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THE TEAM

The Almax Consultants
Max Valentine
Director, Consulting
Andrew Howes
Director, Investments
Duncan Valentine
Director, Special Situations
Alex Valentine
Director, Co-ventures

Max has worked in a variety of strategic and analytical roles in across Financial Services and Energy.  Max trained as an M&A analyst at Robert W. Baird Inc. and has worked in the internal corporate finance teams at Willis Ltd and American Express Inc.  Max has also worked as a strategy consultant at a number of tier one financial organisations (RBS, Nationwide, Barclaycard and Cinven), technology and energy clients at all stages of development advising on all aspects of strategy.

Andrew has founded a variety of businesses including Useful Ventures, a holding company with a focus on technology and healthcare business. Earlier, Andrew worked in Investment Management with Fisher Investments and within the Energy & Technology practice at PwC.  Andrew also has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University and begun his career in aeronautical engineering.

Duncan has a deep background in engineering and energy – ex-head of Timken European Engineering & Technology, then head of Manufacturing.   Ex-director privatising the MoD Laboratories, leading to the creation of QinetiQ plc. He has been an early adopter and investor in clean energy projects and companies and is a director of the Renewable Energy Association.

A qualified lawyer Alex has been spent managing business legal affairs for companies in the technology, entertainment and software sectors. He completed his MBA at Warwick Business School with a focus on marketing and digital innovation. Alex successfully co-founded and funded a knowledge sharing platform. He consults on business strategy, corporate governance for online platforms, consumer facing businesses and start-ups.