The directors of the Company, together with their experience, is outlined below:
Keith Harris (Non-executive Chairman) (68)
Keith Harris is an investment banker and financier with over 35 years’ experience as a senior corporate finance and takeover adviser, and as chairman and chief executive of private and public companies in a variety of business sectors. He has held senior executive positions at leading financial institutions in the UK and US, including Morgan Grenfell, Drexel Burnham and he was chief executive of HSBC Investment Bank and principal owner and chairman of Seymour Pierce Holdings. Keith has also held a number of non-executive positions in a wide range of industries, including Wembley National Stadium and the Football League (as Chairman) and Everton FC (as Deputy Chairman), Benfield Group and Sellar Property (the developer of The Shard). In his various roles, Keith has been an adviser and principal in many high-profile debt and equity issues as well as complex cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. Since 2013, Keith has concentrated on developing his consultancy business, principally focussing on advising and financing football clubs as well as becoming chairman of a NASDAQ listed gene therapy company and Rural Broadband Solutions Plc, whose shares are admitted to trading on the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange.
Max Deeley (Finance Director) (40)
Max is the founder and managing director of DTK Capital Limited, which acquires properties in London for development and investment purposes. He was previously the Finance Director of Blue Star Group, a family office specialising in property development, established to develop the interests of the Rose Trust. Max is a qualified Chartered Accountant and qualified with BDO LLP (“BDO“) working in both the general audit department (where he specialised in property) and the corporate tax department.
Jassem Osseiran (Chief Operating Officer) (32)
Jassem is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of GIMA Group Inc. (an Alternative Investment Advisory based in Newport Beach, California and Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and GIMA Esports Agency. He is a consultant in the financial services sector and has over 10 years’ experience in investment management, having previously held positions at Rocket Internet, a European Internet company; and PHD, a company under the Omnicom Media Group umbrella, a global advertising conglomerate. He is an experienced mentor and investor in early stage ventures with expertise in operational strategy, process, and business model innovation. Jassem holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of San Francisco.
Nolan Bushnell (Non-executive Director) (79)
Nolan founded the pioneering electronic gaming company, Atari, in 1972 and since then, has gone on to establish more than 20 companies, including Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater, Catalyst Technologies (Silicon Valley’s first incubator) and Etak, which developed the first commercially available computerised in-car navigation system. Currently, Nolan is the director of a number of technology businesses, including ModalVR which offers wireless, multi-player virtual reality entertainment systems for turn-key commercial use and Virsix Games, an independent game published which focuses on games for the Smart Speaker market. Nolan has been named one of “50 People Who Changed America” by Newsweek.
The Company has not to date sought external advice on keeping directors’ skills up to date, but believes that their blend of past and ongoing experience provides them with the relevant up to date skills needed to act as Board members for a small company. The Board will keep a watch on its collective skills base and annually assess what gaps there may be in skills needed to continue to drive shareholder value.