With an Oxford PPE and MSc Finance background, Grant Monk learned real-life investment appraisal of large long-life projects from working for Rio Tinto Plc, before moving to investment banking with NM Rothschild in their Natural Resources and Utilities team. Having gained experience on international transactions, specialising in regulated industries, Grant branched out and joined and invested in a fledging dotcom start-up web design agency as Finance and Strategy Director. He helped grow the company profitably and successfully sold the company returning 100x initial investors' capital. Grant has acted as independent fund-raising advisor, consultant, and occasional investor on a number of start-up businesses since then, and has consulted on a number of transaction and strategy-related activities for established businesses, including for FTSE-100 companies. Most recently, Grant co-founded a niche legal publishing business and became trustee of a housing charity aimed at helping the elderly.