Gillian Leates - Executive Chairman
Gill brings with her a wealth of public sector experience having served as Investment Director on the main board of Majedie Investments PLC from 1999 to 2008, and as a non-executive director of Majedie Asset Management Limited during that period , where she played a key role in setting up the UK pension fund management business in 2002. Prior to that she successfully managed £1bn in the UK stock market for Courtaulds Pension Fund. Whilst in her early career from 1981 to 1989 she worked at Schroders working on research in the US and UK and then successfully managing the Schroders UK Smaller Companies Exempt Fund. She was previously a non-executive director of AIM quoted Hydrodec PLC for 6 years, and a non-executive director of InnoVenn UK Limited.
Lesley has a wealth of financial, operational and strategic experience across a range of industries including board level roles with other quoted companies. She qualified as a chartered accountant with a small firm, spent approximately 7 years with KPMG before moving into the private sector where she has specialised in providing financial and other corporate advice to SMEs. In her most recent role as Finance Director of Invigia Limited, she was involved in its turnaround from a struggling product software company into a highly profitable, cash generative business which was eventually sold to the Equiniti Group. Prior to this she was Finance Director of Wilshaw PLC and also served on the board of Symphony Telecom Holdings PLC as a non-executive director.