Whitecap Advisory Panel
Commander Chris Clay OBE RN: Company Secretary
During a career in the Royal Navy spanning 34 years Chris initially specialised as a helicopter pilot and commanded 829 Naval Air Squadron. He subsequently saw service in the Falklands war as second in command of the Type 42 Destroyer HMS Exeter and later commanded the Leander Class Frigate HMS Minerva. Chris also worked in the Ministries of Defence both in London and Australia and for NATO in the USA. He was awarded the OBE for meritorious service in 1990.
On leaving the Royal Navy in 1997 Chris gained a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance and was appointed Bursar of The Pilgrims School, associated with Winchester Cathedral. At Pilgrims he was responsible for the financial, business, personnel and general administrative operations of the school and also managed major building development projects.
Chris provides invaluable financial, organisational and strategic support and general guidance in his capacity as Company Secretary and an Advisory Board member.
Alun Cole LL.B, LL.M
At the end of April 2011, Alun retired as a senior Partner from international law firm Eversheds LLP. He is retained by the firm as a consultant, principally in relation to legal business with UK and overseas Governments, and more generally to assist with the development of the firm’s practice in Africa. In the 6 years immediately prior to his retirement, Alun led the firm’s practice with the UK Government, across all legal disciplines.
Alun’s particular area of expertise rests primarily in large commercial transactions, and in particular transactions involving a strong commercial and corporate interface between the public and private sectors. Alun led on a large number of projects of this nature in the fields of health, education, defence, transport and facilities, both at home and abroad.
Before entering private practice Alun spent 11 years as Government lawyer, advising Ministers, preparing legislation, conducting international human rights cases before the Commission and Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and before the European Court of the EU, and ( WITH OTHERS ) negotiating the UK’s position at international conferences and conventions.
Alun’s LL.M is in Public International Law, from the London School of Economics.
Alun provides Whitecap with first class legal support and advice on contract handling and business growth.
Dr. James M. Hart CBE QPM
Completed a distinguished police career as Commissioner of Police for the City of London in June 2002, retiring in 2006 after a four year term of office. James holds a Batchelor of Science degree in Systems and Management and is a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Science from the City University Business School. He has completed the Government Cabinet Office ‘Top Management Programme’ and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute. In 2004 James was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Science (HC) from the City University, London, where he is a Visiting Professor, Chairman of the Alumni Association and a member of the University’s advisory board. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
James brings key operational and management direction to Whitecap.
Project finance has been the focus of Charles’s career in banking. As Head of Project Finance at Nordea Bank, he was active in financing the introduction of cellular telecommunications across Europe, providing structured funding for the nascent mobile phone operators. He also arranged finance for paper mills with a combined annual capacity of 1,000,000 tonnes p.a., mainly for newsprint and magazine grade paper.
Charles spent over 10 years of his working life abroad, and has lived in Australia, Singapore and Finland.
Charles runs a charity looking after the psychological welfare of people in Hampshire.
Charles offers Whitecap his international business experience and advice on financial management of large projects.
A Financial Services Development and Marketing Practitioner with an extensive record of launching investment led funds for the retail investment market place. He was Product and communications director at Artemis Fund Management until he retired in March 2010. He has also worked at both ABN Amro Asset Management and Barings Asset Management.
With a keen interest in sailing and having directed Artemis Fund Management’s sailing communications Nick is ideally suited to direct Whitecap’s communication strategy.