Richard Unwin, Chairman, profoundly experienced businessman, who has built and sold several significant companies, regarded as having strong entrepreneurial flair. Experienced in several industries, to include: solar cell technology and renewable energy (JV with Government of Kingdom of Brunei) composite materials, hazardous waste science. Specialist in trade development. Export consultant to several major companies. Lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia. Is at home in USA, Switzerland and some EU countries and familiar with many Pacific & Indian Ocean islands.
Enjoys an exceptional ‘address book’. Able to open doors.
Appointed Charge d’affaires to Government of Solomon Islands, Brussels 1995/1997.
Sat on African, Caribbean & Pacific Committee (ACP).
Honorary and active member of Association of Economic Representatives London www.aerl.org.uk (Forum of senior diplomats of all London Embassies)
Founder member (1995) Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management www.cptm.org. Awarded Companionship in December 2015.
Currently, International Adviser to The Royal Mint.
Former Commissioned Army officer and Freeman of the City of London.
Life Patron of NSPCC
Founder of Hives Saves Lives Africa www.hivessavelives.com
Poverty alleviation project created in 2008. Sustainable beekeeping to generate income through sales of honey, beeswax etc. HSLA has its own self sufficient training centre in Uganda
Member of IOD and Royal Commonwealth Society and Travellers Club, MCC.
John Sellens, Director. With a background in Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, John brings with him expertise and vast experience having had a long early career with Thorn EMI Electronics. Initially working in design and trials of high tech products at home and overseas including the Middle East, Europe, South America, and Asia and Pacific where he became Manager of International Sales and Marketing. He then went on to manage Thorn EMI Electronics Corporate office in Riyadh Saudi Arabia where he lived for a number of years.
Having held a number of senior positions related to the Defence industry John’s career success moved on into the Fire and Security Systems business initially with Thorn Security and Kidde and becoming Managing Director of United Technology Corporation(UTC) based in the U.A.E.. Here John was responsible for Group Fire and Security business in the Middle East, Central Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, Russia and the CIS, he led a motivated international team to significantly increase business for the Group . John identified and helped negotiated a number of Joint Ventures for UTC in the Middle East and Russia and has successfully worked in some 100 territories globally.
Peter Venton OBE, Director. A vastly experienced businessman having held MD/CEO positions in major British electronics and aerospace companies, responsible for delivery of complex systems, projects and platforms for home and export customers. Currently providing consultancy in strategy, major projects and programmes and marketing.
He has held MD & CEO positions at BAE Systems, GKN, Plessey and Siemens Plessey and GEC-Marconi. Responsibility areas include Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Product areas include mobile communications systems, defence and civil radar systems, traffic control systems, specialised computer development, civil communications, and electronic systems for aircraft, ships, submarines and weapons.
Consultancy assignments have included: Chairman of a Review Board for Central Civil Government and Defence and UK security; Board positions for the Office of Criminal Justice Reform; Vice President Summit Corporate Services (strategy, technology transfer to developing countries); Deputy Chair International Hospital Group (strategy, overseas medical facilities); Director and then Chairman of Medicsight (AIM & AMEX listed medical imaging start up).
Charity Work – Vice president and member of the council of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, recently advised on construction and commissioning of the All Weather lifeboat facility. Chairman of Hives Saves Lives Africa www.hivessavelives.com
Dr Timothy Nielander, Director, is a solicitor and international legal practitioner, working on global cooperation and transactional projects for the past 20 years. He specializes in multinational development projects entailing coordinating across the private and public sectors. He has advised multinational companies, in export and licensing transactions for innovative technology and intellectual property assets.
He currently advises international cooperation projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America. He holds a PhD from the University in Geneva, Switzerland in international law, focused on Public-Private Partnerships. He is a founding member of the GP3 Institute, a global public-private partnership advisory network and serves on NGO Boards and advisory groups focused on maternal health.