Wade Emmerson - Conrad Capital Sir Richard Lapthorne - Conrad Capital Stephane Landers - Conrad Capital Brian West - Conrad Capital Kelly O'Connell - Conrad Capital
London Chamber of Commerce John Clifford - Conrad Capital
John Clifford BSc. (Hons) Managing Director
The   Managing   Director   of   Conrad   Capital   and   the   influential   Conrad   Family   Office   in   London,   John   is   highly   experienced   financial   &   legal   entrepreneur,   who has been running a variety of successful finance, property and family office businesses for over thirty years. With   a   First-Class   Honours   degree   in   mathematics   and   an   impeccable   eye   for   detail,   John   has   spent   ten   years   building   worldwide   relationships   at   the highest possible level. Often   described   as   having   an   astute   mind   that   can   evaluate   situations   in   minutes   rather   than   hours,   as   well   as   possessing   a   legal   prowess   that   emulates most   solicitors,   John   brings   an   immense   skillset   to   Conrad’s   investment   and   lending   operations,   one   which   has   allowed   him   to   build   a   worldwide   base   of HNW & UNHW clients, as well as corporate and financial institutions, both in the UK and overseas.
Kelly O’Connell Relationship Manager
Kelly   is   an   integral   part   of   the   Conrad   Team   having   worked   with   John   for   over   twenty   years.   She   is   a   key   managerial   interface   with   Conrad’s   exclusive introducer club but is equally comfortable dealing with their clients and third-party providers. Having   been   involved   in   all   administrative,   legal   and   senior   management   areas   and   having   at   one   time   managed   over   thirty   office   staff   and   key   national accounts   for   several   major   UK   lenders   her   knowledge   and   ability   to   multi   task   is   beyond   question.   Kelly   ensures   that   all   parties   are   pulling   in   the   same direction and that results are achieved in the shortest possible time-frame. A   keen   and   perceptive   mind   also   marks   Kelly   out   as   a   very   effective   Manager.   She   is   never   afraid   to   ask   the   difficult   questions   and   as   a   result   cuts   quickly   to the   core   of   any   issues.   Conversely,   once   a   case   is   being   processed,   she   takes   time   to   fully   understand   each   client,   ensuring   that   loans   are   adapted   to   their needs and that Conrad’s professional introducers are kept informed every step of the way. A   consummate   professional   with   an   easy-going   telephone   manner   and   an   un-paralleled   work   ethic,   Kelly   is   very   much   the   glue   that   binds   the   Conrad   Team together.
Brian West BA (Hons) Private Client Manager
Brian   is   a   results   driven   professional   financier   with   over   twenty   five   years   of   experience   operating   at   the   cutting   edge   of   the   UK’s   specialist   lending   markets. He has a long and consistent track record of success across wide ranging environments, from entrepreneurial to Blue Chip. He   has   played   a   key   role   in   the   development   and   launch   of   several   new   lenders   from   regulated   mortgage   and   secured   loan   specialists   to   businesses focussed   purely   on   bridging   and   development   finance.   Furthermore,   he   has   recently   played   a   pivotal   role   in   the   development   and   launch   of   a   brand   new Family Office platform. Whilst   his   background   and   experience   is   diverse,   Brian   has   no   hesitation   in   confirming   that   Conrad   is   one   of   the   most   innovative   new   lenders   he   has   yet been   involved   with.   Most   particularly   he   sees   the   core   principle   that   every   client   is   initially   contacted   by   a   Conrad   Director   as   a   ‘game   changer’   underpinning as it does a level of service hitherto unseen in the short-term lending industry. Brian   and   John   have   known   each   other   professionally   for   over   twenty-two   years   and   together   are   able   to   apply   a   very   complimentary   skill   set   to   the   Conrad proposition.
