Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Stephen has over 18 years as a director of both publicly listed and private companies. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Actual Experience plc, Datatec Limited and PRS For Music Limited. He is also Non-Executive Director of Informa plc. In his earlier career Stephen was Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Telewest Communications plc and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at WestLB Panmure.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicola Foulston (“Nicky”) has one of the sharpest minds in the business. In 1990, at the age of 22, she served as CEO of the Brands Hatch Leisure Group (“Brands Hatch”) when the business was valued at £6m. Having made transformational changes to the company’s operations and financial management over the next 6 years, she floated the group in 1996 and sold it three years later to Interpublic, the US marketing giant for over $195m, at a time when Brands Hatch was then the largest organiser and promoter of motorsport in Europe. She was subsequently named Veuve Cliquot “Business Woman of the Year” in 1996 and she remains the award’s youngest ever recipient at the age of 29.
She subsequently ran a family office with private equity investments in the USA and Europe. In 2014, she was appointed as a Board Member of the Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB), an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, to help government boost growth in business.
Nicky was appointed CEO of Rosenblatt, a City law firm, in September 2016 and in that role, has taken over the commercial management of the firm, transforming it in readiness for a listing on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, which took place on 8 May 2018 at a valuation of £70m+. Prior to that, she had been a client of the firm for over 30 years.
She has a deep understanding of operational restructuring, improving business performance, best outcome identification and implementation and balance sheet de-leveraging often working with multiple stakeholders at all levels of a company’s capital structure. She has a reputation in the City for reliability, trustworthiness and delivering on time.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert has over 20 years’ experience with international businesses and has worked extensively with public funds, private equity and venture capital investors. His recent roles include interim CFO at Tantalum Corp and CLA Limited, as well as permanent roles at Ubisense PLC and Immedia Broadcasting plc.
Marianne Ismail has worked in financial services for over 30 years in a variety of small and large regulated entities.
She was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley for 10 years working in New York and internationally and has held senior positions in Citigroup and Standard Chartered Bank. She has a strong understanding of the management of growing companies and of corporate risk and is committed to ensuring compliance with appropriate regulations as well as the implementation of suitable organisational and management structures to meet these regulations. Marianne has held FCA significant influence functions throughout her career.
She is Pro Chancellor and Chair of the governing body of the University of Greenwich and is a NED of Qatar Islamic Bank -UK and Town and Country Housing Group.
Until January 2019, she was Group Chief Executive of the AIM listed Kingswood Holdings Group.
Victoria is a former Executive Director and General Counsel of Invensys plc and Telewest Communications plc. Her legal career commenced at Clifford Chance LLP in 1985 where she trained and qualified into the corporate finance discipline. She joined FTSE100 industrial company, Invensys plc, as General Counsel in 2001 and gained global experience across a wide variety of legal matters in diverse industries including M&E, litigation, contracting, IP.