Inverleith LLP

Investing in consumer brands

Meet The Team

Ben Thomson


Ben started his career as a physicist at CERN before nearly 30 years’ experience in investment banking, and over 20 years’ experience as a board director. After Kleinwort Benson, he was Chief Executive of the investment bank Noble Group from 1997 to 2007, and was Chairman from 2007 until its sale to Banco Espirito Santo in 2010. Ben is a Physics graduate of Edinburgh University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Paul Skipworth


Paul started his career with 10 years at LEK consulting, then venture capital before 13 years building consumer brands globally at LVMH. Paul was CEO & COO of Glenmorangie for 5 years; held senior roles at Moet Hennessy in Asia Pacific and was a Partner in L Capital, LVMH’s sponsored private equity firm. Paul read Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London and has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

Stella Morse


Stella joined PWC London, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, before starting her career in the FMCG industry with Mars. Stella has 25 years’ finance and M&A experience, and was the Finance Director of the UK’s biggest brewer, Scottish & Newcastle UK prior to its acquisition by Heineken in 2008. From 2012 to 2016, she was CFO and an investor in Genius Gluten Free, one of the UK’s most innovative food companies, which grew from a turnover of £6 million to £50 million during her time as CFO. Stella’s M&A experience includes leading Scottish & Newcastle’s acquisition of Bulmers cider, and Genius’ acquisition of Finsbury plc’s ‘free from’ business. Stella is a Non Executive Director of Scottish Ensemble, holds a 1st Class Hons. in Economics and is ACA qualified.

Michael Atkinson

Operating Director

Michael Atkinson has been classically trained in business strategy and brand marketing. He started his career on the management trainee scheme at L’Oreal UK Ltd. Following L’Oreal, he extended his career in FMCG with time at Britvic Soft Drinks, before moving into global strategy and marketing at the Bacardi Martini Corporation. Most recently, he spent 4 years as the global head of marketing for Glenmorangie single malt whisky at The Glenmorangie Company, part of the LVMH Group, overseeing the re-positioning of the brand and the international expansion of the business into other foreign markets, transforming the US into the number one market. Michael holds an MA (Hons) in Law, Economics and Resource Management from Cambridge University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School.

Senior Advisors


Current investments have been made by Inverleith LLP or Hothouse Brands