Mike is CEO of Chelsea Apps Factory. Founded in 2010 with the aim to help mobilise businesses, Chelsea Apps Factory was ranked the 16th fastest-growing tech company in the 2015 Sunday Times Fast Track 100. Mike also has considerable experience across a range of large media outlets, as former Managing Director of The Sun, The News of the World, The Evening Standard and Metro.
Mike is currently Chairman of Rigmar Group Ltd, an oil field services company, SmartFibres Ltd, a sensing technology business, and also serves on the Boards of IMES Group Ltd and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre. He is a Director at Gas2 Ltd and ONE Oil and Gas and serves as Chairman and pro chancellor of The Robert Gordon's University Board of Governors. He has previous experience as CEO of several private equity backed technology businesses.
Niall specialises in difficult and turnaround situations, most recently as CEO of the Co-operative Bank from 2013-2017. He is now a Non-Executive Director at Non-Standard Finance plc where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Risk Committees. Previous appointments include Group MD and CEO of HSBC North America Holdings Inc and CEO of HSBC Finance Corporation. Niall is also Chaiman of the Committee of the Council of Glenalmond College.
Norman retired from his role as Chairman of Edrington Group Limited in 2017 after four years in role. He is currently Chairman of the Scottish Ballet. Previous appointments include Chairman of Cairn Energy plc, Petrofac Limited and the British Venture Capital Association; and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland where he was also Chair of the Ethics Board.
Paul was appointed Chief Executive of Essentra plc in January 2017. Before that, he was Group Chief Executive of Coats plc from 2009-2016. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Tate & Lyle plc. Other previous appointments include Group CEO of Low & Bonar plc and Managing Director of Unipart International.
Paul Lynam joined Secure Trust Bank as Chief Executive in September 2010 and is also a Non-Executive Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group. Prior to joining Secure Trust Bank he spent 22 years with NatWest and RBS, latterly as Managing Director, Banking, for RBS/NatWest’s SME banking business across the UK. Before that he spent four years as the Managing Director of Lombard North Central PLC, the second largest asset finance and leasing business in the world.
Peter was CEO at Leeds Building Society for over seven years, stepping down in early 2019, having joined the business as General Manager in 2001. During his time as CEO assets doubled, profits trebled, and the Society became a Sunday Times top 100 Best Company to work for. Since leaving Leeds Building Society, Peter has developed a portfolio career and is currently Chairman of MortgageBrain, a Non-Executive Director at Pepper Money UK and also Pure Retirement. Previously he was also Chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders and a Board Member of UK Finance
Peter was appointed Chief Executive of Buried Hill Energy in April 2010 and a Non-Executive Director of Cairn Energy in April 2015. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President of Petro-Canada’s International and Offshore business. Previous appointments during 15 years at Enterprise Oil included GM of the UK business and CEO of the Italian Subsidiary in addition to which he spent a short time at Shell following their takeover of Enterprise in 2003. Peter is also a Trustee of the London Chamber Orchestra.
Peter is Chairman of Hamilton & Inches, Applecrate, Taste Communications and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and is a Board member at Pod Global Solutions. Peter was previously Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel and Visit Scotland, and a former Director of Diageo in Scotland. He is also President of Enable, a Patron of the Hospitality Industry Trust and Chairman of the One & All Foundation.
Peter was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Virgin Group in 2009 by Sir Richard Branson. Peter had been CEO of Quayle Munro Holdings plc (where he remains a senior adviser) which acquired his business New Boathouse Capital Ltd. Previously he held senior positions at Barings and Goldman Sachs.