Our network of amazing people is one of our foundational strengths. The Clark Group team, our experts, our business leaders and our alumni all have a part to play in the current and future success of each business.
Whatever the challenge, we have someone within the Clark Group network who can help. Whether its day-to-day financial control, manufacturing challenges, global supply chain or growing your business online, our network has that experience.
As a member of the Clark Group network, you will be encouraged to form a strong long-term relationship, which could see you investing alongside us in the future.
Our business leaders have exemplary track records and are often world-class in their abilities. We recognise that it is their drive and determination that deliver results.
We are partners in our investments. As such, we provide positive and constructive coaching and guidance throughout the lifetime of the investment.
Steven is a seasoned private equity investor across manufacturing, luxury retail, food & beverage, technology and property.
Having created the Clark Group in 2004 to represent his growing investment portfolio, Steven uses his entrepreneurial gifts to support a number of high-profile success stories. From the retail success story that was Links of London through to emerging brands such as Bremont and Monica Vinader, Steven’s contribution is to facilitate and guide the overall strategic direction of the Clark Group, as well as providing financial backing.
Prior to the Clark Group, Steven trained as an engineer and has an extensive background within manufacturing. Today, his primary goal is to develop outstanding brands through businesses driven by gifted leaders. This is achieved by aligning investment with talented and self-motivated people with congruent values, professional business practices and in-depth business understanding.
Stephen gained his foundation experience whilst completing his articles with a local Chartered Accountants in general practice. He has subsequently sought out dynamic environments where he has been able to make a positive impact working in engineering, distribution, aerospace design and latterly specialising in retail leisure and property. As Financial Accountant at B&Q PLC, Stephen was responsible treasury operations and supplier accounting during a period of rapid growth in the business and the industry.
He followed this with three years as Financial Controller at Allied Leisure PLC during a period of rapid expansion by acquisition in which the company became the UK leader in ten pin bowling and a significant franchisee of fast food outlets. Stephen was subsequently Head of Finance for a prominent timeshare operator with resorts in the UK, Tenerife and Cyprus, dealing with the complexities of resort acquisition and development, resort management and resort trading opportunities, within different economic, fiscal and legal environments.
His wide experience includes consulting for organisations requiring broad strategic review, due diligence, investment appraisal and system review both in UK and Europe. Stephen joined the Clark Group in September 2007 and brings with him a robust financial approach coupled with relevant industry experience.
Marc is an experienced and talented developer of high-end commercial and residential property. As Managing Director of Clark Estates, Marc provides hands-on leadership as well as shaping the overall investment portfolio of the Clark Group.
With over 25 years commercial experience, Marc combines strong conceptual ideology with experience of construction techniques within a luxury-build environment. With a core focus on exceptional quality, Marc has a proven track record of designing award-winning architectural icons to the highest standard.
His uncompromising approach to craftsmanship has ensured that Clark Estates has quickly built and maintained a first class reputation of excellence within the industry.
Outside of the daily focus on property, Marc is a keen investor and is a strong contributor to the overall investment strategy of the Clark Group.
Chris is a seasoned IT & technology consultant with specialism within ERP ‘end-to-end’ systems integration. Chris provides technology leadership within the Clark Group together with investment appraisal for associated private equity investment opportunities.
Having worked with over 30 different SME businesses, Chris is adept at leveraging technology to facilitate strategic and operational wins. As an operational actor, Chris walks-the-talk by using his preferred systems and technologies within one of the Clark Group investments.
A high-level thinker, Chris is a strategist with strong commercial acumen. His particular strength is understanding complex business process in tandem to new and emerging software technologies.
Chris is a specialist within IT services & hosting, manufacturing, logistics & distribution.
