Board of Directors
Nicholas Barber - Chairman, Bolero
Nicholas Barber CBE spent his executive career with Ocean Group, later Exel, now the logistics division of DHL. After working for Ocean's Blue Funnel Line in Liverpool, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong he moved to London to help lead the integration of newly acquired Wm Cory. In 1972 he became managing director of Cory Distribution. In 1979, after three years as a Divisional Director with the National Enterprise Board, he became head of Ocean's liner shipping division.
As Group Chief Executive from 1986 he led a strategic transformation which took Ocean out of its asset-intensive activities in shipping and chemicals storage and instead focused on accelerating the growth of its information-intensive businesses in logistics, particularly MSAS. By the mid-1990s Ocean had grown into a world leader in Supply Chain Management.
He subsequently served on numerous boards including Royal Insurance (Deputy Chairman), Royal & Sun Alliance, Costain, Albright & Wilson, Orion Publishing (Chairman), Bank of Ireland UK (Deputy Chairman), and The Maersk Co. He has also served as a Governor of London Business School, Trustee of the British Museum and Member of Columbia Business School's Board of Overseers in New York. His current posts include Director of Fidelity Japanese Values and Chairman of Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum.
Ian Kerr - CEO, Bolero
Ian Kerr was appointed CEO of Bolero in May 2014. Ian has over 25 years’ experience in financial technology in a range of organisations including NCR and IBM and has been based in the US and Singapore during his career. More recently Ian was the CEO of Level Four Software who were acquired by Clear2Pay in 2011 with Ian leading the integration with two other companies to form a specialist payments testing business unit. Ian joins Bolero from Creditcall, a growing PSP gateway and payment technology company, where he was COO.
Nick Habgood - Azini Capital Partners LLP
Nick is the Founder and Managing Partner of Azini Capital Partners LLP – a London based private equity firm that specialises in acquiring interests in growth stage private, and smaller public technology companies from historical investors and shareholders. Please see www.azini.com
Prior to founding Azini Capital Nick worked for LMS Capital (the venture capital division of London Merchant Securities plc) where, together with Azini Capital co-founder Michael Bennett, he built and managed a £120 million portfolio of venture capital assets. He has also held operational positions in Mondex International (part of MasterCard International) where he founded and was CEO of the MULTOS business, Mars Electronics International (a part of the Mars Group) and Twiflex Limited (part of GKN and Tomkins). Nick has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng) from the University of Bristol.
Christopher Brotchie – Baring Private Equity Asia
Christopher serves in a non-executive capacity on; the Investment Committee of the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds, the Advisory Boards of Baring Private Equity Asia Funds, the Board of GP-Investments, Brazil and the Advisory Council of ICentis Capital, Warsaw. He is a member of the Advisory Councils of the Pacific Pensions Institute, San Francisco and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, Washington.
His Private Equity career began in 1986 when he joined Baring Private Equity Partners in Germany. After 18 years with the firm, he stepped down in March 2004 as Chief Executive Officer of the Baring Private Equity Partners Group, Member of the ING Asset Management Executive Platform and Member of the ING Groep N.V Management Council. During his tenure Baring Private Equity partners grew into a global firm with US$2bn of funds under management and a portfolio of 200 companies across 29 countries.
Prior to joining Baring Private Equity Partners he arranged the buyout of Unico Inc's European business to form Macromatik GmbH of which he was a founding shareholder and member of the Board. He started his career as a development engineer on digital automation and computerised motion control systems with Lucas Aerospace. His international business experience includes 16 years based in Germany and 5 years in Singapore before returning to the UK in 2000. He is the author of The Merger & Acquisition Handbook: West Germany and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.