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Avril Palmer-Baunack has 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 (‘‘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, completing a number of bolt-on acquisitions as well as delivering a range of operational enhancements, with private equity firm TDR Capital acquiring the entire share capital of BCA at a premium of 25% to the closing price on 19 June 2019.

Avril was also Non-Executive Chairman of Redde plc, a UK-based, market leading accident management company, a position she held from September 2011 until her resignation on 1 May 2019 with three months’ notice. Avril has led the turnaround of this business, which included a refinancing concluded in February 2013.

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.


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.


James joins Safe Harbour from Tyman plc, where he has been CFO since 2010. Tyman is a leading international supplier of engineered components to the door and window industry, and has more than doubled in size and profitability during James’ tenure as CFO.

While in his executive role with Tyman plc, James delivered and successfully integrated numerous acquisitions across multiple jurisdictions that have created significant value for Tyman shareholders as part of Tyman’s international growth strategy. Prior to Tyman, James was a director in the investment banking division of Citigroup, having also worked for HSBC and Ernst & Young.

Since 2017, James has also been a director of the Quoted Companies Alliance.

James has a degree in Bachelor Of Science Degree in Economics and Politics from Loughborough University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


James has over 15 years of investment management and corporate finance expertise. Marwyn’s 16 portfolio platforms to date have generated approximately £2.7bn of proprietary deal flow, with James having experienced a broad array of sectors and developed an extensive network of relationships with co-investors, advisers 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 and Marwyn Investment Management LLP, and is a Non-Executive Director of Marwyn Asset Management Limited. Portfolio level executive directorships include Wilmcote Holdings plc.

James was previously on the board of BCA, Breedon Aggregates Ltd and Advanced Computer Software plc, Le Chameau Group plc, and was Chairman of Entertainment One Ltd, amongst others.


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