Alan Potts

ALAN POTTS is our CEO. His background includes a spell in Nuclear Design Engineering, over 25 years as a business leader in the travel industry and a constant, intimate relationship with all things ‘digital’ dating back to the very birth of the web. He has successfully initiated and grown several businesses, developing pioneering eCommerce solutions, innovative promotional campaigns and disruptive business models along the way. He has held numerous executive and non-executive roles and acted as a coach/mentor to a diverse portfolio of businessmen and entrepreneurs. His passion for business coaching is equally matched by an energy and enthusiasm for building successful businesses with intelligence and real entrepreneurial flair. He has an AoEC Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, he is Marketing Director of the UK European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC UK) and a Network Director and Moderator for the Executive’s Global Network UK.

Firm Overview:

CoachDirectors helps business people to identify and eradicate their own blind spots. We work with progressive individuals – and whole organisations – and we challenge them to step-up to realise their full value.

There is no shortage of coaches in the market but we believe there is a real shortage of good coaches. CoachDirectors takes the guesswork out of finding the most effective coach for each and every business situation.

All our business coaches have demonstrated considerable success in a commercial role BEFORE training as a coach. We focus on assessing, selecting and developing the UK’s most effective business coaches, balancing commercial acumen with world-class coaching credentials.

Kulvinder Gill

For more than two decades, Eze Castle Integration has been the premier provider of managed services and technology solutions to the investment management industry, servicing hedge funds, private equity firms and other financial services organizations. We support more than 650 clients around the world – a true testament to the global network of clients and partners we have connected with. Our IT and cloud services are industry-leading (just look at our awards shelf!), and we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality levels of service and support to our clients each and every day, 24x7x365.

But we consider ourselves more than just a technology or cloud service provider. Technology is not just what we do – it’s who we are.

We take innovation seriously and were the driving force behind the adoption of cloud services in the investment industry. What started as an alternative infrastructure for one client in 2005 has evolved into a global platform supporting more than 400 firms and continuing to grow every day. Read below for more background on the birth of the first alternative investment management cloud.

Why Eze Castle Integration?

When it comes to achieving success on the investment front, you’re the expert. The technology front, however, is our bread and butter, and we understand what it takes to keep your hedge fund or private equity firm operating at peak performance at all times.

Over the course of our 20-year history, Eze Castle Integration has helped launch more than 1,000 new alternative investment firms and assisted countless more with their existing hedge fund technology platforms and service projects. Our team is comprised of the financial industry’s best and brightest engineers and client service members. In fact, many of our hedge fund technology experts go on to work for our clients — a sure sign that we employ and train the best there is.

More than 650 hedge funds, private equity firms and alternative investment funds rely on Eze Castle each day to meet their infrastructure, cybersecurity, communications and business protection needs. And we have offices around the globe — meaning wherever your firm’s offices are located, we can support your operations.

If we haven’t convinced you yet, take a look at the industry awards we racked up in 2017 — more than 15 of them! We continue to receive praise and recognition for our company culture, outsourced IT services and, of course, our Eze Hybrid Cloud, including the followings recent awards:

  • Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2018: Best Managed Service Provider – Overall
  • Wealth and Finance Global Excellence Awards: Best in Hedge Fund Technology Services
  • Hedgeweek Global Awards 2017: Best Cloud Services Provider
  • HFM US Technology Awards 2017: Best IT Consultancy

Phil J. McGovern

Phil J. McGovern joined MPA in 1996 and was appointed Managing Director in 2010. Since then the Company has grown rapidly from a small firm managing £40M to the firm it is today with excess of £550M funds under management. Phil plays a key managerial role in the company in shaping the future, ensuring standards are maintained as well as advising clients. He has amassed a vast amount of experience in complex pension and investment issues and specialises in pension transfers, income drawdown and investment planning. He is a Fellow of the PFS. He has been married to Emma for over 25 years with 2 children and enjoys cricket, golf and rugby.

Firm Overview:

MPA Financial Management is a specialist firm of Chartered Independent Financial Advisers. We are unbiased and unrestricted in our advice. This means we can search the whole of the market to find the right financial solutions for our clients.

We have a highly experienced and qualified team to understand, research and find solutions to our clients’ financial needs. Based in Henley-in-Arden, the firm have been operating since 1988. We have a team of 25 staff and manage well over £550m in investments on behalf of our clients. We have been ranked in the Top 100 Adviser firms in the UK by Citywire for the last 3 years. Please view our client services brochure.

Our primary focus is on helping you achieve your financial goals. Our expert advisers and client relationship managers will seek to understand your objectives and deliver to your needs first and foremost. Our philosophy is that we inform, educate and inspire our clients to make the right decisions for their financial success.

Jason McCue

Jason McCue is the Senior and a Founding Partner of McCue & Partners and recognised as a Leading Individual in Civil Liberties and Human Rights by the Legal 500. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on international public and civil affairs, transitional justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation and conflict resolution.

