ANDREW Noble, the former Olympic skier, has joined venture capital firm Par Equity as a partner.

Described as a serial angel investor in technology companies, Mr Noble joins Par from Transition Capital, the private equity company he founded to pursue Scottish SME buyouts.

At Transition Capital he led deal sourcing, due diligence and fund raising. Earlier in his career he built an investment portfolio of more than 30 technology companies.

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After early success in outdoor advertising Mr Noble put his business activities on ice while he competed as a member of the British Alpine Ski team in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

After representing his country, Mr Noble joined Par Equity before leaving for further study.

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Mr Noble said: “The track record speaks volumes about the quality of the investments Par has made and the added value it brings to the table. Knowing the team so well, it was an easy decision to come back and help grow the business further.”

Paul Munn, partner at Par Equity, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Andrew Noble back to Par Equity as a Partner. Two thirds of our portfolio is based in Scotland, which has some of the UK’s most interesting early stage ventures. Andrew’s ‘local knowledge’ will help us strengthen our position.”