CONSILIUM’S LEADERSHIP TEAM
SIMON FORDHAM OBE
HOWARD LEEDHAM MBE
Simon is an internationally recognised commercial risk and security corporate professional working out of the City of London. He has extensive EMEA and Far East operational experience against organised crime, terrorists and single issue activists.
Simon is a leading crisis negotiator with a tested doctrine supporting Lloyds of London Insurance Syndicates, and retained corporate/individual clients countering kidnap for ransom, maritime piracy, and criminal extortion.
He holds non executive appointments including Chairman of the ICSPA (International Cyber Security and Protection Alliance).
Formerly a senior UK military officer with a career that spanned the spectrum of UK operations as a combat commander, intelligence officer, and UK Special Forces officer – as well as service within NATO, UN, US and African Forces.
Howard has lived and worked in Asia and the Middle East for the majority of the past 12 years. He has a business background within the regulated financial, aviation and security sectors; he has worked most recently at CEO level in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
He financed a maritime commercial security provider operation and, as Senior Managing Director for the Argent Group, drove its global expansion in UK, India and the Middle East.
Formerly a UK Navy commando pilot, clearance diver and Special Forces officer, he also served with the Unites States Marine Corps in the Gulf War. Significantly, post military service he was sought out by the US State Department to construct and lead a heli-borne assault force with Pathan militia on the Pakistan/Afghan border which was credited with making the most important single contribution to border security in that region.
WEST AFRICA PARTNER
MAJOR GENERAL ADEWUNMI AJIBADE OOM
WEST AFRICA PARTNER
JULIE ANNE FLORES
REGIONAL MANAGER (FAR EAST)
OPERATIONS MANAGER (MENA)
Bola is a UK-trained lawyer specializing in Corporate, Commercial & Energy Law. He started his career as an in-house lawyer with Messrs Turner & Newall before moving into private practice with Messrs Linder Myers and Davenport Lyons Solicitors. Bola holds an LLB (Hons) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University.
He left legal practice in 2001 to establish Maine Oil & Gas Corporation, a Junior E&P company that successfully acquired two oil blocks in the Nigeria 2005 Bid Round. In 2007, Bola co-founded Crossharbour Partners, a strategy consulting group (where he facilitated negotiations for large-scale infrastructure investments between a Chinese State-owned companies and the Nigerian government). Subsequently he has successfully developed and run companies with assets/ operations in the petroleum, mining and power sectors in Nigeria.
Currently, Bola is the CEO of Port 2 Port West Africa Limited, a Maritime Security Company specialising in provision of counter-piracy risk mitigation, intelligence and maritime security services for commercial clients operating in the Gulf of Guinea. Bola is also Chairman of Lambert Willis Investments, a company originally incorporated in 1969 as a joint venture company between Lambert & Lowndes insurance group and Chief F.R.A. Williams, who currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Company. Lambert Willis has since evolved into an investment group with a portfolio in investments/ interests in the Insurance, Maritime, Real Estate and Agro-allied and Financial services sectors in Nigeria. In addition, Bola is a co-founder of Earth Africa Holdings Limited, a new oil & gas upstream/ midstream company using proprietary technology to optimise oil production and enhanced oil recovery. Earth Africa specialises in heavy oil development and is targeting the vast heavy oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on Nigeria where it has already begun operations.
Gen. Adewunmi Ajibade is currently Chairman/ CEO of Nibras Nigeria Ltd and Wendler Nigeria Ltd, an Armoured Technology Development company, and a Director of Port 2 Port West Africa Ltd. He is a Military, Intelligence and Security Consultant with over 10 years experience since retirement from the Nigerian Armed Forces in October 2005, following 37 years of meritorious service.
He worked in various arms of the Armed Forces at Unit, Brigade, Divisional Army, Defence Headquarters and in the Presidency-State House. He served in various capacities including the Defence Intelligence Agency Nigeria, as Deputy Chief of Defence, Intelligence Director of Military Intelligence, Director of Training at The Defence Headquarters, Principal Staff Officer (“PSO”) and Deputy National Security Adviser (“DYNSA”) at The Office of the National Security Adviser and was a senior Directing Staff at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic studies (“NIPPS”), Nigeria.
