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Our board of directors has significant experience building companies across a broad range of sectors. The Board meet regularly to drive forward the ambitious plans of Gofal Enterprises.
David’s early career was in law, establishing his own successful legal practice offering Commercial advice regionally in South Wales before moving into the labelling and packaging industry.
He was involved in the turnaround of local labelling company – Label Image- growing revenue from £175,000 to £9.5 million over a 5 year period in the early 90’s.
Following the sale of Label Image to Ferguson International PLC he managed a joint venture between SPEAR Inc. and Ferguson for the supply of packing in Europe. He went onto manage SPEAR Europe from 1999- 2009 increasing turnover to $38 million and establishing a Greenfield manufacturing site in South Wales.
In his time with SPEAR Inc. he negotiated joint ventures with major suppliers in Europe, Russia, South Africa and the Far East. As company Director he managed the intellectual property assets of SPEAR group internationally and negotiated multimillion multiyear supply contracts with various international customers including Heineken, SAB Miller, InBev, Diageo, Bacardi, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and Procter & Gamble. He has interfaced at senior levels with Banks and Venture Capital providers and their lawyers, accountants and other business providers in company acquisitions, mergers and sales.
MATTHEW COLE (MANAGING DIRECTOR)
Matt has over 10 years expereince in senior business development roles for charities in Wales.
He has overall responsibility for increasing the portfolio of businesses developed and operated by Gofal Enterprises Ltd (GEL). Matt is experienced in business planning, strategy development, tendering and contract management.
Nigel is the Corporate Director and founder of Greenaway Scott. He has over 18 years’ experience in acting for companies in the life-science and specialist technology industries from inception to exit.
Nigel has extensive experience in acting as the lead advisor in all corporate finance practice activities, including disposals, acquisitions, MBO’s, Investments, stock market listings, insolvency and corporate recovery.
Examples of sector specific and published transactions are set out below.
Ewan Hilton is Chief Executive of Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity Gofal. Gofal provides a wide range of services to people with mental health problems, supporting their independence, recovery, health and wellbeing. The charity also lobbies to improve mental health policy, practice and legislation, as well as campaigning to increase public understanding of mental health and wellbeing.
Ewan has over twenty years’ experience of working in the independent sector in Wales. Before joining Gofal, he was Head of Community Services at Swansea Housing Association (now Coastal Housing) and prior to this he held a number of positions in the third sector.
Ewan has previously been Chair of Cymorth Cymru, the representative body for providers of housing related support, homelessness and care services in Wales. Prior to this, he was Chair of Shelter Cymru, where he was a Trustee for eleven years. Ewan currently sits on a number of national strategic groups driving improvements to health, housing and support services in Wales
A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Kate has worked in the management development and HR arena for over 15 years.
Having formerly gained extensive experience of founding and growing companies in the business services sector, Kate has worked both at board level for other companies as well as running her own HR consultancy. This gives her a unique insight into her client’s issues, because she’s been on their side. Not only does she understand what it’s like to deal with those issues, she also knows how to resolve them.
Kate has more than 14 years private sector marketing experience across a range of sectors (retail, drinks, pet food, chocolate, insurance, B2B, medical supplies), up to and including Head of Retail Marketing at Brains, covering commercial strategy and process plus the full marketing remit including brand, product, customer and trade marketing. Development and successful implementation of commercial marketing and communication strategies and plans for businesses with turnovers from £20,000 to £80m per annum and beyond. Re-branding and re-positioning of a chain of pubs, a shopping centre and a chocolate brand, and creation, development and launch of a B2B online company.
She is experienced in the design, management and influence of marketing budgets from £5,000 to £6m+, and reported directly to the board or CEO for the past 6 years, both independently and with direct reports, influencing and engaging at all levels of an organisation from outlet teams to company chairman.
A champion of excellent customer service, and believes passionately in putting the customer at the heart of everything a company delivers
More recently Kate has completed a joint venture partnership with Zebra A/S to open and run the Tiger store concept in Wales.
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