Our People

Henry Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Henry is a Chartered Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in corporate recovery and turnaround. Henry joined Hilco in 2007, having trained at a leading global restructuring practice, advising lenders, companies and directors in all aspects of corporate restructurings.Henry has led turnarounds in a number of high profile Hilco deals, designing and managing financial and operational turnaround plans.

Mr Paul McGowan
Paul McGowan
Executive Chairman
Paul McGowan is a founding partner of Hilco Capital. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Northern Ireland, Paul took up the post of Finance and Operations Director at Jacqmar plc in London before moving on to Leslie Fay (UK). Paul managed all aspects of finance, administration, supply chain, and retail operations in fashion businesses before becoming Chief Executive at Leslie Fay. He set up Hilco UK in 2000 in a joint venture with Hilco.
James Turner
Investment Director
James has over five years’ experience working with different stakeholders in restructuring situations. James qualified as a Chartered Accountant at a leading restructuring practice and, since joining Re:Capital, has worked on a number of investments, developing and managing financial and operational turnaround plans.
Chris Emmott
Investment Director
Chris joined Hilco in 2007 from a leading global restructuring practice where he worked on some of the largest cross-border restructuring projects of recent years, together with numerous crisis management and business stabilisation roles. Chris has extensive expertise across the retail, engineering, automotive and manufacturing sectors.
Hugh Whitcomb
Investment Director – Manufacturing
Hugh is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience of industrial operations and commercial management across a range of sectors including power generation, petrochemicals and general manufacturing/engineering, specialising in operational turnaround and performance improvement.
Matthew Holt
Senior Investment Manager
Matt is a Chartered Accountant with nearly ten years’ experience in corporate restructuring, having trained at an international restructuring practice.
Matt has particular expertise in asset based lending, having managed ABL style lending as a turnaround investor and through refinancing positions, including the $40 million refinancing of the Kraus Group.
Ryan Sher
Head of Investment Modelling and Analysis
Ryan is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years post qualification experience in corporate finance, restructuring and turnaround work. Having joined from Deloitte in 2009, Ryan has played a key role in a number of extremely high profile restructuring and turnaround projects within the retail, manufacturing and wholesale sectors.