BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CEO & Director
Alan is a Chartered Account who qualified at Deloitte’s before heading into Investment Banking and Fund Management. Here, he gained considerable experience dealing with entrepreneurs and early stage companies keen to raise capital and list their companies on the stock market.
In recent years, he built an international film and video business selling out to the Virgin Group, subsequently he founded and listed one of the first online travel companies (OTC) onto Aim finally selling out to Lastminute.com. He founded and built the first new theatre in London for 30 years - the St James Theatre in Victoria selling to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group in early 2017. Recently, he has developed a media/TV group with a TV Shopping Channel, Broadcast Television Platforms, TV Studios and specialising in the world of media & digital TV.
Using his wide and varied experience in working with entrepreneurs and startups, he has started a new Group - SME Financial Advisors and Startupvision to raise funding, advise and mentor dynamic Founders to achieve their objectives and ambitions.
With over 30 years’ experience in accountancy both in the profession and various commercial organisations, Robin has been a consultant providing accountancy and IT expertise to clients in a wide variety of commercial environments including entertainment, television, travel amongst other industries.
Robin trained with Kingston Smith a London based firm of Chartered accountants and developed high level skills to provide clients with bespoke accounting systems implementation. Extensive modelling experience for project and fund raising appraisals is a special skill set and was used by Virgin Atlantic Airways in their launch period.
Robin has also been part of a team raising funds for company acquisitions and mergers, as well as providing initial accounting support for the newly acquired corporates. In addition to his current Directorships, two significant travel group companies were established with Robin playing a major role in providing the financial data to enable the successful flotation of both companies on to the AIM stock market.
Chris is an international and commercial business builder. He has held executive leadership, P&L management, senior sales, marketing and brand roles in FTSE 100 listed multinationals, UK private equity and US venture capital backed SMEs on successful paths to shareholder value creation and exit.
He is highly experienced in growth strategy and execution, embracing: investment, innovation, NPD, sustainability, design, brand, price, service, market, segment, channel, customer experience, offline and online. He is proven as a creative, entrepreneurial pathfinder, leading mature businesses and start-ups into new markets, sectors and geographies, as a strategic marketer in positioning for accelerated growth and at implementing transformational digital and E-commerce go-to-market models.
He is passionate about the opportunities for growing brands and developing business digitally and globally. He has helped many businesses and brands on their international journeys, strengthening home markets, crossing borders, regions and continents whilst enjoying the cultural thrill of working and living in Vienna, Prague, Brussels, Bangkok & Singapore.
Director of Philanthropy
Lady Lucy French OBE
Campaigner, Change maker, Community mobiliser, Fundraiser, Childrens’ champion.
Lady Lucy French OBE is an experienced and entrepreneurial public affairs and PR professional with significant campaigning experience in the charity and arts sectors, including establishing arts and not-for-profit organisations and high level fundraising. Awarded an OBE in 2019 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Young People and the Arts.