Career Highlights

2013 - Present | Director and Managing Partner

Prime Advantage Corporate Finance

2014 - 2019 | Chairman

Co Wheels Car Club

2011 - 2016 | Chairman

Surrey Connects

2004 - 2011 | NED and CEO

ABC Connection

1995 - 2003 | COO

Holiday Autos

1992 - 1995 | Sales & Marketing Director

Europcar

1979 - 1991 | Sales & Marketing Director

Hertz Rent A Car

Aziz Mentor - UK

A seasoned C-suite leader with extensive experience in the automotive sector. Brian is an experienced Chairman and Chief Executive with businesses turning over up to £200m. He has built businesses from scratch, acquiring and disposing of companies on an international basis and creating joint ventures, franchises and representative agencies.

Specific Expertise

  • business growth & financing growth
  • expansion into emerging markets
  • time management & work/life balance
  • exit strategy/divestments
  • international development
  • recruitment/personnel issues
  • restructuring/turnaround
  • M&A
  • business continuity

Career history

Having worked at all levels, from shop floor to Chief Executive and Chairman, Brian built his 40-year career in the service industry working for multinationals, SMEs/entrepreneurial start-ups.

He values excellent working relationships with investors and Board members alike when working within and leading entrepreneurial organisations. When part of a senior restructuring team parachuted into reverse losses of £80m, he and his team created a profit within 3 years. Additionally, Brian acted as the commercial lead on a team built to write a completely new software platform for a multi-national business. Brian brings valuable lessons from his intimate knowledge of the ups and downs of business.

Brian also chaired Surrey Connects, a local government initiative, and has appointed a 12-strong board.

Current Portfolio

Currently, Brian enjoys his role and Managing Partner at Prime Advantage Capital Partners Ltd, a fully-regulated Corporate Finance house.

Alongside this, he runs his consultancy, Mexxa Ltd, raising up to £20m for clients and taking a seat on the Board as either Chairman, NED ir Board Advisor. After completing a number of successful exits they have grown to 14 partners with representation in the UK, Australia, Malta and China.

Brian is also Chairman of European EV Engineering Services Ltd, an advisory and implementation consultancy operating with the automotive sector, and is an approved advisor working for the Garson Lerhman group.

Personal Interests

family

travel

reading

guitar and piano

watching sport

Key Influencers

Martin Luther King – I have a dream (not a business plan)

Mike Tyson – everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth

Mentoring Experience

“I mentor a number of C-level clients around challenges such as underfunding, glass ceilings, internal politics, management reporting and delegation.”

 

“Brian is without a doubt one of the most professional businessmen I’ve encountered through the years. A completely uncanny analytical and commercial brain, coupled with an easy-going professional attitude, made life as a direct report very challenging at times business wise but always a pleasure on the personal. If the opportunity arose I would not think half a second about working with Brian again. A great mentor and a great friend.”

Location

London

Edinburgh