Michael Hughes joined Armstrong as a Director and Head of Investments in February 2018. Prior to this Michael was a Partner at Downing LLP where he focused on investments in the energy, leisure and lending sectors and was an integral part of the team responsible for growing funds under management at Downing from £200 million to £1 billion.

Initially specialising in leisure and real estate investments, Michael went on to lead Downing into the renewable energy sector in 2010, with initial investments with Future Biogas and Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited. Michael originated and led more than £250 million of clean tech investments whilst at Downing, including £75 million with Future Biogas and over £100 million into UK and Indian solar projects with Armstrong Energy.

Prior to joining Downing in 2009, Michael was a Divisional Director at Close Investments (part of Close Brother Group plc), where he initially focused on the management of leisure and media Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) funds and film funds before focusing on the structuring and management of UK and pan-European real estate funds.

Michael holds a degree in Geography and is a qualified FCCA (2000).

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