Meet the Team
79th Group have an enviable team with decades of hands on experience in property, commodities, finance, fund raising and strategy.
We work well, together.
David has over 25 years’ experience in the property sector, both developing and as a landlord. David started with one property and developed both significant personal and corporate portfolios with developments in excess of £500 million of both residential and commercial property. At the height of ownership, David was one of the largest private landlords in the country. Following retirement from the property sector, David partnered with SNR Dentons and subsequently the Gunvor Group as a commodity advisor in the precious metals industry.
Jake has over 10 years experience in the property sector, consisting of portfolio management, deal structuring & private finance. Jake has more recently been involved in the mining sector, working with central banks and global commodity houses to establish and arrange finance for mining projects and commodity supply chains. Jake also has significant experience in the grading of rough diamonds, setup of diamond purchasing offices, and currently acts in an advisory capacity for an american listed mining company. On a personal level, Jake is a fully qualified Pilot holding an EASA license, as well as a martial arts instructor.
Following his completion of further education in the UK, Curtis followed in the family footsteps of operating in the real estate & mining sectors. Over recent years, Curtis has gained significant experience in property acquisition and capital raising, alluvial gold mine setup, and general supply chain management for mining and trading of gold. Curtis is also the company’s in-house compliance officer, and performs duties in relation to the company’s governance, regulatory and legal obligations. On a personal basis, Curtis is a keen martial artist practicing Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Joined the Civil Service in 1975 following a short career in retail management. An experienced tax professional who, having trained as a criminal and civil investigator, subsequently held a wide range of senior posts throughout his Civil Service career including managing operational delivery, strategy development and project/programme management. He has wide experience in a variety of roles tackling the largest and more complex fraud and avoidance risks by corporates, High Net Worth Individuals, offshore entities and organised criminal gangs using a range of bespoke criminal, civil and insolvency powers.More
Andy Cole CBE
Non Executive Director
Phil has 48 years’ experience as an accountant, being a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants, a Fellow of the Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Faculty of Taxation and Advisors and has an accountancy practice in Southport. Phil has had a long standing relationship with the directors and personally has experience of being a landlord and developing property on a national basis.
FFA FCPA FFTA Board Advisor
The Brand & Strategy Consultant for the Group, Sonali studied with the Chartered Institute of Bankers and attained membership in 1998, before gaining Financial Planning Certificates 1, 2, & 3, and Diplomas in Digital Marketing & Social Media. Sonali spent ten years with Bank of Scotland in a variety of marketing and communications roles before moving to DLF for 6 years to market luxury projects in Delhi, Goa, and Kasauli. With over 20 years experience, she was welcomed on board to 79th Group in 2020 to develop brand and marketing strategies that have been crucial to our successful growth. Sonali also manages all aspects of the Group’s external communication, public relations, and internal marketing activities, and works closely with the Board on the future strategy for the Groups businesses.
Natalie is working as Chief Operating Officer for the group. She brings much experience, creating, managing, and implementing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) across the group, internal policy creation and implementation, Risk management and systems and controls auditing. She said: “The 79th Group has a proven track record for successfully managing investors returns. It is committed to compliance and meeting and often exceeding the statutory regulations in place. I am confident that I can use my past work experience, people management, compliance, regulatory and auditing skills as a foundation on which I can help the group’s compliance team to grow.” In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her children, reading and is a novice strength trainer.
Chief Operating Officer
With over thirteen years in the IT industry, Chris has led a steady career of growth in various sectors such as the NHS, Private Industry, Insurance and the Wealth & Investment space. He recently occupied the IT Service Delivery Manager’s post, overseeing the European IT Service operations for one of the world’s biggest Military Safety providers. As Head of IT for the 79th Group, Chris intends to reinvigorate the Information & Cyber Security, implement solid Service Delivery and reliably maintain the day to day IT operations for the group, helping to secure a strong performance on an exciting road ahead. Chris enjoys going to the local gym and spending time with family and friends in his spare time.
Head of Information Technology
Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 specialising in insurance and litigation. She later progressed to a Solicitor Advocate in 2017, carrying out a range of court hearings at various County Courts on a daily basis. She grew up working in her family business in Liverpool in the transport sector which provided her with a strong business acumen from an early age. Sarah has also run her own businesses in Liverpool and Manchester in the retail sector. Her entrepreneurial and legal career has provided her with unique skills being both commercially aware and focused on the client. Outside of work, she practices meditation and yoga regularly.
Head of Legal
Introducing Ashley as the 79th Group’s Executive Assistant, she brings six years of experience in a similar role, and her organisational skills will be invaluable to the team. Joining one family business from another, Ashley has clicked into our hard-working family mentality seamlessly, and we look forward to watching her develop into this vital role. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and always has the next adventure planned for her young daughter.
Experienced in the commercial finance sector and the civil service department, Alex joins the team as our new investment administrator. Well versed in Anti Money Laundering checks, Alex has already begun streamlining the process while ensuring the checking procedure is more robust than ever. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors and is partial to a good game of Monopoly.
Alex said this about his new position, “The 79th group has taken me in with welcome arms, it is more than just a business, it is a family, this is the first line of work I have been in which I have a voice, and feel my input is genuinely valued”.