Directors and Key Personnel
Ivan Melvin Couchman - Director
Mr Couchman trained as an accountant with BOC Group plc later moving to become
Finance Director of a subsidiary of Unitech plc. During a very successful period with the TNT Group, Mr Couchman made Luton Depot the most profitable in the Roadfreight Group & turned round the International Courier, Parcels & Freight Division from losses to making record profits in 1987. Mr Couchman then joined Bricom plc in 1988 as Managing Director of ANC Holdings (a major subsidiary of the Group) following a £400 million management buyout from British & Commonwealth plc. Following his successful turnaround of the business & the sale of the Bricom Group, he spent time with British Rail - Red Star Parcels as Managing Director to restructure the loss making business & prepare it for Privatisation.
More recently, Mr Couchman's roles include an MBI & turnaround of Hammond Group Holdings plc, Regional Managing Director of Granada Home Technology Group, the largest division of Granada plc, Finance Director Operations for Brakes Bros plc, Group Finance Director for McCambridge Group plc, a pan-european own-label food manufacturer and CFO Service and Logistics Division with LM Windpower Group, the largest global producer of wind turbine blades.
In addition to his performance improvement and turnaround roles, Mr Couchman has significant experience of pre and post-merger integration and private equity backed management buyouts and divestments.
Mr Couchman is a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Management Accountants (FCMA),Logistics (FILOG) and Transport (FCIT).
Barry Richard Heath - Director
Barry has over 40 years of experience within the financial services sector, principally in the areas of trading and risk management in the fixed income and futures sectors. He has founded and run a number of firms in addition to holding senior positions in a number of established financial services businesses.
Barry’s career started with Hedder Stirling Grumbar & Co in September 1972 as a junior trader from where he moved to Lazard Bros in 1979 as an assistant fund manager. Here he helped establish the LIFFE trading operation, becoming the floor manager and senior trader.
In 1984, he founded B&H Financial Futures, a LIFFE non-public order exchange member.More recently, Barry has held a number of senior positions including office and risk manager at Refco Trading Services of the Prop Trading Group, as a Fund trader with MCI Services Limited and, presently, with Xconnect Trading Ltd as a senior trader where he runs the fixed income and new issues desk.
Mr Heath is a member of LIFFE and an approved person (CF30) by the FCA.