John graduated in Modern History from Oxford University in 1983, subsequently practicing corporate law in London and Hong Kong. Leaving the legal profession in 1995 he served on the Board of Halston Borghese Inc., a U.S. based Cosmetics Company, and was responsible for restructuring their Japanese and German operation. John is an established player in the world of luxury goods, having founded Links of London with his wife, Annoushka Ducas, in 1990, one of the great success stories of the 90s and the new millennium, a pioneering venture that spearheaded the democratisation of luxury and design in jewellery and silver.
With his gift for instinctively understanding the needs of the market and dreams and desires of the client John is dedicated to continual innovation and ingenuity, from design and manufacture, through to marketing, packaging and communications. They built Links of London to sales of over £50 million before selling the company to Folli Follie SA in late 2006. John stepped down from the company in October 2007. Upon leaving Links of London, John invested in a new-start up business, Bremont Watch Company alongside Nick & Giles English, subsequently becoming Chairman of the Company. In under 18 months Bremont has become a key player in the luxury watch industry, recently expanding into the United States and Asia. In July 2009 he and Annoushka Ducas launched “Annoushka” a fine jewellery brand.
Annoushka’s designs are sold exclusively through its own boutiques in Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and Harvey Nichols. The brand recently opened a design studio and flagship store at 42 Cadogan Gardens, adjacent to Sloane Square. John is a director of Walpole, the organisation and community aimed at serving and promoting British luxury brands, and founder of Walpole Brands of Tomorrow, mentoring and supporting the best of emerging British talent in the luxury sector. Launched in 2007 the bespoke mentorship and coaching programme helps aspiring British luxury brands of the future to fulfil their potential. These include the jewellery brands Astley Clark, Shawn Leane and Maui. John is also Chairman of the Pallant House Gallery Development Board – winner of the Museum of the Year Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries in 2007 and nominated for European Museum of the Year 2009.
Charlie is an experienced, dedicated, and highly skilled chef.
Embarking at the young age of 16, Charlie trained to be a chef for James Bronson at the Winchester pub. In his time there, his passion for cooking was ignited, and Charlie realized he had much to learn in skill and technique so he progressed to the Carlton Hotel in Bournemouth. Here, Charlie spent two years developing and honing his abilities, culminating in his winning of the Dorset Young Seafood Masterchef award.
In 2010, Charlie set off with his strong culinary foundation and found a new home in renowned Chef Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud set in Knightsbridge. Mentored by Executive Chef Dean Yasharian, Charlie worked his way through the kitchen brigade until he became a trusted Junior Sous Chef. Eager to take on a new challenge, Charlie relocated to Toronto to work in Boulud’s D|Bar, taking charge in his role of Sous Chef.
Now Charlie is returning to his roots, and looks forward to bringing his experience and fresh ideas to the Dancing Pub Company.
Alex Brown is a passionate and imaginative watchmaker who started his horological career by moving to London and knocking on every door in Clerkenwell until he was offered a job. That opportunity came from a watch-material dealer on Clerkenwell Road, London’s traditional centre for watch- and clock-making, where Alex spent the next four years learning his trade. Whilst working in Clerkenwell, Alex put himself through the British Horological Institute’s Diploma in Technical Horology at Hackney College, achieving joint 2nd place in the UK in his Final Practical Examinations. Looking for an opportunity to broaden his horizons, Alex was offered a position in Cartier’s prestigious aftersales department in Old Bond Street.
He was also approached by one of the founders of Animal Ltd, offering him the opportunity to set up and run their watch servicing department. After surprising Cartier by being the first person to decline an offer of a position, Alex moved to Dorset, and for the next seventeen year he ran Animal’s watch department. The role involved range planning and development, working with designers and manufacturers and overseeing the servicing department. During his time at Animal, Alex learned why and how watches could fail and started imagining how those points of failure could be minimised in order to make watches that could survive really harsh treatment for longer.
In the spring of 2013, Alex joined forces with Ian Elliot to establish Elliot Brown Ltd – a watch brand that uniquely incorporates these features into smart but rugged analogue watches specifically designed for the outdoor and active-sports sectors.
