Group Chairman & Chief Executive
Martin Bellamy founded Salamanca Group in 2002. As Chairman and CEO he oversees and guides all areas of the Group’s strategic growth and business activities worldwide and leads many of the Group’s transactions. In addition to his position on the board of Salamanca Group Holdings in Cyprus and Salamanca Capital in the UK, Martin sits on the boards of a number of subsidiary companies. Before founding Salamanca Group, Martin was an Executive Director at Williams Lea Group and an Associate Director at WPP and served 10 years as an Officer in the British Army. Martin has an MBA from the University of Reading and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1997, Martin rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in a boat named Salamanca.
Group Vice Chairman
Uri Nachoom is Vice Chairman of Salamanca Group and sits on the board of Salamanca Group Holdings in Cyprus. In his role, Uri monitors business activity and leads business development and growth across the Group. Uri brings over 25 years of principal investing experience in the real estate industry where he has built up a substantial portfolio across retail, residential and office property markets and has advised businesses in the UK, Europe, China, Brazil and the Middle East. Uri sits on the board of Ecocil Incorporações and Marina Port Vell S.A.U., (Spain) and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organisation.
Executive Chairman, Salamanca Risk Management
Ed Butler is Executive Chairman to Salamanca Risk Management and is responsible overseeing projects and business development across all Salamanca Risk Management verticals. Ed joined in 2011, having formerly been the founder and CEO of an independent, specialist strategic advisory company that provided a bridge for investors operating in emerging and frontier markets. He has extensive experience spanning some three decades of international relations, conflict resolution and doing business in difficult jurisdictions, much of which was gained during his time with the British Army. He led British Forces in Afghanistan during the break in battle into Helmand province in 2006 and was then commander of the UK’s Joint Force contingency HQ before retiring as a Brigadier General in 2008. He has an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations from Exeter University and MAs in Military Technology and Defence Studies from Cranfield University.
CEO Salamanca Risk Management
David Livingston is CEO and Founder of Salamanca Risk Management which he started in 2005. David has been instrumental in establishing and growing the company through developing client relationships and building a high quality management team. Prior to this he co-founded Salamanca Capital in 2002 where, as Operations Director, he was responsible for establishing new business operations in the UK and Europe. Preceding his time with the Salamanca Group, David built upon a successful 13 year career in the British Army by consulting to the security and risk management sector on a global basis. Through this he gained valuable experience of practical operational risk management delivery in emerging and frontier markets supporting resource and energy, media and financial services sectors.
Carles Casajuana is an Advisor to Salamanca Group focusing on Group development, strategy, business initiatives and relationships in Spain and overseas. Carles joined Salamanca Group after serving as an Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2012. Carles entered the Spanish diplomatic corps in 1980 and during his 32 years of service he held diplomatic posts in Bolivia, the Philippines and the Spanish Mission to the United Nations in New York. Carles’ diplomatic career included the following senior roles: Spanish Ambassador to Malaysia, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam (based in Kuala Lumpur), Spanish Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and Senior Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Spain. Carles has also published several novels in Catalan. In 2009, he won the Ramon Llull Prize, one of the most important awards granted to a novel written in Catalan. Carles has a degree in Economics and Law from the University of Barcelona and he is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences.
Bertie Way is an Adviser to Salamanca Group, acting across all group divisions and on individual projects and investments. Bertie spent 23 years in the public relations industry working principally with Lord (Tim) Bell at Chime Communications PLC where he was Group Business Development Director and also undertook political consultancy and reputation management assignments in Chile, Romania, Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia and Turkey. While at Chime, Bertie was also Chairman of Joslin Rowe, a large City recruitment consultancy, and of Chateau de Sours, a leading Bordeaux wine producer. He is currently chairman of trustees of Starlight Children's Foundation, a children’s wish granting charity which last year raised £10.5m.
Group Business Development Switzerland
As the lead for Salamanca Group Business Development in Switzerland, Mark is responsible for business development of both Merchant Banking and Risk Management services. Based in Geneva, Mark is particularly focused on building relationships with Private and Institutional clients. Mark has worked in the financial services sector for 27 years. For the last 15 years, he has been based in Geneva as Regional Head at Collins Stewart and Head of European Equities at both Credit Suisse First Boston and Robert Fleming Securities.
