Martin began his career in the London insurance market in 1970 as an aviation facultative broker with Lloyd’s broker C E Heath. In 1983 Martin moved to Guernsey to join Transglobe Underwriting Management (Guernsey) Limited and was then in 1985 appointed Managing Director of Polygon who were the majority capacity provider to Transglobe.
In 2001 Martin orchestrated the management buyout of the fee-based companies from Polygon which formed the basis for a new company, Heritage Group Limited. In 2005 Martin also led the buyout of the Hiscox group’s shareholding of the Heritage Group and was instrumental in the Heritage Group’s expansion. During this time Martin was Chairman of Heritage Trust Company, Heritage Fund Admin, Heritage Insurance Brokers and Heritage Captive Management.
In 2008, Martin stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, moving to the role of Non-Executive Chairman of Heritage Group until 2014. Polygon then sold its shareholding in the Heritage Group and Martin now focuses exclusively on the development of his investment company, Polygon Collective.
Martin also holds a chairmanship for the Guernsey Rugby Association and is a president of the Guernsey Rugby Club.
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After Alex graduated, he pursued a career in the wine trade for 10 years. He then returned to university where he graduated with an MBA and returned to the Channel Islands to work in the Groups’ property portfolio.
He was leading the development of Forum 3 on Grenville Street as well as the adjacent property Forum 4. Serviced offices have become a significant feature in both properties representing 4 of the 10 floors. The tenants of these buildings range from blue chip, listed companies to technology start-ups, as well family offices and Government organisations. Alex also went on to develop the group’s most recent property acquisition in Anley Street which is let to group company Vantage as well as a multinational financial services provider. The three properties amount to approximately 50,000 square feet and are currently fully let to over 40 tenants.
Alex is also currently on the board of BookingTek Ltd which is a significant group investment. The company has featured on the Sunday Times top 100 fastest growing companies and supplies software to hotel chains.
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Verienne began her career in marketing where she has over 15 years’ experience and has gained her Chartered Marketer status. In that time, she ran the marketing department for a multi-jurisdictional financial services business and after 8 years, set up a marketing company as a subsidiary company in 2014.
Verienne joined the board in September 2015 as an Executive Director.
The salary survey business Polymetrix Limited (formerly named Hassell Blampied Limited) was purchased in 2017 and Verienne was appointed Managing Director of this company in 2018. Since then, she has developed and grown this business to increase client numbers in the Channel Islands and establish a significant Isle of Man offering. Verienne is responsible for the development of Polymetrix’s employment data metrics which has become the leading employment survey offering in these jurisdictions.
Verienne is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of JewelStreet Limited which is a group investment.
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Paul joined Polygon Group as the Chief Operating Officer in 2018. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in his home, New Zealand, before re-locating with KPMG to Guernsey.
With more than 25 years’ experience, Paul brings with him strong commercial finance experience having worked as Finance Director for Blue Diamond Group for over a decade driving significant growth and profitability and subsequently as Finance Director for International Energy Group, a multi-jurisdictional role where he was instrumental in the restructuring and sale of the company delivering significant value to the shareholder.
Paul has a wide-reaching responsibility for the Collective including responsibility for its finance and operational functions as well as having significant involvement in its investment portfolio.
Paul is member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
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Amanda has been assisting Martin Belcher for over 25 years with the administration, marketing and strategic aspects of the Heritage Group and subsequently the Polygon Group.
She now focuses exclusively on the running and development of the family-owned investment company Polygon Collective. Amanda has a wide-reaching responsibility for the Collective including company administration, company secretarial, property management, personal assistant and secretarial services.
She began work in the insurance industry with Martin after completing a Diploma in secretarial studies and has completed the Institute of Directors Company Direction programme.
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Joanna has over 20 years’ experience in writing databases and providing, implementing and supporting a wide range of software solutions in both the commercial and financial sectors.
She joined Polygon Group Limited in 2008 working for one of the investment companies as the Accounting and Technical Officer and became IT Director of the Vantage Group in 2017.
Joanna holds the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business and is a Certified Accounting Technician. She was appointed to the Board of Polygon Collective in 2020 and her role has wide-ranging responsibility including infrastructure and system development coupled with her group accounting role.
