Executive Board

Jim Aylward

Jim began his career in the media and entertainment industry, He has since honed his media investment expertise through assisting various venture stage projects and companies. Jim has become adept at managing and building relationships within the corridors of influence within the media and entertainment industry and has become an indispensable component of the LFE Strategy implementation.

Aled Williams

Aled is a corporate solicitor qualified in England and Wales who has built up a practice over 12 years, working with private company corporate and commercial interests within the UK and internationally. Aled focuses on private company incorporation, investments, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions and the full spectrum of commercial contracts. In particular Aled has worked on government and large multinational facing contracts in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and North America and acts for inward and outward investment and business to business relationships to and from the UK.

Andre Urbina
Business Development

Andre is an entrepreneur who has extensive experience in private equity deals in the Philippines. He is also an experienced sales professional, selling tangibles such as real estate and automobiles to intangibles such as training programs and conferences. Andre worked for Marcus Evans, a global leader in business intelligence solutions. Andre graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Electronic and Temporal Arts.

Edwin Carlson

Edwin was previously the CEO of SmartBit Auto. SmartBit uses blockchain technology to record the ownership and financial details of each car sale. He has extensive experience working with blockchain technology and FinTech, he teaches the “Blockchain and Business” course to industry executives around the world.

Edwin was a Senior Technology Manager at Accenture and has consulted on FinTech strategy for JPMorganChase, Bank of America, Royal & Sun Alliance and HSBC. Edwin holds a BSc in Computer Studies (Hons).

Peter Turnbull

An Accountant by profession, Peter invested his considerable financial backing from several of his successful property developments to become the Founder of the Australian Hyundai A League Club, Sydney FC. During his tenure there, Sydney FC won the League in its first year, and finished 5th in the FIFA World club championships. They also qualified and competed in the Asian Champions League. He later acquired the Mariners which was the opposite Sydney FC– they were the smallest club, in the smallest market. The club qualified and competed twice in the Asian Champions League during Peter’s tenure. Peter is the only Owner to have won the A League with two different clubs.

Darren Thomas

Darren is the Chairman of a successful finance broking corporation in Australia. He holds the formal qualifications of an Executive Finance Broker, a Financial Planner and a Justice of the Peace, having transacted over $1 billion in capital and development raising.

Prior to the finance industry, he was a decorated Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police having served with distinction internationally and within Australia. He is the recipient of numerous medals and citations. Darren’s network of Government and political contacts are second to none. With his international exposure Darren is a primary link to global relationships for the London Football Exchange.

Darren is heavily involved in the local Australian football scene and is also a qualified football referee.

Mike Taratuta

Mike has over 20 years of experience as an IT professional with a career focused on developing medium to large scale systems for large corporations as well as startups. Mike is an Application Architect and Full Stack Developer of Desktop, Web, Mobile, and Enterprise applications. He has written software for systems as diverse as IBM’s iSeries, Linux Redhat, Google App Engine, Android, iOS, and Microsoft Azure.

Mike has consulted in many industries that include: Insurance, Accounting, Transportation, Energy, Marketing, and Grievance Management.

Sam Jones

Sam is a serial technology entrepreneur based in the UK. He is also an advisor to a leading Chinese investment fund with stakes in football clubs in Europe and USA. Sam started his career at Accenture in London before establishing himself as a leading headhunter in financial markets in Asia Pacific. He started his first tech company in 2012. Sam has lived and worked in UK, Australia, Hong Kong & Singapore.

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