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Expert Bureau

We are honoured to represent the following authorities, each with specific areas of expertise and insights. Given the current climate, the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, health service and environment looks set to dominate conversations for months to come.

 

Expert Bureau is a resource for journalists. If you would like to speak to or get a quote from any of our experts please email: experts@higginsonstrategy.com

 

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015; deputy leader of the Lib Dems 2007-2010 and shadow chancellor 2003-2010.

He was the leader of the Liberal Democrats 2017-2019; he has served as Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015, 2017-2019.

Sir Vince is also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Nottingham University and St Mary University in Twickenham and a regular commentator in the media on business news and issues.

Wesley Ranger

Wesley Ranger

Managing Director at Willow Private Finance Ltd

Wesley Ranger is the Managing Director at Willow Private Finance Ltd, a leading independent mortgage brokerage with extensive experience in all aspects of specialist lending and finance.

Founded in 2008, Willow Private Finance assists individuals, companies and institutional investors in finding the right solutions for their financial needs. We work with an extensive range of clients from multiple nationalities and residential statuses, to those with varied income streams, asset structures and tax positions.

Wesley was previously a Technical Director at Brunswick International Finance.

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
Brandon Hollihan

Brandon Hollihan

Founding Partner at Castleforge Partners

Brandon Hollihan is the co-founder of Castleforge Partners, a private equity real estate fund manager based in London, with over £500m in assets under management

Prior to founding Castleforge Partners, Brandon worked for Westbrook Partners in London and at Morgan Stanley Real Estate (“MSRE”) in New York.

Having transacted over £2 billion of real estate asset value across the US and Western Europe across a diverse range of real estate investment types, Brandon is an expert when it comes to private and public property investments.

Wesley Ranger
Rupert Dean

Rupert Dean

Founder, x+why

After 10 years working as a corporate lawyer, Rupert went in search of a more fulfilling way to earn a living, and spent several years operating a business in East Africa. It was this experience that demonstrated to him the importance that purpose beyond profit played for businesses, in uniting, motivating and retaining suppliers, employees and customers. And so, x+why was born. A vision to unite these businesses under one roof, to inspire collaboration, and change the way the world works for good.

Brandon Hollihan
Naomi Smith

Naomi Smith

CEO of Best for Britain

Naomi is the CEO of Best for Britain, the all-party campaign group fighting for British interests in Europe.

Prior to leading Best for Britain, Naomi was the former Executive Director of Campaigns at the business lobby group London First.

Prior to focusing on her campaigning work, Naomi spent 15 years working in finance and accounting with the likes of Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, as well as chairing voluntary groups.

Rupert Dean
Tamara Gillan

Tamara Gillan

Co-founder of The WealthiHer Network

Tamara united the most competitive industry in the world and is the co-founder of The WealthiHer Network, a network of change agents championing female investors, entrepreneurs and clients. Its founding partners include: Barclays; Brewin Dolphin; Brown Advisory; Chubb; Close Brothers; HSBC Private Bank; Investec; J.P. Morgan; Julius Baer; Kleinwort Hambros; Reddings Wealth Management; and Irwin Mitchell.

Tamara’s experience as an entrepreneur, single mother and champion for women puts her in a strong position to explore the impact of the current health crisis on women’s wealth.

Naomi Smith
Carol Chandler-Thompson