Stephane Landers Senior Consultant
You   could   describe   Stephane   as   a   “Financier   turned   Property   Developer”,   but   in   truth   this   doesn’t   begin   to   do   justice   to   the   incredibly   diverse,   colourful   and hugely successful career he has enjoyed too date. A   degree   in   Anthropology,   early   charity   work   in   Eastern   Europe   and   time   spent   in   pharmaceutical   sales   in   Saudi   Arabia   were   a   brilliant   grounding   but   having always   set   his   sights   on   a   career   in   finance,   Stephane   joined   an   investment   bank   as   an   Equity   Analyst   and   trained   to   earn   the   Chartered   Financial   Analyst designation.   After   years   of   giving   advice   to   others,   Stephane   became   a   Proprietary   Trader,   to   put   his   own   ideas   into   action,   successfully   setting   up   and managing   a   European   equity   portfolio   of   over   £100m.   His   last   10   years   in   the   City   were   spent   in   several   senior   advisory   and   trading   roles   with   boutique investment firms, servicing the hedge fund industry. Stephane   left   his   last   position   in   finance   in   2016   but   not   before   relocating   to   Monaco   where   he   now   permanently   resides.   He   currently   works   with   a   wide range of businesses as an angel investor and venture capitalist.    A   strong   entrepreneurial   spirit   with   an   eye   that   is   always   focused   on   innovation,   Stephane   is   the   archetypal   out-of-the-box   thinker.   It   was   his   involvement   as a   lender   in   the   P2P   sector   that   first   brought   him   into   contact   with   Conrad   Managing   Director   John   and   it   quickly   became   clear   that   the   two   had   a   strong, shared   business   ethos.   Having   worked   together   subsequently   on   several   smaller   projects   Conrad   now   provides   the   perfect   opportunity   for   Stephane,   John and the rest of the Conrad team to mould and build a market leading international lending platform.
Sir Richard Lapthorne CBE, BCom, FCMA, FCCA, FCT, CBIM
Sir   Richard   has   had   a   long   and   distinguished   career   spanning   over   fifty   years   and   is   currently   Chairman   of   CPP   Group   based   in   Leeds   and   a   director   and Chairman of the Governance Committee of Sherritt International, a nickel and cobalt mining company based in Toronto. Having    obtained    a    Bachelor    of    Commerce    Degree    from    Liverpool    University    he    joined    Unilever    as    a    UCMDS    (Unilever    Companies    Management Development   Scheme)   Trainee   within   their   Internal   Audit   Department.   He   then   went   on   to   various   operational   roles   in   the   UK,   Zambia,   Holland   and   France. These   proved   to   be   an   excellent   grounding   as   Sir   Richard   has   subsequently   become   one   of   the   best   respected,   high   profile   business   leaders   in   the   UK.   He has   served   as   a   Finance   Director   or   Chairman   of   a   wide   range   of   FTSE   100   and   non-traded   companies   since   1986.   Most   notably   he   served   as   a   Finance Director and then Vice Chairman of British Aerospace in the 1990’s and then as Chairman of Cable & Wireless from 2003 to 2016. At   British   Aerospace   he   was   a   key   member   of   the   management   team   which   transformed   the   business   from   a   position   of   dire   financial   weakness   to   become Europe’s   leading   aerospace   and   defence   company.   In   recognition   of   his   instrumental   role   in   this   important   turnaround   he   was   awarded   a   CBE   for   services to the aerospace industry in 1997.   In   2009   Sir   Richard   was   thrilled   to   be   honoured   with   a   knighthood   for   his   services   to   telecommunications   but   typically   attributed   much   of   the   credit   to   the “fantastic   work   that   the   men   and   women   of   Cable   &   Wireless   have   put   in.”   This   collegiate   approach   has   inspired   loyalty   wherever   Sir   Richard   has   been   but crucially   it   is   married   with   an   incisive   financial   acumen   and   an   innate   ability   to   assess   risk.   Ultimately,   under   pinning   everything,   is   a   profound   commitment to public and social responsibility.   Other   key   positions   have   included   the   Chairmanship   of   Amersham   International   (now   GE   Healthcare),   New   Look   and   the   McLaren   Group   Limited   as   well   as Arlington Securities PLC (now part of the Goodman Group) when it managed £6.2Bn of its own commercial property assets.   In   addition   to   his   professional   career   he   has   also   served   as   HM   the   Queen’s   trustee   at   the   Royal   Botanic   Gardens   Kew   as   well   as   working   for   different   UK governments   producing   the   report   leading   to   the   formation   of   the   Department   for   Work   and   Pensions.   He   also   chaired   the   Foresight   Report   into   the   Future of UK Manufacturing. Sir   Richard   owns   his   own   property   portfolio   and   has   personally   embarked   on   several   of   his   own   design   and   build   projects   both   at   home   and   abroad.   It   is this passion for property that has encouraged Sir Richard to become part of the Conrad Team and we are honoured to have him on board.