Catherine Gillibrand was appointed Head of HR in November 2012 following
substantial expansion of the business and an appreciation that the
human capital now required a dedicated focus. Joining in 2004,
Catherine was one of the original members of Salamanca Capital and had a
principal role in building the business, initially on the investment
side before being appointed Chief Operations Officer where she managed
the Marketing, PR, HR and Compliance functions as well as being involved
in the Group’s corporate initiatives and principal investment
activities. Catherine sits on the board of Salamanca Capital and a
number of subsidiary companies. Prior to joining, Catherine had 13 years
of commercial, residential and hotel property experience with Colliers
International and has a Bachelor of Property from Auckland University.
John Maiden is a Finance Director for Salamanca Capital and is responsible for overseeing the financial functions and transactions across all divisions of Salamanca Capital. John is also involved in the financial structuring and organisation of Salamanca Capital’s investments and he has had a key role in deals in every sector since joining the firm in 2006. John sits on a number of group company boards and has more than 10 years’ experience managing the set-up, organisation and running of onshore and offshore companies. John joined Salamanca Capital from BC Partners, a pan-European private equity firm where he was the Group Financial Controller with prior experience as the Finance Director of a successful UK Telecoms start-up company. John is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Executive Director, Salamanca Capital
ShaRon Kedar is an Executive Director of Salamanca Capital and is responsible for deal sourcing and business development across all Salamanca Capital divisions. ShaRon has led a number of Salamanca Capital’s Private Equity investments in the resources and heavy industry sectors and has a worked on transactions across Asia, South East Asia and Europe. ShaRon sits on the board of Salamanca Capital and has more than 18 years' experience in corporate finance, private equity and consulting in sectors ranging from metals and mining to real estate. Prior to joining Salamanca Capital, ShaRon was a Managing Director and Co-Founder of SRK Ventures an investment company based in Hong Kong and he worked at RZH which is now part of Numis Group. ShaRon speaks Mandarin and has a degree in Chinese and Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London.
Executive Director, Salamanca Capital
Rupert Hayward is an Executive Director of Salamanca Capital and is responsible for directing a number of the Group’s private equity and advisory investments, as well as performing a business development role across all Salamanca Capital divisions. Rupert set up Salamanca Capital’s Brazilian venture in 2008 and has co-led a number of large transactions in both the advisory and private equity sectors in Brazil, the USA and Europe. In addition to his position on the board of Salamanca Capital, Rupert sits on the board of Ecocil Incorporações, a leading Brazilian real estate developer in which Salamanca Capital has a large interest and is an active member of ABVCAP, the Brazilian Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital. Rupert joined Salamanca Capital from Fleming Family & Partners where he was an analyst for their EMEA hedge fund and helped run FCM Salamanca LLP, the joint venture investment advisory company between Salamanca Group Holdings and Fleming Family & Partners Capital Management. Prior to this he sat on the board of the English Premier League Football Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Rupert holds the Investment Management Certificate and has an MA (Hons) in Economic and Political Geography from Edinburgh University.
Managing Director, Salamanca Risk Management
Heyrick Bond Gunning is the Managing Director at Salamanca Risk Management and is responsible for the development and strengthening of existing client relations across all verticals of Salamanca Risk Management. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Security Consulting at Kroll, where he was also Head of Kidnap for Ransom. He previously consulted to DHL for a year in Iraq, flying into the country the day the second Gulf War ended and setting up a business with annual revenues in excess of $70m. In 2000, he was the head of client engagement at Mergermarket, a financial services information provider, servicing clients in EMEA and USA, before which he served in the British Army. Heyrick has an Honours Degree from the University of Manchester, specialising in Anatolian Archaeology, is an Alumni of INSEAD Business School and in 2004 his first book ‘Baghdad Business School’ was published.
Operations Director, Salamanca Risk Management
Rob Harford is Operations Director for Salamanca Risk Management. His principal focus is the oversight and delivery of risk management solutions to our clients, whether they face complex physical environments or particularly testing circumstances. He has a broad range of experience in operational risk management having consulted to a wide range of corporate clients from the extractive sector through to Fast Moving Consumer Goods. Prior to entering the risk management sector he served 13 years in the British Army. He has an Honours Degree in Business Studies and an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College.
