Richard Butland is the managing partner of Kite Capital, a growth oriented private investment firm. Prior to establishing Kite Capital, Richard spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he served in the UK Advisory Group and was named managing director. He also ran the UK M&A Advisory business in 2007 and subsequently moved to the merchant banking division to head its private equity activities in the UK and natural resources across Europe. Richard worked at IBJ Schroder Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to Goldman Sachs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Victoria University of Wellington and qualified as a chartered accountant.