Scott Paul Livingston, (Chief Executive Officer) (Aged 44)
Scott started his career in sales and sales trading where he achieved many accolades. He began working for Harlow Butler money brokers on the options and futures desk. At the age of 21, he founded a telecommunications company, Evolution Voice & Data Limited, which he eventually listed and sold in 2005 before setting up Westlab Ltd, a bath salts business. Scott is also a direct investor in other consumer brands such as Ohso Chocolate ltd. Through his roles as a professional investor and senior management, Scott has overseen many capital raising projects including from EIS funds and other UHNW investor investors.
From 2008 to 2011, in parallel to incubating Westlab, Scott operated and ran an FCA regulated algorithmic hedge fund, using quantitative models on highly liquid FX / index and bonds. Scott eventually introduced and incorporated some of these quantitative and statistical skills to grow Westlab more efficiently, using a strong data-centric approach. Since 2011, Scott has focussed full-time on Westlab as CEO and on Ohso Chocolate as a non-executive director and investor.
In 2017, Scott joined YPO (Young Presidents Organisation) and is now deputy Education Chair for 2020 and 2021. He is also currently pursuing a diploma in private equity and venture capital from Harvard University.
Scott is a member of RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) and has a yacht in Port Solent and sails regularly in regattas and races. He also serves the local community boxing club and has a strong interest in boxing, skiing, tennis and golf.
Robert David Hewitt, (Finance Director) (Aged 64)
Robert qualified with Touche Ross and became a licenced Insolvency Practitioner. He left to found his own firm - Gibson Hewitt & Co - in 1988. He acted as an Insolvency Practitioner until he retired from the firm in 2016. At the same time he headed up the firm's small accounting and tax function aimed at helping businesses manage change and with a particular emphasis on start up or growing businesses.
He has helped many businesses in a variety of roles, sometimes by serving as a Director - occasionally nominated by venture capital firms to join boards of their investments. Since leaving his firm, he has acted as Director to several new ventures and growing businesses.
He is an opera fan and keen landscape photographer.
Nick D'Onofrio, (Non-Executive Director) (Aged 52)
Nick was the co-founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer at North Asset Management an FCA regulated London based alternative asset management business. Nick helped establish the operational and financial infrastructure of the firm and managed those areas of the business which included marketing and investor relations, risk, compliance, accounting, legal, and banking and service provider relationships. At North Asset Management, Nick contributed to the creation of a multi product fund platform including a macro fund, emerging markets fund, collateralized debt obligations/credit fund and real estate fund that in aggregate raised in excess of USD 1 billion in assets. Nick is a former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and managed Morgan Stanley's counterparty credit team covering all of Europe and the Middle East (EMEA) region. Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, Nick worked at Swiss Banking Corporation from 1994 to 1996 and ABN AMRO from 1990 to 1994. Nick received his Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University in 1990.
Alex Phillips, (Non-Executive Director) (Aged 50)
Alex is a Partner at Smith Square Partners LLP, joining the partnership in late 2016, and has over 25 years experience in corporate finance and capital markets, having previously served as a Managing Director in the UK Investment Banking team at Credit Suisse and an Executive Director in the equivalent team at Morgan Stanley.
Immediately prior to joining Smith Square Partners, Alex was Chief Executive Officer of Passtech, a private business serving oil & gas equipment manufacturers, with operations in the Middle East. Alex led the stabilisation and growth of the business prior to its sale to Overmach Group SpA.
Alex currently serves as Senior Independent Director on the Board of Notting Hill Genesis. Notting Hill Genesis is one of the leading housing associations in the UK and a member of the G15, having been formed through the amalgamation of Notting Hill Housing Group and Genesis Housing Association. Previously, Alex served as Vice Chairman of Notting Hill Housing Group.
Alex has a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Politics from the University of Bristol.