Alan has a distinguished career in the financial services and investment advisory industry. He spent 28 years at McKinsey & Co where he led the financial services practice in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He was a board member of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees £8 billion of staff and partner retirement and investment products. He also chairs AdFisco, a financial services advisory company that also invests in innovative growth companies in financial services and is the Non – Executive Director of a number of companies notably Axa Investment Managers and KBL European Private Bankers S.A. An experienced venture capitalist, Alan co-founded MMC Ventures in 2000 to invest in early stage growth companies and it is one of the most active investors in this field. Alan has an MBA from Harvard University, MA in Law from Trinity College, Oxford and he is a qualified Barrister.
Dr. Paul Blantern
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Paul joined Obillex Limited as Chief Executive Officer in March 2018 after seven years as CEO of a large public authority. Having worked as a CEO in both the public and private sectors, including both B2B and B2C businesses, Paul is ideally suited to drive Obillex in promoting and delivering socially responsible supply chain financing. As a PhD scientist, Paul began his career in the water industry, before moving into organisational change, utilising technology to challenge the way business processes are undertaken. He has worked on change programs ranging from the creation of Network Rail, including the outsourcing of the former Railtrack’s IT services, to Chairing a UK Government taskforce, reporting to a Government Minister, on the future of Libraries in England, which developed the first comprehensive national plan for England’s libraries. Paul has an MBA from CASS Business School, London, and has established a number of SME businesses, including a credit management company, and understands how cash flow and balance sheet management are essential for SMEs. Paul has worked as a leader across organisations, for example establishing and was inaugural MD of LGSS, one of the largest shared services ventures in UK local public sector and has appeared regularly on national media and has lectured on topics from shared services to leadership. Paul is married with two grown-up sons.
Jocelin studied law at Oxford and then qualified as a solicitor in the City of London. After qualification he joined the legal department at Esso Petroleum for two years following which he became a director of a private bank in the City. In 1986 he left the City and became involved full time in advising and financing start up and early stage businesses. He has been a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers since 1988 and is a trustee of the St Peter’s College Foundation. He was a member of the governing body of Queen Mary, University of London for ten years during which time he served as vice chair. He is currently a director of two quoted Venture Capital Trusts and of a number of private companies in the UK and the USA. He is married and has three daughters and lives in West London.
Sam joined Rosette Merchant Bank LLP (“RMB”) as Chief Operating Officer in October 2014 from a leading London based Structured Credit Asset Management firm where she grew the business from its start-up phase, leaving after seven years as Managing Director. Her previous financial services experience includes roles with Nomura International as an Assistant Vice President within the Fixed Income Division and then with Lehman Brothers as a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division Prior to her financial services career, Sam was commissioned as a British Army Officer having graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1997. During her time in service she served with a number of Regiments including roles with the Infantry and the Royal Engineers. Sam holds a BSc (Hons) in Special Psychology. Sam was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Rosette in March 2018, having been acting CEO since July 2017 and in her spare time is a governor of a leading independent school in Wiltshire.
Nigel was former CEO of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), and former 2nd Permanent Head of HM Treasury. As head of both the procurement and project management professions across the Civil Service, he has led improvements in skills and capability across a range of disciplines including procurement, project management, property management and environmental sustainability. Whilst at the OGC, he was responsible for leading the drive to modernise government procurement and deliver value for money. He set out a clear procurement framework that all government departments could follow, as well as managing the relationship with government’s key suppliers across some of the country’s largest projects. Nigel is a Director of FTSE and global industrial businesses.
Brandon has been an adviser to Obillex’s founder since before the company was formed. He lectures the Risk Management Module for Buckingham University’s MSc in Finance and is a member of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics (LSE). He sits on advisory councils for several “think tanks” including the CSFI and Long Finance. He lectures extensively on subjects in banking and risk management and has written numerous papers and articles and six books on these subjects. Until December 2009, Brandon was Managing Director of the Global Association of Risk Professionals Risk Academy, which he joined after retiring from Barclays Bank where he was treasurer of retail banking and a member of the banks executive committee. Prior to that appointment he was Head of Structured Products at Barclays Capital and Managing Director of Financial Engineering at BZW. In addition to his board director’s position at Obillex Limited, Brandon is a director of Shariah Trade Finance Limited and a Trustee of the Responsible Finance Institute. He holds a degree in economics from University College London.