Wade Emmerson Head of Private Clients
Wade   is   a   seasoned,   accomplished   and   internationally   experienced   businessman,   with   active   interests   in   the   Channel   Islands,   Central   Asia,   China,   the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Having   begun   his   career   in   business   at   the   tender   age   of   just   nine,   Wade   had   continuous   and   active   involvement   in   his   family’s   business   right   through school   and   university.   This   unique   apprenticeship   allowed   him,   as   Managing   Director,   to   build   up   a   diversified   transport,   travel   and   tour   operations business,   that   employed   over   400   people   across   five   counties   of   England.   Following   a   successful   trade   sale,   he   moved   to   Guernsey,   and   set   about expanding his business interests on a global scale. 20   years   later,   Wade’s   entrepreneurial   spirit   and   strong   commercial   background   have   seen   him   successfully   run   natural   resources,   travel,   transportation and   logistics   businesses   across   several   continents.   Having   dealt   directly   with   a   huge   variety   of   regulatory   bodies,   national   and   local   government   officials, politicians,   business   people   and   diplomats   across   the   world,   he   has   a   unique   ability   to   confront   and   conquer   a   diverse   range   of   international   business, logistical   and   procedural   issues.   He   does   so   with   an   equally   unique   business   style   that   is   not   only   challenging,   as   one   might   expect,   but   also   extremely collegiate. Wade’s   business-critical   input   to   strategy,   his   commercial   clarity,   and   his   common-sense   approach,   are   hugely   valued   by   the   whole   Conrad   team,   a   team   to which he adds great value, as we drive forward with ambitious growth plans, both at home and internationally.
London Chamber of Commerce Sir Richard Lapthorne - Conrad Capital Stephane Landers - Conrad Capital Brian West - Conrad Capital Kelly O'Connell - Conrad Capital John Clifford - Conrad Capital
John Clifford BSc. (Hons) Managing Director
The   Managing   Director   of   Conrad   Capital   and   the   influential   Conrad   Family Office   in   London,   John   is   highly   experienced   financial   &   legal   entrepreneur, who   has   been   running   a   variety   of   successful   finance,   property   and   family office businesses for over thirty years. With   a   First-Class   Honours   degree   in   mathematics   and   an   impeccable   eye for   detail,   John   has   spent   ten   years   building   worldwide   relationships   at   the highest possible level. Often   described   as   having   an   astute   mind   that   can   evaluate   situations   in minutes    rather    than    hours,    as    well    as    possessing    a    legal    prowess    that emulates    most    solicitors,    John    brings    an    immense    skillset    to    Conrad’s investment   and   lending   operations,   one   which   has   allowed   him   to   build   a worldwide   base   of   HNW   &   UNHW   clients,   as   well   as   corporate   and   financial institutions, both in the UK and overseas.
Kelly O’Connell Relationship Manager
Kelly   is   an   integral   part   of   the   Conrad   Team   having   worked   with   John   for over   twenty   years.   She   is   a   key   managerial   interface   with   Conrad’s   exclusive introducer   club   but   is   equally   comfortable   dealing   with   their   clients   and third-party providers. Having   been   involved   in   all   administrative,   legal   and   senior   management areas    and    having    at    one    time    managed    over    thirty    office    staff    and    key national   accounts   for   several   major   UK   lenders   her   knowledge   and   ability   to multi   task   is   beyond   question.   Kelly   ensures   that   all   parties   are   pulling   in the   same   direction   and   that   results   are   achieved   in   the   shortest   possible time-frame. A    keen    and    perceptive    mind    also    marks    Kelly    out    as    a    very    effective Manager.   She   is   never   afraid   to   ask   the   difficult   questions   and   as   a   result cuts   quickly   to   the   core   of   any   issues.   Conversely,   once   a   case   is   being processed,   she   takes   time   to   fully   understand   each   client,   ensuring   that loans   are   adapted   to   their   needs   and   that   Conrad’s   professional   introducers are kept informed every step of the way. A   consummate   professional   with   an   easy-going   telephone   manner   and   an un-paralleled   work   ethic,   Kelly   is   very   much   the   glue   that   binds   the   Conrad Team together.
