HARWELL CAPITAL SPC - Key Persons


Charles French

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Member of the Board
Charles is a Director for Harwell Capital based in Hong Kong, working with Institutional and Family Office investors in the Asian market. Charles began his career in finance as a Futures Broker with BGC Partners, post an international rugby career, and later developed his regulatory expertise through his work as an Associate Director at Asia's largest compliance consulting group, ComplianceAsia. Prior to joining Harwell Capital, Charles worked in Credit Suisse's Global Markets Client Services Team, where he managed UHNW and Corporate's regulatory requirements and developed and supervised regulatory control functions as well as developing significant relationships with clients, stakeholders and senior management. Charles attended the University of West England, Bristol, studying Business Administration, where he obtained a comprehensive base of business strategy, economics and financial management.

Darren Hughes - SVP

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President
  • Senior Vice President - Global Distribution
Darren is a Senior Vice President for Harwell Capital, with responsibility for raising capital for portfolio companies in international markets, predominantly in Asia. Darren has specialised in Venture Capital markets since 2007, raising substantial funds across Asia for a large number of international technology companies. Darren has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, spanning many different sectors and areas, and has been based in Asia since 1990, when he was posted to Hong Kong with the Royal Air Force monitoring UK Ministry of Defence contracts between military and civilian airlines. After leaving the Royal Air Force, Darren worked for several high-profile financial institutions, initially as a broker in Hong Kong with a well-known and established international brokerage, where he became an Associate Director specialising in tax planning for HNW clients. After over 10 successful years he moved into the corporate world in 2005 as Area Manager for S.E Asia, for one of the leading Isle of Man Life headquartered Assurance companies, and in this position he was responsible for the development and promotion of the group and its products with a panel of key local and expatriate brokers. Harwell Capital comprises a team with extensive international business experience at senior levels across financial services and a broad range of industry sectors.

David French - Chairman, Founder

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Co - Founder
David is Chairman and Co-Founder of Harwell Capital and a Partner of Heligan. David has been investing into and advising early and growth stage technology companies since 2004, following a successful career in Financial Services. David spent 30 years in Asia, by the end of which he had become one of the most important introducers of capital from the region to various technology companies based in the UK. David is a serial entrepreneur and during his long career in Asia he built his own Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) business, MBA Group, becoming the largest IFA business in Hong Kong, before being acquired by UK listed company Inter-Alliance and subsequently becoming Group CEO of Inter-Alliance International. David's business career in Asia started in 1991 when he joined Connaught Financial Planning Ltd, Hong Kong's largest financial planning company at the time, where he became Sales Director. After a successful sale of Connaught to MBF (Malaysia's largest credit card company), David formed MBA Group in 1994. David led the group through a series of international mergers and acquisitions, becoming CEO of the now MBA Berkeley Burke Group in 1999, which was sold to Inter-Alliance in 2000. Following a successful management buy-out of MBA Berkeley Burke from Inter-Alliance International, David resumed his position as CEO in the newly reformed MBA Berkeley Burke in 2002, a position he held until retiring from Financial Services in 2004, to focus on investing his personal capital into seed and angel stage companies. David started his career with 5 years as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Force in London, where he received 2 commendations.

Guy Facey

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Member of the Board
Guy is a Director of Harwell Capital and serves as in-house counsel. Guy is a former Partner of leading London law firm, Withers, and has practised international law for over 30 years, with considerable experience in Venture Capital and Private Equity. After training with a tier one global law firm in London, Guy has twice worked in-house in industry in leading aerospace and automotive engineering groups. Having graduated in European languages, and taught himself Mandarin nearly 30 years ago, Guy has used his languages throughout his career. In the late 1980s, he practised corporate finance law in Hong Kong for Deacons before returning to Europe to work with French and Italian clients in their own languages. Guy moved back to Hong Kong in 2007 as a partner with Withers, and then established his own boutique corporate law firm, Facey & Associates, focused on mid-cap companies and entrepreneurs of all sizes, in many languages, crossing cultural boundaries.

Major General James Shaw

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Advisory Board
James is an Advisory Board Member and previous Director of Harwell Capital, and an advisor to the UK government for cyber-security, having retired from the British Army in 2005 as a Major-General, after commanding Theatre Troops, the largest and most complex division in the Army, with 13 Brigades and 34,000 men under his command. James served in many operational theatres including the Oman, Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Iraq during his 31-year career in the British Army. He was the Commanding Officer of 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) during the First Gulf War in 1991. Subsequently and on promotion to Brigadier, he commanded 1 Signal Brigade, which was deployed in support of the ACE Rapid Reaction Corps in Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovena throughout the whole of 1996. After Bosnia, James was appointed as the Commander Communications and Information Systems and principal Information Services Staff Officer (ACOS G6) in Headquarters Land Command. James was responsible for purchasing Information and Communication Services, and visited and evaluated many emerging technology companies, whereby his budget was substantial given the continuing and emerging deployments in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. On retirement James helped to raise capital for the Lyle Anderson Company for 4 years; in a sense this was a return to family roots as the Shaw Trust held interests in Barings Bank, Save and Prosper Units Trust and Martins Merchant Bank. James runs his own advisory business, assisting companies with raising funding across a wide range of sectors, with a particular interest in technology.

Rupert Gladitz - CEO, Founder

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Co - Founder
  • Member of the Board
Rupert is CEO and Co-Founder of Harwell Capital and a Partner of Heligan. Rupert is a seasoned international business professional, with experience at senior management level within one of Asia's leading groups, and has proven entrepreneurial experience. Rupert has advised, and raised capital for, early stage technology companies since 2010, following a 10-year period as start-up entrepreneur in the F&B and Property and Leisure sectors, where he gained extensive experience structuring and raising funding for his own companies. Rupert co-founded the Genesis Group in 2002, creating and managing a number of successful F&B concepts in Hong Kong over a four-year period. He left the group in 2006, to structure and build luxury travel and shared access real estate club, Kaleidoscope, and raise funding for the business from private and institutional investors. After graduating from Cambridge University in Modern Languages, Rupert joined the Swire Group in 1994, where he worked for 8 years in a variety of management roles in Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and the USA, spanning the automotive, retailing, FMCG and logistics sectors. This included at senior management level as Director & General Manager of Swire Pacific subsidiary, Taikoo Sugar, where he sought and received approval from the Swire Pacific main board for a major restructuring plan of the 120-year old company, and then implemented it, principally through outsourcing of packaging and distribution.

Tim Watts

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Member of the Board
Tim is a Director of Harwell Capital and a Partner of Heligan. Tim has over 30 years Investment and Wealth Management experience, including at owner and director level of regulated businesses. Following private banking experience at NatWest Bank and Chase Manhattan, and fixed interest investment management and team management at James Capel, Tim joined Abacus, a leading independent offshore financial services firm in 1995 as Investment Services Director, where he developed new systems and practices for investment manager and client oversight and control. Tim's processes led to what is now industry standard for 'gatekeeper' functions, and remain the benchmark for the fiduciary functions internationally. The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) acquired Abacus in 2005 and after 7 years in an expanded role at RBC, Tim left to join DPZ Capital and then Asset Risk Consultants (ARC). In both roles he undertook initial reviews of their activities, which spanned client, business and operational aspects, and then helped implement many key strategic recommendations, using his experience and disciplined approach. Tim has spoken at numerous industry conferences in the UK and internationally, including for STEP, BPP and Newton Private Clients, and written articles that were published the Financial Times and other professional publications. Tim is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment UK (CISI).