Jason is a leading international figure in crisis management and resolution.  He is regularly called upon by heads of state, governments, opposition groups, corporations and public figures to provide advice on a broad array of issues, from commercial and private concerns to transitional justice schemes and humanitarian matters.

He is recognised as a leading U.K. expert on litigation, human rights and reputation management (defamation (libel and slander), privacy and confidentiality).

Jason was awarded the Law Society of England and Wales’ Solicitor of the Year 2009-2010 for, amongst other things, his work on human rights issues in Africa.  In 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate in law.  For further information see his biography in Who’s Who.

Legal Background

Jason has a wealth of experience in advising on public interest matters and world-affairs.  He has in-depth experience on government affairs, foreign policy, counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation, legal, commercial and humanitarian/development matters throughout Africa. He has acted for numerous heads of state, governments, NGOs, the United Nations, the African Union, high-profile international companies and individuals to deal with an array of policy, legal, human rights, peace-process, conflict resolution, diplomatic, political and crisis management issues. He is renowned also for the use and development of domestic and international civil class actions/private prosecutions and human rights cases on behalf of victims (whether victims of terror, rogue regimes, states, corporates or individuals), as well as asset recovery initiatives.

Jason represents many commercial individuals and organisations and has a wealth of experience in advising on commercial matters and matters of public interest and public affairs.  He advises many high-profile individuals on an array of discrete legal, personal, business and political issues. He has confidentially advised political world leaders, governments, opposition groups as well as charities, NGOs and humanitarian organisations on an array of issues.

He has wide experience and had successes in every continent in ensuring the release and return home (whether through legal process, campaigning or negotiation) of numerous alleged criminal and political prisoners abroad.

Jason also spent many years defending one of the world’s largest media organisations against numerous libel actions brought against its newspapers.  He also advised many other newspapers and broadcasters in the U.K. as well as international insurance companies in the errors and omissions business.

Other interests

Jason has a long established working relationship with the political and government infrastructure  within the UK and various other world leaders and institutions.

He is very active on global humanitarian, justice, civil society and development issues.  Examples are: He was the architect of Mandate Darfur which was developed with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and has worked closely with UNAMID in the region on an array of matters.  He was engaged in transitional justice and post conflict issues in Libya.  He is a founder of the Great Foundation along with his wife and others that is dedicated to fostering gender equality globally.  He is a Consultant to Beyond Borders.  Previously, he has also been a former Ambassador for Femmes Africa Solidarité and Head of Crisis Action’s Advisory Committee.

He is a regular commentator for newspapers, radio and TV.

Legal Highlights

McDonald -v- The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi et al: Lead counsel representing the interests of victims of Provisional IRA (PIRA) bombings carried out with the support of the Gaddafi regime.

Breslin & Ors -v- McKenna & Ors: Lead counsel in the world’s first ever civil proceedings against members of a terrorist organisation and the Real IRA (RIRA), on behalf of the families of those killed in the 1998 bombing of Omagh.  Mr. McCue led the case to victory in 2010. He was also instrumental in the successful lobbying of the U.S. Government that brought about its designation of the RIRA by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organisation.

Almog -v- Arab Bank Plc: Co-counsel representing over 2000 victims of HAMAS suicide bombings before U.S. District Court.  The defendant stands accused of handling and transferring funds in support of terrorism.

The Times -v- Thomas (“Slab”) Murphy: Led the only successful legal action in which a Chief of Staff of the Provisional IRA was proven, in court, to be the head of a terrorist organisation.

Jason has successfully represented a number of personalities in respect of criminal allegations made against them, including John Leslie.

Jason has advised, organised and managed numerous domestic and international campaigns on a variety of matters, from justice against the Omagh Bombers to Free Belarus Now.

Jason can be emailed at [email protected]

Rizvan Anwar


Rizvan Anwar’s work consists of privately funded Criminal and Road Traffic matters. He has a background in dealing with some of the UK’s most notorious Criminal cases. He has also had an extensive period of working as a Regulatory lawyer for the UK’s second largest Regulatory body.

A Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations, and has represented several high profile footballers for Regulatory, Contractual and Criminal matters.

A wealth of experience in Criminal Defence Law. Having defended those accused of the most serious and complex offences, including Murder, Terrorism and Complex Frauds.

Having dealt with almost all manner of cases as a Litigator, he have spent the several years focusing on Crown Court Advocacy, and representation of only the highest profile cases. Many of these have received International Media attention.

