About

About Us – GCH Capital

GCH Capital Ltd is a privately owned and personally financed group of companies. Since the group was founded it has acquired nine industrial manufacturing and distribution businesses, supplying and servicing customers in the UK and Europe.

The nine profitable and well established subsidiaries include the leading manufacturer of vegetable storage boxes, a supplier and manufacturer of commercial vehicle components, a manufacturer, and distributor of light bulbs, lamps, fittings and an online retailer, a steel service supplier and stockholder, an automotive pressings manufacturer and fabricator, and anti-vandal accommodation unit producers.

After acquisition, each subsidiary business is kept autonomous, not absorbed or subsumed into a larger entity and the strategy is to grow and develop (not trade or strip) each business with investment capital and add-on acquisitions.

The Group is well capitalised, has a strong balance sheet, and is cash rich. There is no debt or external financing and no reliance on banks and all acquisitions are funded by cash resources.


 


Cassie Hutchings BSc. MBA

Chief Executive

Cassie Hutchings

Cassie is the founder and Chief Executive of GCH Capital Ltd, responsible for leading and executing the Group’s long term strategy to grow organically and by acquisition into a substantial, diversified, industrial corporation whilst maintaining an entrepreneurial and dynamic culture. Since establishment, GCHC has acquired and developed a group of nine profitable diversified manufacturing and distribution businesses servicing the UK and Europe. With sales of over £120m pa, GCHC employs around 730 people. Cassie has an MBA from Cass Business School in London from which she won an award for her MBA Thesis, achieving distinction, and a BSc degree in Psychology from Newcastle University.

 

 


Greg Hutchings BSc. MBA. Hon DBA

Chairman

Greg Hutchings

Greg is the Chairman of GCH Capital Ltd and has provided the initial capital behind the company. From 1983, Greg held the positions of Chief Executive or Chairman of Tomkins plc until October 2000. In his last year at Tomkins to April 2000 earnings per share and dividend increased by 15 per cent. Over the 17 year period to April 2000 Tomkins annual pretax profit rose from £1.6 million to around £500 million with uninterrupted growth, year on year. Compound growth in earnings per share over the period was circa 26 percent per annum with dividends increasing at a similar rate. From being capitalised at £6m in 1983 when Greg purchased a 30% shareholding, Tomkins grew to be quoted on the London and New York stock exchange at c. £5billion. From 2004 Greg was CEO of Lupus Capital PLC, now Tyman PLC, having acquired a 30% shareholding in order to develop an investment vehicle comprising the best aspects of both public and private equity until leaving to help found GCH Capital Ltd.

 

 


Matt Wilson BSc. ACA, CA

Group Financial Controller

Matt Wilson

Matt joined GCH Capital Ltd in 2014 as the Group Financial Controller responsible for all internal and external reporting and financial management of the Group, as well as the financial due diligence and post-acquisition integration of acquired businesses. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Matt spent over 4 years in Australia working on financial audits, due diligence and IPO work for various Australian companies covering a range of industry sectors. He then returned to the UK working in the Transaction Services department of one of the Big 4. Recently Matt completed over 6 years within the FMCG sector working in various finance roles for 2 large food processing companies; including internal audit, performance improvement controller and four years as site financial controller of a meat processing site.

 

 


Mark Coia

GCH Divisional Chairman

Mark Coia

Mark has managed many significant mult-site businesses and his previous posts include; MD of the UK’s largest Renewables Manufacturers, EC in the Rail Safety industry, CEO of an International Electrical IP Holdings Company and various Metals Group CEO / Group MD roles in a number of leading UK based steel product manufacturers and distributers. He has a MBA from university of Strathclyde, and Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Systems and a S.H.N.D in Computer Data Processing. He is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Marketing, a Member of British Computer Society and a Charted IT Professional.

 

 


Becky Francis

Executive Assistant

Becky Francis

Becky joined GCH Capital Ltd in 2012 as the Executive Assistant; she provides executive support to the Chief Executive and Chairman, as well as maintaining the smooth running of the office. Prior to joining GCH Capital, Becky worked for an IT company as the Finance / HR Manager.

 

 


Florina Andrei

Executive Assistant

Florina Andrei

Florina joined GCH Capital ltd in July 2016 as an Executive Assistant; she is responsible for the provision of executive administrative, communication and logistical support to the Chief Executive and the Chairman. Prior to joining GCH Capital, Florina worked for several Private Family Offices as a Personal Assistant/Office Manager.