About

Founded in 2009 by Rob Hersov and Marcus Watson, Adoreum Partners was originally launched as a specialist business development consultancy, connecting global clients with a broad and influential network. The initial proposal was to identify and introduce relevant prospects and partners to luxury, lifestyle and financial services brands and charities, through direct introductions, events and strategic partnerships. Adoreum’s first clients included Bombardier Aerospace Business Aviation, The Arts Club, U-Boat Worx submersibles, Six Senses Resorts and Spas, and YachtPlus (the world’s first fractional ownership model of a fleet of superyachts designed by Lord Norman Foster), amongst others.

Since its inception, Adoreum has collaborated with some of the world’s leading companies and premium brands including Audemars Piguet, Bentley, Bloomberg, Cartier, Hearst, IWC, Jaguar, Krug, Mercedes, Metro Bank, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Net-a-Porter, Roberto Cavalli, Rolex, Rolls-Royce, SkyBridge Capital, UBS, UNICEF, Veuve Cliquot, VistaJet, and Zegna. Adoreum has created events for brands in locations across the world, including Sydney, New York, LA, San Francisco, Marrakesh, Prague, Bulgaria, Florence, Monaco, South of France, Zurich, Geneva, Dublin and London.

Adoreum has developed a proprietary global database of 35,000+ HNW and U/HNW influencers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, philanthropists and creative visionaries. From day one, Adoreum has worked closely with charities and foundations, connecting them with this audience in a bid to use the collective philanthropic power and influence of the network to help build a better future for all.

Ever evolving to meet the needs of the day, Adoreum has transformed from a successful stand-alone consultancy business to a members’ club, featuring an impressive series of weekly, monthly and annual events. More recently, it has built a merchant banking platform to manage and commercialise its ever-expanding network of meaningful relationships through investing, deal-brokering, and creating new businesses, whilst also helping to accelerate these and other companies and organisations through its global network and collective expertise.

Our People

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Brett Gregory-Peake

Partner – Property

Brett is a Partner at Adoreum & Managing Director of Liaison Consulting.

Brett is passionate about property, design & branding, great food, travel, health, and fitness. Brett knows how to conceive, plan and manage property strategies that connect with the consumer and drive sales.

He spent more than twelve years in development consultancy and real estate marketing, working on some of the world’s most successful international development projects including Royal Park Mauritius; Mandarin Oriental; Emaar; Four Seasons; Kingdom Holdings; Vale do Lobo; and Yoo.

Brett founded Liaison Consulting, his own consultancy agency in 2002, providing management consultancy and advisory services to clients in the tourism, leisure and real estate sector.

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Andrew Thomas

Partner

Andrew started his career within The Barclays Group where he held several senior management positions and gained over twenty years’ experience in corporate banking, intermediary business and high net worth complex lending. He went on to form his own specialist property finance and acquisition company helping select clients build diverse property portfolios.

His innate ability to proactively problem solve and approach deals from new and creative perspectives has led to high demand for his skills. A key element of his success lies in his unprecedented networking capabilities and connections around the world. These skills have seen him move into sectors as varied as stockbroking, financial consultancy, music publishing and film production.  He is a founder and financial director of Gennaker Films and a key adviser to University of Wales Trinity Saint David where he creates mutually beneficial investment opportunities for the university and those who work with them.

For the past five years Andrew has also worked with the charities Mellon Township Trust and Mellon Educate and has recently been appointed to the board of directors. Based in South Africa the charity aims to improve the lives of those living in townships by providing quality housing and education.

Loyal and energetic with a focus on making things happen, Andrew is often described as a ‘whirlwind’ of ideas and opportunities. His ability to locate unusual and specialist opportunities makes him the perfect partner to Adoreum.

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Andy
Hart

Senior Advisor

Andy is an experienced digital transformation leader. In the 90s he helped take magazines online and brought search engines to Europe as CEO Ask Jeeves. In the ‘noughties’, as CEO digital, and board director, of Associated newspapers & Northcliffe newspapers, he was a founder inventor of the Daily Mail online platform and transformed classifieds listings to online marketplaces particularly in jobs, property & motors. In the teens, he held senior roles in global corporations. As a VP Microsoft he ran the media business and at Hearst he was Global Chief Revenue Officer. He is the founder and CEO of the Coffy app and advises numerous businesses on marketing and strategy.

For many years he was a board director of the UK Advertising Association, the IAB UK, and the IAB Europe. He is a founder director of the London blockchain foundation and a trustee of Grief Encounter. He also has passion around music, being an advisor investor of Sofarsounds.

He is very active Burning Man participant, passionate about anthropology and is an Arsenal supporter.

