David studied Classics at Marlborough College, then read Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His passion for the world, fuelled by two years as a District Assistant in Africa and other travels, outweighed his interest in the law, however, and he started a travel company, in Knightsbridge, London, at the age of 24. Supertravel had grown into one of the largest privately owned luxury tour operators in the UK, specializing in winter sports, by the time David sold out in 1984. Soon afterwards, he identified an opportunity for a joint venture with Abercrombie & Kent. It grew rapidly into a highly-profitable business and David sold his shares to Abercrombie & Kent some ten years later. After the sale, he stayed on for a period as Chief Operating Officer responsible for their many operating companies around the world. David then co-founded Rocksure in 2005, pioneering the opportunity to combine equity ownership of portfolios of luxury villas and apartments for capital gain with the enjoyment of the spectacular properties for exceptional vacations during a defined period. He is proud that this splendid concept is now being offered by Rocksure North America. David’s knowledge of the world and of the provision of high-quality accommodation, transportation, food and wine to Accredited Investors are almost unmatched and he now brings all of this experience to Rocksure.
Andrew Galloway was formerly Managing Director of Coutts (Cayman) Limited, part of the Coutts Group which is the international private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. He is admitted (non practising) as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, is a member of the Institute of Directors in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. He obtained his M.A. from Magdalene College, Cambridge where he studied law. He completed law school at the College of Law in Guildford before joining Slaughter & May in London where he qualified in 1992 into a general corporate practice group. In 1994 he joined Coutts (Cayman) Limited as Adviser, New Business prior to his appointment as Managing Director in 1999. Andrew has a number of years experience on the boards of a funds established in Cayman, Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as with a number of operating trust companies in Cayman, Bahamas and Bermuda. He has particular experience with fund of fund structures, private equity funds and private investment vehicles. Andrew has served on the executive committee of the Cayman Islands Bankers Association and the legislative sub-committee of STEP Cayman Islands.
Brad Cowdroy qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO in Sydney, Australia before moving to the Cayman Islands with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001. Brad has since worked primarily with Goldman Sachs as a Vice President in Fund Administration Services, where he oversaw one of the group’s largest clients, a family of hedge funds covering multiple strategies and regions. He has also worked with CIBC Bank and Trust, Trinity and most recently with Harmonic Fund Services where he co-managed the hedge funds group, responsible for operations, investor relations, valuation, accounting and reporting for his portfolio of clients. Brad has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry, specifically in fund administration, operations and audit. He has considerable experience working with hedge funds, fund of funds and private equity funds across many alternative investment strategies and involving a wide range of fund structures, both offshore and onshore. He is well versed in the accounting, operational and regulatory aspects impacting the alternative investment funds industry.
After graduating from Cambridge University with an M.A. Alistair started his career in marketing and advertising before going into the travel industry. After 3 years with The World Expedionary Association he joined Abercrombie and Kent and moved to the Unites States where he became President of Abercrombie and Kent International, inc for 25 years. In those years he grew the company from its small beginnings into a global brand with tour operations that operated high end tours to all 7 continents. After leaving Abercrombie and Kent he joined Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises as head of their marketing and sales in the Americas. Orient- Express not only operates the famous train, but also a global portfolio of luxury hotels from the Cipriani in Venice to the Copacabana Palace in Rio. He also worked with Oberio Hotels as Senior Vice President.
During his time at Abercrombie and Kent he worked closely with David Rogers, the Founder of Rocksure.
Alistair has spent virtually his whole career in the luxury travel business and he has travelled all over the world setting up operations to handle high end travellers from both Europe and America.
Travel has been the consuming passion of his life.
Simon Harvey has a Chemistry Major and Masters in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Sydney respectively. In 1999 after working for 8 years as an industrial chemist and later a clinical dietitian he left the world of sciences and established a property development company concentrating initially on delivering high end houses in some of the most idyllic location in Sydney, Australia. In 2003 he branched into property management also and now sits on a personal and family property business which holds a sizable portfolio in Australia, New Zealand and the US. He has a passion for travel, sport and great design. Since 2006 Simon has been leading the redevelopment of two significant assets which are ground breaking in many respects. On the Gold Coast situated in Queensland, Australia Simon is leading a $50M reconversion of a commercial centre into a modern shopping precinct. The location and the scale of the site allows it to very confidently provide for a broad retail mix that will ensure that the project is a highly desirable location for commodity style shopping, experienced based shopping and as importantly, social interaction and is a bold move away from the large shopping mall mentality of a hurried lifestyle. In the south Island of New Zealand, Simon is also leading a $500M redevelopment and expansion of an existing ski area into New Zealand’s first ski resort with an on-mountain village and ski-in, ski-out accommodation.