Head of Business Development, Salamanca Capital
Chris Pearson is Head of Business Development for Salamanca Capital and brings over 13 years of experience in European and US financial markets, with a focus on sales and relationship management within the alternative investment industry. Chris works across all divisions of Salamanca Capital as well as providing specialist advice on individual projects and investments. Chris began his career in the Equity Derivatives Group at JPMorgan Chase & Co., initially in London and then New York. Chris returned to London in 2006 as a Principal in Bank of America’s Prime Brokerage business and subsequently at BNP Paribas which acquired the business in 2008. In 2009 Chris re-joined Bank of America, where he covered financing; securities lending; capital introduction; business consulting and structured equity financing for hedge funds and institutional investors. Chris sits on the Business Advisory Board for a London-based charity and has a degree in Geography from St Catherine’s College, Oxford University.
Head of Salamanca Capital Advisory
Andrew Dawber is Head of Advisory for Salamanca Capital and draws on over 20 years of senior management experience in corporate advisory and international investment banking. He has a wealth of experience in connection with debt and equity projects in both frontier and established markets. Andrew is responsible for the development of Salamanca Capital’s Advisory capability with a particular focus on mergers & acquisitions, disposals, capital raisings, financial restructuring and strategic advice. Andrew and his team also work closely with all divisions of the Salamanca Group to enhance its strategic growth and expertise. Andrew began his career at Robert Fleming and Co. and subsequently became Head of North Europe ECM at Société Générale in London and a Managing Director at Collins Stewart and at Numis Securities. Recently, he was Head of Investment Banking Origination and Global Head of ECM at Kaupthing Bank before establishing, and subsequently selling, his own Mayfair-based advisory firm. Andrew was responsible for developing The PFI Infrastructure Company PLC, which in 2004 became the first listed company in London dedicated to investment in UK infrastructure and was eventually acquired by a consortium of 3i, Barclays Capital and Société Générale in a recommended bid advised by Andrew which delivered a 34% IRR to the IPO investors. He was also a director of one of India’s largest privately owned hydroelectricity projects (400MW) and was instrumental in the $240m transaction between Guggenheim Infrastructure and AIM listed Infrastructure India PLC in March 2011. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant.
Managing Director, Salamanca Capital Family & Wealth
Alistair Peel is Managing Director of Salamanca Capital Family & Wealth and brings over 18 years of experience in asset management, private banking and advising private clients. Alistair is responsible for the strategic growth and development of Salamanca Capital Family & Wealth, providing advice and offering specialist guidance to individuals, families and institutions. Before joining Salamanca Capital, Alistair was a business head of HSBC’s UK Private Bank and was previously responsible for institutional business development for HSBC Asset Management where he worked with some of the bank’s largest institutional clients. Alistair began his career at Schroders where he managed assets in excess of £1bn for charities and institutions. Alistair holds the Investment Advice Certificate, the Investment Management Certificate and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Alistair also sits as on the finance committee of a major UK charity.
Managing Director, Salamanca Technical Services
Paul Lowndes is Managing Director of Salamanca Technical Services and brings more than 30 years of international experience delivering high value property and infrastructure engineering programmes. Paul and his team take care of every aspect of project delivery from the initial brief, to analysing and advising on risk, helping appoint the project team, issuing procedures and managing development programmes. Paul has overseen work across all Salamanca Group divisions and geographies and has recently played key roles in Brazil on the development of a large residential property portfolio, in Barcelona on the Marina Port Vell redevelopment project and in the construction of Bulgaria Mall, one of the largest mixed use schemes currently being developed in Bulgaria. Before joining Salamanca Capital, Paul was a Director at First Engineering Holdings Ltd where he oversaw a number of very large rail infrastructure projects. Prior to this he was General Manager at Gammon Construction Ltd responsible for the Philippines and prior to this was a Director at WTP overseeing major Real Estate developments in various locations throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. Paul is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor [BSc, ARICS, AAIQS, AHKIS].
