Paul Wilson, Chief Executive
Paul joined WPIC from Bain & Company, the global management consultancy, where he led the firm’s UK financial practice.
Paul is an investment and wealth management specialist who has enjoyed considerable involvement in the broad financial services sector over the last 25 years. He has also been deeply involved in the precious metals market. While at Bain & Company, Paul helped raise the investment attractiveness of gold by leading the development of the gold market’s first and largest Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).
Alongside his role at WPIC, Paul is a Director of XL Catlin’s UK insurance businesses, a Director of Brewin Dolphin Plc, a Director of Unigestion Holding SA and International Chairman of the NGO, Action Against Hunger.
Trevor Raymond, Director of Research
Trevor leads research for WPIC. He joined from Anglo American Platinum where he was the Head of Market Intelligence and Market Relations.
A precious metals specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the equity and metals market, Trevor moved into the platinum industry in 2000 following 17 years in gold mining, which saw him undertake roles in engineering, mineral economics and corporate finance.
Trevor was Anglo American Platinum’s Head of Investor Relations until 2008 when he joined the platinum marketing team in London to focus on commodity research and market development.
David Badham, Chief Administrative Officer
David leads finance, operations, HR, legal and governance for WPIC. He joined from Cass Business School where he was the Deputy Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre, leading sponsor relationships. He also authored research on social impact investing for the Financial Times.
David was the Head of Investment Marketing for Europe at the World Gold Council until 2013. His responsibilities included the development of global distribution channels for research.
In a 25 year career with the Royal Bank of Scotland, David’s roles included Head of Business Strategy, Marketing and Communications at the bank’s global wholesale banking and markets division, based in London.
Weibin Deng, Head of China
Weibin leads the China team, and is based in Shanghai. He joined WPIC from BNP Paribas China, where he was a business manager in Global Markets, focused on strategies and development projects in commodities, fixed income and equity businesses.
A veteran in the global commodity markets, Weibin has 16 years’ work experience in business development, risk management, product control, and accounting and operations at international banks and an accounting firm. He has had a key role since 2013 helping BNP Paribas to develop its metal franchise in APAC. His main contributions included setup of a commodity WFOE in Shanghai Free Trade Zone, launch of metal trading on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, LME base metal monetisation, and Shanghai gold trading.
Prior to BNP Paribas, Weibin worked for a number of leading firms in New York and Singapore specialising in commodity derivatives, including JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Deloitte & Touche and Bank of America.
David Crawford, Director, Product Partnerships
David leads the Product Partnerships team, working closely with leading industry partners to develop new products and initiatives that increase the range of sustainable platinum investment options available to investors worldwide. He is an established precious metals specialist.
Prior to joining the WPIC, David was Head of Precious Metals at the London Metal Exchange (LME) where he led LME’s corporate strategy in precious metals, provided counterparty clearing and closing price information to the bullion market, and secured and launched the Platinum and Palladium Price Benchmarks in 2014. Alongside this, he managed LME’s client engagement for precious metals with top tier investment banks, industry bodies, regulators and metals trading houses.
Conan Chitham, Legal (consultant)
Conan oversees WPIC legal matters, including our contractual dealings with third parties and in relation to intellectual property.
Conan is an experienced commercial lawyer with a variety of international experience, including in the global general counsel’s office of one of the big four accountants. He has acted for a number of clients in the finance and investment sphere, including other precious metals, and some of the world’s biggest international entities in industry and e-commerce. He was previously a partner at two leading London law firms, Mishcon de Reya and Withers.
Alongside his role at WPIC, Conan continues to act as consultant counsel for a number of businesses in relation to their technology, commercial and complex project work.
Brendan Clifford, Manager, Investor Development
Brendan is responsible for the interface between the WPIC and investors to ensure data, research and insights meet the needs of different investor groups. Identifying investors whose mandate and risk profiles are most suited to an allocation to platinum and establishing optimal two-way communication underpins the WPIC Investor Development programme.
Brendan joined WPIC from Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) where he was an analyst in the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection division responsible for sourcing, researching and investing in long-only equity fund managers.
Prior to this, Brendan was an assistant fund manager with Dublin-based Merrion Capital, responsible for co-managing three equity value funds.
