Our Executive Team

Yves Bonavero Chairman

Olivier Bonavero
Chairman

London

Olly co-founded Woodsford in 2010 with his father, Yves, and others. They shared a deep conviction that the union of financial and legal expertise unlocks formidable potential to improve standards of corporate behaviour around the world.

Steven Friel Chief Executive Officer

Steven Friel
Chief Executive Officer

London

Steven is a leader in the law and business of ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance), and one of the most well-established litigation finance professionals in the international market.

Charlie Morris Chief Investment Officer, EMEA & APAC

Charlie Morris
Chief Investment Officer

London

Charlie is at the cutting edge of developments in ESG litigation, leading Woodsford’s ground-breaking efforts to hold listed businesses to account for serious breaches of ESG standards.

Clare Owen Director and Head of Origination, Woodsford Australia

Clare Owen
Director and Head of Origination

Brisbane

Clare is a dual qualified lawyer (UK and Australia) with over 25 years’ experience in commercial litigation. Clare is primarily responsible for the development and growth of Woodsford’s business in Australia.

Alex Hickson Senior Investment Officer

Alex Hickson
Director of Woodsford Australia

Brisbane

Alex is an Australian-qualified lawyer who oversees Woodsford’s funded litigation in Australia.  Alex is passionate about the role Woodsford plays in identifying corporate misbehaviour and assisting those who are impacted.

Cody Nguyen Investment Officer

Cody Nguyen
Investment Officer

Brisbane

Cody is an Australian qualified lawyer responsible for overseeing Woodsford’s funded litigation in Australia.
Cody’s legal background comprises primarily of experience in class action and insurance litigation.

Riley King Investment Officer

Riley King
Investment Officer

Brisbane

Riley is an Australian-qualified lawyer based in Brisbane who has experience in a broad range of class actions. Riley combines his interest in class actions and advocacy for access to justice through identifying corporate misbehaviour and seeking to remedy those wrongs.

Jonathan Barnes Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Barnes
Chief Operating Officer & GC

London

Jonathan co-founded Woodsford in 2010. As one of the world’s most experienced litigation funding professionals, he serves on the boards of both the International Legal Finance Association (ILFA) and the Association of Litigation Funders (ALF).

Mark Spiteri Finance & Commercial Director

Mark Spiteri
Finance & Commercial Director

London

Mark is a founder director of Woodsford and one of the world’s most experienced litigation finance professionals. He is an expert on ESG matters, helping to assess the impact of breakdowns in ESG at publicly listed businesses.

Hugh Tait Investment Officer

Hugh Tait
Senior Investment Officer

London

Hugh is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has worked on a diverse range of complex, large-scale litigation and arbitration matters in both Australia and England, with a particular focus on ESG-related class/collective claims.

Jordan Howells Senior Investment Officer

Jordan Howells
Senior Investment Officer

London

Jordan is a barrister with fourteen years of experience practising in the ‘white collar’ crime fields of fraud, international anti-bribery and corruption, investigations, business ethics advisory and regulatory on the one hand, and public international law on the other.

Mitesh Modha Business Development & Origination Director

Mitesh Modha
Business Development & Origination Director

London

Mitesh plays a key role in Woodsford’s efforts to hold big business to account; building relationships with those that require litigation funding, whether that’s aggrieved stakeholders affected by ESG breaches or their lawyers.

Amar Singh Mann

Amar Singh Mann
Senior Legal Counsel

London

Amar is a UK-qualified lawyer with over a decade of experience working on a broad range of cross-border and domestic corporate and commercial matters. Previously, Amar was Legal Counsel at Moneysupermarket Group.

Emily Woolcott Investment Officer

Emily Woolcott
Investment Officer

London

Emily is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has experience in a diverse range of commercial litigation matters. She is focused on continuing to fulfil Woodsford’s commitment to ESG matters and delivering access to justice.

