Board of Directors
(appointed 7 August 2018, and as Chairman 30 May 2019)
Mike has significant public company board and financial experience. He was CFO of Low & Bonar PLC, an international performance materials group, between 2010 and 2017. Prior to that, he was CFO of Vp plc, the specialist equipment rental group, for over six years from 2004. Prior to joining Vp, Mike held senior financial positions within Rolls-Royce Group in the UK, USA and Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of The Association of Corporate Treasurers. Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. Mike is also a non-executive director, and chair of the audit and risk committee, of Schroders Asian Total Return Investment Trust Company plc.
Jacques has nearly 20 years' experience of sugar and related industries (independent power production, waste and environment management and renewable energy) in France, the Seychelles and Mauritius. He is the CEO of Omnicane and the chairperson of Omnicane Thermal Energy Operations (La Baraque) Limited and Omnicane Thermal Energy Operations (St. Aubin) Limited. He has served as President of the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate and as president of the Mauritius Sugar Producers' Association.
(appointed 21 July 2017)
Judith joined Downing LLP in October 2009 and is Partner and Head of Public Equity. Previously she was a partner at Acuity Capital, a buy-out from Electra Private Equity, where Judith managed small company assets. Prior to Acuity, she spent seven years with Aberdeen Asset Management Growth Capital as co-Fund Manager of the five Aberdeen VCTs, focusing on technology and media investments in both the public and private arenas. Judith has held a number of public and private directorships.
(appointed 1 January 2023)
Andy has a wealth of expertise across a range of organisations at CEO, Chair and non-executive levels, including having been Chairman of Rubicon Partners Industries, CEO of Arc Specialist Engineering Limited and CEO of Metalrax Group Plc. He has a strong track record in business transformation, scale-up and international development in quoted, private equity and family office ownership structures. Andy has a particular interest and expertise in business transformation of all kinds and using the power of UGRs to improve workplace culture. Andy holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Engineering degree from Cambridge University. Andy is an accredited member of The Institute for Turnaround.