Steven Kay QC is a co-founder of Oculus and serves as the Chairman of the company.
James Chalmer is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Yvonne Rodgers is our Chief Operating Officer.
Michael Davies is a co-founder and Director of Oculus.
Richard Tickle is a co-founder and Director of Oculus.
Richard Proctor is a Director of Oculus and serves as the in-house Legal Counsel of the company.
Steven Kay QC is a co-founder of Oculus and serves as the Chairman of the company. Steven is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row (9BR – www.9bedfordrow.co.uk) and also leads 9 Bedford Row International (9BRi – www.9bri.co.uk). He is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law. Steven was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1977 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He has been in many of the high profile international trials in The Hague that have shaped international criminal law in the last 20 years: including OTP v Dusko Tadic; OTP v Alfred Musema; OTP v Slobodan Milosevic; OTP v Ivan Cermak; OTP v President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He has also advised Heads of State, governments and significantly important individuals upon strategies to deal with the complex legal, evidential and political challenges that they have faced not only in litigation, but also in their responses to opponents. Steven’s practice has involved him leading teams in large international investigations that have produced significant evidence to change the previously predicted outcome of a case and altered the internationally accepted narrative of affairs.
Steven’s practice has now developed beyond litigation to include the provision of wider services within the scope of international criminal law and politics. He has received commissions to analyse and report upon situations and problems faced by states as well as to advise and implement reforms to their criminal justice systems. Other clients have hired him for human rights cases, to challenge Interpol arrest warrants or sanction listings and to seek compensation for the wrongful seizure of assets. He recently developed with David Hammond, the universal test for self-defence at sea that could be applied by security firms in the protection of merchant vessels against acts of piracy that has been granted an ISO. He is co-chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee 2012 – 2016, a founder member of the ICLB (www.internationallawbureau.com), a founder member of the European Criminal Bar Association and ranked as a leading practitioner at the UK bar. Steven’s track record of his ability to successfully deal with large international cases and complex political and financial problems brings to Oculus a resource of proven quality for the service of our clients as well as the essential experience required to take responsibility for Oculus’s legal oversight.
James Chalmer is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company. James holds a BSc in Economics from the University College Cardiff and is a chartered accountant. He brings significant accounting and financial markets experience to Oculus.
In 1986 James qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London and subsequently became an Internal Auditor for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company until 1987.
In 1988 James was a Treasury Accountant for Elders Finance Group. From 1988 to 1996 James was the Chief Investment Officer of Ermitage UK Ltd, one of the first multi-family offices. During this period Ermitage grew from a small family office to one of the largest in the UK. Ermitage were one of the first major investors into Hedge Funds in the United Kingdom and helped the launch of some of today’s successful Hedge Funds. James also set up one of the world’s first emerging market investment funds while at Ermitage, the Ermitage Emerging Markets Fund, which under his guidance won numerous awards.
In 1996 James left Ermitage to become the Chief Executive Officer of Charles St Capital, an early stage investment firm for new Hedge Funds with a particular focus on Russia. Charles St Capital also made successful investments into some of today’s leading Hedge Funds.
As a result of the above success’s James became an independent consultant to a number of Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds and directly raised hundreds of millions of dollars for those investment funds. Much of this success was for firms based in Latin America and the United States of America.
In 2011, prior to co-founding Oculus, James became a consultant to North Square Blue Oak (NSBO), an Anglo Chinese investment firm, with a main focus on raising funds for diversified investment projects in his capacity as head of special projects within the company.
James’s career of over 30 years in the global financial markets combined with a strong grounding in accounting and auditing brings to Oculus significant financial and accounting experience and oversight for the services of our clients.
Yvonne Rodgers is our Chief Operating Officer.
Yvonne is a transformational executive from the Global Banking and Consultancy industries. She has a consistent record of positioning organisations for success, spurring the opening of new revenue streams and building highly accomplished teams that demonstrate a dedication to operational excellence. She excels at achieving results and turning situations around quickly, to maximise business capabilities, operations and service offerings.
Michael Davies is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and a co-founder and Director of the Providence Group of companies and serves as the CEO of the Providence Group (Providence – www.providenceitf.com), a strategic partner of Oculus headquartered in the UK, specialising in the supply of intelligence training equipment and consultancy to international government clients and the international intelligence community.
Following his education Michael went on to join the British Army Corps of Royal Signals as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in telecommunications in 1997 and during this period Michael covered all strategic and operational covert intelligence gathering disciplines. During his 5 year career in the UK Special Forces, Michael specialised in technical surveillance and completed several operational tours including operations in the Balkan States, Mainland UK, MENA region and elsewhere.
In 2007 Michael went on to become the Technical Director of a United States Department of Defence counter-insurgency program and assisted in the successful $40mn contract award and delivery for the US government followed by a multi-million dollar contract award and delivery to another US DoD client. Following the completion of the program Michael went on to co-found the Providence Group of companies in 2009.
Michael has been a significant driving force behind the growth of the Providence from its inception into a multi-million pound global business that is recognised as a world leader in covert intelligence and counter terrorism product lines, consultancy and training. Michael’s ability to constantly recognise, adopt and in many cases develop emerging technologies and techniques ahead of the market has enabled Providence to achieve success in a significantly difficult market to occupy for any private company.
Richard Tickle is a co-founder and Director of Oculus and a Director of Bowline Defence (www.bowlinedefence.com), a large maritime security company. Richard served in the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment in the South African Army for many years. He completed several tours of active duty service in both Angola and South West Africa/Namibia, before becoming a lead instructor in mechanised warfare.
After leaving the military, Richard joined the Norwegian multinational company Unitor Ship Services, working first in Cape Town, then in Durban and then in London.
After leaving Unitor, Richard founded Maritime Protection Agencies based in London, which acted as the Southern African managing representative agent for two large and state owned refrigerated carrier and fishing fleets for several years. The agency was subsequently brought to an end following the independence of the State of Namibia.
Over the next 14 years, Richard held a number of posts in the defence industry. His last such role was with Dytecna (www.dytecna.co.uk), a defence engineering group, for whom he worked as a senior sales director from 2008 to 2011; this was a period during which there was an upsurge in the requirements of the British armed services for armoured, theatre level entry vehicles, force protection and other mobile assets for use in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Richard’s experience in the defence Original Equipment Manufacturing and Security industries and his business development network brings to Oculus supportive strategic relationships.
Richard is a Director of Oculus Financial Intelligence and our in-house legal counsel.
Richard holds degrees in law, economics and finance from Victoria University in New Zealand. Richard’s legal career has focused on complex financial disputes and investigations. Over the last decade, he has worked for a number of private practice firms on some of the largest disputes and investigations in the London market. These matters have included investigating the collapse of Enron; claims arising from the manipulation of Libor; claims concerning the front running of interest rate swaps; claims arising from the insolvency of Lehman Brothers; tax investigations; the renegotiation of failed securitisations; regulatory investigations into the mis-selling of complex derivatives; defending FX traders against allegations of currency manipulation; prosecuting fraud claims; asset tracing; freezing injunctions; enforcement actions; and the seizure of commercial aircraft and boats. As such, Richard brings a wealth of legal experience to Oculus’ financial investigations business.