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Directors' Profiles

James Montford Victor Butterfield (Interim Chairman)

James joined 3i plc in 1969 and, over a ten year period, became an Area Manager and Local Director, in which role he oversaw and managed a portfolio of more than 200 unquoted investments. Since leaving 3i plc, he has, for over 30 years, specialised in advising small to medium sized companies on a range of matters including stock market listings, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and corporate recovery work. Until October 2009, James was a director of Essentially Group Ltd, an AIM quoted sports marketing and management business, in which he was actively involved in the creation and early development of what is now one of the world's largest Rugby Union and Cricket player management businesses. James resigned as a result of a successful takeover of the business by Chime Communications Plc. Until recently James was a director of EDGE10, a world-class provider of sports technology to 750 sports teams internationally.

John Byfield (Non-executive Director)

John Byfield has joined the Board as an independent non-executive director with effect from 1 July 2023.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1978, forming his own practice in Southampton in 1980.  This practice focussed on sports law and commercial elements around sport, in particular Formula 1 motor racing.  After merging with a larger regional firm, Mr Byfield retired from private practice and founded a sports management business, Essentially Group, of which he was Executive Chairman, and which was admitted to trading on AIM in 2006, before being sold to Chime Communications in 2010.

Jonathan Wearing (Non-executive Director)

Jonathan Wearing has joined the Board as a non-executive director with effect from 1 July 2023.  He started his career with CitiBank in London in the 1970s, progressing through both the commercial and investment banking units, finishing as a mergers and acquisitions specialist.  Mr Wearing was formerly the Chairman of AIM-traded Ideagen plc, the software company taken private by Hg Capital in July 2022 and, separately, Chairman of AQSE quoted Sativa Group plc. Independently, for the last two decades Mr Wearing has built his own consultancy and investment business.  Mr Wearing was a participant in the equity fundraising announced by the Company on 30 June 2023.