Leadership Team

James Normand

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Normand qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978, having trained with Spicer and Pegler (now part of Deloitte). Following a secondment (from 1985 to 1987) to 3i plc, Mr Normand specialised for the next 15 years in the provision of advice to management buy-out and buy-in teams and on corporate acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings. Since 2002, Mr Normand has filled management and finance officer roles for a number of different commercial and charitable organisations. Most recently, from 2009 to 2016, he was Finance Director of Pathfinder Minerals Plc, an AIM-traded minerals company. In an unremunerated extra-curricular capacity, Mr Normand is active in the governance of the Church of England, being Chair of the London Diocesan Synod’s House of Laity and Chair of the Finance and Remuneration Committees of the Bishop of London’s Council.

Rodger Sargent

Executive Director

Mr Sargent has been the founder and finance director of many quoted and private companies over the past twenty years, including Sports Internet Group plc, Bigblu Broadband plc, Audioboom Group plc and S4 Capital plc. He previously ran the family office of Betfair founder, Andrew Black. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, London in 1996.

Simon Grant-Rennick

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Grant Rennick is a graduate of the Cambourne School of Mines. His expertise encompasses not only mining and minerals but also metals, agriculture and property. He has managed mining companies, both public and private, in Uganda and in Malawi; metal trading businesses in Bermuda and in the UK; was a co-founder of Industrial Mineral Finance House which provides consultancy services covering all aspects of the industrial minerals’ sector, and established a property development business (since sold). Mr Grant-Rennick is chairman of Aquis-traded. He is currently involved with mining enterprises in Botswana, Malawi and Mexico; and in agribusinesses producing macadamia nuts, paprika and chilli, in sub-Saharan Africa.

Colin McQuade

Non-Executive Director

Mr McQuade is a senior technology executive with over two decades of experience working for global blue-chip companies. He is currently Chief Technology Officer for BGL Group Limited, a financial services business specialising in home and vehicle insurance and owner of comparethemarket.com. Prior to this, he was Head of Change Technology at Barclays International, leading a global team responsible for delivering technology products and services across multiple areas including markets, investment banking, corporate banking and Barclaycard International.

Before Barclays, Mr McQuade spent ten years at Sky Group in London, where he held the position of Managing Director, Group TV and Digital Platforms. In addition, he has held senior executive positions at AOL, Orange Group and Yahoo! Europe. Prior to his career in business, Mr McQuade served for eleven years in the Army, within the Royal Corps of Signals, where he specialised in secure, strategic telecommunications systems.