UMBRA ADVISORY

Did you know…?

Andrew is the Vinothécaireof 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 provide protections to orphans.


Amani Kiflemariam

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, andbintroduced 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 Finance and 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 mproved mental and physical health. Sophie is a firm believer in practising what you preach as a trainer; she embodies the idea of teamwork, and placing 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!