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Jonathan read Engineering and Economics at Trinity College, Dublin undertaking further research and gaining an MSc in Geotechniques. After some years working in the UK, he spent 15 years in the Middle East and France as Managing Director of a group offering privately financed construction projects in West Africa. During this period he gained extensive experience in managing complicated tripartite agreements and in the negotiation of funding through the sale of promissory notes. Upon his return to the UK in 1990 he arranged an early, private trade mission to Romania and after a short spell with Business Capital Development, joined Chesham. He has negotiated transactions in a wide range of sectors inc: business services, IT and electronics, fashion, foods, fuel distribution, packaging, print, real estate, software, telecommunications, textiles and transport. Jonathan is a keen blue-water sailor and squash player.
Nigel is a City trained chartered accountant who, after spending two years with Price Waterhouse in Paris, has had a long career in the oil industry. After travelling extensively in all corners of the world he became financial director for Mobil in France before joining Elf as FD for their downstream operations in the UK. From 2002 he was involved in oil upstream activities in a financial capacity until May 2006, when he joined Chesham. Fluent in French, he is actively developing a portfolio in corporate relations, manufacturing, environmental and textile sectors.
Venetia is a Chartered Secretary (FCIS) and a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants (FAIA) as well as a CEDR Accredited Mediator. She started her working life in the family business before leaving to work in the City. During her career, she has worked for FTSE100 companies and professional financial services organisations. She runs her own practice offering company law, corporate governance and company secretarial services. Venetia brings in-depth experience of Board level matters such as legal, governance and other issues including M&A work. Her clients are drawn from a wide spectrum of industries including insurance, retail, wholesale, finance, media and engineering in quoted, private, charitable and public sector organisations. Such wealth of experience in addition to mediation skills is invaluable in the discipline of merger broking. Having started out in a family business and latterly run her own firm for many years, she has a profound understanding of the desires and concerns relevant to an owner manager of a business while also appreciating the needs of large corporate entities. Outside work, Venetia enjoys walking the dog with her husband and keeping fit through running and cycling.
John Harrison has worked on investment in and the management of exits from small to medium sized companies since the mid-60s and has been associated with Chesham for most of this time. He has therefore an enormous fund of practical experience in most sectors in which Chesham has helped close deals. In 1975 he began to take a particular interest in green and organic businesses. Although now in semi-retirement in West Wales, he has kindly agreed to continue his association with Chesham as an external consultant. He is also a non-executive director since 2002, of Bro Dyfi Community Renewables Ltd. He is also a trustee of the Wessex Foundation, a charity providing education in sustainability based on an organic farm in Dorset.
Don brings over 25 years of experience in building successful businesses, based on an academic background in business administration and communications and at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He initially held management positions with Dayton's Department Stores and, from there, built a 27-store retail chain as the CEO and principal stockholder. He continues to serve on the board of directors for a group of successful Minnesota banks. Don and Chesham have initiated a working relationship to draw on their respective local experience and knowledge.
By training an economist, educated at St Andrews University, Aziz has had wide experience of business and finance. In his younger days he wrote for The Economist and The Sunday Times, before being recruited to head up the technology investments business of stockbrokers Henderson Crosthwaite, now part of Investec Asset Management. He subsequently became managing director of EC Holdings, an unlisted public company with interests in engineering and property, and following an agreed takeover by another public group, took on the leadership of Audiotronic Holdings, a distributor of audio and computer equipment. Since the sale of this group he has concentrated on golf, his portfolio of investments, and consultancies with charities and relevant businesses. He has been an adviser to Chesham for some years.
Elie is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers having graduated from Loughborough and MIT. He later attended INSEAD at Fontainebleau, France. His career has mainly focussed on the construction industry where he has had a particular interest in development projects both in the Lebanon where he is based and elsewhere. Naturally enough he is tri-lingual in Arabic, English and French. His experience covers construction, public sector finance, real estate, banking, insurance and logistics. Elie is a proficient skier, enjoys reading and writing and is a keen bridge player.
Gerard has been a life-long oil and energy industry man. His career commenced as a financial analyst within a French petroleum holding company (ERAP) from where he moved to Elf, where he worked almost 30 years. He held several positions during his service with Elf rising to Director General of Elf Antargaz, their LPG operation. In his last 5 years he was appointed Director of their financial analysis and major projects division, where he oversaw some major transactions. In 2000 he moved to Geoservices SA where he was appointed Company Secretary. Gerard travels extensively and takes a deep interest in people.
Wyn Williams has a well-established record as a Chief Executive, Board Chairman and Non-Executive Director and also as a strategist, innovator and change manager. He is used to formulating policy and strategy at international, national, business and scientific levels. He has chaired the Boards of international, national and local government organisations, private companies and local community bodies. He commenced work as a scientist in the Ministry of Defence and later, reporting directly to Ministers of State, had close contact with several Whitehall departments at senior level. With his commercial, governmental, international and academic experience he brings a wide spectrum of knowledge and expertise to Chesham. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, golf, rugby and music.
Jonathan ReddawayDirector
Nigel PenningtonBroker
Venetia CarpenterBroker
John HarrisonConsultant
Don KlassenN. American Consultant
Aziz PanniConsultant
Elie SehnaouiMiddle East Consultant
Gerard ThibaudeauEuropean Consultant
Wyn WilliamsBroker
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