The Board2021-09-28T10:35:46+00:00

Ben Shaw
Interim Chairman

Ben Shaw has worked extensively in private equity and investment management. He was a co-founder of the Marwyn Group, based in London and Jersey, an award-winning fund management and advisory business that created a portfolio of listed businesses, developed in partnership with leading institutional investors.

During Ben’s time at Marwyn, portfolio companies raised over £5 billion of funding through a combination of Marwyn’s own capital and active co-investment program, delivering over 30 per cent. annual investment returns. Marwyn originated over 10 investment vehicles prior to Ben’s departure, investing in partnership with experienced management teams across a range of sectors including automotive, computer software, media and entertainment, training, drug testing and laboratories, leisure, reinsurance, food and confectionary, construction and heavy aggregates, and completed the acquisition of over 50 businesses. Significant companies in the Marwyn portfolio in the period included Entertainment One plc (ETO), Advanced Computer Software plc (ASW) and Breedon Aggregates plc (BREE).

Ben has broad private and listed company board level experience.

David Firth
Independent Non-Executive Director

David Firth is a independent non-executive director of Parity Group Plc, an IT services and consultancy business and is chairman of its remuneration and audit committees. He is also a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Best of the Best plc, an organiser of weekly competitions to win cars and other luxury prizes, and a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of i-Nexus Global Plc, a strategy execution software company.

Previously he was the finance director of Penna Consulting plc from 1999 to 2016. David has held a number of board positions in public companies over the past 30 years across a various sectors including HR consultancy and recruitment, IT services, financial markets, motor retailing and advertising.

Liz Shanahan
Independent Non-Executive Director

Liz Shanahan is currently a non-executive director of AIM-listed Inspiration Healthcare Group plc and a former non-executive director of UDG Healthcare plc, a company that was listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 up until its £2.8 billion acquisition, which completed in August 2021.

Liz is a life sciences entrepreneur with extensive experience advising leading global pharmaceutical and healthcare organisations on their communications. Until 2014, she was Global Head of Healthcare & Lifesciences at the NYSE-listed management consultancy, FTI Consulting Inc., who had in 2007 acquired the communications business, Santé Communications, which she founded in 1995. Liz is a Trustee of CW+, the charitable arm of Chelsea & Westminster Foundation Trust Hospital in London and a member of the organisation’s Innovations Advisory Board.