Nichole is a recognised expert in global talent mobility, a field about which she feels passionately. She has researched the area extensively, organizing round tables, conferences & forums, panel discussions and one-to-ones with mobility program leaders and industry influencers from numerous renowned brands such as HSBC, Deloitte, EY, Barclays, BT, WPP and Nestlé. These activities have been instrumental in defining detailed market need across the four critical elements of program administration, strategic data & insight, mobile career management and family support.
Nichole has worked closely with a number of institutions with strong interests in this area, including British American Business, King’s College International HR Management Academy, Cass Business School and the City of London Corporation. She also speaks frequently at mobility and HR forums, and is a media contributor and commentator for prominent global mobility & HR publications.
Her passion for global mobility was ignited by Nichole’s own experiences living and working abroad. She personally has had to address the challenges associated with corporate relocation, both for the executives and for the spouses and families. She understands the costs suffered by employers where those challenges are not successfully addressed.
A former barrister, Nichole previously ran her own successful practice, capitalising on the Indian Ocean region’s growing reputation as a financial offshoring destination. She successfully developed this opportunity by forging strategic relationships with some of the most globally recognized offshore & blue chip organizations with commercial interests in the region.
An MBA graduate of Sir John Cass Business School, Patrick’s early management talent was honed as a Chartered Production Engineer for Smiths Industries in London. Following his B.Sc (Eng), he led on the implementation of the Tachograph – fitted to heavy duty vehicles for safety purposes, recording speed, distance, and driver activity.
Subsequently joining J.P. Morgan as a Senior Analyst, Patrick rose rapidly over 7 years to Head of Operations Analysis, then Head of Global Custody Operations, responsible for the largest international depository of Eurobond Issues and Certificates of Deposits in the City of London, with a portfolio valuation of USD670 Million.
Aspiring to a more market facing role, Patrick left Morgan to carve out his own financial consultancy. Over the next 10 years, he grew his practice by recruiting, training and developing a sales team of 35 high producers, collectively building a select client list in excess of 1500. Patrick later expanded his activities, enabled through the development of a close working relationship with the Commonwealth Business Council, to include global project funding, commodities and international relations.
Patrick’s appointment by David Cameron as Chairman of Conservative Business Relations for the South East of England & Southern London (2006-2010) saw him galvanise business support for the Party in the lead up to the 2010 UK elections. His successful engagement with senior business leaders was instrumental in forging the party’s progressive business policy development.
His ability to persuade and motivate others towards action was noted by the (then) London Mayoral candidate, Boris Johnson, who subsequently recruited Patrick as his Director of Business Affairs, with responsibility for generating Conservative support from the business community and producing the ‘Backing London Business’ Manifesto. In 2009, Patrick was chosen to Chair the State of London Mayoral debate ‘London means Business’. Following the campaign’s success, the Mayor went on to appoint Patrick to his high profile Forensic Audit Panel, chaired by Baroness Patience Wheatcroft, former Editor-in-Chief of the WSJ Europe, to identify efficiencies in his £12 Billion operating budget for London.
A passionate advocate of the role of business in global development, Patrick has served on the London Regional Corporate Board and SME National Council of the Confederation of Business Industries (CBI). Other board positions have included the Private Investment and Creative Industries Commissions for London, and the Paris and Bahrain-based MENA-OECD regional investment and enterprise programme. In recognition of his outstanding achievements for globally promoting economic development in the SME sector, Patrick was in 2007 presented with the World Bank and IMF African Business Award from Washington DC.
Mark is an experienced enterprise technologist, having started his Executive career leading the development of a number of significant new Life Science software and hardware offerings within Brady Corporation. A large international firm selling signage and labelling solutions to identify and protect premises, products and people, Mark was instrumental in leading new software developments through coordinating a team of developers, writing specifications and monitoring/testing new software systems.
His successes at Brady led Mark to form his own enterprise software company, producing and selling to Universities and institutions working within scientific research. A hands-on role, Mark single-handedly executed his idea from concept to prototype, skilfully navigating a number of pivots. His agile approach enabled the outsourcing of development early on to gain fast turnaround, moving it back in house for maximum flexibility and control later when pivoting was a regular requirement, all during the lifecycle of the build programme. He subsequently oversaw the sale of the company to a Japanese Group.
Mark is a former Senior Adviser in digital and media at UKTI, where he used his time well to build a significant contact base in the technology space and development community, as well as the investment and company accelerator environment. Managing a team of seven, his role facilitated a good understanding of the London start-up and technology environment. He was also a start-up Mentor at Google Launchpad, an accelerator programme covering Business setup, Product & UX design and Marketing theory. Many of the learning concepts involved working with teams on HTML 5 and PHP development systems, as well as the various server space providers such as amazon web services and rack space, with services and advantages differing according to roll out locations and software requirements.
Most recently, Mark was approached by London’s Inward investment agency to be tech adviser to the Mayor’s international business programme. Helping London start-up tech companies expand into new geographies, Mark works closely with partner organisations that support and are adjacent to high growth technology providers, facilitating access to a wealth of different developer types and skills.
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