Board of Directors

Board of Directors

John William Gunn
Executive Chairman

Mr Gunn is currently the Interim Chairman and CEO of Octagonal Plc, and Chairman of Global Investment Strategy, having founded the business in 2002. With a career spanning over 30 years in the financial services industry, Mr Gunn began his career in 1987 at Hoare Govett and has since worked at Carr Sheppards Limited, Assicurazioni Generali and Williams de Broe Plc, where he was a senior investment manager until 2002. From 2004, he has also worked within the renewable energy sector. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of AIM traded Inspirit Energy Holdings Plc. Mr Gunn is the majority shareholder of Octagonal PLC.

John William Gunn
Executive Chairman

Mr Gunn is currently the Interim Chairman and CEO of Octagonal Plc, and Chairman of Global Investment Strategy, having founded the business in 2002. With a career spanning over 30 years in the financial services industry, Mr Gunn began his career in 1987 at Hoare Govett and has since worked at Carr Sheppards Limited, Assicurazioni Generali and Williams de Broe Plc, where he was a senior investment manager until 2002. From 2004, he has also worked within the renewable energy sector. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of AIM traded Inspirit Energy Holdings Plc. Mr Gunn is the majority shareholder of Octagonal PLC.

Nilesh Kumar Jagatia
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Jagatia currently serves as Finance Director of Inspirit Energy Holdings plc and
Limitless Earth Plc. Mr Jagatia has been involved with several IPO’s and was previously Group Finance Director of an AIM traded Online Media and Publishing Company for a period of 5 years until July 2012. Mr Jagatia has over 20 years’ experience, including senior financial roles in divisions of both Universal Music Group and Sanctuary Group plc. He served as a Finance Director for an independent record label that expanded into the US. Mr Jagatia is a qualified accountant and holds a degree in finance.

Nilesh Kumar Jagatia
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Jagatia currently serves as Finance Director of Inspirit Energy Holdings plc and
Limitless Earth Plc. Mr Jagatia has been involved with several IPO’s and was previously Group Finance Director of an AIM traded Online Media and Publishing Company for a period of 5 years until July 2012. Mr Jagatia has over 20 years’ experience, including senior financial roles in divisions of both Universal Music Group and Sanctuary Group plc. He served as a Finance Director for an independent record label that expanded into the US. Mr Jagatia is a qualified accountant and holds a degree in finance.

Samantha Dru Esqulant
Chief Executive Officer

Samantha has been in the financial services industry for over 16 years and has experience of working in both boutique and large corporate organisations including LCF Rothschilds and Barclays Capital. She was emplyed at Bank of New York Mellon for over 7 years working on a variety of matters including overseeing the settlements team and implementing controls within the department to decrease risk and exposure. Ms Esqulant joined the team at Global Investment Strategy in April 2013 to assist with risk management and embedding control procedures. She is also a director of Global Investment Strategy.

Samantha Dru Esqulant
Chief Operating Officer

Samantha has been in the financial services industry for over 16 years and has experience of working in both boutique and large corporate organisations including LCF Rothschilds and Barclays Capital. She was employed at Bank of New York Mellon for over 7 years working on a variety of matters including overseeing the settlements team and implementing controls within the department to decrease risk and exposure. Ms Esqulant joined the team at Global Investment Strategy in April 2013 to assist with risk management and embedding control procedures. She is also a director of Global Investment Strategy.

Anthony Binnie
Non- Executive Director

Anthony Binnie has founded and served as a director on several property development companies focused on development opportunities in London and the South East. Having graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Economics, Anthony commenced training as an accountant with Baker Tilly before moving into their Corporate Finance department. Within this department he worked on private and public company corporate finance and due diligence mandates. Having left Baker Tilly in 2001, Anthony moved into property development and is currently a Founder and Director of the Brockwell Group Ltd. Anthony will serve on the Company’s Audit and Remuneration Committees

Anthony Binnie
Non- Executive Director

Anthony Binnie has founded and served as a director on several property development companies focused on development opportunities in London and the South East. Having graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Economics, Anthony commenced training as an accountant with Baker Tilly before moving into their Corporate Finance department. Within this department he worked on private and public company corporate finance and due diligence mandates. Having left Baker Tilly in 2001, Anthony moved into property development and is currently a Founder and Director of the Brockwell Group Ltd. Anthony will serve on the Company’s Audit and Remuneration Committees