Chairman - David Mace has extensive international plc board experience (AIM and Main Market), having been both a NED and NEC on companies including Center Parcs (UK) PLC and GW Pharmaceuticals PLC. He has much experience of developing privately and VC supported businesses through key growth rounds and IPO. David is a seasoned individual with an excellent track record of proactive strategic board direction, including growing and developing successful businesses internationally in a wide variety of business sectors, particularly developing added value capability to land development projects in territories as diverse as the Caribbean and New Zealand.
David has a BSC in Biological Sciences from Heriot Watt University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He brings considerable leadership skills, development experience and global marketing vision to the team. David lives in Dorset with his wife and has three grown up children.
Chief Executive Officer - Martin Waddell's first career was in sales, marketing & advertising roles including corporate and agency side positions. He then trained as a commercial and intellectual property lawyer and worked in-house within the university sector, leading the commercialisation of a number of high technology licensing opportunities and spin-outs, including Advanced Gel Technology and Cybersense Bio-Systems. He has extensive experience of developing such companies across a broad range of sciences and created and formed the Cascade Venture Capital Seed Fund. Since 2002 he has been in private practice consultancy, working in areas of media, new technology and start up development. This included leading a joint venture for BT Global Services and Pierhouse Group and business development with Cambridge "High Tech's" such as Cambridge Visual Networks, recently leading the roll out of a new Broadband and Satellite Service in the UK for Eurona PLC of Spain.
He lives in the Languedoc - France with his wife and 4 children and is a regulated French IFA. Living within ancient truffle lands and being something of a gourmand he has retained a keen interest and developed an expertise in truffles and their cultivation since 1998.
Chief Financial Officer - Gary Suttle is a certified accountant with over 30 years of running a successful south coast accountancy practice, with a client base numbering over 500. Much of the focus of his team's work has been in support of SME businesses and their growth. Rarely for an accountant Gary, has extensive entrepreneurial experience, having operated and sold a successful car dealership and forecourts franchise in the 1990's. He has considerable experience of advising clients internationally on cross-border tax matters.
Gary is the leader of Purbeck District Council and has been actively involved in politics for over 20 years, previously being the leader of the UK's largest (by budget) Town Council - Swanage, where he was Mayor for over 6 years. He is a regular attendee at the Prime Minister's office as part of his duties. He lives in Swanage with his wife and is a father of 5 with one grandson.
Non Executive Director - Nick Lovering is the Managing Partner, of Echelon Capital 2 LLP, which is an FSA authorised and regulated financial advisory firm trading as Echelon Partners. Prior to co-founding Echelon in 2009, Nick worked as a corporate financier between 2000 and 2009 and served as a director of corporate finance at Bridgewell Limited and Blue Oar Securities, and a director of Dawnay Day Corporate Finance. Nick has extensive experience of advising both private and public companies on fundraising and financial structuring, M&A activity and on-going regulatory activity. Prior to joining Bridgewell in 2000, Nick qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) with Arthur Andersen in 1999.
Nick is a non-executive director of Mast Clothing Limited, Garden Blending & Packing Limited and LJW Consultants Limited, which trade respectively as Crave Maternity, English Garden and Blue Cap Coffee. He studied English Literature at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and lives in Wimbledon with his wife and two children.