Board of Directors

Alex Hambro

Alex Hambro

Non-Executive Chairman

Alex has been engaged in the private equity industry both in the UK and the USA for over 28 years during which time he has acted as a principal investor, manager and sponsor of private equity and venture capital management teams and adviser to high net worth families on their private equity investment strategies. Alex managed Hambros PLC’s proprietary venture capital and private equity investment portfolio prior to its sale to Societe ́ Generale in 1998. Alex is a founder director of Crescent Capital, a venture capital fund based in Belfast, and Judges Scientific plc, a scientific instrumentation manufacturing group. In addition to his Chairmanship responsibilities at these two companies, Alex is a non-executive Chairman or director of Falanx Group plc, Izon Science Ltd, Octopus Apollo VCT PLC and Time Partners Ltd.

Phil Newby

Philip Newby

Chief Executive

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.

Simon Walters

Simon Walters

Chief Financial Officer

Since 2003, Simon has provided finance director services to a portfolio of listed and unlisted companies in various sectors, currently through Headline FD Limited, of which he is founder and a director. After qualifying, Simon worked in corporate finance at the forerunner of BDO for several years, subsequent to which he became FD at quoted property company Molyneux and associated companies, Wood Hall Securities, and quoted companies Shani plc, AFC Energy plc and Neville Porter plc. He has considerable FD experience at companies in myriad sectors.

George Watt

George Watt

Non Executive Director

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 Gills

Sarah Gills

Non Executive Director

Sarah is a graduate in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton. She is an entrepreneur whose experience includes the management of yacht racing around the world, property development and litigation support. She is an active investor and is currently assisting in the corporate development of AIM-quoted company, Franchise Brands plc.