He also served as Principal Staff Officer (PSO), ECOMOG, Liberia. In recognition of his contribution to the Security of the West Africa sub-region (ECOWAS), he was decorated with the National Honours Award of the Officer of the Mono (“OOM”) of Togo Republic by Late President Eyadema. He was also awarded the ECOMOG Medal of Honor.
Gen. Ajibade has been privileged to attend several Military Intelligence / Security courses on tactical, strategic, technical intelligence in the USA, Italy, UK and Nigeria amongst others.
He is a Fellow of the National Defence College and a Graduate of the UN Staff College ILO Centre, Torino, Italy, He holds a Master of Arts Degree on Strategy (specializing in Intelligence and International Security) from Kings College, University of London.
Based in Manila, Julie Anne Flores holds responsibility for business development management, implementation and coordination for Consilium’s service lines in the Philippines and Far East.
Julie Anne epitomizes the operational entrepreneurism and energy upon which Consilium thrives and brings an extensive regional and business network to the Consilium team.
Prior to joining Consilium, Julie Anne spent ten years in the private banking and oil and gas sectors before moving into niche business development in the renewable energy sector, where she remains a major shareholder. Her other, previous skills, include human resource coordination and management both in the Middle and Far East.
Ed Holland is Operations Manager (MENA) for Consilium. Based in Consilium’s Abu Dhabi Global Market office, he heads up the company’s Middle East and North Africa operations.
A former member of Ireland’s Special Forces, Ed is expert in leading international complex, multi-stakeholder projects in challenging and high-risk environments. He brings to Consilium extensive specialist military and international consultancy experience in leadership, operations, strategic planning, risk and security management.
Ed Holland has previously worked in security environments with multinational corporate organisations, professional athletes, coaches and elite military personnel. A proven and decorated leader who relishes pressurised environments and takes a structured approach to problem solving, he appreciates, understands and is committed to ensuring businesses and people perform to the highest levels of productivity and operational capability.
He has a Masters of Science in Management from Michael Smurfit Business School, a BA in Strategic Leadership and Military Studies and a BA in Physical Education.
MAJOR GENERAL (RTD) JOHN HOLMES DSO OBE MC
SENIOR ADVISOR (UK)
ANTHONY HARRIS CMG LVO
John Holmes spent 34 years in the British Army, principally with the SAS. He commanded 22 SAS during Gulf War One and was Director Special Forces 1999 to 2002.
On leaving the Army he ran Project Unicorn, which was a study for the Metropolitan Police into what the UK commercial sector might offer the Police Service in support to counter terrorism measures.
In 2003/4 he worked closely with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq to raise, train and equip an Oil Protection Force. He has subsequently consulted in risk management across a wide range of sectors including mining, oil/ gas and defence, where he specialises in intelligence acquisition and targeting.
Floris Ansingh is an oil, gas and chemicals professional, with extensive experience at both the Upstream and Downstream part of the energy and chemicals value chain.
This experience was obtained mainly in the commercial part of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies, including several CEO roles, in a wide gamma of international assignments. His main success in Royal Dutch/Shell was his ability to achieve breakthroughs in access to hydrocarbons (e.g. gas contract in Saudi Arabia), through lengthy negotiations with governments and other stakeholders, ending long standing monopolies of state companies.
A structural approach to stakeholders management, in conjunction with focused execution of strategic positioning plans, in many markets led to a definite competitive advantage. Floris has a recognized ability to adapt to different cultures, allowing himself that way to look at the world through the stakeholder’s eyes. Floris obtained a Master Degree in Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is a highly decorated former officer of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Marine Corps. He is a Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands, for serving the interests of the Netherlands in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Anthony served 34 years in the British Diplomatic Service focussed mainly on the Arab World. His last appointment was as HM Ambassador in Abu Dhabi. His previous overseas appointments include Charge D’Affaires at the British Embassy in Cairo during the first Gulf War, he also served in Jedda, Khartoum, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Geneva.
During his career Anthony was seconded to the Defence Export Services Organisation in the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for bilateral defence relations with the GCC States. He helped to negotiate the Al-Yamamah Air Defence deal with the Saudi Government. He subsequently held responsibility for the British Government’s relations with the foreign press worldwide, and the management of the BBC Overseas Service.