Liaising with the Collective’s external IT providers, she maintains the group’s Cyber Essentials Certification. She also aids compliance with the new data protection regulations.
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Bahar has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Business Development in both the commercial and financial services sector.
Her roles included Guernsey Finance, the quasi-government promotional agency for the finance sector where she gained in-depth knowledge and experience working closely with the funds, private client, banking and insurance industry. She was key in leading the jurisdictional development plans and industry delegations worldwide.
Her subsequent roles within a leading offshore law firm and a bespoke private client firm has enabled her to gain further experience in their respective fields.
Bahar joined Polygon Collective in 2019 where she is responsible for the business development and the strategic implementation of the firm’s growth plan across the investment portfolio.
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Andrew has over 20 years’ commercial experience, having held senior positions across a range of sectors. He has experience in operations and project management as well as an understanding of the tech industry and the day-to-day workings of start-up businesses.
Starting out managing bulk sea and air transport he moved into 3rd party B2C logistics and as Director of Operations was responsible for overseeing a number of blue-chip and large FMCG clients across the Channel Islands, UK and Switzerland. In 2014 he co-founded Petwell.co.uk, one of the largest online pet retail stores in the UK. In early 2018 Andrew became COO of Found, which is a community focused, technology driven lost property management start-up with an insurtech offering.
Andrew joined Polygon Collective in July 2020 as Group Investment Officer, utilising his skills and experience to review potential early stage investment opportunities and the ongoing performance of the existing portfolio.
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Ed is the Managing Director of Envestors (C.I.) Limited and focuses on raising monies for companies that are seeking substantial growth. He has worked with businesses from a range of commercial sectors and has developed relationships with a range of investors. He also provides project management and consultancy services to private and public sector organisations. He specialises in early-stage and technology companies and helped create Digital Jersey.
Ed has been an Executive Director and Non-Executive Director to a number of organisations. His early career was with the Ford Motor Company and on returning to the Channel Islands he was the HR Director of the Le Riche Group Limited prior to becoming Managing Director of C.I. Hospitality, the Channel Islands’ largest pub estate. He led this business through major change prior to its ultimate acquisition by the Liberation Group.
Ed holds an MBA from Ashridge Hult Business School.
Hiren has been practicing law since 1991. He is a corporate lawyer with specialist practice areas in structured finance, capital markets, funds and insurance.
He is admitted to practice law in England and Wales, Hong Kong and Bermuda, and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, having lived and worked in several offshore jurisdictions.
He currently practices English and Welsh law from his own law firm and prior to this he was a partner in MJ Hudson, Walkers and Applebys.
Hiren’s client base includes banks and companies involved in infrastructure, oil and gas, telecommunications, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and aviation and building projects worldwide.
His main client base is in India, China and the Far East. These clients focus on structuring inward and outward investments into these regions, listings on stock exchanges and the expansion of their Asian businesses.
Simon has had a 27-year career in the City of London in Investment Banking the majority of which was spent as a managing director of Citigroup.
He now works as a consultant for Gelmetix a Medtech company as well as Conviction Investment Partners who are a high-touch Venture Capital and Angel Investment group based in London.
He is also a non-executive-director for a number of investment companies and family offices based in Guernsey.
Currently, Simon is the team leader for the Entrepreneurship Committee at the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce where he spearheads their initiatives to build and develop Guernsey’s presence in the space.
Charles has over 30 years’ experience working in the commercial property and construction industries offshore.
He has held a number of non-executive and executive director roles and advised on, as well as managed multiple large property projects and investments across commercial, residential, not-for-profit and industrial sectors in the UK and Europe.
He retained with a number of companies and private investors and works with leading international offshore and UK based banks arranging joint ventures, commercial alliances and sourcing investments.
Mark is a non-executive director of several Guernsey licenced firms and brings with him more than 40 years experience in a broad range of financial services including banking, investment management and fiduciary administration. He worked in senior executive roles for various multi-national groups in the UK, Europe and the Middle East before settling in Guernsey in 1993.
His last executive position was as Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson’s offshore businesses in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and South Africa. Mark also served four years as Chairman of the Association of Guernsey Banks and 11 years as a Council Member of the Guernsey International Business Association. He is currently a member of the Guernsey FinTech Strategy Group.