Sep 202017

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Belinda Katharine Howell

BSc (Hons), MBA, Dip IoD

Sustainability NED

Executive & Non-Executive Director in Sustainable Business
Email: [email protected]

I am a qualified and experienced executive and non-executive director, offering cross-sectoral expertise in developing sustainability strategies that deliver profitable growth. Combining strategic leadership and business acumen with the ability to analyse complex scientific data and interpret financial information.

I offer a strong commercial background in food and farming (agriculture and aquaculture), fast moving consumer goods and retail, natural resources, environment, engineering and energy. I have a successful track record as an ambassador and representative engaging stakeholders and building relationships across public, private and non-governmental organisations. Demonstrated capability to contribute integrity and sound judgement to meetings to aid effective decision-making.

·         Sustainable Business Strategy

·         Supply Chain Management

·         Social Economic Environment Impact

·         Climate Change & Carbon

·         Non-financial Risk Audit & Assurance

·         Natural Environment & Capital

·         Engineering Environment & Renewables

·         Product Research & Development

Current Status: Looking for a NED role
Current and previous Board-level experience: Executive Board Member, Vice President Ÿ Round Table for Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) Ÿ Switzerland and Argentina (May 2013 to Present)

·         Elected to represent ten international retailers on the multi-stakeholder Board of RTRS, I contributed to leading the development and agreement of the only standard that guarantees deforestation free soy.

·         Contributed to the transformation of business strategy to deliver three times the sustainably certified area in 3 years to over 1 million hectares, producing 4.2m tonnes per annum of sustainable soy in 2016.

Board of Governors Member Ÿ Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Association (RSPO) Ÿ Switzerland and Malaysia (Nov 2009 to Present)

·         Financial Committee member overseeing ten-fold growth of the non-profit organisation to MYR 41M ($9.3M) turnover over 7 years to 2016, representing over 20% global palm oil production.

·         Elected to represent 15 international retailers on the multi-stakeholder Board. Building long-term beneficial working relationships based on trust and confidence at a senior level with major palm oil producers, processors, manufacturers, traders, financial institutions, and NGOs.

·         Interpreting complex information to identify the key sources of greenhouse gas emissions from palm oil production, I contributed to leading the development of carbon neutral palm oil plantation standard.

Independent Sustainability Panel Member Ÿ Lafarge Tarmac Ÿ Birmingham (2013 - 2017)
External Environment Panel Member Ÿ Scottish Power Ÿ Glasgow (2008 – 2013)
Non-Financial Risk, Audit & Assurance Project Director Ÿ Group Boards of HSBC, National Grid, Scottish Power, Unilever and Xstrata Ÿ London (2002 – 2006)
Diploma of Directorship, Certificate of Directorship (Distinction) Ÿ Institute of Directors Ÿ London (2015)
Career Record: Managing Director Ÿ Decarbonize Ltd Ÿ Hampshire (Apr 2008 to Present)

·         Founded the Company with the vision to accelerate businesses transition to a low carbon economy. Led strategy and business development for early stage clean technology companies, such as Intelligent Engineering, Carbon Reductions International, OneWorld Energy, New Britain Palm Oil and Unizol.

·         Interim CEO for Carbon Leapfrog, secured first cornerstone social investment philanthropic Impact Investors in the UK.  Supporting community energy project developers, gaining services from  City legal firms as part of pro-bono advice programmes.

Chief Executive Ÿ Greenstone Carbon Management Ltd Ÿ London (Nov 2006 - Apr 2008)

·         Directed all the operations to deliver carbon and supply chain information technology and data services. Secured first 12 commercial clients, including Virgin Group and retail suppliers Bagir, Ocado, and ZBD.

·         As first CEO, I transformed the business strategy, developing the investor memorandum and successfully closed the first £2M investment round.

Director of Sustainable Solutions Ÿ URS Corporation Inc. Ÿ Europe, Middle East & Africa (Sep 2002 - Oct 2006)

·         Grew new business line to $10m revenue in 4 years for the Engineering & Environment, Fortune 500 consultancy firm. Led global Mining business line with $4m revenue.

·         Won and directed strategic projects up to $1m for multi-national corporates including BP-led Baku-Tblisi- Ceyhan consortium, Anglo American, International Council for Mining & Minerals, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and SAB Miller.

Director - Business in the Environment & Corporate Responsibility Ÿ Business in the Community Ÿ London (Dec 1998 – Aug 2002)

·         Increased participation in corporate environment index to 85 of FTSE 100. Developed Corporate Responsibility index. Grew and diversified income by licensing flagship indices to South Africa and New Zealand stock exchanges.

Group Environment & Ethical Manager Ÿ The Boots Company PLC Ÿ Nottingham (1992–1998)

·         Developing Boots brand environmental and ethical policies for product development and supply chain for the FTSE 100 Retailer. Delivered value based supply chain project to move to local manufacture in Thailand.

Chief Scientific Officer Ÿ Landbank Consultancy Ltd Ÿ London (1990–1992)

·         Analysing life cycle environmental impact of product ingredients and packaging materials.

Lead Product Research & Development Scientist Ÿ Biocompatibles Ltd Ÿ Uxbridge (1989–1990)

·         Patenting and commercialising micro-encapsulation technologies for innovative aquaculture products.

Higher Scientific Officer Ÿ Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute Ÿ London (1987-1989)

·         Researching environmental temperature adaptation and pigmentation in tropical fisheries in Indonesia. Published research findings in four papers in peer reviewed scientific journals.


