Steve Carle


Steve is an experienced private equity and development capital specialist having enjoyed a successful 25-year career with the UK’s two leading mid-market private equity companies, and a specialist fund investing in the creative industries.

Between 1991 and 1999, Steve worked in the Edinburgh and Cambridge offices of 3i Group plc before joining LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.  When Steve left LDC at the end of 2010, it had grown to become the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor, and the deals which Steve led have delivered near 100% gains on funds invested. After 5 years consulting and pursuing his own private investment activities, Steve joined Edge Investments, the UK’s leading creative industries investor where he served as both Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Performance Director.  Returning to his consulting activities, Steve has been working with the Downing Development Capital team since May 2021.