Giles has a wealth of international business experience across a variety of alternative asset classes including property, aquaculture and wine.
Throughout his 30-year career in the alternative investment space, Giles has gained experience across all elements of business, from the creation of start-ups to the acquisition of more established enterprises.
Giles prides himself on being a pragmatic environmentalist and a strong believer in giving back. He is continuously seeking opportunities to help local communities and preserve the environment.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Stephen Bayliss, MBA
Having held senior positions at a number of well-renowned logistics companies including Managing Director at JV Maritime and Fredan Holdings, Stephen benefits from more than 15 years of board-level business and operations knowledge.
Since joining the Highweald Beverages team, Stephen has drawn upon his broad corporate experience in order to add depth by identifying opportunities, mitigating risk and delivering growth through acquisitions.
His strengths in strategic and financial analysis provide impetus through a pragmatic approach to business. Leading the corporate acquisitions function, Stephen is actively involved in optimising performance of assets within the portfolio and plays a leading role in the development of strategies.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Simon is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience. Following his previous positions with KPMG and in the UK retail and banking sectors, Simon brings a variety of experience including investment appraisal, financial analysis and reporting under US and International GAAP.
His straight-forward approach combined with an insatiable can-do attitude has provided the bedrock for the growth of the business and the opportunity to expand across a wide variety of sectors and business types.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Mike boasts a successful career in wine operations and wine trade logistics, with a primary focus on purchasing and supply chain solutions.
Benefitting from over 30 years of operational experience, Mike’s role includes many responsibilities such as the deployment of capital, financial management and the creation of operational strategies. Playing a key role in the team, Mike contributes greatly to the achievement of business goals and objectives.
He is fluent in three foreign languages and received his MA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, where he was a member of the Cambridge University Wine Society and Blind Tasting team.
Robin has a unique combination of winemaking, commercial and senior management experience, He has contributed to the success of several of the most exciting and established businesses in the world of wine and beer.
As Chief Operating Officer at Ridgeview Estate, he reinvigorated the commercial and production focus of the of the business. As Wine Director at Nakedwine.com, he drove the establishment of the USA operation and winery. At Laithwaite’s and Iceland Foods, he revolutionised range and purchasing to deliver increased choice and profitability.
Robin’s qualifications include - BSc. (Hons) Management Science, PG. Diploma Oenology & Viticulture, Wine & Spirits Diploma (WSET). Robin is presently concluding his Master of Wine (MW) Dissertation on English Sparkling Wine.
Keith is an experienced strategic marketer with a background covering multiple retail and FMCG sectors, Keith has held positions at a number of renowned brands including McDonalds, HP Foods, Homebase and Greene King.
Boasting a strong track record of managing multiple brands and multi-million-pound budgets, Keith brings with him expertise across branding and insights, advertising, media and local marketing management.
During his time at Greene King, Keith was responsible for driving growth of some of its most iconic cask beer brands including Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale. This expertise, combined with his knowledge of the On and Off trade beer market and an impressive history in the food and beverage trade, makes him an integral part of the Highweald Beverages team.