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Andy
Orrick

Creative Partner

Andy is a compassionate Creative Director, Strategist, Coach & Mentor, working with many high-profile music artists, brands, organisations, creative individuals and creative businesses through his company, Belonging Studio Ltd.

A long-time collaborator with Massive Attack, Robert del Naja and West Management (Young Fathers, Soulwax, Baba Stiltz, Arinze Kene, etc.), Andy has co-produced feature docs (Nureyev, One Hour of Girl Power), co-founded podcasts (Saints of Somewhere), script developed & edited for high profile directors and EPs (Chris Symes, Mario Stylianides, Amanda Boyle, Traktor, Ringan Ledwidge, Ed Morris, etc.), written, directed, produced, co-commissioned and EP’d music content for myriad artists (from Rudimental, to Elton John, to Spice Girls and beyond), marshalled campaigns for high-profile brands, and co-founded and run a multi-award winning Creative Technology Studio within Oscar-winning VFX business, The Mill.

Andy is a long-time champion of diversity and inclusivity and mentors many young (and not so young) people from diverse backgrounds to help them be visible, take their rightful place and shine, particularly within the creative industries. He also fights, through his creative work and coaching, to deliver new narratives of representations for men and boys, challenging toxic masculinity, helping to create a future that’s better for us all.

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Brian
Clivaz

Senior Advisor

Brian Clivaz is a well-known figure in the members club, hotel and restaurant world.

His career began at the The Dorchester Hotel working with Anton Mosimann. He trained in Paris at L’Hôtel Plaza Athenée and L’Hôtel Meurice He was Duty Manager at the Mandarin Hyde Park Hotel and transferred to Dubai to help establish the Dubai International Hotel. He became Managing Director of the Fourways Inn, Bermuda, Managing Director of Simpson’s-in-the-Strand and Food & Beverage Director for The Savoy Group. He was the founding Director of Home House, private members’ club and Managing Director of Scott’s Restaurant, Mount Street. In 2005 he became Managing Director of The Arts Club and oversaw its transformation into London’s most fashionable and profitable private members’ club. In September 2012 he became Chairman of Coq d’Or Restaurants owners of Langan’s Brasserie, Odin’s and Shepherd’s restaurants and is now the Director of L’Escargot Restaurant in Soho, London’s oldest French restaurant.

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David
Tabizel

Chairman

David is an internet and media entrepreneur, who was the co-founder of a number of successful technology startups such as 365 Corporation (Football 365, Rugby 365 etc.), Demon Internet, Autonomy, Rage Software, Durlacher (now Panmure Gordon) and others.  He graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1986 where he now sits on the advisory board. He was also involved in the forming and founding of Metrodome Film in the UK and in Ginger Media’s purchase of Virgin Radio in the late 1990s. He also purchased Laughing Stock, Europe’s leading comedy record label in the mid- 1990s, a company whose artists included Eddie Izzard, Bill Hicks, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson and Arnold Brown. David is credited with writing one of the first books on the Internet in 1991 and also wrote an influential work anticipating the Internet boom of the 1990s in The Internet an Investment Perspective (Financial Publications Ltd 1994). He was the founder of  VideoJug, the instructional video educational website,  which had produced approximately 60,000 original how- to films by June 2010. Videojug specialised in making  food films and David has stated that his next project will  involve food technology, TV and media FoodCorp.com

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Dominic
McVey

Senior Advisor

Dominic is an award winning business leader and entrepreneur who was recognised by the Her Majesty the Queen as a pioneer in entrepreneurship at the age of 18 for his role in the initial boom of micro scooters in the late 90s.

Dominic is a member of the Advisory Council for the Coalition for Global Prosperity and a trustee for Computer Aid International who’s initiatives support the missions of the sustainable development goals (SDGs.)  He has previously served as a trustee for the Royal Chartered charity the Landscape Institute.

He further serves on the board of Ghana focussed Ethical Apparel Africa and software provider Accloud Plc. which empowers trade in developing countries.

Dominic is the former Chairman of Hela Clothing and driving force behind the award winning garment manufacturer which has facilities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sri Lanka.   Recognised widely for its sustainable and ethical practices, Hela directly employs almost 15,000 people from local communities and generates in excess of $200m USD in revenues.

Dominic is a notable speaker on business ethics and entrepreneurship and serves as an advisor to governments, think tanks and world leaders.

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Dr Sneh Khemka

Senior Advisor

Dr Sneh Khemka MBChB MRCOphth MFHP (Hon)is a well-known figure in the world of healthcare.

He trained as a cancer surgeon in Edinburgh and London, working in the NHS, and ended up specialising in ocular oncology – which is fortunately very rare indeed.

Having set up and successfully sold a small business called Mediletter, Sneh moved into the world of healthcare business, becoming the global Medical Director & Director of Healthcare Development for the Bupa group.

