Keith Arundale is a Visiting Professor at the Business Research Institute and China Centre, University of Chester where his work includes collaborating on research into the investment practices of Chinese venture capital firms. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on private equity and venture capital.
Keith holds a BSc, ARCS degree in Physics and an MSc, DIC degree in Applied Optics from Imperial College London. His PhD in Management is from the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. His thesis explores the reasons for the historical difference in performance between European VC funds and US VC funds, focusing on the differences in the structural, operational (investment practices) and wider environmental characteristics of European and US VC firms. Keith was awarded an Adam Smith Business School Prize for his doctoral work.
Keith qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and remained with the firm for some 28 years initially in audit, including a three year tour to the Pittsburgh office where he met his wife and learned much about professional services marketing, and then in business development and marketing for PwC across Europe. Latterly at PwC he led the venture capital programme and marketing & business development for PwC’s Global Technology Industry Group in Europe based in London and Windsor.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a chartered marketer, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the author of “Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe” published by Kogan Page and “Venture Capital Performance: A Comparative Study of Investment Practices in Europe and the USA” published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). He also initiated and authored the BVCA’s “Guide to Private Equity”. He is an executive trainer and consultant on private equity & venture capital and a past President of the English Technology Tour. He is a regular conference speaker and media spokesperson.
Keith is a Non-Executive Director of Henley Business Angels and a member of the Advisory Board of TenX Health, a new health tech VC firm in the UK. He is also a member of the Examination Panel for the ICAEW/CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance. Recently Keith was Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Audit Committee at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors City of London Livery Company. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and a Freeman of the City of London.
Keith spent his youth just over the border from Chester in North Wales and now lives in Windsor with his wife Kathy, a critical care nurse, and their two cats.