Annoushka has strong Russian heritage and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris in the 1980s after which she followed inspirational travel opportunities, stopping to spend time in Hong Kong where she first began to design jewellery. In 1990, together with her husband, John Ayton, Annoushka founded Links of London, a pioneering venture that became a global luxury jewellery brand. It became of the great success stories of the 90s and the new millennium, a pioneering venture that spearheaded the democratisation of luxury and design in jewellery and silver.
They built Links of London to sales of over £50 million before selling the company to Folli Follie SA in late 2006. Annoushka is currently the Creative Director of the new jeweller that takes her name occupying a largely uninhabited position in a market presently polarised between High Jewellery and the traditional jeweller. She is the driving force behind this exciting new concept that perfectly captures the mood of the moment by bringing a new dimension of fun, freedom and self-expression to the world of fine jewellery and one that reflects her own background, experiences, tastes and travels. Annoushka is known for her energy and enthusiasm in her pursuit of endless creativity and her exploration of new ideas.
With her gift for instinctively understanding the needs of the market and dreams and desires of the client Annoushka is dedicated to continual innovation and ingenuity, from design and manufacture, through to marketing, packaging and communications. She takes an active role in searching out and nurturing young creative talent, instigating and overseeing a very successful annual jewellery design project with students at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. Annoushka’s work has been widely recognised and rewarded with various awards and accolades; amongst others she was winner of several prestigious jewellery industry awards, including Jewellery Designer of the Year, Gift Designer of the Year, Brand of the Year (twice), and she was short-listed for the Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year.
The luxury of expressing passion. I was lucky. As a kid I developed a knack of having my cake AND eating it. Something to do with survival as the youngest child I think. Then school came and I wasn’t happy – so I negotiated to make it better – did a new course no-one had done before because I was passionate about it more than anything else. I gained the support of those around me to make it happen. University beckoned – I went but felt like a passenger and spent my time indulging in sport because I wasn’t getting much from Engineering (except the practical parts where we made things). It was the sport that drove a desire to work differently – to work at something which ignited the same passion. I left early to start a business and ended up making a watchstrap made from Velcro and polypropylene webbing. That’s how Animal was born – out of passion and sport. I made watchstraps on an old sewing machine because I wanted to know how to make the best one possible – the toughest, most comfortable, best looking. I travelled the length and breadth of the country selling them to retailers who would repeatedly say “I’m not a jeweller, why would I want to sell watchstraps” but passion won through in the end, they bought them and now they sell watches too.
There’s no feeling in the world like the one you have when someone finally says yes and you walk away with an order and work out that the profit is more than the petrol. That’s a future. Making and selling what I was passionate about allowed me to get involved in all the sports I loved because I understood their finer details, I got to ride with the pro’s the organisers, the movers and shakers and it meant I could indulge my passion for sport and run a business. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why I enjoyed running that business as much as I did. Others who worked with us shared the ride and were more passionate about it than any other job they’d had too. Visitors would often ask how we got our staff to be so motivated – at the time we didn’t have the answer but looking back it’s obvious. I was accused of being too passionate more times than I can remember and was made to feel like I was doing something wrong. Then you leave and there’s a massive hole – you get another job or start a different business but it’s different… there’s a sense of only using part of your knowledge – it feels incomplete and creates a yearning to get the old feeling back.
So that’s what Alex and I have done – ditched the safety net and put all our eggs into a new basket – one that’s more fulfilling than I can possibly describe. Running Elliot Brown is the best feeling in the world. The passion is burning, it’s being poured into watches that are the essence of our talent. We’re building a great new brand – doing things no-one else is doing, like the special motion-damped stainless steel movement casing to help our watches withstand huge shocks. You can tell when products come about as a result of undiluted obsession. They’re the ones that make the edges of your mouth curl up a little bit, they are inherently right, give great pleasure and last for years.
