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Nicholas Villiers - Chairman
Nicholas Villiers was Vice Chairman of Royal Bank of Canada Europe Ltd. and Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets (previously RBC Dominion Securities). Mr. Villiers joined the Royal Bank of Canada Group in 1983 as a Director and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Orion Royal Bank, London (a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada). During his 19-year career with the RBC Group, Mr. Villiers led the international mergers and acquisitions team based in London and was also responsible for the Royal Bank of Canada Group’s successful participation in international privatisations. Prior to joining the Royal Bank of Canada Group, Mr. Villiers served from 1977 to 1983 as joint Managing Director of Delcon Financial Corporation.
Raymond Apsey
Raymond Apsey is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators with extensive experience at management level of the offshore finance industry in the Bahamas, the Channel Islands and the Cayman Islands. He joined the Morgan Grenfell Offshore Group in 1975 to head the Corporate and Trust Division and held various senior appointments including Deputy Managing Director of Jersey, Managing Director of Cayman and Group Director before retiring in December 1995. Mr. Apsey resides in Jersey and is currently Chairman or director of a number of investment companies listed on the London, Irish and Channel Islands Stock Exchanges.
Philip Bisson
Philip Bisson is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and is or has been a member of various Jersey committees including the Jersey Association of Trust Companies of which he is also treasurer. From 1979 to 1986 Mr. Bisson was Trust Manager and Company Secretary of Chase Bank and Trust Company (CI) Limited and from 1986 to 1994 was a Director of BT Trustees (Jersey) Limited. Mr. Bisson is domiciled in Jersey and is currently the Managing Director of the Philean Trust Company Limited.
Thomas Grose
Thomas Grose, following service with the United States Army, began his career in finance with Citibank in New York, where he rose to become an Assistant Vice President. After a spell as Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer with Great American Industries, Inc., he joined Bankers Trust Company, where he spent 18 years variously in New York, London and Tunisia. Since 1991, Mr Grose has worked for Stock Market Index International, a company that he established in the UK, which provides proprietary research to asset managers, hedge funds and other financial institutions.
Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes was previously Director of Equities (Fund Manager) at M&G Investments. He joined M&G in 1986 and has managed a number of funds including M&G Smaller Companies Fund, M&G Recovery Fund, M&G Charifund, M&G Dividend Fund and a number of M&G investment trusts. He was a Board member of M&G Group PLC from 1994 until its take-over by Prudential PLC in 1999. He also served as a non-executive director of an M&G Investment Trust and two M&G investment companies. He is an accountant (CIPFA), a member of CFA UK (ASIP) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Dean Orrico
Dean Orrico is President of Middlefield International Limited and is responsible for overseeing the creation and ongoing management of all of Middlefield's investment funds. Mr. Orrico has 20 years of experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining MIDDLEFIELD® in 1996, Mr. Orrico was an account officer in the commercial banking division of the Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Orrico is a registered portfolio manager and is an MBA graduate of the Schulich School of Business (York University) and holds a B.Comm degree from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).
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