Zillah Byng-Thorne

Operating Partner

"Zillah‘s vast experience will be hugely valuable in helping True and our existing and future portfolio companies." — Paul Cocker

Zillah Byng-Thorne


Zillah has extensive technology sector experience, spanning online gaming, digital media and e-commerce. She announce she is retiring at the end of March 2023 from her position as Chief Executive of Future plc., a global platform for specialist media, a position she assumed in 2014. Future has been a leader in the Global media publishing industry and was transformed under her leadership. With over 20 years of experience as an executive officer, she has demonstrated a focus on driving operational excellence and is a proven people manager, identifying and developing talent at the senior level. Currently a Non-Executive Chair of TrustPilot Group plc, and Non-Executive Director of NCHL plc, Ms. Byng-Thorne also served as a Non-Executive Director of Flutter Entertainment for nine-years before stepping down in early 2023. She was Chief Financial Officer of Trader Media Group (owner of Auto Trader) from 2009 to 2012, and Interim Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2013. Previously, Ms. Byng-Thorne was Commercial Director and Chief Financial Officer at Fitness First Limited and Chief Financial Officer of the Thresher Group and a former Non-Executive Director of THG Holdings plc. Ms. Byng-Thorne is a chartered management accountant (CIMA) and qualified treasurer (ACT) and has an MA in Management from Glasgow University and an MSc in Behavioral Change from Henley Business School.

meet Zillah

How do you feel about joining the True team?

"I'm delighted to be joining True at such an exciting time for the firm and the industry. I believe that innovation is key to driving growth and creating value, particularly in today's rapidly changing business landscape – and this innovation will drive exciting investment opportunities over the coming years. I look forward to growing True’s existing businesses and working with the team to bring more future-facing consumer and tech businesses into the True community."

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Zillah’s expertise at True:

Zillah works across a range of our PE investments.

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True welcomes ex-Future plc CEO Zillah Byng-Thorne as operating partner

Byng-Thorne's experience in digital, retail, and tech to add value to True portfolio companies.

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