After qualifying in 1995 with an Engineering degree from Southampton University Giles joined Williams de Broe’s Corporate Finance team where he specialised in small cap IPO’s within the Engineering sector. A professional aviator at heart, Giles lived in and around aircraft since childhood, following a fatal accident which killed his father Euan English and left his brother Nick with multiple injuries, he joined his brother Nick English to restructure North Weald Flying Services LTD an aviation fixed based operator (FBO) and aircraft restoration business.
Following the successful restructuring of the business the brothers left in 2000 and founded Virtue Broadcasting, a company specialising in digital content distribution for the record industry which they sold to the telecoms provider Interoute in 2005. The brothers Giles and Nick English remain today as Directors of North Weald Flying Services. Following the tragic accident, as a result of their combined passion for watches and aviation, Giles and Nick started Bremont Watch Company where they spent five years perfecting their timepieces, manufacturing and testing at their workshop in Switzerland.
The first Bremont watch was launched onto the market in 2007 and one year later in 2008 they were named best British Emerging Luxury Brand by the Walpole organisation and in the same year continued their growth in to the US and Asia. Today Bremont has become a very well respected luxury watch brand and continues its impressive growth.
Nick English read Geography at Manchester University and subsequently joined Coopers and Lybrand in 1993 where he qualified as an accountant. A professional aviator at heart, Nick lived in and around aircraft since childhood, following a fatal accident which killed his father Euan English and left Nick with multiple injuries, he joined his brother Giles English to restructure North Weald Flying Services LTD an aviation fixed based operator (FBO) and aircraft restoration business. Following the successful restructuring of the business the brothers left in 2000 and founded Virtue Broadcasting, a company specialising in digital content distribution for the record industry which they sold to the telecoms provider Interoute in 2005.
The brothers Nick and Giles English remain today as Directors of North Weald Flying Services. Following the tragic accident, as a result of their combined passion for watches and aviation, Giles and Nick started Bremont Watch Company where they spent five years perfecting their timepieces, manufacturing and testing at their workshop in Switzerland. The first Bremont watch was launched onto the market in 2007 and one year later in 2008 they were named best British Emerging Luxury Brand by the Walpole organisation and in the same year continued their growth in to the US and Asia. Today Bremont has become a very well respected luxury watch brand and continues its impressive growth.
Ed started his professional life as a brand manager with L’Oreal and worked across different brands in UK, UK and Asia focusing on Luxury retail After 5yrs with L’Oreal Ed gained a place at Harvard Business School to study his 2- yr MBA.
Whilst at Harvard Ed helped start 2 fashion brands and an upscale hospitality nightlife venue. In 2011, upon graduating Ed joined Jack Wills the UK clothing retailer as head of US marketing and was quickly promoted to Head of Global Marketing operations based in the UK and working across, Asia, Middle East and US markets.
The 4 yrs in the US convinced Ed of the need in the UK for a cold-pressed juice company and for the accompanying need of a US level of customer service to match
Janet Hutchings is an experienced restaurateur, hotelier and business owner having established and run the renowned Bell at Skenfrith in the Welsh Marches over the past 14 years.
The Bell consistently achieved ‘gold star’ status from both the AA and Wales Tourist Board as well as winning the Michelin Pub of the Year together with numerous other national and international awards.
The atmosphere and ambience she created, together with her belief of promoting and supporting local producers, was behind the success of The Bell which in turn made it stand out from its competitors.
Jeremy Isaac has been a Director of 4 fully listed PLC companies and the Chief Executive of 2 of them.
Since 2001 he has founded and built 2 independent publishing businesses, most recently Country & Town House which is focused exclusively at the affluent London market which can afford to enjoy the best of city and country living and includes Fiona Duncan’s Great British Hotels Guide.
Jeremy has extensive experience of starting and growing small businesses from scratch.
Harry’s career has been in Financial Services. Returning to Wales from London in 1994, he joined Brewin Dolphin’s Cardiff office before leaving to join Coutts Bank as their Senior Banker in Wales.
