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Rodrigo has a 17 year track record in the B2B distribution sector. His experience includes international expansion and consolidation, integration and turn-around strategies in emerging markets.

Rodrigo joined Safe Harbour from his role as Business Area Head and Managing Director for LATAM (Latin America, Spain & Israel), of Bunzl plc ("Bunzl"), the FTSE-100 UK distribution conglomerate. During Rodrigo’s tenure at Bunzl he was responsible for both the M&A and operational strategy of the division, successfully buying and integrating over 30 acquisitions, delivering double-digit revenue growth.

Rodrigo began his career in 1999 as a co-founder of Americanas.com, one of the first e-commerce start-ups in Latin America and today listed as B2W Inc. in Brazil, initially backed by its parent company Lojas Americanas, the leading Brazilian retail chain.

In 2002, Rodrigo moved to Goodyear to become the Truck Business Director for Spain and Portugal. Based in Madrid, he completed the turnaround of the division, successfully merging the Goodyear and Dunlop Brands. His success granted him the role of General Manager in Central Eastern Europe, in 2004, based in the Czech Republic.

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Avril Palmer-Baunack joins the Board as Non-Executive Chairman with over 20 years of executive experience with leading businesses in the automotive, support services, industrial engineering and insurance services sectors. Through a number of high profile industry roles, Avril has acquired significant experience in acquisitive growth strategies and a track record of delivering shareholder value in a public environment.

Since April 2015, Avril has been Executive Chairman of BCA Marketplace plc (“BCA”), Europe’s leading B2B car auction and vehicle buying service operator. Under Avril’s management, BCA has successfully executed an ambitious growth plan based on substantial organic and inorganic growth with five acquisitions completed to date. BCA has achieved a revenue CAGR of 45 per cent. and an EBITDA CAGR of 25 per cent. in this time and generated total shareholder returns of 14% CAGR (as of 29 of December 2017).

Avril is also currently Non-Executive Chairman of Redde plc (“Redde”) (previously Helphire Group plc), a UK-based, market leading accident management company, a position she has held since September 2011.

Avril has also held a broad range of executive roles in other sectors, with experience in companies engaged in vehicle salvage, car hire, auctions, transportation, distribution, logistics, vehicle processing and infrastructure. Avril was previously Executive Chairman and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Group plc, one of the largest British multimodal logistics companies with interests in transport, distribution and infrastructure. Prior to this Avril was Chief Executive Officer of Autologic Holdings plc, the largest finished vehicle logistics company in the UK and Europe. She joined Autologic from Universal Salvage plc, where she held the position of Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 until the sale of the company to Copart UK Ltd in June 2007 achieving a share price increase of almost two and a half times.

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Chris co-founded WSP Group plc in 1974, growing the business into an international engineering and design consultancy business focused on the built environment, and driving its merger with Toronto listed Genivar Inc. Chris was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the enlarged group, WSP Global Inc., in 2012 and he was Non-Executive Chairman at Ashtead Group plc, stepping down in September 2018, where he had served as a Senior Independent Director since 2007 and latterly as Non-Executive Chairman.

Since 2014, Chris has also held Non-Executive Chairman roles at: Redcentric plc, a managed services provider; Applus Services S.A., a testing, inspection and certification business; and Tracsis plc, a provider of software and services for the transport sector.

Chris has a degree in Environmental Engineering from London South Bank University and is a UK qualified Chartered Engineer.

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James has over 15 years of investment management and corporate finance expertise. Marwyn’s 16 portfolio platforms to date have issued over £2.7bn of equity capital, with James having experienced a broad array of sectors and developed an extensive network of relationships with co-investors, advisors and other business leaders.

James brings an entrepreneurial mind-set to the management team, having co-founded Marwyn alongside Mark Brangstrup Watts, and prior to that founded one of the earliest strategic technology consultancies. James was also previously Chief Executive Officer of icollector Plc, a leading provider of live auction trading platforms, later negotiating its joint venture with eBay.

James is a Managing Partner of Marwyn Capital LLP, Marwyn Investment Management LLP and is a non-executive director of Marwyn Asset Management Limited. Portfolio level executive directorships include Safe Harbour Holdings Plc, Wilmcote Holdings Plc and Le Chameau Group Plc.

James was previously on the board of BCA Marketplace Plc, Breedon Aggregates Ltd and Advanced Computer Software Plc, and was Chairman of Entertainment One Ltd, amongst others.

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As co-founder of Marwyn in 2002, Mark has many years of experience deploying private equity investment strategies in the public markets. Marwyn’s highly acquisitive portfolio companies have delivered approximately 100 bolt-on acquisitions with Mark offering significant M&A, ECM and corporate finance experience.

Mark brings his background in strategic consultancy to the management team having been responsible for strategic development projects for international clients including Ford Motor Company (US), Cummins (Japan) and 3M (Europe).

Mark is a Managing Partner in Marwyn Capital LLP and Marwyn Investment Management LLP. Mark is currently an Executive Director of Le Chameau Group Plc, Safe Harbour Holdings Plc and Wilmcote Holdings Plc. Mark is also a non-executive director of Marwyn Asset Management Limited and Zegona Communications Plc and was previously a non-executive director of BCA Marketplace Plc, Advanced Computer Software Plc, Entertainment One Ltd, Melorio Plc, Inspicio Plc and Talarius Plc, amongst others.