Our People

Ken Graham
MBA BSc Eng MCIM
Ken Graham

Ken is a widely experienced international company director. He has enjoyed a lengthy and diverse career in international business and has worked in the UK, the USA, Africa, Europe and Australia. Between 1981-1989, as part of a compact team of six, he helped build a global Group from £50m to £700m revenues in the service industry, where he gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions across five continents. He founded Pace in 1989 to provide strategy and M&A advice to developing companies.

Joel Penrose
BA (Hons)
Joel Penrose

Previously Joel worked for a FTSE 250 aerospace business where he gained hands on experience of post acquisition management when a major competitor was acquired. Joel has an in-depth knowledge of the Mergers & Acquisitions arena in private companies and has advised shareholders and management on a wide range of assignments across a number of sectors.

Dr Onno Jol
MBA
Dr Onno Jol

Onno has worked for a number of professional services companies across a range of sectors before joining Pace Equity in 2014. As Managing Director he gained experience in transaction and post acquisition management in several European countries. Onno likes challenges and with an enthusiastic, creative and persistent approach he has build a track record of achieving results. Within Pace Onno focuses on international relationships and cross border M&A transactions in the ICT and Technology sectors utilizing his extensive contact base.

Ulla Skagstedt

Ulla Skagstedt

Ulla was made a director of Pace in 1996. She has enjoyed a varied career ranging from medical to the computer graphics industry. Ulla looks after the finances and personnel functions of the business. She also assists with marketing project work.

Dominic Marlow

Dominic Marlow

Dominic is an experienced advisor on both sales and acquisitions. He is highly adept at creating quality marketing materials and executing bespoke strategic and tactical campaigns, this together with his highly developed presentational skills has enabled Dominic to successfully complete transactions across a broad range of sectors and sizes. Dominic has previous corporate experience working with several of the world’s leading brands including Nescafé and Coca Cola.

Adrian Patrick
BSc (Eng), ARSM, CEng, MEI
Adrian Patrick

Adrian is a highly versatile expert on the upstream oil and gas industry with over 35 years international experience in the sector. Having graduated from Imperial College he started his career at BP, Adrian has held engineering and management roles across petroleum engineering, production technology and operations, projects and exploration support, accumulating experience in the northern offshore North Sea, onshore Abu Dhabi and Western Canada, and through intervention, acquisition and consulting projects in central and SE Asia, North Africa, and South America. He also has practical organisational change and acquisition assurance experience. Adrian provides strategic and lead advisory services to all Pace Equity Oil and Gas projects.

Chris Melrose
BSc (Hons) FCA FRAeS
Chris Melrose

Chris joined Pace in 1999, having previously been Managing Director of a General Electric joint venture and a VP of Bombardier Aerospace (Short Bros). He is a qualified engineer and chartered accountant and his career has spanned a comprehensive range of disciplines within industry, including finance, commercial development, strategic planning, international expansion, mergers, acquisitions and international joint ventures. Chris was recently a member of the Review Board for Government Contracts as the CBI representative and a Board member of UKT&I’s Advanced Engineering Board and is currently Non-Exec Chairman of Daher Aerospace Ltd and a non Exec Board member of Ralph Martindale Ltd, he also sits on the Council and various committees of ADS, the Aerospace, Defence and Security trade association and has particular expert knowledge of the engineering, defence, nuclear and aerospace industries.