Brian West BA (Hons) Private Client Manager
Brian   is   a   results   driven   professional   financier   with   over   twenty   five   years   of experience    operating    at    the    cutting    edge    of    the    UK’s    specialist    lending markets.   He   has   a   long   and   consistent   track   record   of   success   across   wide ranging environments, from entrepreneurial to Blue Chip. He   has   played   a   key   role   in   the   development   and   launch   of   several   new lenders     from     regulated     mortgage     and     secured     loan     specialists     to businesses     focussed     purely     on     bridging     and     development     finance. Furthermore,   he   has   recently   played   a   pivotal   role   in   the   development   and launch of a brand new Family Office platform. Whilst   his   background   and   experience   is   diverse,   Brian   has   no   hesitation   in confirming   that   Conrad   is   one   of   the   most   innovative   new   lenders   he   has yet   been   involved   with.   Most   particularly   he   sees   the   core   principle   that every   client   is   initially   contacted   by   a   Conrad   Director   as   a   ‘game   changer’ underpinning   as   it   does   a   level   of   service   hitherto   unseen   in   the   short-term lending industry. Brian   and   John   have   known   each   other   professionally   for   over   twenty-two years   and   together   are   able   to   apply   a   very   complimentary   skill   set   to   the Conrad proposition.
Stephane Landers Senior Consultant
You   could   describe   Stephane   as   a   “Financier   turned   Property   Developer”, but    in    truth    this    doesn’t    begin    to    do    justice    to    the    incredibly    diverse, colourful and hugely successful career he has enjoyed too date. A   degree   in   Anthropology,   early   charity   work   in   Eastern   Europe   and   time spent   in   pharmaceutical   sales   in   Saudi   Arabia   were   a   brilliant   grounding   but having   always   set   his   sights   on   a   career   in   finance,   Stephane   joined   an investment   bank   as   an   Equity   Analyst   and   trained   to   earn   the   Chartered Financial    Analyst    designation.    After    years    of    giving    advice    to    others, Stephane   became   a   Proprietary   Trader,   to   put   his   own   ideas   into   action, successfully   setting   up   and   managing   a   European   equity   portfolio   of   over £100m.   His   last   10   years   in   the   City   were   spent   in   several   senior   advisory and   trading   roles   with   boutique   investment   firms,   servicing   the   hedge   fund industry. Stephane   left   his   last   position   in   finance   in   2016   but   not   before   relocating   to Monaco   where   he   now   permanently   resides.   He   currently   works   with   a   wide range of businesses as an angel investor and venture capitalist.    A    strong    entrepreneurial    spirit    with    an    eye    that    is    always    focused    on innovation,   Stephane   is   the   archetypal   out-of-the-box   thinker.   It   was   his involvement   as   a   lender   in   the   P2P   sector   that   first   brought   him   into   contact with   Conrad   Managing   Director   John   and   it   quickly   became   clear   that   the two     had     a     strong,     shared     business     ethos.     Having     worked     together subsequently   on   several   smaller   projects   Conrad   now   provides   the   perfect opportunity   for   Stephane,   John   and   the   rest   of   the   Conrad   team   to   mould and build a market leading international lending platform.
