The Sarossa Board
Richard Griffiths, Chairman
Richard Griffiths was appointed chairman of Sarossa on 1 December 2017. He has had a long career founding, running, investing in and advising growth companies. Previously, Richard was founder and executive chairman of the Evolution Group PLC, a diversified financial group, taking it from start up to FTSE 250 membership within 5 years. Richard subsequently went on to become founder and chairman of ORA Capital Partners Plc in 2006 and later distributed the company's profits and assets back to shareholders in 2013, before setting up ORA Limited in Jersey in 2014 and at which he remains chairman. In addition, Richard has been a venture or strategic investor in many successful UK companies including IP Group Plc, Nanoco Group Plc, Tissue Regenix Group Plc, GVC Holdings Plc, Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited and Plectrum Petroleum Limited (sold to Cairn Energy Plc).
Mike Bretherton, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Bretherton was appointed as a non-executive director of Sarossa's predecessor entity Sarossa Capital plc in March 2011 and took on the role of finance director on admission to AIM in January 2012, before being appointed chairman on 25 October 2012. He subsequently moved from the role of chairman to that of chief executive officer on 1 December 2017. Michael is also non-executive chairman of Adams Plc and is a director of ORA Limited. In addition, Mr Bretherton has been a director of seven other AIM quoted companies during the last ten years, including DeepMatter Group Plc, Nanoco Group Plc, Ceres Power Holdings Plc, Tissue Regenix Group Plc. He has a degree in Economics from Leeds University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His early career included working as an accountant and manager with PriceWaterhouse for seven years in London and the Middle East.
James Ede-Golightly, Non-Executive Director
James Ede-Golightly was appointed as a non-executive Director on 1 April 2018. He is chairman of East Balkan Properties Plc and Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited and non-executive Chairman of DeepMatter Group Plc. James has extensive experience as a non-executive on the boards of AIM-quoted companies with international business interests. James was also a founder of ORA Capital Partners in 2006, having previously worked as an analyst at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Commerzbank. He is a CFA Charterholder and holds an MA in economics from Cambridge University. In 2012 he was awarded New Chartered Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.