Recent Cases:

– Secured an acquittal for the Lead Defendant ( Basana Kimbembi ) charged with a gang-related murder at HMP Pentonville –
– Represented Kevin Malamba who was arrested for murder but managed to secure a great result on a lesser charge in the ‘Celebrity bodyguard murder’ –
– Secured an acquittal for the alleged ‘money launderer’ in this multi million pound drugs conspiracy –
– Managed to have the case discontinued on the day of trial in one of the largest Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs in East London, where Officers found over £300,000 in cash in one of the properties searched.
– Represented the UKs leading female recruiter for ISIS, who was alleged to been the worlds 6th most influential Twitter user, for ISIS

Current Cases:

– Firearms Importation – Represent lead defendant in a vast NCA investigation into the importation of Firearms by Organised Criminals from Lithuania
– Murder – Represent 2 of the suspects arrested in relation to a gang murder linked to ‘drill music’
– Fraud – Represent the lead Defendant in the UKs largest telecoms fraud involving Apple and the EE network.
– Fraud – Represent the lead Defendant in a Banking Fraud with an estimate value of £120m
– Drugs conspiracy – Represent the Lead Defendant in a multi-handed NCA operation into the sale of Cannabis across ‘County Lines’
– Possession of Indecent Images – Represent the Lead Defendant in this NCA led investigation in Indecent Images and People Smuggling
– Terrorism – Represent 3 Defendants charged with the Distribution and Possession of Terrorist Material

Here is a snapshot of some of the recent Crown Court Trials he has personally conducted as the Advocate:

– Murder – Old Bailey (led by QC)
– Staff Banking Fraud – Old Bailey
– Conspiracy to commit Benefit Fraud – Snaresbrook
– Gumtreee/Harrods Fraud – Old Bailey
– Possession with intent to supply class A – Snaresbrook

Here is a snapshot of the recent cases he has conducted as a Litigator:

– Numerous Murder cases, including Honour Killings, Gangland murders
– Terrorism
– Multiple High Value Frauds, including the UK’s first ever chip and pin card fraud
– Conspiracies
– and most lesser offences

Actively participates in fund raising, and awareness programs organised by Islamic Relief, PCHR (Palestinian Center for Human Rights), CONTRAST (Hillsborough Rights campaign).

– Manager of the LinkedIn group: Criminal Solicitors UK
– He is the ‘recommended’ lawyer for,, London APSA, Great Wakering FC
– A Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations

Firm Overview:

Arcadian Law was founded in March 2015 by Rizvan Anwar and Majid Khan after both having worked for leading firms. The firm prides itself on offering a bespoke standard of City service for the suburbs. Both the firm and directors have been featured in the national press in 2015 and 2016 as a leading firm and as individual solicitors.

Arcadian Law has enjoyed excellent growth in the year that it has been up and running, and both partners have secured a number of excellent and high-profile clients and cases. Mr Anwar, a solicitor advocate with higher rights, is one of the most in-demand criminal defence solicitors in London. His recent cases have appeared in the national press and Mr Anwar has appeared on national TV.

Michaela Berry

Michaela Berry is a specialist pension lawyer with many years’ experience of a wide range of pensions issues. This has included scheme set-up and wind-up, mergers and advice to clients on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals. She provides guidance to trustees and employers on compliance with legislation.

Michaela heads the firm’s Public Sector team where she advises both local authorities and private employers in relation to public sector outsourcing, including establishing passport schemes and providing advice on admission to the LGPS, as well as advising in relation to the new Fair Deal.

She is also a member of our international pensions team and has experience advising a multinational employer considering setting up a new trust based international pension scheme. Michaela represents the firm at Ius Laboris events and conferences.

Her recent work has involved advising clients facing significant change in their pension fund arrangements, including merging schemes, introducing CARE arrangements, raising member contributions and altering future service accrual and analysing the employer’s contribution covenant.

Michaela’s work highlights include:

  • Advising schemes in relation to PPF entry
  • Advising the trustees of the EMI Pension fund in its £1.4bn buy-out in July 2013
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Water Pension Scheme on a major benefit redesign in 2015
  • Advising the Airbus UK Pension Scheme in relation to a scheme merger in 2018

“She’s been on that journey with us and understands our sensitivities. We have no professional trustees therefore we rely heavily on our advisers. We’ve always looked for proactivity and Michaela provides that.” ~ Alan Banks and Ian Scott, Chair and Trustee of Visteon Engineering Pension Scheme

Memberships & Qualifications:

Membership of professional bodies:

  • Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)
  • Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (North London Group Committee Member)

Firm overview:

We are the UK’s leading specialist law firm for pension scheme trustees, employers, corporate investors and providers.

Our entire focus is on advising the pensions and retirement savings industry. We advise trustee boards, sponsoring employers, providers and Government bodies. With a client roster of more than 450 occupational pension schemes, expert legal advice is only the start of our service. We look at what our clients are trying to achieve and give the most commercial and pragmatic advice to reach that objective. This is one of the reasons we have so many long standing clients, with some relationships lasting decades.

“Distinguished pensions boutique with a broad array of experience in defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.” ~ Chambers UK, 2018

We are consistently ranked in the top tier for pensions by both leading UK legal directories (Chambers UK and the Legal 500) and have been for the last twenty years. In addition, we were named Pension Law Firm of the Year 2018 at the recent UK Pensions Awards.

As well as providing advice on ongoing operational issues, we have evolved our offering to match our clients’ changing requirements. This includes our finance and investment capability to assist with liability management, SPVs, guarantees and security arrangements; and a pensions and investment litigation team to advise on contentious issues.

More information about the firm, what we do and how we do it, is available at