The Team

Philip Reid

Executive Director

Philip Reid runs the Company and has over 35-year experience of financial services, specialising in the selection and funding of early stage companies. He was a Chief Executive of the National Research Development Corporation, a UK Government backed venture capital organisation which oversaw the exploitation of many of the leading UK innovations. He was later a Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch and in recent years has been Chairman of some five AIM or NEX Exchange Listed public companies.

Dominic Berger

Executive Director

A committed entrepreneur focused on developing Investments and the ACF Business Club network, Dominic Berger’s business career has been built on an ability to reconcile needs of the creative and commercial world.  Dominic has extensive experience in developing, building, and leading successful digital media companies, some culminating in a successful listing; these include Umbro, The Premier League, Sony and Merlin Entertainment.  

Robert Millbourn

Director

Robert Millbourn started his career in 1964 as a trainee in Angers and Paris France with Comptoir National D'Escompte de Paris (CNEP) a commercial bank - now Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP Paribas).
In 1966 with M. Samuel London that became Hill Samuel - Merchant Bank. In 1968 a Director with Tozer Kemsley and Millbourn, an International Finance and Confirming House, firstly in Hamburg, Germany (in charge of business development in Scandinavia) then from 1970 - 1975 in London. Robert then made various private company investments, one of which took him to New York in 1975 to open an office for The West Nally Group, a sports marketing company. Over a five year period he developed this office with clients that included The Coca Cola Company, Gillette, Levi Jeans, Seiko Timing and the US Soccer Federation.

Natalia Gliorsi

Compliance Officer & MLRO

Natalia is a Qualified Brazilian and European Lawyer with over 12 years business experience, having worked in the financial sector during her entire professional life. She has in-house experience leveraging full legal support and legal compliance advisory to the general business and commercial operations. Natalia joined ACF in 2016 with the purpose of structuring an in-house Legal Department and implementing the Group’s Corporate Compliance Program. She has since developed considerable knowledge in operational compliance and European regulations. Natalia has been recently approved as the Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) of the Company.

Christopher Theis

Customer Function (CF30)

Christopher is a Director of Path Investments Plc. His previous appointments included Head of Institutional Sales & Research at Merchant Securities Ltd., Corporate Officer at Daniel Stewart & Co. Plc.and Managing Director at Canaccord Adams Ltd., He was a founding shareholder of MediaZest Plc. and Four U4EA Technologies, Inc. and a Principal by Smith New Court Plc. Christopher also served on the board at Insinger Finance (UK) and Hoare Govett Ltd. Having worked in the Financial markets and founded three successful businesses, Christopher has useful insights into the corporate life-cycle and its impact on potential clients. Christopher received his MBA from Cass Business School and his specialties include Mergers and Acquisitions, pre-IPO and public flotations, fund raising and investor liaison for companies at every stage of development.

Julian Leadbetter

Customer Function (CF30)

Julian has over 20 years’ experience in the financial markets with the majority spent building technology related businesses in the broking world. This has encompassed all aspects of ISV, FIX based and HFT technologies, as well as traditional Voice broking and Execution & Clearing sales across Cash Equity, Futures, FX & Commodities (including a particular focus on the London Metal Exchange). He brings wide experience in starting businesses and building sales teams in UK, Europe & Asia. He has further experience and exposure to FinTech, Prop Tech, Reg Tech and with Clean Tech & SAAS solutions has a focus on ground breaking Renewable and Mobility related technology.

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