Our Board

The Manolete Board includes five members, comprised of two Executive and three Independent Non-Executive Directors led by an independent Non-Executive Chairman.

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    Lord Leigh
    of Hurley
    Lord Leigh of Hurley Non-Executive Chairman

    Howard Leigh is a qualified Chartered Accountant. In 1988 he set up Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP where he remains Senior Partner. In 2000, Howard was appointed as the Chairman of the Faculty of Corporate Finance of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty’s Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance award. In 2018, Cavendish merged with finnCap and the new group – finnCap Group plc
    – was listed on the London AIM market. He is the Senior Treasurer of the Conservative Party and chairs four charities. In 2013, Howard was elevated to the Peerage as Lord Leigh of Hurley. He joined the Manolete Board in June 2021.

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    Steven Cooklin Chief Executive Officer, ACA ACSI CF

    Steven founded Manolete Partners in 2009 and is Chief Executive. Steven is a Chartered Accountant - he qualified at Coopers and Lybrand in 1991. Steven has over 20 years experience in corporate finance with National Westminster Bank, Calder Corporate Advisory Ltd and Hill Samuel Investment Bank and is a former Director of HSBC Investment Bank (Corporate Finance Division). Steven is an Associate Member of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals.

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    Mark Tavener Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Tavener joined Manolete as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Director on 7 October 2019. Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience. The core of Mark's career has been with Deloitte in London in Corporate Finance. He also served a secondment period within Government. Following his time with Deloitte, Mark was appointed Finance Director of a FinTech start-up company IPSX. Most recently, Mark has been a Director in the RSM due diligence team leading diligence on financial services businesses in the mid-market.

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    Dr Stephen
    Dr Stephen Baister Independent Non-Executive Director

    Stephen joined the Company in September 2017 as a senior adviser and was appointed as a Independent Non-Executive Director in November 2018. Stephen was appointed as a bankruptcy registrar (Judge) of the High Court in 1996 and as chief bankruptcy registrar in 2004, he retired in 2017. Stephen has also been consultant for Moon Beever LLP since November 2017. He has a PhD in Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and as a licensed insolvency practitioner in 1985. Stephen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, an honorary member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management. Stephen also chairs the Manolete Board’s Remuneration Committee.

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    Lee Manning Independent Non-Executive Director

    Lee joined Manolete in November 2018 as a Independent Non-Executive Director. Lee is qualified accountant and a specialist in restructuring and insolvency. He is a licensed UK insolvency practitioner. Between 2004 and 2018 he was a partner at Deloitte LLP in Restructuring Services. From 1989 to 2004, he was a Partner at Kroll Buchler Phillips, practitioners in corporate recovery and restructuring. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. In October 2018, Mr Manning became a consultant for Resolve Group UK, a restructuring and advisory firm based in London. Lee also chairs the Manolete Board’s Audit Committee.