David Orchard is a commercial lawyer and President and co-founder of WGP Global. His expertise is in international regulation, fund structures and advising clients with operations across multiple jurisdictions.
With a 25-year background in international commercial litigation and arbitration, David was Chairman of a major law firm in London before establishing WGP Global.
He is a well versed general counsel and advises corporate and private clients from startup to mature businesses on infrastructure development and financing, IPR and regulatory matters. An accomplished operator with a global perspective, David now provides guidance on access to funding and the European markets to companies outside the UK.
Beyond his commercial activities, David has four very young grandchildren who take up most of his social time. He is also a (long suffering) Tottenham Hotspur football club fan.
Christopher Orchard is CIO and co-founder of WGP Global. He is a seasoned corporate advisor with specific expertise in evaluating investment needs and securing the best capital to create, grow or re-structure businesses.
He advises corporate and private clients as well as Government departments on infrastructure and commodity projects; Financing and IPOs; alternative currencies; European and international market mechanisms and media production and distribution. He has extensive experience working alongside investment banks and legal advisers on acquisition, due diligence and structured finance deals.
Beyond his work, Christopher’s life is taken up negotiating with his children (he says the strongest negotiators of all). He is an avid early adopter of new technologies and a self-confessed gadget-geek.
Chris Disspain is Chairman of WGP Global. He is a corporate lawyer with many years’ experience and is widely regarded as a world-leading expert in Internet and domain name system (DNS) governance. He is a Board member of ICANN, the internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for generic (gTLDs such as .com) and country code (ccTLDs such as .uk) top level domain name system management.
He has experience in all aspects of Corporate & Commercial Law including IPOs, prospectus issues, venture capital, take-overs, mergers and acquisitions in UK, Australia, USA and Asia, and corporate tax planning and structuring.
For the past 30 years, Chris has held executive management positions and directorships in private and public companies in the U.K. and Australia involved in mining, e-commerce and the Internet.
From 2006 to 2014 Chris was a member of the United Nations’ Secretary-General's Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group.
Outside of his business interests, Chris has an enthusiasm for musical history.
Claire heads up WGP Global’s Compliance team based in Malta. She is an outstanding Compliance Specialist in financial services and provides a most competent and safe pair of hands to guide clients through the required processes.
She started her career in the Banking Regulation and Compliance Section at Central Bank of Malta and the Malta Financial Services Authority, where she was involved in the on-site supervision for banks, drafting of banking, financial services legislation and due diligence.
Since then, Claire has worked with major financial services operators in Malta. She was the Compliance Director at Active Services (Malta) Limited and was instrumental in launching the Group’s compliance services.
Claire provides high-level compliance consultancy to major financial entities on the implementation of European Union Directives such as MIFID, AIFMD and Solvency 2. She is a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and serves on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism Committee by the same institute.
Outside of her work activities, Claire’s time is taken up looking after her young and active family.
Nat Wei is an English social entrepreneur and champion, the youngest member of the House of Lords, and first British-born person of Chinese origin to have become a member. His areas of focus are social reform, East Asia, and future cities. At a time when the eyes of the world are looking East, Nat helps us and our clients in fostering insights and understanding that lead to good business relations.
Nick is a former British diplomat to the United Nations. He heads up WGP Global’s Government Relations with a focus on cross border and multi-jurisdictional services.
He spent 11 years with the United Nations in Geneva including five years as UK Ambassador. His role was to improve the efficiency of UN Peacekeeping operations.
Earlier in his career with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Nick spent three years at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. He also served in Helsinki, Manila and Yaounde.
Following his retirement, Nick was invited to be the International Relations Adviser to the President and CEO of ICANN for three years, the international organisation governing internet domain names. He also acts as International Organisations adviser on the Board of the British Red Cross.
In his free time, Nick enjoys flying light aircraft, renovating stone-built French farmhouses and cooking.
James leads WGP Global’s geo-political services division. He is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge.