He was then Chief Operating Officer for Advanced Oncotherapy PLC, which has discovered a completely new way to treat cancer with proton radiotherapy, and is a spin off from CERN (home of the Large Hadron Collider).

Sneh is now International Head of Population Health at Aetna/CVS Health, the US healthcare giant.  His unit essentially helps to set up the NHS in other countries, and he has businesses in India, Thailand, South Korea, Qatar and Dubai.  He specialises in digital healthcare and data analytics. He also sits on the boards of a range of companies, from start ups to large corporates and is an advisor to 2 UK private equity companies.

In his spare time, he continues clinical practice as a radio doctor, where he has a popular weekly call-in show on London’s LBC 97.3FM.  He also works as an expedition medic, supporting people undertaking gruelling challenges around the world.

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Emma
Aubrey

Account Executive

Emma joined the Adoreum team in September 2019. As Account Executive, she is responsible for Adoreum member management, prospects, social media, running Adoreum Events and supporting Katie with direct introductions. Last year, she graduated from the University of Bristol with a Double First in Philosophy and Theology. Emma has experience hosting and producing radio shows, is an aspiring artist, and has played sport at international level. She has also been the Assistant Manager at the highest grossing restaurant at the Wimbledon Championships. 

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Katie
Barker

Partner & Club Director

Katie joined Adoreum in January 2017 as Senior Account Manager and is responsible for all our clients and bespoke projects; acting as the main point of contact and ensuring the highest level of service is delivered. Katie supports the senior team in facilitating strategic partnerships, direct introductions and new business acquisition and runs our unique Adoreum Thought Leadership and PA Network event platforms.

Katie has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol and spent the first four years of her career at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd; starting in the technical laboratory testing bespoke paints and gradually working her way around the business ending up as the Marketing Manager of the Private Office. She brings her knowledge of the corporate super-luxury sector and network of contacts to her role at Adoreum.

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Marcus Watson

Co-Founder & CEO

Marcus, an experienced corporate adviser, entrepreneur and investor and also he is the co-founder of four recruitment companies in London, New York and Atlanta. Marcus began his career in private banking and wealth management, initially in sales and marketing and later as an investment analyst, at private merchant bank Duncan Lawrie. He moved to Sigma Technology Management where he invested in the TMT sector; became founding Director of Sales & Marketing of Home House; and then co-founded Edison Interactive Group, the owner of TV production company Done & Dusted, online broadcasting network Swtich2 and sports e-commerce site Kitbag.

Marcus is a Partner in Ironbridge Capital Partners LLP, a regulated corporate advisory business and a director and advisor of several media, entertainment, and technology companies. He is the co-founder of four recruitment companies in London and New York.  He was formerly a non-executive director of The Arts Club and Pulse Films, now part of Vice Media.  Marcus is on the Development Board of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and on the Advisory Board of Unicef UK.  He has an MSc in International Business Management from King’s College, University of London.

Marcus founded Adoreum Partners with Rob Hersov in March 2009.

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Natalie Baragwanath

Partner – Sales

Natalie is an accomplished sales, marketing, and business development professional with a passion for copywriting. She has extensive experience across luxury, lifestyle and sustainability sectors.

A New Zealander with dual NZ and UK citizenship, she was hired in 2005 by Rob Hersov for a role in membership sales at Exclusive Resorts, Europe (London HQ), for which she relocated from New Zealand.

In 2007 she established the London office for Boatbookings.com – the world’s first online yacht charter company; and in 2009 she helped set up Adoreum Partners, where she worked as Sales Director until 2012. Thereafter she worked in sales and business development roles, and continues to advise select organisations in a consultancy capacity.

Natalie has spent the past 15 years in London connecting people, businesses and ideas. She has raised significant sums of working capital for a number of the enterprises with whom she has been involved, and supports multiple charitable initiatives.

Natalie graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications and Public Relations.

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Rob
Hersov

Co-Founder

Rob co-founded Adoreum Partners with Marcus and is a South African entrepreneur, senior executive and private investor. He serves as Chairman of Invest Africa, Chairman of African Capital Investments, Deputy Chairman of VistaJet, and Chairman of AON South Africa.  In 2013, Rob saw an opportunity to create a platform for the growing number of individuals becoming involved in pan-African investments and founded Invest Africa.

After founding Marquis Jets Europe, he subsequently became Vice Chairman of NetJets Europe, owned by Berkshire Hathaway.  Rob has served as a main board director of Richemont, one of the world’s largest luxury brand owners.

In previous roles, Rob was the CEO of Telepiù Pay TV in Milan, Italy and non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Exclusive Resorts Europe, a company that owns and operates luxury villa residences. Rob has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.B.S. from the University of Cape Town.

