Julia PrescotCo-founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Meridiam Infrastructure
Julia is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure and sits on the Board of Meridiam SAS. In April 2017, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. In addition, she is a non-executive director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and separately, the International Project Finance Association, a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focussed on renewable energy and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London.
She has been directly involved in long term infrastructure development and investment (25 year maturity) in UK, Europe, North America and Africa as part of the equity only Meridiam funds (established from 2005 with AUM >c£5bn) in energy, transport, environmental and social projects. Meridiam manages six long term funds, and acts as a developer, investor and asset manager having initiated some 56 projects with a total value in excess of $70bn. The main contributors to the Meridiam funds are pension funds (around 20% coming from the UK), insurance companies and development institutions.
Julia has an extensive history and background otherwise in infrastructure investment, having acted as an investor, adviser both to Governments and to the private sector and provider of debt and junior funding in respect of a large number of major infrastructure projects around the globe over decades. Julia’s past roles have included Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel in London, Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank and Senior Director and Head of Eurozone Infrastructure Finance at Bank of Scotland.