UMBRA ADVISORY

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Did you know…?

Andrew is the Vinothécaire of the Commanderie de Bordeaux (Suisse Romande), creating themed tastings to promote and celebrate the culinary traditions surrounding Bordeaux wine.


Andrew Bayles

UMBRA Advisor

Background

Andrew is a qualified solicitor and acts as a Director and General Counsel for SwissIndependent Trustees SA, a leading independent trust company based in Geneva. SwissIndependent Trustees SA provides Trustee and corporate services to families on a global basis.


Colonel Lucy Giles

UMBRA Advisor

Background

Colonel Lucy Giles is an officer of the British Army, and was the first female College Commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Lucy has been in the British Army for 30 years, and has served on operations in Sierra Leone, East Timor, Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. She currently serves as a Divisional Director on the Army’s Staff Course, having been the President Army Officer Selection Board for three years.

Lucy completed her GCSEs at King Arthur’s School, Wincanton and her A levels at Sexey’s School, Bruton. She then studied biology at the University of Exeter, where she also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2017.

She is delighted to be an Honorary Colonel at Exeter University Officer Training Corps and is a member of the Governing Body for Women in Defence, a military ambassador for Walking with the Wounded, an ambassador for Girl Guiding and a Director of the Foundation of Leadership through Sport.

Colonel LM Giles, UMBRA Advisor

Did you know…?

Lucy loves orienteering, and so found herself in Morrocco during October 2021, where she successfully completed the 35th Marathon des Sables. She covered a sandy 250km in just six days!

UMBRA Advisor Amani Kiflemariam

Did you know…?

Amani supports two orphanages in Ethiopia and Eritrea that aim to eradicate poverty and provides protection to orphans.


Amani Boros

UMBRA Advisor

Background

Amani is the founder & CEO of Amatte, a British premium company inspired by Africa. Amatte launched its first brand, Amatte Coffee, a sustainable coffee company, and introduced five award-winning coffees that celebrate Africa’s rich culture and history of storytelling. The brand partners directly with small-lot, female farmers to ethically source the finest coffees.

Until April 2021, Amani was the Head of Risk & Control in the Impact Advisory & Finance (IAF) division at Credit Suisse. The division leads the Impact Investing and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy within Credit Suisse Prior to joining Credit Suisse in July 2015, Amani worked in Risk Management at Barclays Investment Bank and the CEO Office at Wells Fargo.

Amani sits on the Amatte Board and Amatte Fund Advisory Committee. At Credit Suisse, Amani worked with the group board, founded and Co-chaired the EMEA Credit Suisse Black, Asian, and Multi Ethnic (BAME) Advisory Committee. She founded the Network with the aim of creating and empowering an environment for professional development for those of BAME background.

Amani holds an LLB Law degree and completed the Legal Practice Course, before moving into Entrepreneurship. She is an active supporter of D&I and often participates in panel discussions and mentoring initiatives across leading institutions in the UK.


Sophie Dixon

UMBRA Advisor

Background

Sophie’s determination, drive and passion for exercise was sparked by her time in the British military, as well as during her ten-year career as a close protection operative.

Now as a mother and a successful personal training instructor, Sophie understands how important exercise is, not only for general well-being but for improved mental and physical health. Sophie is a firm believer in practising what you preach as a trainer; she embodies the idea of teamwork, and places emphasis on the relationship that is shared with the client.

Sophie understands how precious time is and knows the importance of training safely and productively, meaning her clients will see quicker results to both their body and fitness levels.

Sophie Dixon - UMBRA Advisor

Did you know…?

Sophie went on the TV fitness tournament ‘Ninja Warrior’ in 2017 – getting far in the process!

Did you know…?

Quentin Blake named one of his books, Mr Filkins in the Desert after her, which she says is an honour and privilege! Anne loves rugby and is a Saracens season ticket holder!


Anne Filkins

Chair of the Shadow Board

Background

Anne started her career with NatWest on their then-grad training scheme, never having been a grad.

She then moved to C Hoare and Co where she spent 37 years building trusted, personal banking relationships with generations of clients ranging from authors and actors, entrepreneurs and landed estates, to solicitors and silversmiths.

From the oldest Private Bank in the UK to the newest, Anne then joined Hampden & Co in 2019, where she looked after personal HNW & UHNW clients building her book from scratch.

In 2022, Anne decided to take a short career break, while moving from Kent to Suffolk. She has now started the next chapter of her career and is Chair of the Shadow Board at UMBRA International Group.


Barry Roche

UMBRA Advisor

Background

Over the last 20 years Barry has started and built businesses across a broad range of sectors from, Support Services, Armed Maritime Security, Corporate Intelligence, Cyber Security and the Legal Sector.

This eclectic mix of experiences has developed a unique approach to people and business. His companies have been featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 on three occasions and he has been listed twice in the Lloyds List Top 100 most influential people in shipping.

Barry started his career in the Royal Marines giving him a first-hand insight into high performance culture, physical and mental resilience, and the importance of a sense of humour.

A lifelong obsession with human performance has led to collaborations with leading Academics and Doctors, as well as Government, Military and Intelligence Agencies across the world.

Barry Founded RSG Consulting to combine his commercial experience, with a range of world class performance experts, to create a truly integrated approach to helping business leaders and their business reach their potential.

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Did you know…?

Barry is a lifelong water sports enthusiast and co owns a Surf School in Fuerteventura and represented Great Britain in Sailing.