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Rob
Suss

Partner

Rob is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of UK Agricultural Finance, a specialist lender in the UK serving the agricultural community as well as the founder of Global Tower Solutions, focused on delivering renewable solutions globally. Rob Chairs the Advisory Board for EG Capital an Emerging Market Debt Manager and he serves as a director for TPG Pace Holdings.

Rob retired from his position as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years building and turning around a number of businesses in their Investment Management Division. His last role was as Head of Private Wealth Management in London from 2012 to 2015. Prior to this, Rob was the Head of UK and Ireland Private Wealth Management from 2008 to 2012 when his unit received the prestigious Euromoney peer voted award for Ultra High Net Worth Services for three consecutive years (2009 to 2011). From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Suss served as the Head of Wealth Management Solutions.

Rob is deeply involved with a number of philanthropic organizations, serving as Deputy Chair of the Trust of the Royal Academy of the Arts, and as chair of both its patron committee and its schools’ annual auction and dinner and is also a trustee of J.K. Rowling’s charitable endeavour Lumos.

Rob graduated from the University of Leeds with a Joint Honours in Economics and Management.

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Rosalie Deighton

Executive Assistant

Rosalie is an accomplished musician and recording artist.

Having started her career at the age of 4, she has since made regular appearances on national tv and BBC Radio. Rosalie has travelled the world with Elton John, Santana, John Martyn, Roxy Music to name a few, and been awarded ‘record of the year’ on NPR, received 5 star reviews in Billboard and been a writer for EMI, Independentie and Chrysalis Publishing for over twenty years. 

For the past five years, Rosalie has also worked with the charity Mellon Educate –  A South African based charity aiming to improve the lives of those living in townships by providing quality housing and education. 

Rosalie currently looks after the CEO and Partners of Adoreum whilst continuing to manage and write songs for other recording artists and work on her own recording projects.

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Rupert
Ashe

Senior Advisor

Rupert is owner and CEO of D5 Capital, a regulated corporate finance specialist in media, marketing services and technology, based in London. Since inception, D5 Capital has completed fifty M&A and fund-raising transactions for companies in UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Working with Adoreum Partners, D5 Capital manages a HNW/UHNW funding platform for growth companies in EMEA region. D5 Capital has helped to raise over $100m for early stage companies, including Connecteam, Easy Payment Gateway, Graze.com (sold to Carlyle), Investis (sold to Gresham) PlaySight Interactive, Spot.IM, Threads Styling and Walkme.

Prior to founding D5 Capital, he created and led financial communications specialist Focus Communications which he sold to Grey Global Group, now part of WPP plc. During his ownership, Focus Communications managed financial communications/investor relations campaigns on over 100 trade sales, IPO’s and private placings.

In 2011 he wrote “Making Millions Through Creativity” as a guide to vendors of marketing services companies.

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Victoria Archbold

Partner

Victoria has over 20 years’ experience working in events, sponsorship, and marketing most recently as Managing Director of Hearst Live. 

During her time in position she ideated and executed events and campaigns including; Esquire Townhouse, Bazaar Summit, Bazaar Art Week, ELLE Weekender, Women’s Health Live, Red Smart Women Week, Salon QP, Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards etc and several bespoke activations on behalf of brands.

Victoria believes in the power of collaboration and during her career has worked in partnership with; Armani Beauty, Audemars Piguet, Bang Olufsen, Bollinger, Breitling, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, DS Automotive, Dyson, Estee Lauder, GHD, H&M, Huawei, Jaguar, Laurent Perrier, LG Signature, Magnum, Mercedes, Michael Kors, Moet, Montblanc, NAP Group with The Outnet, Natwest, Nyetimber, Pandora, Ruinart, Samsung, Sipsmith, Starling Bank, The Crown Estate, UBS, Vodafone, Westfield to name a few.

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Wayne
Elliot

Partner – Sport

Wayne has co-founded several European leisure, sport and travel companies and has over 15 years’ experience in the hotel and leisure sector. Wayne is a specialist in business and partnership development and strategic brand associations. Wayne is an innovative, enthusiastic and experienced commercial professional with proven success in the creation, development and implementation of a wide range of sport, leisure and travel related marketing initiatives.

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Del
Huse

Senior Advisor

Del Huse is a seasoned Corporate Financier and Private Equity Investor. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Del spent the majority of his career in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and private equity having initially trained at Arthur Andersen before moving to co-found the M&A team at Kroll (now Alix Partners), later working as a Managing Director in private equity funds at Endless LLP and Oakley Capital Private Equity. Most recently Del has run his own investment and advisory business, Roycian Limited, building on a career advising and investing into businesses in the UK and Europe, with extensive Board-level experience.

Del is also a director of property investment platform Sourcing Investments and a senior adviser in other businesses.

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