Sir Richard Lapthorne CBE, BCom, FCMA, FCCA, FCT, CBIM
Sir   Richard   has   had   a   long   and   distinguished   career   spanning   over   fifty years   and   is   currently   Chairman   of   CPP   Group   based   in   Leeds   and   a   director and   Chairman   of   the   Governance   Committee   of   Sherritt   International,   a nickel and cobalt mining company based in Toronto. Having   obtained   a   Bachelor   of   Commerce   Degree   from   Liverpool   University he     joined     Unilever     as     a     UCMDS     (Unilever     Companies     Management Development   Scheme)   Trainee   within   their   Internal   Audit   Department.   He then   went   on   to   various   operational   roles   in   the   UK,   Zambia,   Holland   and France.    These    proved    to    be    an    excellent    grounding    as    Sir    Richard    has subsequently    become    one    of    the    best    respected,    high    profile    business leaders   in   the   UK.   He   has   served   as   a   Finance   Director   or   Chairman   of   a wide    range    of    FTSE    100    and    non-traded    companies    since    1986.    Most notably   he   served   as   a   Finance   Director   and   then   Vice   Chairman   of   British Aerospace   in   the   1990’s   and   then   as   Chairman   of   Cable   &   Wireless   from 2003 to 2016. At   British   Aerospace   he   was   a   key   member   of   the   management   team   which transformed   the   business   from   a   position   of   dire   financial   weakness   to become   Europe’s   leading   aerospace   and   defence   company.   In   recognition of   his   instrumental   role   in   this   important   turnaround   he   was   awarded   a   CBE for services to the aerospace industry in 1997.   In   2009   Sir   Richard   was   thrilled   to   be   honoured   with   a   knighthood   for   his services   to   telecommunications   but   typically   attributed   much   of   the   credit to   the   “fantastic   work   that   the   men   and   women   of   Cable   &   Wireless   have put   in.”   This   collegiate   approach   has   inspired   loyalty   wherever   Sir   Richard has   been   but   crucially   it   is   married   with   an   incisive   financial   acumen   and   an innate    ability    to    assess    risk.    Ultimately,    under    pinning    everything,    is    a profound commitment to public and social responsibility.   Other     key     positions     have     included     the     Chairmanship     of     Amersham International    (now    GE    Healthcare),    New    Look    and    the    McLaren    Group Limited    as    well    as    Arlington    Securities    PLC    (now    part    of    the    Goodman Group) when it managed £6.2Bn of its own commercial property assets.   In   addition   to   his   professional   career   he   has   also   served   as   HM   the   Queen’s trustee   at   the   Royal   Botanic   Gardens   Kew   as   well   as   working   for   different UK    governments    producing    the    report    leading    to    the    formation    of    the Department   for   Work   and   Pensions.   He   also   chaired   the   Foresight   Report into the Future of UK Manufacturing. Sir   Richard   owns   his   own   property   portfolio   and   has   personally   embarked on   several   of   his   own   design   and   build   projects   both   at   home   and   abroad.   It is   this   passion   for   property   that   has   encouraged   Sir   Richard   to   become   part of the Conrad Team and we are honoured to have him on board.
Wade Emmerson - Conrad Capital
Wade Emmerson Head of Private Clients
Wade     is     a     seasoned,     accomplished     and     internationally     experienced businessman,    with    active    interests    in    the    Channel    Islands,    Central    Asia, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Having   begun   his   career   in   business   at   the   tender   age   of   just   nine,   Wade had    continuous    and    active    involvement    in    his    family’s    business    right through   school   and   university.   This   unique   apprenticeship   allowed   him,   as Managing    Director,    to    build    up    a    diversified    transport,    travel    and    tour operations   business,   that   employed   over   400   people   across   five   counties   of England.   Following   a   successful   trade   sale,   he   moved   to   Guernsey,   and   set about expanding his business interests on a global scale. 20     years     later,     Wade’s     entrepreneurial     spirit     and     strong     commercial background    have    seen    him    successfully    run    natural    resources,    travel, transportation   and   logistics   businesses   across   several   continents.   Having dealt   directly   with   a   huge   variety   of   regulatory   bodies,   national   and   local government   officials,   politicians,   business   people   and   diplomats   across   the world,   he   has   a   unique   ability   to   confront   and   conquer   a   diverse   range   of international   business,   logistical   and   procedural   issues.   He   does   so   with   an equally   unique   business   style   that   is   not   only   challenging,   as   one   might expect, but also extremely collegiate. Wade’s   business-critical   input   to   strategy,   his   commercial   clarity,   and   his common-sense   approach,   are   hugely   valued   by   the   whole   Conrad   team,   a team   to   which   he   adds   great   value,   as   we   drive   forward   with   ambitious growth plans, both at home and internationally.
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