Managing Director, Salamanca Capital Special Projects
Ian Crockford is Managing Director of Salamanca Capital Special Projects and is responsible for providing Development Management and client representative advisory services for Government authorities, Councils, corporate entities and major landowners. Ian brings over 25 years of experience in the construction and property development profession including large urban regeneration projects. Most recently, Ian was appointed as Client Sponsor responsible for the development of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, Water Polo venue and the Arcelor Mittal Orbit. Prior to this, Ian was Major Projects Director of Countryside Properties, leading mixed-use developments across London and the Home Counties. Ian managed the infrastructure works for More London, now home of the Mayor of London and City Hall. He also led the London Eye project from concept to operation. Outside of the UK, Ian has been involved in a broad range of major projects from Australia to the Middle East, covering the sectors of Oil and Gas, commercial property and theme parks in the form of Disneyland, Paris. In 2000, Ian was awarded the CIOB gold medal Project Manager of the Year for Millennium Projects. More recently Ian was awarded RIBA Client of the Year for London 2012 successes. Ian has a Building Services Engineering degree from Liverpool University and an MBA qualification from Antwerp, Belgium.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Salamanca Marine
Norma Trease is a Director of Salamanca Marine, with responsibilities for berth sales and marketing at Marina Port Vell, a marina in Barcelona acquired by Salamanca Group. She also provides a range of marine related services including advice on acquisitions, development, and risk and security management. Norma joined Salamanca Marine in early 2011, and concurrently serves on the board of several yachting organisations: International Superyacht Society, Professional Yachtsman’s Association, and the SeaKeepers Women in Yachting & Ocean Advocacy Honorary Committee. Norma’s yachting career started as a yacht chef and licensed captain, and subsequently pioneered a yacht crew placement agency, The Crew Network, establishing several offices worldwide. Alongside Norma’s successful career in journalism, she has also worked as a business development and marketing consultant for leading yacht builders, crew agencies, ship supply, remote medical service providers, and yacht insurance firms; and is regularly requested as a speaker at international educational forums. Norma has a degree in History from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Managing Director, Salamanca Capital Brazil
Renato Garcia is the co-founder and Managing Director of Salamanca Capital Brazil and is responsible for managing Salamanca Capital’s operations in Brazil, including deal sourcing, project delivery and business development. Since 2008 Renato has played a key role in forming the leading investment and advisory firm in North East Brazil. He is Chairman of the Board of Ecocil Incorporações, a leading Brazilian real estate developer. Prior to Salamanca Capital, Renato was co-founder and Managing Director of RGarcia Consultoria e Investimentos, Natal and a Senior Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company, Sao Paulo. He has also held a series of government positions as the Secretary of State for Tourism and as Deputy-Secretary of State for Economic Development for Rio Grande do Norte. Alongside these executive roles, Renato has sat either Chairman (C) or Vice-Chairman (VC) of the Board in a variety of institutions: AGN - RN State Development Bank (VC), PotyGás - Natural Gas Distribution Company (VC), RN State Council for Tourism Development (C), RN State Council for Science and Technology Development (VC), SEBRAE - RN (Board Member).? Renato has a degree in Business from the UFRN (Brazil) and an MBA from Texas A&M University and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany).
Managing Director, Salamanca Capital Poland
Marcus Bernie is Managing Director of Salamanca Capital Poland and is responsible for managing Salamanca Capital’s operations in Poland, including deal sourcing, project delivery and business development. Marcus has played a vital role in securing and directing 9 Salamanca Capital real estate projects in Poland since 2006. Before joining Salamanca Capital, Marcus spent 5 years running a consultancy business specialising in retail, commercial and residential property management and investment. During this time, Marcus provided business development services for UK investors making real estate investments in the Polish market and was previously a Development Director at Earl’s Court Group. Marcus serves on the supervisory board of Mermaid Properties Sp z o.o, a polish real estate development company.
Managing Director, Salamanca Capital Romania
Motti Link is Managing Director of Salamanca Capital Romania and is responsible for managing Salamanca Capital’s operations in Romania, including deal sourcing, project delivery and business development. Since he joined the firm in 2006, Motti has played a key role in identifying, managing and transacting approximately €50 million of Salamanca Capital’s projects in the Real Estate sector in Romania. Prior to joining Salamanca Capital, Motti was the Finance Director of a property development group based in London. Motti is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and holds an MBA from RSM Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.