Our Senior Advisors

David Hughes
Founder & Senior Advisor

David has over thirty years in investment banking and the financial markets with Bain & Company, County NatWest, NatWest Markets and Salomon Smith Barney. During this time he worked in M&A, corporate advisory, debt capital markets and commodity risk management. Prior to David's investment banking career, he spent eight years with INCO of Canada and was the founding Principal Mineral Economist for the NSW Department of Mineral Resources. After leaving his position as Director, Investment Banking with Salomon Smith Barney in 1999, David set up Jacanda Capital as a fully licensed securities advisory business. David is a previous director and chair of the Audit Committee for Country Energy and is a previous director and chair of the Audit Committee for Resource Pacific Holdings Limited, an ASX listed company.

Andrew Sandes
Senior Advisor

Andrew has fifteen years experience working in the technology and telecommunications sectors across the Asia Pacific region. Most recently Andrew was North Asia Director for Genband Inc, the world’s leading supplier of next-generation gateway technologies, covering Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong markets. Prior to that in 2003, Andrew established the Japanese and Asia Pacific operations of NexTone Communications (later NextPoint Networks) and grew it to a team of 15 staff with multi-million dollar revenues across all major telecom operators in the Asia Pacific region. In 1999, Andrew co-founded market entry service provider AsiaEntry and, acting as both Marketing Director as well as Japan Director, helped more than 15 technology start-up companies successfully enter the Asia Pacific region. AsiaEntry’s diverse client base enabled Andrew to gain a deep knowledge of telecommunications solutions ranging across core routing, TDM/IP voice switching, OSS/BSS, thin client, wireless and security technologies.

Carl Clump
Senior Advisor

Carl Clump has experience of being the CEO of a public listed company on the London Stock Exchange, an AIM listed company, a private equity backed company and two startups, as well as being Group Managing Director for a Private Equity backed entity. He is currently the chairman of FBME Card Services, the cards and payment division of a European Private Bank. He is the non-executive Chairman of MillionPlus Private Finance (Asia), a specialist private finance consultancy. Additionally, he is on the advisory boards of Greenings International and Sprooki. In 2000, Carl founded Retail Decisions, an international card issuing and fraud prevention company, with many of the world’s leading brands as customers. He was the Chief Executive from 2000 until 2011 and he retired as the company’s Group Chairman in March 2013. Prior to Retail Decisions, Carl was the Chief Executive of Card Clear plc., an AIM listed company involved in payments, card issuing, loyalty, currency exchange and fraud prevention. He spent 13 years with Texaco, where he served in a series of roles in Retail Management, Logistics and Finance.

Stuart Bensley
Senior Advisor

Stuart has over thirty years international experience as a Senior Executive with BHP Billiton, a Vice President of BHP Petroleum – Energy Market Development, the Regional Managing Director of British Gas (Asia Pacific), President of PT Brown& Root Indonesia, Managing Director of Taylor Diving S.E.Asia, a senior Manager with Halliburton USA/UK and an engineer with Cleveland Bridge. His experience includes significant offshore, marine and sub-sea operations as well as the development and implementation of energy infrastructure projects. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer - CPEng in Australia. Stuart is currently the Chairman of Oceanlinx Ltd, an Australian wave to energy and clean water conversion company and is the founder of Bensley & Associates Pty Ltd. Stuart is on the Boards of Sunshine Youth Junction Inc and The Australian Council of Child and Youth Organisations Inc. He is a founding and active member of the Society for Underwater Technology, Melbourne.
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