Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson
Chief Executive Officer

Simon's career with Thomas Cook spanned 16 years from 1997 to 2013. Simon progressed his career in the hotel and leisure industry, from front line customer service and commercial roles to CEO of Thomas Cook's retail joint venture, with responsibility for £4.5bn of revenues together with 6 multi-channel and 3 product businesses.

After working in Germany in a shareholder relations capacity, Simon was appointed Product Director, Tour Operations in 2001, generating revenues of £1bn, and heading the rebranding strategy of three customer Lifestyle brands.

In 2003, he was appointed as Retail Director, leading a network of 480 retail stores each selling travel and financial services products. In 2007, following the merger of Thomas Cook with Mytravel, he was promoted to Managing Director, Multi-Channel Retail (UK), assuming responsibility for £3.5bn of revenues incorporating all ecommerce businesses for one of the UK's most visited websites, 800 retail outlets and Call Centres.

In 2010, Simon joined Thomas Cook's European Online Travel Agency as MD for the UK region. In late 2011, he was appointed CEO of a newly created retail joint venture consisting of ecommerce, retail and specialist businesses with an Operating profit of £56m & 9'000 employees and sitting on 3 Group Boards.

Sohail Bhatti

Sohail Bhatti
Finance Director

Mohammed Sohail Bhatti is a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), and has served as finance and non-executive director of a number of private and quoted companies for more than 20 years. In 1998, he joined Transcomm plc, an AIM quoted telecommunications group as finance director for one of its subsidiary undertakings and served for 6 years until its acquisition by British Telecom in 2004. Later that year he supported the private equity acquisition of a former Ericsson data radio technology company, and founded Woodhouse Price Limited, a licensed accountancy practice.


Sean Nicolson
Independent Non-Executive Director

Sean Nicolson is a corporate financier with over 25 years' experience of corporate and investment finance. He has assisted a wide range of companies to raise finance from venture capital and private equity investors and has also advised investment funds and investment managers. In addition he has been involved with a number of flotations and fundraisings on the Main Market and AIM. He has worked across a variety of sectors including technology, media, telecoms and life sciences.

Sean is the founder of and a partner in Saker Capital LLP, a family office investment fund that makes venture capital investments at all stages of a company’s development.

Sean was previously a director and chairman of EVR Holdings plc, the AIM listed owner of MelodyVR. In that role he led EVR Holdings through the acquisition of MelodyVR and its subsequent fundraisings. Sean was also an executive director of AIM listed drug discovery company e-Therapeutics plc, having advised that company on all of its venture capital fundraisings, its flotation on AIM and subsequent placings. Prior to his commercial roles, Sean was a corporate finance partner of a leading UK law firm in which role he advised companies and founders at all growth stages on venture capital and private equity investments, flotations and mergers and acquisitions. He also advised merchant banks and brokers on flotations and secondary share issues and worked with a number of universities to develop and deliver technology transfer strategies.