He also served in the Cabinet Office where, in close collaboration with the Intelligence Services, he conducted a survey of the FCO’s technical security arrangements worldwide. Before moving to Dubai in 2000, Anthony a Director of Corporate Finance with Robert Fleming in the City of London he subsequently opened offices for them in Dubai, he remains in charge of Middle East operations, which includes work in Riyadh, Baghdad and Tehran.
Steven Schrage has worked extensively within major U.S. political and foreign policy events of the last two decades. This includes direct experience with major presidential campaigns and White House transitions.
Steven’s Congressional service began on then House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s policy team shortly after Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives for the first time in over forty years. He also served as one of the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretaries under Secretary Colin Powell at the State Department, where he oversaw over a thousand personnel across the globe and more than $2 billion in some of America’s top priority global operations in the Middle East, Latin America and Afghanistan, including the training of civilian security and law enforcement to successfully secure that nation’s first democratic election. During this time, he became renewed as a model day “Charlie Wilson” and was selected to serve a leadership role for all G8 countries as the international co-chair of the G8 Anti-Crime and Terrorism Group, where he launched G8 multilateral initiatives and conducted policy coordination in these priority areas following 9/11.
His wide-ranging experience in Congressional roles also includes key positions for Senate Leadership, Armed Services and Homeland Security Committee Members and serving as international trade counsel for the Ways & Means Committee (the committee which initiates U.S. tax and trade laws) and as counsel for a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee responsible for U.S. policies on global terrorism and on Latin America. Steven conducted MBA and doctoral studies at Harvard Business School, earning distinction (donors). He is an honors graduate of both Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School, and was awarded life membership in the Council on Foreign Relations for his foreign policy work. As an expert appearing on major media, his commentary has appeared on or in U.S. and international outlets including NBC’s Nightly News, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the Washington Post and Bloomberg News.
MICHAEL J. STANNARD
STEPHEN FRANCIS CUTTS FCCA CTA TEP
Michael is an internationally acknowledged director in the leadership and delivery of matters relating to business intelligence, due diligence, fraud investigation and asset recovery.
He is an acknowledged expert in Deep Web Mining and Social Media monitoring and a trusted advisor and consultant to worldwide government agencies, international law firms, corporations and financial institutions.
He has lead business and Internet intelligence teams in some of the leading financial consultancies including the “Big 4”. He has been a Director of Operations in two of the world’s leading risk management companies and has served on public and private sector advisory committees in the U.K. and the U.S.A.
In his earlier career he commanded intelligence and operational teams within U.K. Customs Investigation Service and was the department’s first graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Frank Kane is a veteran media commentator and financial journalist in the UAE. After a 30-year career on some of the biggest newspapers in London, including the Financial Times, Sunday Times and Observer, he moved to Dubai in 2006.
He has since been involved in the launch of three newspapers in the UAE, including the National of Abu Dhabi. He is currently senior business commentator for Jeddah-based Arab News and Vice President (Communications) for Consilium. He lives in Dubai with his wife and daughter.
Stephen Cutts is the personal adviser to high net worth individuals and families acting as CEO and CFO for their international business and personal affairs.
Trained in the UK as a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, Stephen is also a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and been based in London and UAE for over 20 years. Initially trained as an auditor and forensic investigator, Stephen then gained experience with a Monaco based international accounting and trust company acting for high profile and wealthy clients.
His experience of 20 years as a private client practitioner includes the set up and management of international asset holding and succession structures, charitable family foundations, international tax and the purchase, management and sale of significant physical and investment assets. Stephen has written a number of articles on Private Family Offices, presented at conferences and is a Member of STEP’s Business Families Committee.
Stephen was integral in enacting legislation for single family offices in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in 2008, a global first. He is also founder Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Tax (MENA) Committee and founder Chairman of STEP Arabia’s Islamic Structures Committee.
Based in Monaco he serves on Consilum’s Advisory Board as its Account Specialist for internal and external services.
Prior to joining the team Ben was part of a leading cyber security business, as the Commercial Development Director, primarily charged with developing the SME Strategy and Cyber Academy for the business.
Ben has also been instrumental in the inception and development of a now well-established and high quality, as well as profitable, Maritime Security Provider. He has also gained extensive international business and managerial experience within the super yacht construction and Oil and Gas Industries.
Ben’s balance of military and specialist commercial experience proves invaluable in developing and managing a rapid but careful strategic vision for future growth. During an accomplished career within the Military Ben specialised in Joint Service Co-ordination and Dynamic Targeting.