Kyla Haggett, Finance (consultant)
Kyla works across all WPIC finance activities. Her focus is on budgeting, payments, cash flow/banking, management reporting and resource management. She administers the WPIC accounting system.
Kyla has over ten years’ experience as a Management and Project Accountant with companies operating in mining and manufacturing sectors within Australia and U.K. Prior to consulting with WPIC, Kyla was the Fleet Accountant at Rio Tinto’s headquarters based in London, responsible for the group’s Marine project management and evaluation.
Hayley Li, Business Development Manager, China
Hayley is our Business Development Manager in Shanghai, reporting to our Head of China. She works closely with each of the London-based teams teams to expand our footprint in the China platinum investment market. Hayley brings comprehensive knowledge and experience in China’s precious metal market to WPIC.
Hayley joined WPIC from Hong Kong Exchange where she was a senior member responsible for setting up the precious metal business at Qianhai Merchandise Exchange, a subsidiary of HKEx in Shenzhen Qianhai Free Trade Zone.
Prior to HKEx, Hayley has over 10 years of experience in commodity trading and brokering business, including 6 years with Founder Commodity Group, one of the commodity powerhouses in China, specializing in silver trading, hedging and arbitrage.
Ivy Liu, Assistant Business Development Manager, China
Ivy Liu is our Assistant Business Development Manager in Shanghai, working to expand the platinum investment market alongside Hayley Lee and reporting to our Head of China, Weibin Deng. She works closely with each of the London-based teams. Ivy brings WPIC consulting experience as well as metal market research knowledge, as a practitioner in both areas inside China.
Ivy joined WPIC from Wanxiang Resources, where she was a metals analyst focused on rare metals research. Prior to Wanxiang, she had over four years of consulting experience at Capvision, working across both global and domestic clients including McKinsey, Bain, mutual funds and hedge funds. She also engaged with the Chinese renewable energy industry in relation to their interests in research and investment.
Bhavick Morjaria, Technology (consultant)
Bhavick is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects at WPIC, including strategy, infrastructure, cyber security and telecoms.
A technology consultant with over 20 years’ experience, Bhavick worked at Deutsche Bank and Oracle Corporation before moving to Bain & Company, the global management consultancy. While at Bain, Bhavick led the Partner support team in London and supported the firm’s Munich and Zürich offices.
Alongside his role at WPIC, Bhavick advises financial and professional services firms, and is a retained advisor to several family offices.
Amanda Palmer, Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Amanda is responsible for providing administrative support to the CEO as well as organising WPIC events. She is also the office manager.
Amanda joined WPIC from Bain & Company, where she supported the European Head of Private Equity and partners in the Global Oil and Gas and Financial Services practices. Amanda was also responsible for arranging various offsites and events in Europe.
Prior to this, Amanda has 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry in investment banking, corporate broking and investor relations. Her roles included event organisation and roadshow management in the UK and internationally, for high profile, blue chip clients.
Graham Richardson, Finance (consultant)
Graham is responsible for the finance function of WPIC. He has over 25 years of UK and international finance and accounting experience.
Prior to this, Graham was the Director of Finance at the World Gold Council. He acted for a time as CFO and Treasurer of the SPDR Gold Trust. Earlier roles include CFO of an AIM listed hedge fund and Group Financial Controller of a leading UK based financial services organisation.
Graham is co-founder and director of a consultancy firm that specialises in system and process support for organisations in set-up and growth phases.
Nicolaj Sebrell, CFA, Investment Research Manager
Nicolaj conducts and commissions research and analysis to meet the needs of all types of platinum investors, potential investors and WPIC partners across different geographies.
Prior to joining WPIC, Nicolaj worked for Santander Asset Management covering European Natural Resources, including metals and mining. He also worked for 13 years at Morgan Stanley as an equity research analyst covering a variety of sectors within Latin America including transportation, industrials, aerospace, infrastructure and telecommunications. Based in Sao Paulo, he was ranked top 3 within his coverage by Institutional Investor Magazine for several years. Additional experience includes investment research at Bear, Stearns & Co. and business development at GE Capital. He served five years as a submarine officer in the US Navy.