Mar 292017

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Rupert Tate

Finance NED

Senior asset management professional with thirty years experience in financial services. Extensive board level experience, charity trustee and non exec for early stage venture. Proven track record in relationship management, product management and design, and marketing to clients in UK and overseas.
Email: [email protected]
Profile: Investment professional with strong communication and presentation skills

Pitching for new business and managing ongoing client relationships and reporting

Product design development, positioning and marketing

Broad knowledge of financial markets; IMC, FSA registered

Modern languages graduate with extensive international experience and contacts

Board experience, strategic planning and financial modelling.

Current Status: Looking for a NED role
Current and previous Board-level experience: Partner, Sarasin & Partners LLP (2008-2017)

External Member, Lady Margaret Hall Investment Committee (2007-2017)

Trustee, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (2006-2017)

Non Executive Director, Koda Music (2016-2017)
Career Record: 2006-17 Sarasin & Partners

2008-17 Partner (appointed 2008).Institutional Team with responsibilities for managing key client relationship in UK and overseas, marketing and business development.

2006-8 Product design and marketing of long short UCITS III pooled vehicles.

1987-2006: Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM)/Mercury Asset Management (MAM)

2004-6: Product Specialist, Hedge Funds.Product design and marketing.

2000-03: Investment Communication and Sales, Client Coverage Group (cross selling MLIM products through ML).

1997-9: Product Specialist, MLIM European Equity Team.  Marketing and sales, including roll out of MAM products through Merrill’s brokerage network in US.  Investment research responsibility for European Utility Sector.

1994-7: Mercury Bank, Geneva.  Client relationship, asset management and marketing for Spanish clients.

1993 Attached to McKinsey team reviewing MAM business (6 months). Review of French Asset Management market and proposed acquisition of French asset management business (based in Paris for 3 months).

1989-93 Fund Manager, MAM European Equity Team. Direct Continental European investments for institutional clients.  Research responsibilities for Spain (89-91) and France (91-93), Construction sector. Co-authored paper for MAM’s largest client on outlook for and impact of breakup of Warsaw Pact post 1989.

1988: Santander Warburg Asset Management, Madrid. Asset management for institutional accounts (primarily in Spanish equity market).

1987: MAM European Equity Team.  Research responsibility for Italian market.

1986-7 Cazenove and Co:  Graduate trainee.



Mar 272017

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Matt Wilson

Digital NED

Email: [email protected]
Profile: I am an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director and a Chartered Engineer and Technologist. I combine strategic leadership with a good, practical understanding of both private and public sectors.

As a multi-business owner, I have a strong commercial background in Technology and the Internet, and have extensive IT and Business Management experience. I am committed to promoting Engineering and Entrepreneurship as careers and enjoy volunteering my time for various institutions.
Current Status: Looking for a NED role
Current and previous Board-level experience:
Career Record:


Mar 272017

David Doughty


Governance NED

Chartered Director - Chief Executive, Chair, Non-Executive Director, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor
Email: [email protected]
Profile: A Corporate Governance expert and Chartered Director with substantial board level experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. An entrepreneurial sales and marketing specialist with strong strategic, analytical and commercial skills.
Extensive experience as Chairman, Chief Executive, Executive and Non-Executive Director in small and medium enterprises and as a Board-level consultant to multi-national organisations.
Significant experience working with NHS Leadership Development programmes at national, regional and local levels.

Business Mentor



  • Sales and Marketing - particularly enterprise software.

  • Social Media for personal and business branding

  • Company start-ups - Fund-raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Contracts.

  • Product Development, Enterprise software development

  • Leading, motivating and developing teams and individuals.

  • Leadership Development, Talent Management, Succession Planning.

  • Board Evaluation and Development

  • Approved and Registered GrowthAccelerator Coach

  • Certified Mentor at EQMentor Inc.

Current Status: Looking for a NED role
Current and previous Board-level experience: Governance Consultant British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) 2015
Chair The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare 2011
Non-Executive Director Talent4Boards Inc. 2015
Non-Executive Director Executive Transitions Network Ltd. Oxford/Bristol 2012
Non Executive Director GLOVOC Fund Partners 2014 - 16
Chair Thames Valley Health Innovation & Education Cluster, Oxford 2010 - 15
Non-Executive Director Oxfordshire Business First, Oxford 2010 - 14
Chairman Future Healthcare NI Ltd. Newry County Down, Northern Ireland 2012 - 13
Chair Independent Remuneration Panel Oxford City Council, Oxford 2008 - 11
Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust, Oxford 2007 - 12
Vice Chair and Chair of Finance & Employment Committee Abingdon & Witney College 2002 - 10
Non-executive Director MOB Hub Operating Company Limited 2003 - 06
Non-Executive Director Inteco SA. Krakow, Poland 1996 - 97

Career Record: Chief Executive Excellencia Ltd. Oxford 2012
Chief Executive Oxfordshire Economic Partnership, Oxford 2008 - 10
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) & founding Director Zynap Ltd, London 2000 - 07
Managing Director WorldWideWills Ltd. Abingdon 1999 – 00
Managing Director Management Systems Solutions Ltd. Abingdon 1997 - 99
Managing Director TekniCAL Ltd, Crowborough 1996 – 97
Technical & Marketing Director Feedback Instruments Ltd. Crowborough 1993 – 97
Managing Director Research Development Associates Ltd. Stevenage 1986 - 89
Sales Manager NHS & Government Accounts TalentScope Inc. London 2007 - 08
Senior Consultant Welcom Software Technology International Ltd. London 1991 - 93
Sales Manager Systems Guidance International, Addlestone 1990 - 91
Sales Engineer Feedback Inc., Berkeley Heights, New Jersey USA 1989 - 90
DTI registered MAPCON (Microprocessor Applications) Consultant, Harpenden 1983 - 86
Manager, Special Projects Dept.Marconi Communication Systems Ltd. Hackbridge 1981-83
Manager, Materials Development Department BICC Power Cables Ltd. Erith 1977-81


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