Who We Are

Who We Are

Executive board

Simon Deacon

Chief Executive Officer*

*Current Director, with other members to be appointed to the Board shortly

A dynamic, forward-looking entrepreneur, Simon established his first business over 25 years ago. Since then he has founded, acquired and grown multiple businesses in Lighting, Electronics, Display manufacture and co-founder of a Digital / Retail Consultancy, which has been adopted by numerous global retailers and brands in the retail sector.
Simon oversees the strategy of the business and is always looking for new opportunities to expand and grow the portfolio.
Andrew Hempsall

Chief Operating Officer

Andrew has 20 years of board level experience gained within Private Equity and Public Limited Companies, working with blue chip clients. Andrew has led numerous cross functional teams with between 100 and 275 employees. With extensive operational and client-facing experience, Andrew has worked in 20 countries covering North America, the EU and Asia. Andrew has also developed a results-driven interest in sustainability and in 2015 completed an Executive MBA (CSR) in Corporate Social Responsibility at The University of Nottingham. Andrew oversees the implementation of the strategy, ensuring that we have the best teams in place with efficient business processes and rigorous procedures.
Jim Snooks

Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

Holding extensive senior level accountancy experience and significant managerial experience, Jim has held varied various finance management positions for SME’s through to multi-million-pound group companies, across a wide range of industry sectors gaining significant experience in company acquisitions and disposals.
Starting his career within Operational Management, Jim subsequently built on his BA (Hons) degree in European Finance and Accounting and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) in 1997. Jim is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Non-Executive board

Myles Halley

Non-Executive Chairman

During his 30 years at KPMG, Myles worked across different disciplines and offices including three years in Australia. Myles was a member of the UK board with specific responsibility for the audit committee. In his last executive role, he led the UK restructuring business with over 500 staff. Myles retired from KPMG, London in March 2010.

Since retiring Myles has provided advice on many UK boards, most recently R Capital, William Davis Housebuilder and Brownhills Motorhomes. Myles is also a mentor for graduates at the Loughborough University, mentoring on the business incubator for new businesses.

Lisa Clement

Non-Executive Director

Lisa has an extensive experience in holding board positions throughout her career of CFO, CEO and Commercial / strategy Director for companies ranging from multi-billion-pound UK and US main-market listed global conglomerates to start-up, private equity backed SMEs.
Lisa became a non-executive director in 2011 as Chair of the Audit Committee. She manages the board and company’s exposure to risk through the complex corporate restructuring of UK Coal PLC and subsequent initial flotation of Harworth Group Plc., a leading property regeneration and development business.
As Chair of Remuneration Committee, she led major overhaul of the company’s executive and senior management remuneration structure, including introduction of innovative, first-in-sector, Restricted Share scheme in replacement of long standing LTIP scheme achieving overwhelming (99%+) shareholder support.
Rob Naylor

Non-Executive Director*
*Current Director, with other members to be appointed to the Board shortly

Rob has 24 years’ experience in capital markets and was most recently at Cenkos Securities plc as Head of Corporate Finance and Corporate Broking in their investment funds team. Prior to this Rob has held roles as co-head of the investment funds team at Panmure Gordon(UK) Limited and Executive Director, Head of Product Development in the investment trust team at JPMorgan Asset Management Limited. Rob has advised a number of Healthcare and LifeScience companies including BBI Holdings plc, Collagen Solutions plc, EKF Diagnostic Holdings plc, Scancell Holdings plc, Yourgene Health plc (previously Premaitha Health plc), Immunodiagnostics Systems Holdings plc, and Omega Diagnostics plc. Rob started his career with Ernst & Young LLP in 1996 where he qualified as a chartered accountant in the investment management group.
Rory James-Duff

Non-Executive Director

Rory has over 20 years’ equity capital markets experience with a focus on growth and environmental companies. He previously worked in senior positions within the equity capital markets divisions of Peel Hunt LLP and Canaccord Genuity Inc.
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