus Holdings, TUI Travel plc, Incorpro Ltd and Matthew Clark Wholesale Ltd.

Giles is a member of the Bar Council of England & Wales, and he is a long-serving trustee with the Rona Sailing Project.

Giles holds a Law degree from the University of London, and he qualified as a barrister in 1990.