Directors & Management

    Richard O’Dell Poulden, Chairman

    Following a law degree from Oxford University, Mr. Poulden qualified as a Barrister, after which he moved into merchant banking where he worked for Samuel Montagu & Co Limited. Following an MBA at the London Business School and an exchange program with Harvard Business School, he joined the international management consultancy firm, Arthur D Little, where he worked in their European strategy practice. He was also co-founder of its Financial Industries Group. He served in the UK Leadership Team of Electronic Data Systems where he worked on developing new financial structures for the sale of Electronic Data Systems services. He has founded or co-founded successful companies in healthcare, retail and natural resources and in all these sectors he has executed successful strategies for growth by acquisition. Mr Poulden is Chairman of AIM traded Wishbone Gold PLC and Chairman of Black Swan plc.

    Professor Michael Raymond Mainelli, Non-Executive Director

    Professor Mainelli co-founded Z/Yen Group Limited (“Z/Yen”), a commercial think-tank, in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. In his career he has worked in rocket science, finance, and technology. Professor Mainelli has worked on the internet since 1976 with numerous early stage technologies, such as developing games for clients, e.g. Sony, as well as for Z/Yen. Professor Mainelli won a 1996 Foresight Challenge award for creating the Financial Laboratory, melding military gaming with trading to visualise financial risk, and a 2003 UK Smart Award for PropheZy, Z/Yen’s prediction software. Professor Mainelli has been a commentator on the fusion of betting, gaming and finance over the years, including work on weather bets and sports contingency risk.  After a post at Arthur Andersen, Professor Mainelli spent seven years as a partner and board member of the leading accountancy firm, BDO Binder Hamlyn, directing global consulting projects. While cofounding Z/Yen, Professor Mainelli served as a Director of Europe’s largest R&D organisation (the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency) leading to two privatisations.  Educated at Harvard, Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics, Professor Mainelli is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist and management consultant, he was 2004/2005 British Computer Society “Director of the Year”. In 2005, he was the Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College. Professor Mainelli is a non-executive director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UK’s national body for standards and laboratories) and AIM traded Wishbone Gold plc and has held numerous advisory posts, including Hitachi UK and HM Treasury.

    Alan David Gravett, Non-Executive Director

    Mr Gravett commenced employment with Barclays Bank Trust Company Limited, (then Barclays Bank Executor and Trustee Department), in 1965 achieving the Trustee Diploma of the Institute of Bankers in 1973. By 1986 he had become manager of their Gibraltar operation, dealing with the administration of companies and trusts, leaving in 1988 and remaining in Gibraltar to join a large local trust corporation. In 1993 he became an executive director of a smaller local trust corporation and remained there for 18 years leaving when the trust corporation was sold. He is now a freelance consultant based in Gibraltar but continues to be closely involved with company and trust structures for a wide range of international clients.

    Robert (“Bob”) McDowall, Non-Executive Director

    Bob has over forty years’ experience in the banking, securities and investment business, with companies including Merrill Lynch, Pru-Bache and Singer and Friedlander. His experience covers strategic planning, research, marketing, business development, operations, regulation, finance and public affairs. He also holds a law degree from University College London. He was an elected member of the States of Alderney from 2013 until 2016, where he served as Chairman of the Policy & Finance Committee, the senior Governing Committee, and served on the UK Parliamentary Cross Party Committee on the Channel Islands.


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