Operating Partners

Terra Firma works with a range of operating partners chosen for their knowledge and experience in a particular industry, function or discipline. These individuals provide independent views on the portfolio businesses’ performance as well as insights into specific business sectors and how changing political landscapes might affect potential investments and opportunities in new markets. Please click below to learn more.


  • Lord Birt

    Lord Birt

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    Peter Dixon

  • Fraser Duncan

    Fraser Duncan

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    Rupert Gavin

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    Stephen Julius

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    Ingmar Wilhelm

Lord Birt


Lord Birt became an adviser to Terra Firma in 2005 and has been involved in a number of its portfolio companies. He has previously served as Chairman of WRG, Infinis, and Maltby Capital, the holding company of EMI.

Lord Birt has been a member of the House of Lords since 2000. He was Director-General of the BBC from 1992–2000, then Strategy Adviser to the Prime Minister (Tony Blair) from 2000–2005.

In addition, Lord Birt has been an adviser to McKinsey & Co. and to Capgemini. He is currently Vice-Chairman of Eutelsat and previously served as Chairman of PayPal Europe.