Co-founder & Former Chair, Cornerstone Partners
Rodney Appiah is a non-executive director and finance professional with a 15 year track record of effective leadership, commercial growth and outperformance across investment banking, leveraged finance, private equity and venture capital. A serial angel investor, Rodney is co-founder and former Chair of Cornerstone Partners, the leading angel syndicate in the UK focused on investing in businesses led by black and diverse founders. Rodney was previously a Director at Foresight Group, one of the UK’s leading and longest established investors in private equity and sustainable infrastructure investing, and was a former senior investor at BGF, one of the most active growth capital investment firms in the world focused on regional SME investing. Rodney initially began his career at Merrill Lynch where, over a five year period, he closed more than 15 transactions ranging from £50m to £1.2 billion in size.
An experienced board director, Rodney is Chairman of the CBI London U35 committee and a Non Executive Director for Conduit Connect, a direct investment platform that focuses on connecting global high impact businesses with mission aligned investors. Rodney also holds committee roles at Innovate UK (Innovation Loans Credit Committee), Lloyds Banking Group (Black Business Advisory Committee) and the London Chamber of Commerce (Black Business Association).