Meet the board

A picture of the waterfront in Valletta, Malta

Richard Ramsay

Richard Ramsay is an experienced chairman and director of listed and private companies.

Trained as an accountant, he has spent much of his career in the financial services sector. On qualifying he moved into investment banking with Grindlay Brandts, Hill Samuel & Co and then with Barclays de Zoete Wedd, where he was latterly Chief Operating Officer of the Corporate Finance Division. His work at Barclays de Zoete Wedd included advising the Scottish Office on the £3bn privatisation of the Scottish Electricity industry. He left Barclays de Zoete Wedd in 1993 to join Ivory & Sime plc where he was responsible for the firm's institutional sales and marketing activities.

After a three year period at Aberdeen Football Club plc as the finance director, helping them raise capital and get onto the AIM market, he joined Ofgem in 2001 as the Managing Director responsible for the price regulated sector of the UK's energy industry. He was also responsible for Ofgem's City relationships.

Leaving Ofgem to return to work in the City he joined Intelli Corporate Finance, resigning in 2009. In 2007, whilst continuing with Intelli, he joined the Shareholder Executive on a part time basis where his work focused on the nuclear businesses owned by the government. He resigned from this role in 2011 and now has a number of non executive roles.

In addition to chairing Northcourt he is also chair of Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust plc and Wolsey Group Ltd , the Senior Independent Director of John Laing Environmental Assets Group and URICA Finance Limited and a director of Castle Trust Capital plc. He is also a board advisor for Armstrong Bonham Carter. He was educated at Aberdeen University and is an FCA.

Alan Rickett

Alan was appointed as CEO of Northcourt in December 2011 when the company was established with the aim of creating the first nuclear insurance provider in over 35 years and firmly position it in the international arena.

Over the last three years he has launched Property and Liability Binders and Northcourt is now a well-recognised and reputable company with a global footprint.

Prior to joining Northcourt, Alan worked for Marsh for over 30 years and was a leader of its nuclear practice in London. Throughout his career Alan specialised in the placement of complex nuclear insurance programmes for local and global nuclear companies. He provided advice and direction for its clients in relation to the Property, Liability and other nuclear related risks.

He joined Hogg Robinson in 1978 as a graduate trainee before moving to Sedgwick in 1981, and after 15 years, moved to the Isle of Man as Managing Director of the Company's Captive Management operation. Alan has established Nuclear Captive Insurance Companies in Guernsey, Isle of Man and South Carolina and served on the board of several substantial nuclear captives with responsibility of over $500m of capacity.

He was educated at Nottingham University. He is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a fellow of the Institute of Risk Management.

Granville de CRUZ

Granville Michael de CRUZ is a former Senior Vice President of Marsh and is resident in Guernsey. Granville has over 47 years of insurance experience, the last 41 years being with Marsh. He joined Sedgwick Collins in 1969 in the City of London.

In 1984 he moved to Guernsey to establish the Company's captive management operation. During the last 28 years, Granville has established and managed many Captive Insurance Companies in Guernsey and Malta. In addition, he has served on the Boards of various management companies and Captives in Bermuda, Barbados, Cyprus, Dublin, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Malta, dealing with the regulators in the various territories.

During this time Granville has been heavily involved in the establishment and management of a number of Nuclear, Energy Distribution and Petrochemical Captives in Guernsey and Bermuda. He has also developed new business and new product lines to protect clients' exposures.

Granville continues to maintain an active involvement with the insurance industry, by retaining non–executive directorships for Captives and Insurance Companies in both Guernsey and Malta.

Alan Jenkins

Alan Jenkins is a non executive board member of public, private and charitable organisations

Alan Jenkins was a solicitor until 2011. From 2004 to 2010 he was Chairman of Eversheds LLP, the international law firm. In addition to chairing the board of Eversheds LLP, he was responsible for Eversheds International strategic development from 2002. During that period, Eversheds expanded from a firm with 6 offices outside the UK to one which today has more than 46 offices in 28 countries.

He is a Non-Executive Member of the Boards of the Financial Ombudsman Service and Pension Protection Fund; non executive director of Gross Hill Properties and Sydney & London Properties; a trustee of charity, Kids for Kids.

As a lawyer, he has practised in the fields of commercial litigation, international arbitration and professional negligence and worked on many high profile cases. He has dealt with various governments, agencies and state owned bodies around the world.

He was educated at New College, Oxford.

Tom Anastasi Pace

Tom Anastasi Pace is a former Chief Officer of the Bank of Valetta plc, having retired in 2002 after 26 years' service with the Bank. Tom left the Bank's active service after having occupied various deputy and executive positions within the Group, including Chief Officer Financial Markets between 2000 and 2002 where he was responsible for the Group's Treasury and Foreign Currency Assets, having headed the Group's International Division between 1984 and 2000.

From 1997 to 2002, he was also the official within Bank of Valetta responsible for the development of the investment banking sector of the Bank of Valletta Group and also the Bank of Valetta Group's fund management and fund administration companies.

He has maintained an active involvement in the development of the fund services industry in Malta, and he currently holds a number of non-executive directorships for SICAV's registered in Malta as well as a number of locally registered asset management companies and insurance companies.

David Pullicino

David Pullicino is a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malta. He retired in April 2010. David was first appointed as Deputy Governor in 1999 and served two successive terms of in that post. David has had experience in most operational areas of the Central Bank and was involved in developing strategies and procedures for the areas of the Bank's operations in which he was involved. Included in these were the Bank's Banking Office, Investments Office and Payment Systems.

As Deputy Governor, David was an executive Board Member of the Central Bank of Malta. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Bank's Executive Management Committee, member of the Bank's Audit Committee and Investments Committee.

His responsibilities included the Bank's preparation for Malta's eventual membership of the European Union in 2004. He was involved in the accession screening process of the chapters of the Acquis Communautaire relating to the Bank and was involved in the reorganisation the Bank to undertake the tasks that would be required of it as part of the European System of Central Banks.

Malta adopted the euro as its currency on 1st January 2008 and became a full member of the Eurosystem on that date. He piloted the changeover from Malta's National currency to the euro at the Bank and at a national level as Deputy Chairman of the National Euro Changeover Committee. David was appointed as Chairman of the Listing Committee at the Malta Financial Services Authority in April 2010.

He was nominated a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Bankers in October 2004.

Mark Guillaumier

Mark Guillaumier retired as the Chief Executive of the Malta Stock Exchange Plc in September 2010, a post he had held for the previous nine years. After graduating in Economics in 1973, Mark spent three years at the Bank of Valletta Plc before joining the Research Division of the Central Bank of Malta where he spent the next sixteen years. During this period, he rose to the position of Senior Executive Officer and Advisor on Monetary Policy to the Governor and the Board of Directors of the Bank.

In 1992 the Malta Stock Exchange commenced operations and Mark joined the Exchange as Assistant General Manager. He was appointed Deputy General Manager in January 1995, General Manager in January 1999 and Chief Executive in September 2001.

In 2005, Mark was officially appointed Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and represented the Ministry on the Financial Services Committee of the European Commission in Brussels until 2008. He also sat on a number of international committees including the European Central Bank Advisory Group forTarget2-Securities and the Budget and Audit Committee of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE). He also served as a Director on the Board of the European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA) from 2008 until his retirement from the Exchange in 2010.

Apart from sitting on the Board of Northcourt Ltd, Mark currently also chairs the Board and Investment Committee of ArgoGlobal SE, and serves as a director on the boards of Metatron Capital Sicav plc, Cesky Fond Sicav plc, Alma Ltd and Swissquote Financial Services (Malta) Ltd.