After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Ammar qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG where he stayed until 1993. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
After ten years holding high level executive positions in respected international companies including Tenon Group, he joined a large scale Birmingham based accountancy firm as a partner in 2003 and was appointed CEO in 2005. He oversaw the growth of this firm from relative obscurity to being rated as the 23rd largest in the UK. During his time at the company Ammar introduced a number of new business lines including IFA, Corporate Finance, set up a Dubai and Lahore office and established professional outsourcing services and international advisory business.
Neal Griffith aged 47 – started off his early career working in the City of London for Merchant Bank SG Warburg, where he gained a great deal of experience in the financial markets. After leaving Warburgs, Neal set up Infolines, a managed payphone company which quickly grew to become the largest independent company in its sector. Neal was also the joint founder of LCR Telecom, one of the first companies to exploit the deregulated market offering customers alternative cheaper call routing options than offered by the tier 1 carriers. LCR was sold for £70m. Neal has had a wide experience covering a number of different business sectors as both an investor and owner of companies and more recently in the corporate recovery and insolvency areas.
Martin McNally is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Having obtained a Business Studies degree at the University of Northumbria, Martin worked for major international corporations including British American Tobacco, Courtaulds and British Nuclear Fuels before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. He specialised in dealing with the affairs of major Dutch corporations such as ABN AMRO, DSM, DAF Trucks with subsidiaries in the UK.
After leaving Ernst & Young, Martin has been a partner in audit and accounting practices specialising in international trading companies investing in the UK and businesses trading in complex financial instruments including futures and options, CFD’s, and spread betting. Martin was the first person to be authorised by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission to audit gaming companies prior to the grant of gaming licenses. He is regulated by the Financial Services Authority and has advised on a number of applications to carry out regulated businesses and also for Change of Control and for Variation of Permissions. Martin has also acted as non-executive director for a number of international and FSA regulated corporations.
Jonathan Hall is an experienced manager and highly knowledgeable finance professional with over 20 years experience as a corporate financier. He is a Fellow of the UK Securities & Investment Institute. Jonathan spent ten years at a senior level with Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW), the investment banking arm of Barclays, mainly in UK public company advisory and M&A origination but including a period in New York. In 2001, Jonathan became Regional Director of Tenon Group’s Birmingham office and a principal in its corporate finance division. He then moved on to start his own practice, HDI Capital, a specialist corporate advisory boutique and has been a regular business visitor to the UAE and Pakistan.