ROBIN HALLAM (Chairman)
Until 31 December 2015, Robin Hallam was a partner and co-head of Asset Finance at international law firm Hogan Lovells where he was a partner since 1995 specialising in aircraft finance, particularly leasing, export credit and structured financing. From 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2016, Robin was a consultant at Hogan Lovells. In April 2017 Robin became a consultant at Bird & Bird. He has represented financial institutions, operating lessors, investors, airlines and export credit agencies. Robin holds a degree in law from Trinity College, Cambridge, is a member of the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading and is currently ranked Senior Statesmen in Chambers UK 2017.
David Gelber began his career with Citibank in London in 1974. Over the course of the next 20 years he held a variety of trading roles in foreign exchange, fixed income and derivatives, at Citibank, Chemical Bank and HSBC where he was Chief Operating Officer of HSBC Global Markets. In 1994 he joined ICAP, an inter-dealer broker, as COO and oversaw two mergers and a number of acquisitions. He is currently the non-executive Chairman of Walker Crips PLC, a stock broker and wealth manager; and a non-executive director of IPGL, a holding company with investments in a number of companies. In addition he is a non-executive director of DDCAP Ltd, a leading arranger of Islamic compliant financial transactions, and Exotix LLP, an investment banking boutique specialising in frontier markets. David holds a BSc in Statistics and Law from the University of Jerusalem and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of London.
JOHN LE PREVOST
John Le Prevost has spent over forty years working in offshore fund, trust and investment businesses during which time he has been a managing director of subsidiaries in Guernsey for County NatWest Investment Management, The Royal Bank of Canada and for Republic National Bank of New York. John was then CEO of Anson Group Limited from 1998 until he retired in 2019. He has during his career read for a law degree and an MBA and is a Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is a trustee of the Guernsey Sailing Trust and is resident in Guernsey.
Having begun his career as a commercial lawyer in Paris and then in Tokyo, where he first became involved in aircraft financing transactions, Laurence joined Airbus in 1982 as an in-house lawyer specialising in aircraft finance. He subsequently moved to the business side when, in 1984, he was appointed Sales Finance Director North America, becoming Head of Sales Finance in 1985, and then, in 1987, Vice President of Customer Finance. In 1994, he was asked to set up the Asset Management Organisation within Airbus and that year became Vice President and Head of Asset Management. Airbus Asset Management has full responsibility for all used aircraft transactions at Airbus and acts as an in-house leasing company for the used Airbus aircraft owned or controlled by the Airbus group of companies. In 2001 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Airbus before assuming the role of President of Airbus China in 2004, with responsibility for Airbus’ overall activities in the People’s Republic of China.
In January 2013, Laurence was appointed Chairman of EADS China, now rebranded Airbus Group China. Laurence retired from salaried Airbus employment at the end of April 2016 and was non-executive Chairman of Airbus China until the end of 2017. He holds an LLB from Bristol University Law Faculty.