Our people are our business. Without the strong sector specialists, innovative and enquiring minds, and determined dealmakers we would not be where we are as a business today. We take great care in bringing the right people into the business, acknowledging that a person with the right fit can make all the difference. At Foresight we aim to ensure our people are motivated to stay around, in fact the average tenure of our sixteen partners (and counting) is more than 10 years.
The qualities we value most are dynamism and innovation. We believe that the way things have always been done is not necessarily the right way, and we are constantly looking to improve on what has been done before. Our way of working is collaborative and everyone has a voice, from our receptionists, right through to our Executive Committee. Our Chairman Bernard Fairman considers recruitment his most important role and interviews every team member before they join.
So - what makes an ideal candidate for a role at Foresight? We look for bright people with an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to spot opportunities ahead of the curve. We admire tenacity, perseverance and resourcefulness, and those with the urge to do, think and act. We look for people who believe in the work we are doing and who have the skills, willingness and knowhow to take that forward into the future.
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These people will embody our six core values, that we consider as FUTURE:
With a 30+ year pedigree in institutional investment, we constantly think ahead and focus on what’s coming to ensure we continue to deliver attractive returns for our investors. Our infrastructure investments are helping to solve some of the major energy infrastructure challenges around the world in markets that include renewable energy generation, storage and distribution, waste management and energy efficiency. Our private equity investments are helping to grow the UK economy by promoting growth, innovation and productivity in fast growing small businesses across the country, creating jobs and stimulating economic activity within the regions.
The diversity of experience and skills within our investment teams gives us a deep understanding of the intricacies and complexities that influence the sectors in which we operate. Over time we have established extensive networks of advisers, developers, contractors, investors and regulators, and work collaboratively to deliver solutions that benefit all parties.
Giving up is not in our nature, and we work hard with our partners and investee companies to effect real change. We continuously deploy our extensive expertise, knowledge and ingenuity to overcome obstacles, resolve issues and challenge the status quo. Our long-term strategic approach minimises deflection from short term influences and keeps us resilient to challenges and responsive to change.
We don’t do things by halves. We offer the full services expected by leading institutional investors, with high-quality back office functions, experienced asset management and investor relations teams and the highest standards of corporate governance. Our teams operate with professional commitment and perseverance and leave no stone unturned in pursuit of delivering lasting value for our investors.
We listen to our investors and are open-minded and receptive to change. We are able to respond quickly and nimbly to changes in the marketplace or regulation, with transferable skills and multi-sector experience. Our flexible structure means we can identify opportunities and bring innovative products to market swiftly to meet the needs of our investors and to stimulate growth in our markets. We are the antithesis of a large inflexible corporation stifled by bureaucracy and “the way things have always been done”.
We’re optimistic, engaging and committed in the way we conduct business. We encourage new ideas and work with passion and vigour to bring them to market, always searching for new opportunities. We think fast, act decisively and appropriately and know what is needed to make things happen. We feel strongly about the impact our investments have on our investors, partners, colleagues and the world in which we live.
If this sounds like you we’d love to hear from you. As a business we’re growing rapidly and are always on the lookout for the right people to join us.
Don't take it from us, though. We spoke to a few people around the office to hear what it's really like to work at Foresight. Here's what they had to say: