About the team

Partners


Perry Noble

Head of Infrastructure


Perry has over 28 years of experience as a leading transacting lawyer primarily working ...

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Perry Noble

Head of Infrastructure


Perry has over 28 years of experience as a leading transacting lawyer primarily working in infrastructure investment across all sectors. Perry joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2012 becoming a Partner in 2013 and Head of Infrastructure in 2021. Perry oversees the structuring, analysis, transition and management of infrastructure investments and is a member of the IIC and the Infrastructure Management Committee.

Perry sits on various portfolio company boards, including as a director of the Thames Water holding company, the Cadent Gas holding company and the Hermes Infrastructure Fund’s renewable energy investee companies. Perry is a director, on behalf of CK Hutchison, for alternative real estate developer Long Harbour Limited. Previously a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, he was also Asia Managing Partner, Global Head of Finance and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Between 2010 and 2014 he was Independent Chairman of Connect Plus, the consortium company responsible for the upgrade and maintenance of the M25 under a 25 year PPP contract. Perry is a qualified solicitor and holds a BA Law (Hons) from North East London Polytechnic and an LLM from the University of Bristol.

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Emma Howell

Partner


Emma has over 18 years of financial services experience of which 12 have been ...

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Emma Howell

Partner


Emma has over 18 years of financial services experience of which 12 have been focused on the infrastructure sector. She joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2013 and is primarily responsible for the monitoring of investments across the infrastructure portfolio, with involvement in the final stages of deal execution. Emma oversees the valuation process and manages the quarterly reporting to investors as well playing a key role in investor relations activities for existing investors more generally, and is a member of the IIC. In her previous role as a Director at Deloitte LLP, she focused on providing assurance, advisory and transaction-related services to listed, private and infrastructure fund-owned businesses in the UK and globally. Emma holds a BA in Accounting and Law from the University of Newcastle and is a Chartered Accountant.

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James Wardlaw

Partner


James has 35 years’ experience in financial markets, both public and private. He recently ...

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James Wardlaw

Partner


James has 35 years’ experience in financial markets, both public and private. He recently joined Hermes Infrastructure as a Partner responsible for investor relations and capital raising. He joined from Campbell Lutyens where he led their infrastructure practice for 8 years before becoming Vice Chairman. Previously, he spent 23 years as a financing banker with Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and SGWarburg. He also spent 3 years at HMTreasury with responsibility for the financing strategy of the major infrastructure projects in the UK. In addition, he was for 6 years a member of the expert panel of advisers to the UK Regulators Network, the internal network of the economic regulators in the UK.

He is also a non-executive director of the Hyde Group, a major provider of affordable housing in the south of England. He has become an Advisory Director of Campbell Lutyens. James has a BA in Economics from Durham University

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Steven Pugh

Partner


Steven joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2019 and is primarily responsible for origination. Steven has ...

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Steven Pugh

Partner


Steven joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2019 and is primarily responsible for origination. Steven has over 18 years of experience of advising on infrastructure projects and transactions.

Steven previously worked as a Director in the Infrastructure team at RBC Capital Markets where he worked for twelve years. During this period he was responsible for advising private and corporate clients on numerous large-scale infrastructure acquisitions and disposals across the UK and Europe.

Steven holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bristol

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Rhianydd Griffith

Senior Vice President


Rhianydd has over ten years of financial services experience including four years ...

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Rhianydd Griffith

Senior Vice President


Rhianydd has over ten years of financial services experience including four years within the infrastructure sector. She joined the infrastructure investment team as an associate in September 2014 and is primarily responsible for the structuring, analysis, execution and monitoring of investments.

Rhianydd also resumes primary responsibility for the formulation, co-ordination and oversight of Hermes Infrastructure’s responsible investment strategy. Prior to joining Hermes Infrastructure, she was a member of the Hermes legal team, where she advised BTPS on investments in a range of asset classes including infrastructure. Previously, she qualified as a solicitor in the investment funds team at Reed Smith LLP advising both investors and managers on a range of investment related issues.

Rhianydd completed part of her training in Reed Smith’s corporate, insolvency and commercial real estate teams. She holds an LLM (Masters) in International Law from SOAS (University of London), LLB in Law and an LPC, both from the University of Nottingham.

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Lauryn Favillier

Vice President


Lauryn has over eight years of experience in infrastructure investing. She joined ...

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Lauryn Favillier

Vice President


Lauryn has over eight years of experience in infrastructure investing. She joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2012 and is responsible for the sourcing, analysis, due diligence and monitoring of investments across the infrastructure sector.

In her previous role at Macquarie Capital, Lauryn provided infrastructure advisory services to private market clients relating to acquisition and refinancing processes with a focus on power, utilities and transport infrastructure transactions. Lauryn holds a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Desmond Wilkins

Vice President


Desmond joined Hermes Infrastructure in April 2018 (initially as a secondee from ...

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Desmond Wilkins

Vice President


Desmond joined Hermes Infrastructure in April 2018 (initially as a secondee from Deloitte) and is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the infrastructure investment portfolio. Desmond has over 10 years of financial services experience across the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining Hermes Infrastructure, Desmond was an Assistant Director at Deloitte where he provided financial due diligence and advisory services to a range of large corporate and fund investors. Desmond holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Xenia Bredima

Vice President


Xenia joined Hermes in June 2019 and is responsible for the sourcing, ...

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Xenia Bredima

Vice President


Xenia joined Hermes in June 2019 and is responsible for the sourcing, execution as well as monitoring investments.

She joined from the Power, Utilities and Infrastructure team of Barclays Investment Banking division where she advised Infrastructure clients on the origination and execution of M&A deals.

Xenia holds a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD and an MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London.

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Nicholas Hards

Manager


Nick has over seven years of experience of infrastructure investing. He joined ...

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Nicholas Hards

Manager


Nick has over seven years of experience of infrastructure investing. He joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2011 as an Analyst and is now an Associate responsible for the sourcing, due diligence, modelling, analysis and monitoring of investments.

Nick has also worked on several successful divestments as part of Hermes Infrastructure’s ongoing management of its portfolio activities. Nick has a BA in Economics from the University of the West of England.

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Belen Vives

Manager


Belen has over five years of experience in infrastructure investing. She joined ...

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Belen Vives

Manager


Belen has over five years of experience in infrastructure investing. She joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2015 and is responsible for the modelling, analysis and monitoring of prospective investments across the Infrastructure sector; as well as ongoing, monitoring and valuation of investments across the existing portfolio.

Previously she was an investment banking analyst at Nomura International PLC. Belen holds a BA in Business Administration from the ESADE Business School.

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Gioia Torresi

Manager


Gioia joined Hermes Infrastructure in October 2017 and is responsible for the ...

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Gioia Torresi

Manager


Gioia joined Hermes Infrastructure in October 2017 and is responsible for the analysis and ongoing monitoring of investments across the infrastructure portfolio. Gioia has over four years of financial services industry experience.

She joined from Whitehelm Capital where she was an analyst in the infrastructure equity team. At Whitehelm, Gioia led the development of the firm’s Responsible Investment Framework. Gioia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management and a Master of Science in Accounting, Corporate Finance and Control from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

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Sherine Ashraf

Manager


Sherine joined the team in January 2021 and is supporting investor relations ...

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Sherine Ashraf

Manager


Sherine joined the team in January 2021 and is supporting investor relations and portfolio-level asset management activities. Sherine has over 5 years of experience in the financial services industry and was most recently an Associate at Kin Capital, a boutique placement agent where she worked on fundraising and strategic advisory projects across technology, renewables and generalist funds. Sherine holds a BSc in Finance from Aston Business School.

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Alexis Agabriel

Analyst


Alexis joined Hermes Infrastructure in June 2019 and is involved in analysing ...

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Alexis Agabriel

Analyst


Alexis joined Hermes Infrastructure in June 2019 and is involved in analysing and monitoring investment opportunities for both the Origination and Business Development teams.

He previously gained experience as a financial analyst for UK PFI and PPP projects at DWPF, predominantly in the Higher Education sector. Alexis holds a Master degree in Economics and Business and a BA in Social Sciences, both from Sciences Po Paris.

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Charlie Studdy

Analyst


Charlie joined Hermes Infrastructure in May 2021 and is supporting the asset ...

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Charlie Studdy

Analyst


Charlie joined Hermes Infrastructure in May 2021 and is supporting the asset management, origination and execution teams. Charlie has four years of financial services experience.

He joined from Alvarez & Marsal where he was an Associate in the European Valuations and Business Modelling team. Previously, he was an executive in RSM’s Corporate Finance team. Charlie holds an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Natasha Williams

Analyst


Natasha joined Hermes Infrastructure in August 2021 and is supporting the monitoring ...

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Natasha Williams

Analyst


Natasha joined Hermes Infrastructure in August 2021 and is supporting the monitoring and valuation of investments among the existing portfolio. Natasha has six years of experience in the financial services industry.

She joined from Deloitte where she was a Manager in the Infrastructure Valuations team. Previously she worked in Deloitte’s Transactions Tax team. Natasha holds a BSc in Biology from Durham University and is a Chartered Tax Advisor and Chartered Accountant.

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