Board of Directors

Harry George Wilson, Director and Executive Chairman

Date of Appointment as Director: 16 May 2016.

Harry Wilson received a BSc in physics from Manchester University in 1973. Following graduation he spent 17 years in various roles at British Petroleum and attended the Executive Programme at the INSEAD Business School in France in 1985.

Harry has over 35 years business experience, initially in the oil industry but successively in a wide range of business sectors. He has been founder, CEO and Chairman of a number of independent oil companies and led public listings for five companies including Dragon Oil Plc and Eland Oil & Gas Plc. He has been an executive and non-executive director of listed companies in the UK and abroad and has built up an extensive range of London and international contacts in the investment, broking and advisory communities.

Throughout his business career Harry has taken a keen interest in collectibles, particularly stamps and antiques. He is a longstanding member of the Royal Philatelic Society London, the Malaya Study Group and the India Study Group.

Harry was appointed a Director on 16 May 2016 and became Executive Chairman on 14 July 2016. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

 

Andrew Cook, Chief Finance Officer

Date of Appointment as Director: 14 July 2016.

Andrew Cook, who was appointed Group Managing Director ‎on 31 May 2016, joined the Board as Chief Finance Officer on 14 July 2016.

Andrew is an experienced finance executive having previously held the position of Group Finance Director at Orchard & Shipman Group plc and at Medina Dairy Ltd. Prior to this Andrew held senior finance, commercial and executive roles for various companies including Kelly Services, The Body Shop and The Virgin Group.

 

Clive Peter Whiley, Director

Date of Appointment as Director: 31 March 2016.

Clive Whiley became a Member of The London Stock Exchange in 1983 and a Fellow of the Securities Institute in 1995. He has extensive main board executive director experience across a broad range of financial services, engineering, manufacturing, distribution & leisure businesses covering the UK, Europe, North America, Australasia and the People’s Republic of China.

Mr Whiley is currently Managing Director of Evolution Securities China Limited, and Chief Executive of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd and a Director of Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited.

He is also Chairman of China Venture Capital Management Limited, First China Venture Capital Limited and Y-Lee Limited.

  

Louis Emmanuel Castro BSc, BComm (Hons), FCA, Non- Executive Director – Independent

Date of Appointment as Director: 3 October 2016.

Louis has over 30 years’ experience in accounting and corporate finance both in the UK and overseas. Most recently he has been the Chief Financial Officer at Eland Oil & Gas, a publicly quoted company where he was one of two executive directors. Previously he was the Managing Director of Northland Capital Partners in London and before this he was Head of Corporate Finance at Matrix Corporate Capital and at Insinger de Beaufort. He started his career by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC).

Louis has widespread international experience having advised the Boards of companies worldwide including companies in the retail sector. He has led on numerous public listings and has been a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee at Eland Oil & Gas and at Pan European Terminals.

Mr Castro is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He graduated in 1980 from Birmingham University with a BSc & BComm (Hons) in Engineering Production & Economics. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

 

Henry Arthur John Turcan, Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment as Director: 23 May 2016.

Henry Turcan is an experienced corporate financier based in London, having worked in the City for approaching two decades. In 2015, he joined Henderson Volantis Capital as a director of UK Smaller Companies and moved to Lombard Odier Asset Management in 2017. Before joining Henderson Volantis Capital, he was a director of Novum Securities, an independent UK based stockbroking house which he cofounded in 2006. Prior to this, Henry was a corporate finance director at Evolution Group.

His focus areas are corporate finance advice and broking within equity capital markets and he has extensive experience on a broad range of transactions including IPOs on the Main Market and AIM, rights issues, takeovers and corporate finance advice to unquoted companies. Henry is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.