As a leading and much published authority, he has lectured and taught geo-politics and international affairs around the world. He began his career as a National Service Officer in West Africa. He taught International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science between 1966 and 1998. In 1997 he was appointed Professor of International Relations in the University of Cambridge.
He became a Director of the Centre of International Studies in January 1999 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. Between 2007-13 he was academic advisor to the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
During his career, James has written and published widely on a number of topics including the impact of nationalism on international relations.
David is a highly experienced finance specialist with a proven track record in delivering complex and critical projects and crisis turnaround.
With 20 years in the sector, he has an unrivalled knowledge of managing and influencing international, cross-functional teams with a focus across Asia Pacific. He brings valuable insight in advising start-ups in securing growth investment through venture capital firms, particularly in the technology sector.
His previous experience includes the leadership of Insurance Reporting with HSBC in London for four years and before that he spent six years with KPMG in the audit and advisory practice in both London and Hong Kong.
David is a qualified chartered accountant with the ICAEW for more than 16 years and a member of the HKICPA.
David lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. He has an incredible depth of experience from 25 years of commercialising Korean technologies.
He began his career as an analyst and continues to focus on research and investment management. He helped set up KCIC PLC (Korean Commercialisation Investment Corporation) in London to help Korean SMEs to expand globally.
He was country manager of Fidelity Investments Korea and Prudential Asset Management Korea where he led the globalisation of investments whilst helping national institutions follow western management systems such as compliance.
In 2006 he was appointed as CEO of the Korea Technology Transfer Center (KTTC), a Government agency under the Ministry of Commerce. David has held several senior advisory positions at a number of institutions such as Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Technology Holding Company of Seoul National University, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI).
He completed an MA and Doctoral Programme of Finance at the University of Illinois and has an MBA and Biology degree from Seoul National University.
David is a regular contributor to CNN and CNBC and a non-executive director of Woori Investment & Securities.
Adam is COO of WGP Global. He works closely with Christopher to lead the daily operation of WGP Global.
His expertise are in the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that support WGP’s services. He is responsible for ensuring that business operations and resources are efficient and effective.
Adam is a consummate client relationship manager. Prior to joining WGP Global, he worked for luxury brand Moet Hennessy, part of the LVMH Group. He began his career in hospitality for AWC, one of the world's foremost luxury wine and spirits companies, working in partnership with Michelin Star Restaurants and Hotels.
Adam is an avid collector of fine wines and thoroughly enjoys seeking out unusual vintages.
Professor Sir Tom Blundell is Special Advisor for Global Health and Lifesciences. A British Biochemist and structural biologist, he is also Director of Research and Emeritus Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. He brings more than 50 years of experience as one of the world’s leading authorities in biochemistry.
He has lectured extensively across the globe and has published more than 500 research papers including the architecture of macromolecules and new therapeutics for cancer and tuberculosis. He was also a member of the team that solved the structure of insulin. He was also President of the UK Science Council for five years.
Steven Michael OBE is Executive Vice President for Healthcare. Previously, Steven was Chief Executive South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust from 2007 to 2016. He led the trust to foundation status in 2009 and has a proven track record in change management. He joined the NHS in 1985 and trained originally as a Registered Nurse. Since then, he has occupied a range of leadership and management roles.
He currently advises Health UK and UKIMHA to support overseas development in health. He also provides consultancy to international firms including KPMG and Harvey Nash.
John Mitchell is Executive Vice President for Sports and Infrastructure. A former professional footballer for Fulham for eight years, John has worked extensively in the sports media and football sectors as a marketing and business consultant. He has worked with a number of major sports and media brands including The Times, Sky TV and The Football Association. He has a particular interest in assisting startups with their investment and development.
Following his successful roles as MD for Panini Publishing Group and Marketing Director for Peter de Savary’s British America’s Cup Challenge, he set up the Football League Play-Offs for Barclays. John has strong football industry relationships around the world, particularly in the US. He is co-founder of two companies. Celactive Cellular Therapeutics Limited, a business specializing in regenerative stem cells for sports medicine and CSMI Holdings, a specialist in modular construction.