Board of Directors & Leadership Team

John Martin St. Valery

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Having founded Links Group in 2002, John has spearheaded the growth of a Partnership into the corporate structure that now exists. Eighteen years living and working in the UAE and Qatar has given John a unique and unrivalled insight into the commercial opportunities in this rapidly developing region.

An entrepreneur who also has been recognised as a corporate governance specialist, John has been involved in the establishment and ongoing local partner services of hundreds of companies ensuring that the interests and assets of the foreign party are always fully protected whilst maintaining a strict duty of care for local partners involved.

Previous senior management roles with Citibank and Kodak were preceded by an eight year period with the Metropolitan Police in London.

Today John advises many group companies at board level, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship, corporate governance and business development.

John is the current Chairman & CEO of the British Business Group, Dubai & Northern Emirates – a wholly voluntary position he was nominated and voted into by his peers.

John Martin St. Valery

Founder & CEO

Board Member

Julie Irving

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Following a main board level directorship with a major international airline, Julie relocated to Dubai in 2002 as Managing Director of an airline supply company. After successfully completing the re-engineering of the Middle East operation, Julie formed her own consultancy, focusing on small to medium sized business enterprises in the Middle East.

Julie joined Links Group as Chief Operating Officer in 2006 having previously been an independent advisor to the Board for strategy planning. The operational excellence attributed to the group is a result of Julie’s firm application of Plc standards. Julie advises a number of group companies at board-level, specialising in strategy review and implementation.

Julie Irving

Shareholder

Board Member

Nick Edmunds

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Nick joined Links Group as Chief Operating Officer in March 2017 following the strategic partnership with Equiom Group. Before joining Links Group, Nick was founder and CEO of Aldridges, assisting clients solve market entry and business development challenges across the Middle East and Africa.

As a former British Army officer who has lived and worked in the Middle East since 2003, Nick’s experience in the region includes business development and commercial management across wide range of sectors including; security and risk management, consulting, oil and gas, renewables, transport, construction and government. Nick’s particular expertise is helping companies achieve growth in challenging markets through geographic expansion and/or business line diversification.

Nick’s role within Links Group is to support the CEO and executive leadership team to deliver the overall business strategy.

Nick Edmunds

Chief Operating Officer

Board Member

John Highfield

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John is a Chartered accountant (ICAEW) from the UK, who has been working in the UAE in senior Finance positions since 2006. He brings a wealth of board-level and commercial experience to Links Group. As Group Finance Director & Company Secretary, John holds the financial and fiduciary responsibilities of the business with a particular focus on operational excellence and client satisfaction.

Prior to joining Links Group he held senior positions in the Construction and IT Services sectors, with both national and international exposure. John is an accomplished decision maker, motivated to deliver the highest quality results and levels of customer satisfaction.

John Highfield

Group Finance Director

Board Member

Jo Andrews

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Jo is the Head of Business Development Middle East and Asia, Equiom Group, having initially joined as Head of Business Development for Links Group in March 2017. In April 2018 Jo also joined the Board of Directors for Links Group and Equiom Middle East and Asia.

In her capacity as Head of Business Development, Jo is responsible for driving Group strategy and building the business development infrastructure across the Middle East and Asia and continues to build and enhance key strategic relationships whilst overseeing client management and strategic coordination for the region. Jo is also focused on elevating sales proficiency and performance to enable continued growth and development across the Group.

Jo brings with her a wealth of commercial and sales leadership experience, including more than 12 years within blue chip organisations such as GE Capital, IG Group and American Express.

 

Jo Andrews

Head of Business Development

Board Member

Wayne Merrick

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Wayne is Head of Corporate Solutions at Links Group, having joined the company in 2011 as a consultant.

Following a successful 8 years with the UK’s largest regional publisher as Sales and Marketing Manager, Wayne relocated to Qatar in late 2008. The following year he was appointed Country Business Development Manager in Qatar, with a multi-national industrial services provider in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Wayne has been in the Links Group business for 7 years and worked in all three of the Middle East offices namely Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai office. In that time he has successfully assisted over 100 clients with the incorporation or restructuring of a UAE or Qatar entity.

Wayne has a 2:1 honours degree from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Wayne Merrick

Head of Corporate Solutions

 

Neil_Wilson

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Neil is the Country Manager for Qatar. He brings with him over 13 years of experience of doing business in the Middle East. Neil’s experience is in international trade, having developed business from America and Europe through to the Middle East and Far East. He has also held commercial positions where he was responsible for developing business in the Arabian Gulf; as well as managing a network of sales agents in 16 different countries around the world.

Neil’s most recent role was working with industry, government, research institutes and professional bodies within the UK in order to increase science and innovation capability. He was involved in a Ministerial-led international research programme, which strengthens research and innovation partnerships between the UK and 15 emerging (knowledge) economies.

Neil was also a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service serving in Mozambique, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Neil Wilson

Country Manager - Qatar

 

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