OUR TEAM

Victor Brittain-Wong

VICTOR BRITTAIN-WONG

Director & Co-Founder, Entrepreneur

Victor’s financial management experience over the last 20 years covers a broad range of companies from start-ups to SMEs to FMCGs to large global multinationals across various industries such as chemicals, food, engineering, education, health and insurance.  Companies such as United Technologies, Glencore, Elementis, Glencore, RSL Steeper and Brakes.

Victor is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as well as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).  He is also an Alumni of Imperial College London with an MSc in MBA.

Victor started his career in Malaysia with Arthur Young in Audit, now called Ernst & Young after their merger, before moving to the UK.  In his early career, Victor worked as an Administrator of a media company before moving to a start-up company as Financial Accountant, where he worked on laying the foundation of strong financial processes and sustainable cashflow and growth strategy helping the company to break even within 2 years.

Whilst at United Technologies, Victor was involved in a variety of projects and additional responsibilities in addition to his regular financial management.  He was involved in the mergers and acquisitions team working in partnership with PwC in due diligence and valuation.  He was also involved in pricing projects for the Europe and Middle East region.

Victor combines his financial and commercial experience to help organisations to move from where they are to where they want to be, helping to recognise and harness a much neglected competitive advantage in most organisations; processes to improve growth and financial sustainability.  He incorporates the kaizen (continuous improvement) mind-set in every undertaking.

Victor is also an entrepreneur having set up several start-ups, from food to mobile health to financial technology.  His first start up was a food company providing ethnic food, which he later sold to his business partner to set up his own consultancy; Brittain-Wong advising on disability and coaching managers how to integrate disability into their team and organisation working with clients such as Barclays Bank, local councils, the BBC and Met Police.

Victor’s current start up is involved in healthcare in the area of assisted-living, and he is also currently enabling Exemplar Education, a group of companies in the Education industry, to re-position the organisation in the digital world.

Social entrepreneurship is also something that Victor values highly, and is a partner of the Transformational Business Network, investing in and mentoring entrepreneurs and micro businesses in the developing world.  He is also an investor and activist in a company bringing access to renewable energy in some of the most deprived areas in the world.

Mike Malan

MIKE MALAN

Director & Co-Founder; Marketing, Events & Projects Manager

Mike’s work experience varies from banking to hospitality, from logistics to recruitment, administration to Government, and from charity to events and marketing, spanning a 25 year period.

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Mike has been privileged to work in the USA, now residing in the UK, and holds a Project Management Diploma from Varsity College.

Mike has been privileged to serve the likes of Anne Graham-Lotz, Noel Robinson, Avery Sunshine, David Grey, Kym Mazelle, Jeremy Irons, Carey Mulligan, Gloria Steinem, Theo Paphitis, James Caan, Arianna Huffington, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Nigella Lawson, George Monbiot, James Altucher, Kamal Ahmed, Jamie Bartlett, Ehud Olmert, Ben Bernanke, Emily Maitlis, Mary Beard, Miriam Gonzalez, Michael Acton Smith, Mary McCartney, Yanis Varoufakis, Ronan Farrow, Brian Klaas, David Olusoga, Andrew Neil, David Davis, Nick Robinson, Gina Miller, Simon Schama, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Sue Perkins, Simon Russell Beale, Laurence D. Burns, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling-Ronnlund, Leonard Mlodinow, Christiana Figueres, Jaron Lanier, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, to name a few.

Mike secured Kirk Whalum, Tata Vega, Ron Kenoly, Dave Koz, Paul Brown, Peter White, Euge Groove, Oli Silk and The Sax Pack for live interviews and Marc Antoine and Don Moen for telephonic interviews for a charity radio station whilst co-producing a Smooth Jazz Radio Show.

Mike successfully grew an all-women event from 400 people to over 2,000 in the space of 2 years, and in 2012 worked on an event with Noel Robinson at Wembley Stadium that saw over 32,000 people in attendance.

Mike continues to serve International Worship Leader, Noel Robinson, assisting with marketing, events and the like.

Mike aims to educate, skill and equip individuals so they can achieve their goals and live their dreams in order to make a valid and valued contribution to society while leaving a lasting legacy to future generations.

Mike is an accomplished pianist, having played piano for the then President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, at the Cape Town City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa in 1995.

SANDRA CARITO

Portuguese Lawyer & Registered European Lawyer

London born Sandra Carito opted to read law in Portugal, qualifying as a Portuguese Advogada.

