Category Archives: Directors & Senior Management

David Harland

Chairman, Scholium Group plc

David Harland is an experienced Chairman and CEO in both public and private arenas. He is currently Chairman and a director of One PLM Ltd, a CAD/CAM software business, part owned by BGF Group Plc, is a mentor for Imperial College in their Imperial Venture Mentor Services group and was, until 2017, a partner of Lyceum Capital Partners. He has been involved with a wide number of businesses over the past forty years, specialising in performance and growth improvement.

Philip Tansey

Chief Finance Officer, Scholium Group plc

With an executive career of over 30 years, Mr Tansey has a wealth of experience which enables him to provide expertise and knowledge as the part-time Chief Financial Officer of Scholium. He is a chartered accountant, whose previous roles included the appointments of Chief Financial Officer of both WH Ireland Group plc and Panmure Gordon & Co. plc.

Bernard J. Shapero

Chief Executive Director and Founder of Shapero Rare Books

Bernard is an experienced international dealer in rare books and works on paper. He began dealing in rare books in 1979 from a stall in Gray’s Antique Market, moving to Holland Park in 1989 and Mayfair in 1996. He has specialist knowledge primarily in works of Natural History, Travel and Literature.

Thomas James Jennings CBE

Non-executive director, Scholium Group plc

Thomas is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. In 1975 he joined the Rotary Group, a family controlled multi-national mechanical and electrical engineering business, and in 1999 was appointed Chairman and Managing Director. He remained in this role until the Group was sold for over £100 million in 2008 to Hastie Limited. In addition, he was Chairman of the Cromwell Hospital in West London from 2006 until 2008, when this business was sold to BUPA for in excess of £90 million. Since 2008 he has controlled the family office and managed various private equity business interests. Thomas James Jennings CBE is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Charles Sebag-Montefiore

Non-executive director, Scholium Group plc

Charles qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974. He was a corporate advisory partner of Grieveson Grant & Co from 1985 until 1986 and an executive director of Kleinwort Benson Securities Ltd from 1986 until 1994, of Elderstreet Private Equity from 1997 until 1999 and of IDJ Limited from 1999 until 2004. In 2004 he became head of corporate finance and finance director of Ludgate Investments Ltd, retiring at the end of 2012; he was then appointed a non-executive director of that company. He is a Trustee of the National Gallery and Treasurer of a number of charities. For over 40 years, he has collected rare books on the history of collecting fine and decorative arts and is the author of two books on that subject.

Graham Noble

Non-Executive Director, Scholium Group plc

Graham has been a FCA regulated person since 2001, having worked for a number of financial institutions including UBS and Credit Suisse. In 2010 Graham co-founded Rampart Capital, an investment management business based in Mayfair, London. Graham acts as a non executive director for What Group Limited and as Chief Investment Officer for Soho Estates Holdings.

Philip Blackwell

Non-executive Director, Scholium Group plc

Philip founded Bookbank Limited in March 2009. Mr Blackwell trained as a bookseller and publisher before completing an MBA at London Business School in 1996. After four years as a strategy consultant with Cap Gemini, Mr Blackwell became chief executive officer of Blackwell Limited in 2000 until 2006 and in 2002 became a director of Blackwell Publishing (Holdings) Limited until its sale for approximately £572 million in 2007. Mr Blackwell is a former member of the Bodleian Library Development Board, and the Google publisher content advisory board, and is a trustee of the Royal Green Jackets museum in Winchester. Mr Blackwell’s family has owned rare and antiquarian book dealing businesses for over 100 years.