Board of Directors
Mr Soukup is the founder and Executive Chairman of Thalassa. Since the Company was admitted to AIM in 2008, Mr Soukup has led the Company’s growth through strategic investment and timely exits. Thalassa bought WGP Group Ltd in November 2011, while the assets of GO Science Ltd were acquired out of administration in 2013, since renamed Autonomous Robotics Limited. In 2017, Mr Soukup led the sale of the business and assets of WGP Group Ltd to FairfieldNodal, which completed on 1 January 2018.
Mr Soukup has over 35 years of investment experience. Having worked in investment banking for 10 years (1984-1994), latterly with Bear Stearns as managing director in charge of the company’s non-US equity business, Mr Soukup set up his own investment management business in 1994. Acquisitor plc, a company of which Mr Soukup was a director, was admitted to trading on AIM in January 2000. In 2002, 90 per cent. of the assets of Acquisitor Plc were moved to Acquisitor Holdings Ltd (Bermuda) and Acquisitor Plc was left as an investing company which then acquired Tinopolis Plc, a leading UK independent TV production company. In 2006, Acquisitor Holdings Limited (Bermuda) merged with New York Holdings Ltd. and Baltimore Plc. Shortly thereafter, the combined group was acquired by Oryx International Limited, a Guernsey investment company.
FCA, FCISI, Non-executive Director
Mr Cole specialises in advising growth companies in public offerings, capital raising, merger and acquisition strategy. He has been involved in over 60 public flotations. Mr Cole has initiated, project managed and negotiated the acquisition and sale of a wide range of companies, both domestic and international, in transactions ranging from £2 million to £50 million.
Mr Cole qualified as a chartered accountant and was a partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells before moving into corporate finance as a director of Beeson Gregory Limited (now subsequently Evolution Securities Limited) in 1995.
Mr Cole is a co-founder and past executive member of the Quoted Companies Alliance. Mr Cole has extensive experience as a director of both private and public companies including Stagecoach Theatre Arts plc (Chairman) and Ideal Shopping Direct plc.
Mr Cole received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to the mid-cap public company market in 2002.
Mr Thomas is a geologist with 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, mainly in North and West Africa. After five years of working in SE Asia and then in London for North Sea operations, Mr Thomas spent the late 1970s and early 1980s working in Libya for Occidental Petroleum, and then in Tunisia for Tenneco.
A return to London as International Chief Geologist for the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation gave Mr Thomas the opportunity to develop his technical management skills and establish a broad international contact network. In the late 1980s, Mr Thomas formed a consultancy, Thomas & Associates, offering a broad range of petroleum advisory services. Clients have included major oil companies and foreign government agencies. Mr Thomas served most recently as managing director of AIM-quoted med Oil PLC, a position he held for three years until the sale of the company to Cairn Energy plc in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Mr Thomas is currently a director of AIM quoted Tower Resources plc.
Martyn has over 25 years’ experience in international banking and financial services with the HSBC Group.
He has held senior leadership positions in the UK, Malta, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Luxembourg and latterly Monaco, where he served as Chief Executive Officer of the HSBC Private Bank and Asset Management companies.
As a board director and regulated officer of HSBC companies in Ireland, Luxembourg and Monaco, Mr. Porter has significant knowledge and understanding of corporate governance and regulatory compliance, as well as developing and growing clients and new business.
He also has a highly successful track record in the leadership of businesses undergoing complex strategic change and transformation, and in managing substantial ultra high net worth client relationships.
During his career, Mr. Porter has built a wide and diverse network of clients and intermediaries as well as demonstrating strong values and business ethics.
The Directors of the Company, all of whom are non-executive save for the Executive Chairman and Executive Director, will be responsible for the overall activities of the Company. The Board will be expanded in due course to reflect the size and needs of the Company.
Committees of the Board of Directors
The Company has adopted the principles of the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code (“the QCA Code”) published in April 2018. The board remains accountable to the Company’s shareholders for good corporate governance.
The Board has established an Audit Committee, a Remuneration Committee and an Regulatory Compliance Committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities, which are available here
The Audit Committee consists of Graham Cole as chairman and any one other director, (other than the finance director). The Audit Committee has primary responsibility for monitoring the quality of internal controls and ensuring that the financial performance of the Group is properly measured and reported on and for reviewing reports from the Company’s auditors relating to the Company’s accounting and internal controls, in all cases having due regard to the interests of Shareholders.
The Remuneration Committee consists of David Thomas as chairman and any one other director, and determines the terms and conditions of service of the executive Directors, including their remuneration and grant of options.
The Regulatory Compliance Committee consists of Graham Cole as chairman and any one other director and will meet twice a year and will be responsible for ensuring that the Company’s obligations under the Listing Rules are discharged by the Board.
The Company has adopted a share dealing code for Directors and certain employees (as applicable) in order to ensure compliance with the Market Abuse Regulation (2014/596/EC). The Directors will take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance by such employees.
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