Our people

Our board of directors

Paul Latham

Chief Executive

Paul is chief executive of Fern Trading. He is also a managing director of Octopus Investments, where he has worked since 2005. Octopus Investments is a key supplier of resource and expertise to Fern.
Paul’s dual role ensures that this relationship works well and always operates in the best interests of Fern’s shareholders. Paul has had various general management and internal consulting roles across a number of sectors and brings with him a wealth of industry and business experience, including building key elements of the infrastructure for Capital One Bank (Europe) plc as it grew from a start-up business to a company with 2,000 employees.

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Peter Barlow

Non-executive Director

Peter has almost 30 years’ experience in international financing of infrastructure and energy. As the director of finance/corporate finance for International Power, Peter was responsible for fundraisings, bank relationships and treasury activities. He has spent over 20 years working in Europe, the US, Australia and Asia for HSBC, Bank of America and Nomura, financing acquisitions and greenfield projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is also a non-executive director of InfraCo Africa, a donor-funded infrastructure development company.

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Keith Willey

Non-executive Chairman

Keith is an associate professor of strategic and international management and entrepreneurship at London Business School as well as a senior lecturer at University College London. He also holds various non-executive directorships and advisory roles. His career has spanned academia, consulting, investing and hands-on operational roles within industry and the venture capital world.

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What does the board do?

As with any company, our experienced Board of Directors is responsible for determining the strategy of our
business, and accounting for our activities to our shareholders.

Our employees

We employ more than 600 full time staff across the businesses that we own and operate. We also indirectly provide employment for hundreds more people via contracts that we have in place.

Find out more about the teams behind our businesses:

Jurassic Fibre

Bringing fibre broadband to underserved communities and regions.

Rangeford Villages

Builds retirement accommodation for sale and operates retirement villages on behalf of its residents.

One Healthcare

Builds and operates private hospitals in the South East of England.

Swish Fibre

A full-fibre broadband provider, bringing exceptional connectivity services to homes and businesses in the South of England in 2020.

Melton renewable Energy PLC

owns and operates biomass and landfill gas sites.