Formed Finance Birmingham with Birmingham City Council and has led the growth of the business from a Business Loan Fund of £10 million to £300 million through a range of funds and programmes both locally and on a national scale.Over a decade’s experience of CEO posts in regulated businesses including, The Exchange, Regional Stock Exchange and Finance Birmingham.Sue is passionate about the SME community and the role they play in the economy’s recovery and growth. A strong commercial focus and corporate experience has secured the support of both public and private sector initiatives.
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.
Nigel recently joined the Obillex board and was former CEO of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), 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.
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.
Josh Bell is Partner at Dawn Capital, a venture fund focused on the sectors of Enterprise Software and Fintech. Dawn Capital invested £3m in Obillex to back its roll-out in the UK. Before joining Dawn in 2007, Josh worked with McKinsey & Company, managing teams that advised boards of Fortune global 500 financial institutions based in London, Geneva, Amsterdam and New York. While at McKinsey, Josh was recognised within the firm as a leading financial services expert in Europe. Within his retail and wholesale banking work, Josh devoted significant time to informing clients on the impact of new technologies on their industries, and helping to assess and implement these technologies for their businesses. In addition to his private sector client work, Josh was also integral to supporting McKinsey’s relationship with the World Economic Forum, leading McKinsey support for the WEF’s financial services knowledge initiatives and activities, principally for the Davos conferences in 2006 and 2007. Josh was a Graduate Scholar at Oxford University in Mathematics. He was subsequently a Research Fellow at Harvard University in Economics and Game Theory, publishing papers in Game Theory and IT Security journals before studying operational research and advanced financial modelling at Cambridge University, as part of an MPhil in Statistics; his MPhil research was supported by the Rand Institute of Santa Monica, California.
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.
Damian is a chartered accountant and financial risk management expert with 20 years’ post-qualification experience, including spells with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia, the UK, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and US. He was also regional head of finance for the Australian Wheat Board and Quaker Oats in Australia. Damian has deep operational experience of building a transaction banking business, having worked at ABN Amro, RBS and as head of business development for CitiGroup Europe.