Brian has been involved in financial services since 2010, when he became Chairman of Blacksquare Capital. He has a wealth of commercial experience, from founding and developing businesses to running public companies on both the AIM and the Official List. In 1991, Brian founded Card Clear Plc, subsequently renamed Retail Decisions plc, a business engaged in combating the fraudulent use of plastic payment cards. He led the company until 1998, by which time it was an AIM listed international group, with a market capitalisation of some £100 million. This was followed by the development of a group focused on delivering membership card systems and loyalty schemes across the UK health and fitness sector. As a principal, Brian has been responsible for numerous corporate acquisitions and disposals, as well as for delivering organic growth. He and Chairman, Oliver Cooke, founded Tavistock Investments in 2013.
Johanna is an accomplished Finance Director with 20+ years of professional achievement in Multinational companies. She has a track record of delivering strategic, commercial and operational solutions across global organisations, including the implementation of complex Mergers and Acquisitions. Johanna has proven ability to deliver top and bottom lines and adapt to ever-changing business environments while focusing on talent development and lean processes. She holds a Masters’ degree in Economics and Business Administration from The University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna.
Oliver has over 40 years of financial and business development experience gained in a range of quoted and private companies including over twenty five years’ experience as a Public Company Director. He has considerable experience in the fields of acquisitions, disposals, fundraisings, turnarounds, restructurings and strategic transformation. Oliver is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Roderic has spent more than 35 years in financial services encompassing a variety of roles including sales, strategy, product development, proposition, operations and latterly acquisitions, mergers, and integrations together with corporate affairs, risk and regulatory matters. He provides consultancy services in the financial services sector to a range of providers, fund managers and intermediaries and particularly specialises on RDR, for which he chaired the professionalism and reputation work stream within the Financial Services Authority. Roderic is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Disciplinary Committee, having previously been a member of its Professional Standards Board and Executive Board.
Peter has spent more than 40 years in the financial services industry. Having joined AEGON in 1981 as a sales consultant he progressed through a series of sales and general management positions to being appointed to the executive management board in 1999. He had executive responsibility for post-acquisition integration of a number of businesses including Guardian Assurance, Positive Solutions and Origen. Peter was also responsible for Scottish Equitable International in Luxembourg from 1996 until 2002 and was appointed chairman of AEGON Ireland when it was launched in 2002. Since 2012, Peter has acted as a consultant to a number of businesses within the financial services sector with a particular emphasis on governance, risk management and financial controls.
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