Layton believes that the pursuit of long-term investment returns is compatible with responsible stewardship of business and responsible corporate citizenship. He has 15 years experience as an investor, the first half of which was spent in Private Equity at large cap PE firm TDR Capital and the latter half working with smaller UK businesses through Sullivan Street. In this time he has invested in, and served as a Director for, companies with values of £1m to £5bn and seen the benefits of driven ownership and the pitfalls of short-term stewardship and governance.
Layton read Mathematics & Philosophy at Keble College, Oxford, and this way of thinking shapes his approach to business today. Analytical with respect to investment opportunities, he is logical and principled in terms of representing the various stakeholders in the businesses in which Sullivan Street is involved.
Layton has an autistic brother living permanently in care, and has seen first hand a sector where the role of the corporate has needed to become stronger and more responsible as the role of governments has receded. As this trend continues with globalization eroding the power of individuals and national bodies, Layton believes it is essential that companies step into the void in a responsible manner.