Board of Directors
The Board of Directors comprises the following 2 Executive and 3 Non-Executive directors.
Mark (Barney) Battles
Owner of over 40 SMEs across Europe, US and Australasia, Mark is a qualified chartered accountant with a specialism in digital media, fashion & luxury, recruitment, well-being and marketing communications. He is former Chairman of various PLC companies including Hot Tuna International PLC, Enables IT PLC and Nexus Management PLC. Mark is Managing Partner of The League of Angels Limited, an investor society across Europe offering access to capital for fast growth British based ventures. He is also a senior member of the Genesis Initiative, a cross party government lobbying group focusing on driving change to support SMEs across Europe.
Nevern Johns is a businessman and entrepreneur with 30 years’ experience in the global marketing and licensing sectors. He established Devonshire Management, the first franchise greeting card distribution business in the UK, in the late 1980s, which grew to over 100 franchisees in the United Kingdom and seven Master Licences overseas. After selling the business, Nevern moved with his family to the United States where he established another publishing business, Appletree Inc, which operated successfully throughout the US and Canada. Having sold out his interest in the company he moved to Florida where he acted as an independent consultant for several years. After returning to the UK on a permanent basis he negotiated license agreements with a number of Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies across Europe. He has a specialist knowledge and extensive hands-on experience of managing international contracts, and in addition brings to the company a lifelong appreciation of movies.
Khalid Napaul - FCCA
Originally from Mauritius, Khalid trained and qualified with a London based accounting firm which served clients in various different sectors. He is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, and has over 15 years of hands on experience in supporting financial services across Europe, Africa and the US. After his membership of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Khalid served as Finance Director for a number of companies, including a US publishing company with many publications worldwide. Khalid runs his own accountancy practise based in surrey and advises clients internationally. He sits on the board of a number of companies internationally.
John Cook - FICS
J P M Cook, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries , has worked as founder or seed corn investor in SMEs all his life . Involved with Commercial Laundries from the early sixties, diversifying into the efficient use of Energy in England and overseas. He has worked in property investment and development covering all aspects from residential to industrial and retail. John has used his family farming background to help pioneer the use of deer velvet as a homeopathic medicine while farming in New Zealand and was the founding investor of Vet Cell, a research company engaged with the Royal Veterinary College to grow new tendons in horses . John's career has covered; camper van hire ''start up'' in New Zealand, helping to pioneer the collection of stem cells from the umbilical cords of horses in Australia, assisting the New Zealand government on energy distribution ,working with the Central Electricity Generating Board to define a British Standard for heat pumps, research into energy collection and storage in England, Australia and New Zealand.
Paul has worked in Feature Film Production for over 40 years. He was Head of European Production for Mel Gibson’s and Bruce Davey’s Icon Productions for 10 years. Has maintained offices at Shepperton Film Studios for 30 years and is a Full Voting Member of BAFTA. He has worked on over 100 Feature Films with all the major US Studios.
Major Credits include: ‘Braveheart’; ‘Hamlet’; 4 ‘James Bond Films’; ‘Alien’; ‘Aliens’; ‘Superman 1 & 1V’; ‘Star Wars’; ‘101 & 102 Dalmatians’; ‘King Arthur’; ‘Hoffa’; ‘Goal’; ‘An Ideal Husband’; ‘Ordinary Decent Criminal’.