John (Mac) MacNamara has been Chair of the London Trade Roundtable since 2019, and is CEO of Carshalton Commodities Ltd, a consultancy in the commodity trade finance sector working with banks, funds, commodity corporates, insurers and lawyers. He is well-known as an author, trainer, presenter and commentator on Commodity Trade Finance matters, having set up and run globally the award-winning Structured Commodity Trade Finance team at Deutsche Bank for 20 years from Amsterdam and then from London, finishing as Vice Chairman, Trade Finance Commodities. Having worked for banks and commodity traders himself since 1982, Mac has a keen interest in seeing bright young people come into this market and succeed. He has an MA from Cambridge University, and a Green Beret from the Royal Marines Commandos.
Natalia has extensive experience in commodity trade finance with major international banks. In July 2022 Natalia was appointed Head of Commodity Finance in MUFG Bank (Europe) N.V., responsible for building MUFG’s commodity finance team and its client offering in Europe. Prior to MUFG Natalia was responsible for new client acquisition at Komgo, a Swiss-headquartered software development and technology services company offering the reference digital network and workflow solutions for the trade finance industry. Natalia is a Treasurer and a member of Executive Committee of London Trade Roundtable, non-profit organization which provides networking and mentoring opportunities for trade finance professionals. She holds a Master in International Economics and Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Neil is a former banker with a long career in trade, export and structured commodity finance. He has worked at a number of major international banks including Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Agricole, ABN Amro as Global Head of Commodity Finance and Bank of Tokyo as Head of Structured Trade Finance. He also spent time at Aon, the global insurance broking house as Global Head of Structured Commodity Finance. He now works at London Wall Risk Management providing training courses in banking products and is Secretary of the London Trade Round Table.
Caitlin MacNamara is an Account Executive at Komgo, a Swiss-headquartered software development and technology services company offering the reference digital network and workflow solutions for the trade finance industry. Komgo is on a mission to simplify trade finance and eliminate documentary fraud, and is powering the world’s leading trading houses and financial institutions on their transformation journeys towards these goals. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Underwriter in Credit & Political Risk Insurance at Liberty Specialty Markets in London. During her Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees at King’s College London (2014-2019) she interned in Financial Law at CMS Cameron McKenna (Prague Office) & the Trade Finance division at Bank of China (London Office). Caitlin joined the London Trade Roundtable as a Marketing & Communications Executive in 2021 and has attended many of the courses led by current members of the Executive Committee.
Jon started at Crestline in August 2019 having joined from Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited (formerly Burdale Financial Limited – acquired by Wells Fargo in 2012) where he spent fourteen years originating, structuring and syndicating asset-based loans in the UK and cross-border Europe.
Prior to this he was Head of Corporates for Commerzbank AG, London Branch for eight years managing the relationship management (orgination), trade finance and cash management teams. He held roles before that with the common theme of working for foreign banks in London.
Peter has more than 40 years’ experience as a Trade and Commodity Finance banker. Since retiring from full time work he has run his own consultancy company. He is an adviser at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and at Menara Capital and has acted as financial adviser to several projects in developing countries. He has also devised and run training courses in all aspects of international trade and commodity finance in many countries for Moody’s Analytics and other companies. Peter was Treasurer of the LTR for 15 years until December 2021 and remains an Exco member.
Stephen is the UK Partner of Constructive Edge Inc. A Canadian global economic advisory firm that specialises in supporting defence and security industrial cooperations and socio-economic advancement projects.
Prior to joining Constructive Edge in 2015, Stephen was a Head of Defence Offset at Stemcor Trade Finance Ltd, the finance arm of a global trading company with an annual turnover in excess of US$2billion. Stephen developed his involvement in offset through structured finance and banking relations that enabled him to develop export related opportunities in new markets across Europe and Asia. He has worked in offset and countertrade for over 20 years and has been responsible for the identification, development and implementation of offset projects in over 30 countries.
Kris Van Broekhoven is Chief Executive Officer of PrimaTrade and ES3G. PrimaTrade is a next
generation supply chain platform and ES3G is technology that gathers the worker voice in real-time to monitor labour conditions in the supply chain. In 2020-2021 he was Chief Financial Officer of multi-bank digital trade finance platform Komgo. In 2012-2020 Kris was Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Citibank, where he set up the business with teams located in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to Citi he spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank in London, where he was EMEA head of structured commodity trade finance. Kris has 28 years of international banking experience and holds master degrees in Law and Economics.
Brinley joined the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA), at first on a temporary basis, in July 1985, having graduated from Sheffield University with a BA in Ancient History & Classical Civilisation. He worked for the DMA in a number of roles, before being appointed to the position of Exports Director in June 1999. In October 2009, on the creation of ADS through the merger of the DMA, APPSS and SBAC, he became the new organisation’s Director – Overseas & Exports.
The vast majority of his work at present constitutes providing ethical, offset, industrial participation and export controls-related help, advice and assistance to British companies. In this capacity he acts as Secretary to the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence & Dual-Use (EGADD), the Business Ethics Network (BEN), the Defence Export Strategy Group (DESG), and the British Industrial Participation & Offset Group (BIPOG) special interest groups.