PAST PROJECTS

The following is a selection of past work. You can find more information on my LinkedIn profile (feel free to connect). You might also find the section with videos and articles of interest.

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Master Investor

Consolidated insolvent, toxic company with 9 financial media brands into 1 lead brand. Took the company from having 0 sponsors to 8 sponsors, including Fidelity Investment. Worked directly with the principal of the family office that owns Master Investor.

Macau Residential Property Fund

Worked with a team to conceptualise and launch the first AIM-listed residential property fund aimed at the then emerging opportunity in Macau. Raised a total of $150m in equity in two rounds, and built a $300m portfolio. Subsequently one of five directors who oversaw the company’s management.

Getting Galapagos Islands onto Google Maps

As CEO of a research organisation, worked with the team of Google to get extensive imagery of Darwin’s enchanted islands onto Google (watch a video that has been viewed 1m times by now!). Represented the Galapagos at the launch event at Google HQ in California in autumn 2014.

Fundraising for activist case

Worked with an activist investor to locate suitable co-investors for actively reshaping the strategy of a publicly listed company. Successful signing up of a family office’s fund management division had a catalytic effect on the situation. Details on request.

Smart Matrix Ltd.

Smart Matrix is an early-stage life science venture that was spun off from an independent medical research charity, RAFT. Worked with other board members to reshape the strategy, governance, and fundraising plans. Following the team’s success in raising a further $1.5m (1st round) and $3m (2nd round), chaired committee for hiring a new CEO.

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Partnership with IWC Watches

Two-year stint as brand ambassador of IWC Watches (watch a project video that was viewed over 4m times!) alongside A-list celebrities such as Adriana Lima, Ronan Keating, and Ewan McGregor. Aimed at creating awareness for an IWC partner organisation. PR work with Vanity Fair, Financial Times, GQ, and many others around the world.

Fundraising proposal for UNESCO World Heritage

I brought together a dozen experts from around the world, from world-class employers such as National Geographic, to develop a new fundraising approach for the under-funded World Heritage Centre in Paris. The concept was not subsequently adopted for a number of reasons, but components of it could be utilised by other nonprofits.

HNWI fundraising plan for Leave.EU

Together with Leave.EU‘s CEO and creative team, I developed a fundraising pitch aimed at high net worth individuals. Leave.EU was the most social media savvy Leave campaign and ended up having nearly a million active supporters by the time the referendum took place.

Limited Edition book with Rook's Books

After publishing my first book, I decided to produce a limited edition of 100 copies. The books were bound in 200 year old reindeer leather that had sunk off the coast of Devon in 1786, and which was salvaged from the wreck in the early 2000s. It was a pleasure working with Gavin Rookledge of Rook’s Books, a real master of his craft.

Dixcart Bay Hotel

Purchase and subsequent restructuring of one of the oldest hotels in the British Channel Islands. The 400 year old Dixcart Bay Hotel was subsequently sold to the Barclay Brothers, two of the largest private property investors in the UK.

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Asian vintage safe restoration

Vintage safes from Asia, mostly from the 19th century, were fitted out for a future use as cigar humidor, drinks cabinett, and jewellry box. All of the work was done to the highest possible standard. The safes were a one-off project and sold privately.

CEO of Swiss financial service company

Creating a public fund management company from scratch. The venture successfully launched an equity fund and engaged (unsuccessfully) in a proxy battle to purchase another fund manager 20 times its size. Subsequently wound down due to not reaching sufficient economies of scale.