Adam is a veteran of the small cap market and a champion of growth companies. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience across various sectors and helps companies realise their potential. He began his career in the City in 1980 with stockbrokers Rowe Rudd, following which he joined public relations business Basham & Coyle heading their Investor Relations Division. Thereafter he established his own PR/IR and Corporate Finance firm, which he subsequently floated on AIM in 2000 before selling the company in 2004.
More recently, Adam has been a major investor in and Non-Executive Chairman or Non-Executive Director of a number of small cap growth companies including EKF Diagnostics plc, Sosander plc, Yourgene Health plc and Belluscura plc where he works closely with the executives to take advantage of the opportunities available thereby maximising shareholder value.
Phil joined OTAQ in June 2014 as commercial director and was appointed chief executive in March 2016. From 1993 to 1997 he was general manager of Unique Systems LLC an offshore equipment rental business operating in the Middle East and India. From 1997 to 2011 Phil was chief executive of Trelleborg Offshore a business that supplied flowline and cable protection to the offshore oil and gas industry.
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Matt qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003 with Baker Tilly (now RSM). He has experience of working with internationally focussed growth businesses across a range of industries. Matt moved into the private sector in 2006 where he worked with owner-led and private equity-owned businesses. Matt joined TRM Packaging as Finance Director in 2013, a specialist cardboard box manufacturer, helping to grow the business before playing a prominent role in the sale of the business to DS Smith plc.
Chief Technology Officer
With a PhD in Physics, Harald has over 20 years’ engineering experience in the marine environment with responsibility for leading on design, installation and commissioning on over 30 offshore and marine related projects. Prior to joining the Group as Technical Director of OTAQ Offshore Limited (previously named MarineSense Limited) in 2019, he founded MarineSense in 2007 where he was Managing Director until the company was bought by the Company in 2018.
George started his career in practice with KPMG where he qualified and worked for 10 years in the UK and the US. He then joined STV Group plc in 1999 where he spent 20 years as Chief Financial Officer before retiring from the Board in 2019. George is currently non-executive Chairman of Spaceandpeople plc, an AIM-quoted destination media and retail solutions specialist operating in the UK and Germany and has held other non-executive director positions in the technology sector.
Sarah is a graduate in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton. She works for AIM-quoted Franchise Brands plc, initially in Corporate Development and more recently in post-acquisition integration where she successfully introduced new key services and processes across the franchise network. Her current role is restructuring and growing a newly acquired franchise network whilst integrating it into the Group.
Malcolm founded, and from 1999 to 2019 was Chief Executive of, Benchmark Holdings plc ("Benchmark"), the world's leading aquaculture health, nutrition and genetics business. Malcolm has over 35 years' experience in international agribusiness through his various roles at Hillsdown Holdings (then HMTF Group), and through building Benchmark from the initial start-up into a major international aquaculture technology business serving the global salmon, shrimp, tilapia and farmed fish industries. Malcolm focused Benchmark's activities on animal health, breeding and genetics, advanced nutrition and knowledge/technology delivery and led the flotation of Benchmark in 2013, maintaining a lead role in investor engagement.
Since 2015, Giles has been Director of Business Development for Brendon Street Investments Limited and, on behalf of the Wray Family Office, leads on various key projects and investment company holdings, providing review, insight and strategic commercial financial support. Previously, Giles was Finance Director of Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, and before that Head of Finance before moving to Head of Business Improvement at Wembley National Stadium Limited, where he was a key team member during the new stadium financing and build phase, and then running the new stadium for its first 8 years. Giles qualified as an accountant with the Chartered Institute of Public Financial Accounting in 1996.