Subsequently he joined HSBC Private Bank as the first Regional Managing Director with the remit to launch the core proposition regionally, to open offices across The West of England, Wales & Northern Ireland and manage the business. In addition he sat on
The West of England & Wales Regional Board of HSBC. Latterly he joined JM Finn as its Investment Director in Wales & head of its Cardiff office.
Gareth is a seasoned retail specialist having held executive roles in a number of high-street brands. As Managing Director of Links of London, Gareth worked closely with key investor, Clark Group, during its 2006 exit to Folli Follie.
Educated in Chemistry and Economics at the University of Swansea, Gareth qualified with Arthur Anderson as a Chartered Accountant. Having worked in a number of financial leadership roles, he became Managing Director of retailer Hackett, taking the Managing Director role within Links of London some eight years later.
Gareth is currently CEO of Bremont and an integral part of the Clark Group network.
A leading hotelier in the Principality, for 18 years Justin has been Managing Director/Proprietor of the 120 bedroom Metropole Hotel and Spa in Llandrindod Wells re-positioning it from a 3 star provincial hotel to a respected 4 star conference and spa destination.
He has sat on numerous hotel marketing committees from Best Western Hotels to more recently Welsh Rarebits as well holding non-executive positions in the sector. His connections with the Welsh Government have seen him chair a task and finish group looking at rural growth zones in Wales and he currently heads up a business group created from a Welsh Government pilot scheme looking at provincial town regeneration using the success of Llandrindod Wells as the example.
He also sat on the tourism advisory panel (TAP) set up by Welsh Government to advise on tourism policy. Justin is currently chairman of British Hospitality Association Cymru.
Charlie qualified with a Fine Art degree in 1998, following which he exhibited his work in both London and Tokyo. After moving to London in 2000 he began a ten- year career in the Interior Design Industry working for a variety of luxury brands, project managing national & international projects for the high net worth residential market. Although a Creative at heart, Charlie has always had a keen entrepreneurial drive. He has set up and run a bespoke photographic print company and more recently a graphic design & web design agency. This varied experience of creativity and business acumen have given him the perfect platform on which to create Wild Nutrition Ltd with his wife and business partner Henrietta. Since launching in 2013 Wild Nutrition has grown rapidly, with listings in high-end retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Space NK and Harrods. The brand recently won an award within the ‘Natural Health International Beauty Awards 2015’.
“It all began literally round our kitchen table with nothing more than a conversation over a cup of tea, and then the vision began. For too long the supplement industry has been producing mainstream products that are simply not providing the claims that so many companies make. We wanted to create something new and fresh with products that were the best they could be without compromising on ingredient quality. Products that we could nourish our own family with. 2 years on and we are beginning to make ripples in the supplement ocean. 2016 is a big year for us with big plans for expansion. But above all, having the opportunity to genuinely help and support people’s health whilst work alongside my beautiful wife is a pleasure each and every day.”
Having graduated from University of Bristol in 2000, Henrietta followed her interest in natural health. In 2005 she qualified as a Nutritional Therapist and since then has established a busy London clinic and developed expertise in product formulation. This experience of the supplement industry called her to question the efficacy of synthetically derived nutrients and their effect on short and long term health. The development of Wild Nutrition grew from this passionate commitment to offer something different, to provide a new wave of supplements that were both natural and that reflected a deep respect for the body’s own healing ability.
Henrietta is also the published author of Take Control of Your Endometriosis and Your Pregnancy Nutrition Guide (Ebury). She is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), The Nutrition Council (NTC), Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Guild of Health Writers. She is also a Foresight Preconception Practitioner, Functional Medicine AFMCP graduate and is currently completing her MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey.
Georgie spent the first part of her career with the luxury events company Bentley’s Entertainments. There she gained valuable understanding, of high end service, catering and event management as well as PR and celebrity/act management.