Worked with an international Portuguese law firm in Lisbon and the UK until 2014, leaving to become a Registered European Lawyer with England & Wales and found her own City-based legal firm.

With experience working on award-winning London regeneration projects since 2001, now assists private clients and corporate investors in Portugal.  Other areas of practice include contracts, cross-border, risk assessment and compliance, company and real estate.

Supporting numerous charities and participating in educational mentoring projects, Sandra is also the Chairperson for The Anglo-Portuguese Society.

A recommended lawyer of the Portuguese Consulate in London, Council member of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and a founding committee member of the Portuguese Chamber Business Network since 2011.

Maurice Sardison

MAURICE SARDISON

Business Coach & Startup Mentor

Maurice Sardison is a business coach and mentor to start-up and established businesses across the UK with over 14 years’ experience working with people interested in business.

He is the director of a successful business and finance company in the City of London, and has advised over 3,000 businesses and helped raise over £300 million in finance.

Maurice has also worked and advised on several government-backed programs to identify and support high growth companies.  He knows exactly what it takes to be successful, having started and scaled several businesses over the years.

He eats, sleeps and breathes all things business, and is known for his strong business acumen, people skills and finance raising ability, so if he can’t get it done, he knows someone who can!

Marietta Birkholtz

MARIETTA BIRKHOLTZ

Career Change Facilitator

Marietta originally trained as a teacher, and subsequently a Complementary Health Therapy practitioner, receiving a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy which led to her working in Chronic Pain Cognitive Behavioural Rehabilitation for 14 years.

Marietta later trained with Richard N. Bolles, author of “What Color is your Parachute“, and adapted his approach to job hunting for the Rehabilitation market.

Since 2015, Marietta has headed up the Career Change Programme for the MoD, specifically working with those leaving the military.

Marietta also co-facilitated a European Employment Project involving five countries for the Leonardo da Vinci Foundation in 2015.

Mark Sanger

MARK SANGER

Youth Engagement Officer

Mark is the Senior Youth and Children’s Co-Ordinator at St. Paul’s Crofton, a large Anglican church in the London Borough of Bromley.

He qualified as a Youth Worker 20 years ago, via the Centre of Youth Ministries, and since then has worked in various organisations supporting and encouraging young people in different parts of the South East of England.

In his career, he has taken on various roles from local authority sessional work, both centre-based and detached, and has led on or project managed different youth and children’s participation projects, both in London and across Kent.

Before joining St. Paul’s, he was the Youth Engagement Office for Connexions Kent & Medway, engaging hard-to-reach young people and those not in education, employment or training across the country and working with them and other partner organisations to find positive outcomes and change for young people.

Mark is married to Georgina and has 2 children.  He is a great fan of all things outdoors, from dog-walking to bike riding, and camping in his VW bus.

Daniel Brown

DANIEL BROWN

Youth Mentor

Daniel is an accredited Baptist minister, specialising in Youth Ministry, and works as a Youth Pastor at Orpington Baptist Church.

He has worked with some of the larger Baptist churches in the Gold Coast, Australia and Worcester, England, running their youth work, schools engagement and mentoring projects, before settling in Orpington.

He is a fan of anything with two wheels, with or without an engine, and enjoys mountain biking as a way of staying healthy and creating space to think.

He also enjoys snowboarding, cooking and anything remotely practical.

Boikanyo Trust Phenyo

BOIKANYO TRUST PHENYO

Lifestyle Specialist

Boikanyo has spent her life raising the profile of African women.  She inspires others to follow in her footsteps to achieve equality with their European counterparts, as they see what can be achieved by someone with a big heart and the determination to overcome all barriers to progress, making a success of her life for the benefit of others.

Boikanyo is a successful model and beauty queen-turned-pageant director, who specialises in choreography for the catwalk and beauty pageant stage.
She also has much experience managing models and beauty queens, and was the Events and Projects Director for the Commonwealth International Beauty Pageant in 2014.  Boikanyo was a coach and trainer for Miss Africa GB (2015/2016), and has appeared as a VIP Judge for many prestigious pageants all over the country.

Boikanyo is a lifestyle specialist, working with people who want to improve their lifestyles.  This is done through advice, support, encouragement and guidance, using a holistic approach on diet and nutrition, fitness and relaxation.
Boikanyo believes that it is important to love yourself and to look and feel great in everything you do!

Boikanyo is the Founder and Director of Enterprise Pageants, a Global Ambassador at Ladies of All Nations International, an International Representative in Europe for Destiny Organisation, an Executive Member of Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership and Patron of the School Bus Project for children who have to walk 18km to school.