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The Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA), the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small and mid-sized quoted companies, announces the appointment of three new directors following its Annual General Meeting yesterday.

Following the AGM, QCA members approved the appointment of the following directors:

  • Steven Fine, Peel Hunt LLP
  • Sangita Shah, Bilby plc
  • Mark Taylor, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

The directors of the board re-elected are:

  • James Brotherton, Safe Harbour Holdings plc
  • Gervais Williams, Premier Miton Investors

Alan Newman, Equity plc, Sam Smith, finnCap and Dick Steele, Portmeirion Group plc have stepped down from the board.

Adam McConkey, Chair of the Quoted Companies Alliance, said:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Newman, Sam Smith and Dick Steele for their dedication to the QCA and their excellent work on our board. They have represented us in many different ways and they have expressed an interest to continue to do so, which we really appreciate. I should also like to welcome Steven Fine who joined the board during the year.”

Tim Ward, Chief Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance, said:
“The last few months have been testing times for all of us. The QCA has had to adapt to the new environment, like everyone else, and I think has managed to do so effectively. This is down to the resilience of the team, the active support of our Chair and the board as well as the work of our Expert Groups, so ably led by the Expert Group chairs. This could not have been accomplished without the encouragement of our membership.

“During the year Sam Smith stepped down from the board. I would like to thank her for her dedication and the continuing support of finnCap. Alan Newman and Dick Steele are also stepping down from our board this year. I have valued their presence and input hugely and echo Adam’s vote of thanks. I look forward to working with them over the coming years. They exemplify the active support we receive from so many of our members.”

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Tim Ward, Chief Executive, QCA, +44 (0)20 7600 3745,

Notes to editors

The Quoted Companies Alliance is the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-size quoted companies. We campaign, we inform and we interact to help our members keep their businesses ahead. Through our activities, we ensure that our influence always creates impact for our members. For more information please visit

Photographs of all board members are available. Please email

Biographies for new board members:

Steven has been the Chief Executive of Peel Hunt since 2016. Prior to becoming Chief Executive, he co-ran the firm as Managing Partner and Head of Equities. Steven led the management and staff buy-out of Peel Hunt from KBC bank in 2010. Steven was a founding member of D. E. Shaw Securities International, which later became the core of KBC Financial Products. At KBC he managed the Japanese and Asian Equity, Convertible and Derivatives operations in Tokyo. Steven has been a judge for the Non-Executive Director Awards for over 12 years. Steven has an accountancy degree.

Sangita has extensive experience in corporate finance, journalism and senior consultancy. She is the non-executive Chair of AIM traded Bilby plc and RA International plc, lead board director of NASDAQ listed Forward Industries Inc. and a director of Global Reach Technology EMEA Limited. She has held a number of senior roles within blue chip organisations, including Unilever, Mars, Ernst & Young and KPMG, was a former board director of Swindon Town FC and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. She has consulted to a number of organisations that include HM Cabinet Office, HSBC and other blue chip companies. Sangita is a qualified accountant and a frequent keynote Chair and speaker in forums for the Windsor Leadership Trust and in the past the European Parliament.

Mark is Chair of the QCA’s Legal Expert Group. He is a senior corporate partner in the London office of  Dorsey & Whitney, specialising in UK securities law and mergers and acquisitions.  He has advised banks and issuers (including non-English domiciled companies) on over 50 flotations and secondary issues (rights issues and open offers) both on AIM and the main market of the London Stock Exchange.  He is listed in public equity & ‘Leaders in their Field’ category in Chambers Directory. Mark has been an active ambassador for the AIM market and has given seminars on AIM at conferences and other events both in the UK and abroad.

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