 Muhammad Arayne Investment Officer

Muhammad Arayne
Investment Officer

London

Muhammad is an Investment Officer based in London. An Australian qualified lawyer, he has experience in a diverse range of class action and general litigation matters including cases involving fraud, misconduct, negligence, racial discrimination and contractual disputes.

David Haughan Investment Officer

David Haughan
Investment Officer

London

David is an English-qualified lawyer and was previously a litigator at Hogan Lovells, where he acquired strong experience of ESG group litigation in the automotive and agribusiness sectors, as well as high-value life sciences litigation.

Bram Berends Investment Officer

Bram Berends
Investment Officer

London

Bram Berends is an Investment Officer based in London. Before joining Woodsford, Bram was a Netherlands-qualified lawyer working as a litigator at Stibbe, a leading Dutch law firm.

Daniel Littman Commercial Manager

Daniel Littman
Commercial & Operations Manager

London

Daniel leads the commercial negotiation for all Woodsford’s investments globally, structuring bespoke deals to help clients gain access to justice and gain recompense against big business and Big Tech.

Ioan Mortimer Investment Associate

Ioan Mortimer
Managing Investment Associate

London

Ioan has a key role in the origination and organisation stages of Woodsford’s cases with a particular focus on securities litigation including cases resulting from serious ESG failings at publicly listed companies.

Karen Espinoza Investment Officer

Karen Espinoza
Investment Associate

London

Karen assists with the creation of securities class actions’ bookbuilds and liaises with a variety of institutional investors, helping them recover losses as a result of serious ESG failings at publicly listed companies.

Michael Abdul Investment Associate

Michael Abdul
Investment Associate

London

While working at Woodsford, Michael has worked on a range of security actions, providing institutional investors with quantitative analysis that assists with the recovery of compensation from publicly listed companies, following breakdowns in ESG standards.

Shivam Kumar Investment Associate

Shivam Kumar
Investment Associate

London

Shivam is an Investment Associate based in London.

He is focused on the origination and organisation stages of Woodsford’s cases with a particular focus on securities litigation, following breakdowns in ESG standards.

Amber Imran Investment Associate

Amber Imran
Investment Associate

London

Amber’s role encompasses involvement in the origination and book-building phases for Woodsford’s cases, with a particular focus on collective escalated engagements on behalf of institutional investors and securities litigation arising out of ESG failures at listed companies.

Amenda Wong

Amenda Wong
Commercial Accountant

London

Amenda is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with a range of financial experience, ranging from Audit, Management Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis. She studied Natural Sciences BSc at Durham University, and gained her ACA qualification in 2014.

Yoav Nebenzal Commercial Accountant

Yoav Nebenzal
Group Financial Controller

London

Yoav is a Qualified accountant (CPA) with a wide experience in financial and assurance services.

Prior to joining Woodsford, Yoav worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 10 years.

Alba Baeza Assistant Accountant

Alba Baeza
Assistant Accountant

London

Alba is an Assistant Accountant based in London. She is a qualified Spanish Lawyer and studying towards completing her AAT/CIMA qualifications. Prior to joining, she gained experience in different Finance roles in the Hospitality/Retail industry.

Our Board and Our Investment Advisory Panel

Olivier Bonavero Chairman; Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Olivier Bonavero
Chairman; Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Steven Friel Member of the Board

Steven Friel
Member of the Board

Charlie Morris Member of the Board

Charlie Morris
Member of the Board

Mark Spiteri Member of the Board

Mark Spiteri
Member of the Board

Jonathan Barnes Member of the Board

Jonathan Barnes
Member of the Board

Philippe Bonavero Member of the Board

Philippe Bonavero
Member of the Board

Thomas Porter Member of the Board

Thomas Porter
Member of the Board

Yves Bonavero Honorary President

Yves Bonavero
Honorary President

Judge Shira Scheindlin Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Judge Shira Scheindlin
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Terry O'Neill Member of IAP

Terry O’Neill
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Hon Neil McKerracher KC Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Hon. Neil McKerracher KC
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Antony Martin SC Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Antony Martin SC
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Simon Powell Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Simon Powell
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel