Our Senior Team


Based in London and New York, but with a global outlook, we actively invest in opportunities across both developed and developing markets. Our senior team has over 75 years collective investment and operational experience at Virgin, enabling us to:

  1. Identify opportunities in geographies or market segments where consumers are underserved
  2. Work with entrepreneurs to identify and commercialise innovative and exciting new services, business models and technologies.
  3. Provide financial, operational and marketing experience to our portfolio companies, enabling rapid growth either organically, through acquisitions, or brand-led turnarounds
  4. Provide access to Virgin’s global network to facilitate best practice sharing and co-operation between portfolio businesses
  5. Leverage the Virgin brand and association with Sir Richard Branson to accelerate consumer take-up of new business launches
  6. Bring the unique Virgin touch, purpose-driven approach and customer service prowess to portfolio businesses

Josh Bayliss

Josh is CEO of the Virgin Group and is responsible for the management of the Group’s capital investments and the Virgin brand.

Josh has been with Virgin since 2005, previously serving as the Group’s General Counsel before taking on the CEO role in 2011. He has extensive experience as a director of a large number of companies across all of Virgin’s core sectors.

Josh was previously at a leading international law firm Slaughter and May. Josh holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Peter Norris

Peter is the Chairman of the Virgin Group.

Peter has over 35 years' experience in investment banking and business management having worked at both Barings and Goldman Sachs before establishing a corporate finance business which in 2007 he merged with AIM listed merchant bank, Quayle Munro Holdings Plc.  Peter served as CEO of the combined entity until 2009, when he resigned to take on the role of Chairman of Virgin Group. Peter remains a senior adviser to Quayle Munro.

Peter graduated in Modern History and Modern Language in 1976, from Magdalen College, Oxford.

Patrick McCall

Patrick is Senior Partner of the Virgin Group and his current board positions include Virgin Active, Virgin Galactic (Chair), Virgin Money, Virgin Trains (co-chair) and OneWeb.

Patrick started his career at SG Warburg in 1987 and joined Virgin Rail in 1997 where he was a member of the company’s executive team.  At Virgin Group Patrick has led the group’s investments in a large number of companies including Virgin Active, Virgin Rail, Virgin Blue (IPO valued the company at £1bn after just 3 years of operations), Virgin Mobile US (valued $1.3bn at IPO), Virgin Galactic, Trainline and Virgin Money (valued at £1.25bn at IPO).

Evan Lovell

Evan is Chief Investment Officer for the Virgin Group and responsible for managing the Virgin Group’s investment team and portfolio in North America.

Evan is a seasoned private equity investor and operator having invested and participated in global private equity and M&A over the last 20 years having previously worked at TPG Capital.

Evan serves on the boards of Virgin America, Virgin Hotels, Virgin Cruises, Virgin Sport and Aqua Venture Holdings. Evan is also a founding partner of the Virgin Green Fund, a private equity fund focused on the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors.

Lisa Thomas

Lisa joined as Chief Brand Officer, Virgin Group and Managing Director, Virgin Enterprises Limited in February 2016.

Lisa joined Virgin from M&C Saatchi Group where she served as CEO having joined in 2000 to start their direct marketing agency, LIDA.  Prior to M&C Saatchi, Lisa was a Executive Board Director at Craik Jones and previously worked at both Wunderman Worldwide and De La Rue.  Through her career she has worked with many global brands including American Express, Boots, Kraft, Land Rover, MINI and Porsche.

Lisa graduated from Cambridge in French and Spanish.

Amy Stirling

Amy Stirling is CFO of the Virgin Group and responsible for the Group’s overall financial and risk positions as well as accounting, tax, treasury and certain portfolio matters.

Most recently Amy was the CFO for The Prince's Trust, however much of her career has been in TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications).  She was the CFO of the public company TalkTalk until 2013 following its demerger from the Carphone Warehouse Group. Prior to the demerger, Amy spent ten years working with the telecoms businesses of the Group.

Ian Woods

Ian is the General Counsel and COO at Virgin Group.

Ian has been with Virgin since 2005 and has responsibility for various functions within Virgin Management including Legal, People, Company Secretarial, Facilities and IT as well as for advising Virgin companies on a broad spectrum of legal issues across different business sectors and jurisdictions. Ian sits on the Board of various Group companies including Virgin Management, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Limited Edition and Virgin Enterprises.

Ian previously worked for leading international law firm Slaughter and May and holds an LLB from Sheffield University.