Consilium’s West Africa Leadership Team

Consilium has an internationally renowned leadership team

Bola

Bola Adefehinti

Partner

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.

 

General

Major General Adewunmi Ajibade OOM (Togo Republic)

Partner

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.

 

Simon Fordham OBE

Partner

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 Leedham MBE

Partner

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.