Lord Bellingham, Chairman
Henry spent 32 years as MP for North West Norfolk, 11 of these on the Conservative front bench, serving as the FCO minister for Africa, the UN and the Caribbean under William Hague. He currently chairs the AIM-listed mining company Pathfinder Minerals and the private company Developing Markets Associates. He is also on the advisory board of the private family office, J Stern, and chairs 2 not-for-profit organisations, including the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. He was knighted in the 2016 new years honours.
Henry retired from the House of Commons in 2019 and was recently appointed to the House of Lords.
Nick Bryant, COO
Nick spent 25 years in the media industry working in advertising agencies, newspapers and television. He was a Commercial Director at Sky television in London and a Group Director of the MBC Group in Dubai. More recently Nick was Managing Director of the mobile payments company Luup, based in Dubai and Oslo. In 2014 Nick became Chief Executive of PCG Entertainment PLC, the China-focussed gaming group, leading it to a listing on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.
Peter Bennett, Non-Executive Director
Peter is an experienced entrepreneur with an expertise in building asset management businesses. Beginning his career at Morgan Stanley in London, he went on to manage award-winning emerging market hedge funds at Bennett Capital Management. He then built Applied Income Sciences in California, which focussed on distressed debt and was sold to the largest debt buyer in Australia in 2012. More recently Peter returned to the UK to create Greenhill Global Limited, which focuses on strategic planning for small and medium-sized businesses.
Kim Richardson, CEO
Kim had a long career as a merchant banker, starting at Cazenove and moving to Mirabaud Securities as the director in charge of the stockbroking arm. During his tenure this grew from 6 people to over 100 with a turnover of more than £40 million. He specialised in clean tech, oil and gas and the medical sector in Africa and eastern Europe.
Kim has a wide range of contacts throughout Africa in the construction industry, medical services, mining and commodities. He has also developed strong relationships with innovators in construction as well as ambulance and mobile clinic manufacture for the African market.
Lord Milo Manton, Non-Executive Director
Educated at Eton Milo joined the Household Cavalry in 1978 having spent 6 months at RMA Sandhurst. He served in various parts of the world including Northern Ireland, Cyprus, West Germany, the Falklands, Canada and the USA. He rose to the rank of major in command of 120 soldiers and much equipment. He left the army in 1994 in order to run the family farming enterprise in Yorkshire. To date he has increased the profitability of the farms by a factor of x 20 by pioneering various new diversification schemes. He was early into the use of wind turbines and solar energy and has used the power in various building projects from individual homes to a wooden chalet holiday village he started two years ago.
Ian has been an entrepreneur and dealmaker for over 40 years with a wealth of experience in the electronics and telecoms and data sectors. In recent years he has dealt extensively in sub-Saharan Africa and made many friends and contacts there, both in the business communities and amongst senior Government Ministers.
In addition to his business activities in Africa Ian is Chairman and Coach a large UK Football Association youth football club. With Clifton Africa he is also a sponsor of a grassroots youth football club in Liberia.
Ian is also a dedicated humanitarian supporting the development of infant healthcare in Africa. He has recently been appointed as a Trustee for the Edna Adan Foundation Hospital in East Africa.