We are a publicly listed business that looks to identify investment opportunities in the health & wellness, organic food and wellbeing sectors within the UK and Europe. The Company plans to add value by adding capital and expertise to the target companies. The experience and operational skills of the Board are intended to act as an accelerator to smaller brands that have a strong foundation and platform but lack skills and capital. The main objectives will be to cross fertilise opportunities between the target companies and to scale the individual entities and look for exit opportunities and or synergistic collaborations and we believe that scaling can create significant value creation for all stakeholders.
Mr Mitchell founded Astron Group, a provider of document management solutions and associated business process outsourcing services in 1996, following a management buy in/ buyout and subsequent secondary buyout of three print related businesses. He oversaw as Managing Director and founder the dynamic and robust growth of this business leading to its sale to Chicago based RR Donnelley & Sons, the world's largest print group for US $1 Billion.
Mr Mitchell is also currently Chairman of Perigord Limited, the Dublin based leading pharma content management and software provider for the pharmaceutical sector. David is also a founder shareholder of 24 Haymarket Limited. 24 Haymarket Limited is an FCA regulated HNW and UHNW members investment platform and syndicate, with offices in London and Edinburgh. David has overseen and invested in a number of companies in various sectors. David lives in Surrey and is a keen golfer and a highly qualified SCUBA diver.
Alex is a partner at Smith Square Partners LLP and has over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance and capital markets. Alex started in banking at CSFB (1992-2000), was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley (2000-2003), and Managing Director of Credit Suisse (2004-2013).
Recently, Alex was Chief Executive Officer of Passtech, a private business serving oil & gas equipment manufacturers, with operations in the Middle East (2014-2016). In addition, Alex has served as Vice Chairman of Notting Hill Housing Group, one of London’s leading housing associations with over £7bn of property assets (2008-2013).
Alex has a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Politics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol.
Robert qualified with Touche Ross and became a licenced Insolvency Practitioner. He left to found his own firm – Gibson Hewitt & Co – in 1988. He acted as an Insolvency Practitioner until he retired from the firm in 2016. At the same time he headed up the firm’s small accounting and tax function aimed at helping businesses manage change and with a particular emphasis on start up or growing businesses.
He has helped many businesses in a variety of roles, sometimes by serving as a Director – occasionally nominated by venture capital firms to join boards of their investments. Since leaving his firm, he has acted as Director to several new ventures and growing businesses.
He is an opera fan and keen landscape photographer.
Bhanu Choudhrie founded C&C Alpha Group (CCAG) in 2002, a UK based holding company for a group of private investors with more than three decades of venture capital funding experience.
CCAG has a diverse range of investments within hospitality, healthcare, real estate, utilities, aviation and cutting-edge technologies. Bhanu unites companies and clients with their strategic goals, providing investment strategy and insight to assist individuals to incubate and grow their businesses to maximise their business potential. He advises and sources deals in emerging markets such as India, Russia and South-East Asia as well as guiding on potential markets and giving clarity on new markets.
Bhanu studied International Business and Marketing at Boston University before attending the Owner/Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was a Director of Customers Bancorp (NYSE: CUBI) in the United States for more than eight years and was also a member of the board for Atlantic Coast Financial Corp prior to its acquisition by Ameris Bancorp in 2018.
Nick was the co-founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer at North Asset Management an FCA regulated London based alternative asset management business. Nick established the operational and financial infrastructure of the firm and managed all areas of the business including marketing and investor relations, risk, compliance, accounting, legal, and banking and service provider relationships. Created a multi product fund platform including a macro fund, emerging markets fund, collateralized debt obligations/credit fund and real estate fund that raised in excess of USD 2 billion in assets. Nick is a former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and managed Morgan Stanley's counterparty credit team covering all of Europe and the Middle East (EMEA) region. Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, Nick worked at Swiss Banking Corporation from 1994 to 1996 and ABN AMRO from 1990 to 1994. Nick received his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1990.
Scott started his career in sales and sales trading where he achieved many accolades. At the age of 21, he founded a telecommunications company, Evolution, which he eventually listed and sold in 2005 before setting up Westlab Ltd, a bath salts business which has today become a global wellness brand. Through his roles as a professional investor and senior management, Scott has overseen many capital raising projects including EIS venture funds and other UHNW investors and professional institutional investors.
During 2008 to 2011, in parallel to incubating Westlab, Scott operated and ran an FCA regulated algorithmic hedge fund, using quantitative models on highly liquid FX / index and bonds. Since 2011, Scott focussed full-time on Westlab as CEO and on Ohso Chocolate as a non-executive director and investor.
In 2017, Scott joined YPO (Young Presidents Organisation ) and is now deputy Education Chair for 2020 and 2021. He is also currently pursuing a diploma in private equity and venture capital at Harvard University.
Scott is a member of RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) and sails regularly in regattas and races. He also serves the local community boxing club and has a strong interest in boxing, skiing, tennis and golf.
Andrew is an inspiring business leader highly respected for strategic thinking, pragmatism and delivering progressive organisational change resulting in a track record of successful results. He is a subject matter expert on multi-category commercial strategy and planning, net revenue growth management and organisational leadership. He has worked extensively across sweet snacks, chilled foods, and ambient grocery and currently provides consulting advice to global consumer packaged goods businesses. Deep commercial and operational expertise built on the solid foundations of a varied career path. Three years as a buyer with Somerfield followed by 24 years in numerous commercial leadership roles with Kraft Foods / Mondelez, culminating as Managing Director of the £2bn+ UK business. Instrumental in the introduction and development of a multi-category, multi-geography business model with associated commercial processes and organisational design. Andrew has been involved in European and Global strategy for many years encompassing M&A, including the £11bn acquisition of Cadbury and subsequent successful integration, and has spent time located in Zurich, Switzerland leading revenue management for Europe and business services for sales, globally.