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Tom Hart ACA

Independent Non-executive Director & Finance Professional

Mob: +44 (0)7767 276 858

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Tom spent the early part of his career in every aspect of the computer industry – hardware, software and services. He has held CEO and senior director positions in Finance, Sales & Marketing and Operations with companies such as Commodore, Unisys and Adobe Systems.

Tom was a Director and shareholder at VC-backed McQueen International, a business process outsourcing (BPO) services group, where he designed and built call centre and other services to add to McQueen’s core logistics capabilities, growing the business from a $20m indigenous Scottish company to a $120m global business in 4 years. Tom and his fellow Board members negotiated a successful exit to Sykes Enterprises Inc.

Since then, Tom has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in IT and other sectors, including Financial Services (Finance & Leasing), and owns a business in France which provides accessible holiday accommodation.

Currently, Tom is a director at Eildon Management & Finance providing financial and non-executive business advisory services to SMEs, including strategic and financial planning, and accounting & taxation services for companies and high net worth individuals.

Tom is also a member of the business angel syndicates Tweed Investors Renaissance Capital (“TRI Cap”) and the Angel Club of the North East Angel Fund. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer at the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership (“SBTP”), and sits on the committee of the Scottish Government’s Accessible Tourism Group (“ATG”).

<strong>Direct Industry Experience:</strong>

IT (Software, Hardware, Services) | Manufacturing | Distribution & Fulfilment | Telecoms & Communications (Call Centres) | BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) | Financial Services (Finance & Leasing) | Commercial Rental/Hire | Travel Tourism & Leisure | B2B & B2C | Private Equity / VC / Business Angels | Business Turnaround | Mergers, Acquisitions and Disposals | Financial Restructuring | AIM Flotation

<strong>Other Areas of Expertise / Services:</strong>

Chartered Accountant lCorporate and Individual Taxation | Internet Marketing | Database Management | Non-executive lInterim CFO/Management | Due Diligence

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Tom Hart ACA

Tom Hart ACA

Independent Non-executive Director & Finance Professional

Mike Tait FInstD CDir

Independent Chairman and Chartered Director

<p><strong>LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/michael-tait/0/2b/a87</strong></p>
<p><strong>Mob: +44 (0)7831 105 345</strong></p>
<p>Mike Tait is an international portfolio chairman with 18 years experience in developing or turning around private equity backed companies.  Mike has worked with many leading names in private equity such as 3i, Electra Europe, Sovereign Capital and Milestone Capital and banks such as RBS, Hambros and Investec.</p>
<p>Most recently Mike developed Coffee Nation to a network of 900 sites across the country with Tesco, Welcome Break, Sainsbury, Moto and other big names, and created and led the sale of the company to Costa Coffee for £59.5m.</p>
<p>Previously Mike led the turnaround of Claims Management Group, a leading Lloyds and London Market insurance services company, and subsequently sold the business to Capita Group Plc for £32m.</p>
<p>Mike is currently chairman of Debt Line which is one of the leading companies providing debt management services and other financial products to 20,000 people and is currently engaged in two new acquisitions.</p>
<p>In addition to Mike’s entrepreneurial work, he has a strong corporate back ground. He was Vice President, Europe-Africa for Unisys Corporation, the world’s second largest computer company where he built a $500m division and established Unisys as one of the top suppliers in distributed systems in all 14 western European countries.</p>
<p>Mike has held senior management posts with Digital Equipment Corporation, Tesco Stores, RHM Foods, Argos, after qualifying as a mechanical engineer with Rolls-Royce and Pye/Philips.</p>
<p><strong>Direct Industry Experience:</strong></p>
<p> IT (Software, Hardware) | Manufacturing | Distribution | Retail | B2B and B2C | Private Equity / VC lBusiness Turnaround | Debt Management | Residential Care | Financial Services (Insurance, Lloyds Brokerage) | Publishing | Technology/Engineering</p>
<p><strong>Other Areas of Expertise / Services:</strong></p>
<p> Chartered Director | Company Turnarounds | MBO / MBI | Executive Coaching | Non-executive Chairman | Interim CEO | Sales &amp; Marketing</p>

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Mike Tait FInstD CDir

Mike Tait FInstD CDir

Independent Chairman and Chartered Director

Paul Yuskaitis

Executive Manager and Investment Analyst

Mob: +44 (0)7803 130 645

Paul Yuskaitis is an executive manager with broad experience in all business critical areas including developing client relationships, optimising business operations, particularly contact centre operations, implementing effective, financially sound business models and building and managing performance driven teams with companies including MCI Telecommunications, Teletech and Verizon Business.

Originally from the United States, Paul relocated to Edinburgh Scotland in 1997 to join Tom at McQueen as the Call Centre Director. Since then Paul has held a variety of challenging executive operational roles which included the start-up of a contact centre organisation which eventually sold for over £32 million and the turn-around and transformations of a large contact centre and warehouse/fulfilment operation with revenues of £14 million and a large contact centre operation with revenues of £12 million.

Most recently, for the past seven years, Paul worked for Verizon Business developing and selling contact centre people, process and technology transformation programmes to key enterprise and corporate customers, most of whom were fortune 100 companies with global contact centre organisations in excess of 10,000 employees.

Prior to relocating from the United States Paul held various programme management roles with MCI and key executive roles in two internet start-up companies, both of which have experienced substantial growth and are still operating today.

Currently, Paul provides consulting and advisory services to SMEs and is an investment reviewer/advisor and member of the business angel syndicates Tweed Investors Renaissance Capital (“TRI Cap”).

Direct Industry Experience:

IT (Software, Hardware, Services) | Internet | Warehousing, Distribution and Fulfilment | Telecoms & Communications | Contact Centres (Insourcing and Outsourcing) | BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) | Financial Services | Travel Tourism & Leisure | B2B & B2C | Private Equity / Business Angels | Business Turnaround | Mergers and Acquisitions

Other Areas of Expertise / Services:

Interim Operations Management | Internet / Cloud Businesses | Sales & Marketing

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Paul Yuskaitis

Paul Yuskaitis

Executive Manager and Investment Analyst

Joanne Elliott

Chartered Management Accountant

Mob: +44 (0)7733 331 467

Joanne heads our managed accounting & bookkeeping services for corporate clients. She trained with Ernst & Young and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Joanne Elliott

Joanne Elliott

Chartered Management Accountant

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