Nigel Wray

After graduating from Bristol, worked for a few years in merchant banking, before starting own business publishing financial newsletters. Having nearly gone bust the business recovered in time to become one of the first companies to float on the then USM (now AIM) Market whereupon we effected a merger with a company called Carlton Communications, in video communications (Adam and the Ants video etc) which in turn became Carlton Television the owners of Thames Television and Central TV.

Nigel Wray
Nigel Wray

That was very well run by Michael Green so thinking that I knew something about property, which I didn’t, purchased a controlling share in a small property company, Gilbert House Investments, that, given a favourable climate, went on to purchase another much larger property company and then purchased Singer & Friedlander the merchant bank where I had begun my career.

Retaining my shareholding I then moved on and this time found somebody, Nick Leslau, who was very able at property and over the next 20 years we built up a substantial property company called Burford Group which we then sold and formed Prestbury which is now essentially represented by two quoted companies on the Stock Market one called Max Property (now sold) and the other Secure Income Reit.

During that time I had the great fortune in the late 90’s to bump into Domino’s which without doubt is as predictable a business as I have ever come across. This went from being a relatively small company to being by my standards a very large company and only last year after 17 years did I finally exit.  We have now metamorphosised into holding stakes in over 20 quoted and un-quoted companies. In every case we are very long-term investors and in most cases have been invested in the company for most of this century.

Perhaps the thing I’m most proud of however is over 20 years we have taken Saracens Rugby Club to being a respected name in this country and across much of the world, as European Champions twice over.  The Saracens Foundation, our charitable arm, now connects with over 70,000 children per annum in the field of sport and education and are simply trying to help people become better people. That was also the reason we became the first professional club to set up a school, the Saracns High School, now with 340 pupils and growing..the power of sport to do good.  

 

Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet.

We are honoured that Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet has kindly agreed to be our Patron, Theresa said:

“the café is clearly having a hugely positive impact on the dementia sufferers who come along and their families. There was such a genuinely happy atmosphere and it was heart warming to know that this is possible even when people are grappling with this terrible disease.”

Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet
Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet. This image is licensed under the OGL v1.0 - http://www.dft.gov.uk/ministers/theresa-villiers

Theresa Villiers has been MP for Chipping Barnet since 2005. She lives in Arkley in her constituency and is involved in a range of local campaigns. In December 2005, after just seven months in parliament, David Cameron appointed Theresa to his Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. She later served as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and then Minister of Transport in the coalition government.

Her role as Minister included overseeing the transport needed to support the hugely successful London 2012 Olympics and helping to secure the Government's major investment in our railways. Theresa was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in September 2012, a role she held until July 2016. She chaired two sets of cross party talks in Belfast delivering important new agreements resolving a political crisis which could have led to the collapse of Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions.

Theresa has recently been appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.