Get To Know The People Behind JDC – Chris Adlam

Here at JDC we are known for being a leading UK independent corporate finance firm advising businesses and owners on buying and selling businesses, management buy outs, raising debt & equity finance and business growth and we thought it would be interesting to give you a little insight on the people behind the firm.

Today, we’re learning more about Chris Adlam, Director of Business Growth Services,

Q:  What is your role at JDC?

A:  My role at JDC is to lead the Business Growth team, providing advice and support to local entrepreneurs, helping and guiding them at all stages of the business lifecycle such as by raising debt, equity, implementing a turnaround and/or planning for exit.  As one of the Directors, I am also involved with the day to day running of our own business and working on our own future growth strategy.

Q:  How long have you been with the firm?

A:  Five and a half years.

Q:  On a normal day, what does your role involve?

A:  It’s hard to summarise because there is so much variety, but you will typically find me either at a client site (post-lockdown!) or in one of our Essex or Norwich offices providing advice and support to clients and leading them through the complexities and challenges of a transaction or business event.

Q:  What is the best part of your job?

A:  I get huge satisfaction from resolving difficult situations and completing complex deals.

Q:  What are you most proud of from your time at JDC?

A:  Becoming a part-owner of the firm in 2018 and taking on the responsibility to accelerate our own growth even further.

Q:  If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

A:  Probably to play a musical instrument, I gave up the piano aged 10, but now wish I could play the guitar.

Q:  Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?

A:  I’m fluent in Spanish.

Q:  What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?

A:  Growing up in Chelmsford I would go to the V festival every year –V97 was one of the best from memory…

Q:  What is the last book you read?

A:  Wonder, RJ Palacio.

Q:  If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

A:  I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many places, have lived in Central America and have been on two long trips across Asia and South America.  I think either Canada or South Africa – both are on my wish list.