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.
Arthur Vonchek - CEO, Bolero
Arthur Vonchek was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bolero in July 2003. He has 25 years experience in the software industry, and has held a number of senior executive positions including SVP EMEA at Manugistics, a leader in Supply Chain Management solutions and SVP EMEA at BroadVision, an early e-Commerce market leader.
Arthur was educated at Bristol University in England where he received an honours Degree in Pure Mathematics.
Nick Habgood - Azini Capital Partners LLP
Nick has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng) from the University of Bristol and was sponsored through university by GKN plc. He subsequently worked for Twiflex Ltd. - a leading manufacturer of industrial disc brakes - in a product management / business development role.
Nick spent 6 years with Mars Electronics International -the world leading manufacturer of coin and bank note payment systems. He lived and worked in Italy for a number of years and established MEI’s sales and support presence in Italy and Spain before moving back to the UK to become the Director of Marketing and Product Management.
Between 1996 and 2000 Nick was the Chief Executive of MAOSCO Ltd - a company and industry consortium formed by Nick and backed by MasterCard and a group of leading banks to promote and license the MULTOS smart card operating system.
He joined LMS Capital (venture capital division of London Merchant Securities plc) in 2000 where, with Michael Bennett, he built and managed a £120 million portfolio of technology venture assets. Board positions included Asset House, Coppereye, Elateral, Vio, Wesupply and Crown Sports.
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.