Fund manager YFM appoints new chief

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Investment group YFM Equity Partners has appointed Paul Cook as its chief operating officer.

Mr Cook has spent the past six months in a project management role with the organisation, which has offices in Sheffield and has invested in a number of leading Sheffield City Region companies.

He was part of the team that helped YFM Equity Partners complete a management buy-out from GLE Group last September and will be responsible for finance, HR and compliance functions at the firm.

Prior to joining YFM Equity Partners, Mr Cook was with electronic equipment manufacturer Access IS. He has also been finance director at Sonatest NDE Plc and Marlow Foods, a division of Premier Foods.

Paul Cook started his career at KPMG in 1985 and subsequently worked for PwC, American Standard and William Baird Plc where he established the group’s Internal Audit function.

He spent four years as Financial Controller at Golden Wonder, then three years at Accantia Health & Beauty Limited overseeing the business through two private equity buyouts. In 2003 he became Group Finance Director of Frank Thomas Group, a supplier of clothing and accessories to the motorcycle trade.