Andrew has almost 30 years’ experience across a wide variety of business sectors and sizes from small entrepreneurial to large corporate and public companies. He was Group CEO of the Peel Group from 2006 to 2010.
Peel Group is a large private company in the U.K. with approximately $8 billion of businesses assets across the real estate, ports, airports, energy, media, telecoms and the environmental sectors. He left after achieving the strategic restructuring of the group by strengthening and creating key divisional teams; introducing key partners into several divisions (including the sale of stakes in its £1.6 billion ports business and £200 million airport business); materially increasing liquid assets by approx. £500 million; divesting non-core assets; and successfully managing £3 billion of debt funding across multiple facilities.
He was a main board director of Speedy Hire plc. (which became a FTSE 250 company) from 2003 to 2006 and was responsible for its development and expansion. This included seventeen acquisitions and several non-core divestments which saw the share price quadruple in value.
Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and spent eight years working in investment banking at Rothschild, advising on a wide variety of M&A transactions, debt and equity fundraisings, IPO’s and shareholder value issues. Andrew graduated first-class honors B.A. (Hons) in Accounting and Management.
Mark has over 30 years’ experience as a President/CEO of multiple successful startup companies.
He was previously CEO of INX, a company that he was asked to start as a subsidiary for a public company. The technology infrastructure consulting company was started in 2000 and grew to $400M in revenue with 15 offices, 2,000 customers, and 500 employees. The Company was traded on the NASDAQ, completed multiple offerings and was successfully sold to private equity in December of 2011.
Prior to that Mr. Hilz founded and ran as CEO a technology logistics outsourcing firm, PC Service Source, that grew to over $160 million in revenue with 1,100 employees in an 8-year span. Mr. Hilz raised the startup capital from traditional venture capital sources and after 4 years of operations was successful in taking the Company public in an IPO as a NASDAQ global listed company as well as a successful follow on public offering.
Mark’s experience includes raising venture capital as well as multiple successful public offerings and numerous M&A transactions as both a buyer and a seller.
Brian Szymczak is the lead attorney for Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. in Austin, Texas where he serves as Director of Legal Services. In this role Mr. Szymczak manages legal disputes and litigation matters and provides general legal counsel to the company’s leadership, sales, operations, R&D and human resources groups. Prior to working at Apollo, Mr. Szymczak served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs for a large surgical device manufacturer and previously worked as an associate at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP where he counseled clients on patent and other intellectual property matters in a variety of technological fields. Mr. Szymczak is a 1999 graduate of Duke University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Wells brings over 30 years of senior financial management experience. Most recently, he founded Atlas Bookkeeping, LLC, a technology-based financial services firm that provides bookkeeping and reporting services for emerging growth and small cap public and privately held companies. Prior to Atlas, Mr. Wells served as Chief Financial Officer of GHS Investments, LLC, a privately held “super value” fund focused on investing in small-to-mid cap companies. Mr. Wells also served as Chief Financial Officer of ENDRA Life Sciences (Nasdaq: NDRA), a publicly traded clinical diagnostics technology company. Mr. Wells directed ENDRA’s initial public offering and subsequently helped raise an additional $55 million across multiple transactions. Previously, David founded Wells Compliance Group, a technology-based services firm supporting the financial reporting needs of publicly traded companies and privately held firms. Additionally, David held numerous Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Senior Business Analyst positions. David began his career as a consultant to various start-up and growing companies. David holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University with a focus in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Seattle Pacific University.
Mr. Bent brings more than thirty-five years of experience in financial management and fifteen years of experience in financing, early stage investing and acquisitions to HeartSciences Board. Mr Bent has held a variety of executive positions at The Matthews Group including Controller, CFO and President of various Canadian companies. He was integral in Matthews completion of “The Bow” a $1.7 billion corporate headquarters for Encana. Mr Bent’s finance and operations experience at Matthews and other entities give him a breadth of knowledge in the both finance and fund raising which will be very helpful to HeartSciences in this phase of its development.
Mr. Bent is Chairman of Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. a TSXV listed public company involved in the development of renewable energy products. In addition Mr Bent serves in the same capacity for Astro Aerospace Ltd an OTC listed public company focused on the EVTL space. Mr. Bent graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) and obtained his Chartered Professional Accounting designation from the Province of Ontario.