David has over thirty years’ experience in financial services; as well as his advisory work, has acted as Chairman of a number of publicly quoted and privately owned companies. He has worked throughout Europe and North and South America and has been ranked as one of the “Outstanding Chairmen in the United Kingdom” in relation to his non-executive roles.
David is Chairman and CEO of IAF Capital Limited, a corporate finance and investment management firm, authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. David acts and has acted as advisor to the United Kingdom Government and several overseas governments and enjoys a close relationship with numerous companies in the mining, financial and aviation sectors. He leads IAF Capital’s advisory activities for unquoted companies and the natural resource sector.
John Bridges has worked in the City for over fifty years. The majority of his first twenty years was in institutional stockbroking and the remainder in public company corporate finance.
Dame Erica Pienaar
Erica has had a long and distinguished career in education and was appointed a Dame for her services to education in the 2014 Queen’s birthday honours list.
Until her retirement in September 2013, she was Executive Head Teacher of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools. The Federation was established in September 2008 in Lewisham and comprises three Colleges: Prendergast-Hilly Fields College, Prendergast-Ladywell Fields College and Prendergast-Vale College. The federation is a “hard federation” led by a single governing body.
She began her career as a Science Teacher in 1973 and has taught for 40 years in South East London. She was the Head Teacher of Prendergast School (Hilly Fields) from 1998 to 2008. At Crofton School (renamed Prendergast-Ladywell Fields College), Erica substantially improved the fortunes of the school which had been a struggling school with a falling student roll.
Barrie is Executive Chairman of Crimson Tide Plc (AIM:TIDE) which he founded in 1996 and formulated the ideas behind the Group’s mpro5 solution in 2003. Previously, after a career in finance, he founded the financial services arm of Tiphook plc and was Group Managing Director of IAF Group Plc. He has served as a non-executive director of Wills Group plc as well as a number of private companies.
Barrie has a particular interest in education, having served as a Governor of Frant Church of England Primary School for 8 years, latterly as Chair of Governors. He has an Honours degree in History from the Open University and currently studies online with the University of Derby.
Jacqueline is one of the founders and was the Chief Executive of InterHigh whose roles have previously included overseeing enrolments, partnerships and new ventures.
Jacqui studied Architecture at Nottingham University, and later part time postgraduate degrees in Management at Glamorgan and Town and Country Planning at the University of West of England, Bristol, and spent most of her career working as a Project Manager on large building development projects. In 2005 she was involved in the design of InterHigh and then took on the administrative responsibilities of the school.