Our Team is made up of globally experienced financial services professionals who know what it’s like to live outside your home country, they have all done it. They are attuned to the specific financial needs that come with being an international professional. The management and advisory team have extensive global experience delivering exceptional financial advice. They are driven by our client service ethic above all else and committed to delivering the best independent investment advice, that you need and deserve.

James Hughes
Chairman of the Board

James graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Economics in 1994. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a Chartered Member of the UK Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and CEO of parent company Buchanan Capital. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running and equestrian sports.

David Bellingham
Chief Executive Officer

David has over 20 years international financial services leadership experience across 6 countries and 3 continents. Having entered the financial services industry in the 1990s as a financial adviser he has led and consulted to companies across Australia, Asia, UK and Europe. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (1989), a Master of Business Administration (1999), Diplomas in Financial Planning (2000) and Certified Financial Planning (2001) and is a member of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). He speaks intermediate French (B2), and in his spare time enjoys a good book, exercise, and spending time with friends and family.

Edward Mainwaring-Burton
Managing Director

Ed is an internationally experienced financial adviser with more than a decade’s experience across  Dubai, Switzerland the Netherlands. He holds accreditations in International Securities and Investment as well as in Wealth Management with The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). He is a fluent French speaker and speaks intermediate Dutch. In his spare time he enjoys motor sport, stand-up comedy, and as a qualified sommelier, discovering good restaurants with interesting food and wine menus.

Bianka Bussay
Client Portfolio Lead

Bianka graduated from the University of Pecs in 2014 with a doctorate degree in Law. She holds a Level IV diploma in regulated financial planning with The Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI). Her mother tongue is Hungarian, she speaks fluent English and intermediate Spanish and German. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dogs, reading and playing table tennis.

Bene Zurlo
Client Project Lead

Bene graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2020 with a degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics. He specialised in Economics with electives in Monetary and Fiscal Policy, and International Trade and Investments. He completed a Master’s in Business Administration with a thesis on risk management, in 2022. His mother tongue is Italian, he speaks fluent English, and intermediate French. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess, writing and performing stand-up comedy.

Elmey Olivier
Relationship Manager

Elmey graduated from the North West University in South Africa with a Bachelors of Commerce in Law and Economics. After university she started working as a paralegal while obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Estate and Trust Administration. Elmey loves running, cooking and the Springboks.

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