After 5 yrs. Georgie moved to LA to set up the Bentley’s LA office and develop the business in the US where she developed an appreciation the LA events and lifestyle markets.
Georgie subsequently setup Saville Rose events, creating bespoke luxury events for private clients around the world.
It was in LA where Georgie gained an understanding of the health conscious LA consumer and Cold-Pressed Juices and where her fanaticism about the product and the associated benefits developed.
Andrew Sharland is a skilled businessman with a keen interest in online platforms.
Working in business development at the American Sports Marketing agency, IMG, Andrew gained experience in evolving sports stadiums and arenas in order to establish naming and sponsorship rights for the company.
As Director at a small digital agency he successfully built the company into a UK Top 100 digital agency. He won prestigious clients such as Bauer Media and Channel 4 to name a few. Through his business experience Andrew observed the trend that companies were increasingly finding their customers migrating from print to new media/online channels. As the Internet developed there became more opportunity for online advertising and Andrew spotted an opportunity. There was a progressive shift from static banner advertising that was seen as spam by the user and low investment for the company, to highly personalised dynamic content, which he believed could be highly capitalised on.
Andrew established Connected Ventures with his co-partner Peter Cowley in 2010, after recognising that online advertising revenues were low and that publishers were increasingly moving into ecommerce. Now with a team of 10, Connected Ventures provides connections between content and sales for online retailers. They create personalised adverts that provide utility through highly targeted campaigns that are relevant to the user and produce high revenue results.
Although Nick joined us directly from IMI Cornelius, where as European Director he held P&L responsibility for a £40m aftermarket operation, the lion’s share of Nick’s business experience was earned during a lengthy stay at global electronics distributor RS Components. There, over a thirteen-year period, he specialised in sales, logistics and e-commerce achieving success first as General Manager of wholly owned subsidiary Electrospeed and then as Group Director of Sales for the UK and Ireland responsible for a staff of 500 and a P&L of £350M. Nick, a qualified Electrical & Electronics Engineer, is a keen advocate of strategic planning and has a hands-on approach to deliver both individual and team success.
Maria is Co-Founder of Well&Truly. She's a Swedish National and has been involved within the Consumer Goods Industry since her teens via the Family Business in Sweden.
This passion for consumer goods then led to 7 years of world class experience in both Marketing & Sales with L’Oreal UK in London.
Sara, co-founder of Well&Truly, has over 10 years experience of heading up marketing departments across multiple industries.
She has extensive knowledge of launching new brands within the UK. Including the launch of Optimum Nutrition across EMEA which became the #1 Sports Nutrition Brand in 3 years.
Born out of her love for eye-catching colourful gemstones, plus a keen interest in jewellery and design, Monica Vinader set up her eponymous jewellery brand in 2002. With the initial idea being to create a range that was wearable, desirable and well-priced without being disposable and throwaway she wanted her designs to be worn every day. Perfectly summing up her approach to jewellery, Monica’s most treasured item from her lifelong collection is her engagement ring. Designed with her husband, they wanted to create a fantastic piece that would suit her lifestyle and one that she could wear all the time and that would suit every occasion. She’s worn it every day since. While Norfolk may seem the unlikely location for an award winning contemporary jewellery brand, it’s not only the company’s home but it’s also a source of great design inspiration for Monica.
Fuelling her creativity further, she is also hugely influenced by the ever changing natural world and through her extensive travels abroad including time spent in remote parts of Chile, Mexico and Argentina. Involved on all levels throughout from design to production, Monica’s passion clearly shines through every exceptional piece and all of the brand’s stones are cut from rough in the same factory to ensure that they retain their own charm and individuality. Experimenting with cuts as well as working with frequently overlooked stones such as Labradorite, Monica believes that each stone has its own personality and that its ‘flaws’ and marks are what make it truly unique. It’s this attention to detail and the faceted cuts of the coloured stones that give individual styles their organic and distinct feel.