Parkes Ralph

Ralph Parkes

Private Equity & Property Investor

Name:Parkes, Ralph
Address:Vintage House, Roches Street, Limerick City, IE
Phone:+353 61 416501


2001 - Present

Kernel Capital Partners

Director and Co-Founder | Cork , Dublin , Belfast & London UK

As co-founder of Kernel Capital , with Nial Olden , from early 2000 . Kernel manages over 6 funds with €250M equity invested across some 80 business , in South of Ireland , and North since new invest Northern Ireland Fund in 2013. I have served as director of the General Partner until 2009 , and am a Limited Partner in a selection of our funds under management . I have also served on the Investment Committee , and am now working as an independent board director available to mentor other large business entities , acting with energy in a non-executive capacity ,on behalf of key shareholders.

1991 - Present

Fine Wines Group

Chairman of the Board of Directors | HQ Limerick City , Ireland

I founded this company , and led the growth of a retail group of shops in Dublin, Cork , Limerick Galway and more. John Blake took over as Managing Director in 1998 , and I continue to drive the company business plan and strategy as non executive chairperson

1981 - November 2013

Parkes Properties

Non-Executive Director

I am a shareholder with my brother in a property investment group focused on retail and commercial property as its main asset class . Independently the group has co-invested with PLC , Family Office and private partners in capital revenue producing assets in Ireland , UK , Holland , Poland and Czech Republic , all held within long-term fund structures. Our group has avoided the Irish property melt-down , with a balanced portfolio of assets at home and overseas , and we continue to consider value added opportunities.



September 2013

Special Olympics Ireland

Chairman, Leadership Council, Special Olympic Games

Following the very successful 2010 All Ireland 32 County Games at University of Limerick , when I served on the leadership council , and became a National Patron , the Special Olympics board invited me to chair the leadership council for our next games to be hosted by University of Limerick , and at key Limerick regional sports venues.

January 2000

Mid West Spina Bifida Association

Patron and Mentor

The Spina Bifida Association, which focuses on many mid west families who have children needing specialist care and respite facilities, invited me to become a patron, following many years of fundraising for the charity sector.

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