Management Team

Board Members

Hon Alexander Hambro, Chairman

Alex Hambro (born 1962) has been in the private equity industry both in the UK and USA for 30 years, during which he has acted as a principal investor, manager and sponsor of private equity and venture capital management teams and adviser to high net worth families on their private equity investment strategies and targets.

As well as Judges Scientific plc, Alex is Chairman of AIM-listed Benchmark Holdings plc, a company engaged in the development of health and vaccine products for the aquaculture industry, and Octopus Apollo VCT plc. In addition to his responsibilities at these three companies, Alex is also Chairman of Bapco Closures Holdings Ltd and a NED of Whitley Asset Management Ltd, Crescent Capital Ltd and BACIT (UK) Ltd.

Alex is currently a principal at Welbeck Capital Partners, a specialist investment syndicate that deploys secured convertible loan notes to finance growth opportunities for small-cap AIM companies.

He is also Chairman of the Judges Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

David Cicurel, Chief Executive

David Cicurel (born 1949) founded Judges in 2002 having spent much of his career as a turnaround specialist and, subsequently, as an ‘active value’ investor operating with his own funds. 

He has been responsible for several corporate recovery exercises including two UK public companies, International Media Communications plc (later known as Continental Foods) and International Communication and Data plc.


Brad Ormsby (born 1976) is a Chartered Accountant who has significant senior finance and operational experience acquired during nine years at PwC followed by six years at Eurovestech plc, the pan-European development capital fund, and associated companies. 

Prior to joining Judges Scientific, Brad was Chief Financial Officer at Kalibrate Technologies plc, where he was actively involved in the company’s successful IPO. 

mark lavelle, chief operating officer

Mark Lavelle (born 1958) gained Sales & Marketing experience with Perkin Elmer, and Finance experience with Bank of America in London and USA, then moved into Industrial general management, most recently with 15 years at Halma plc.  At Halma he was MD of two separate businesses (in Medical Devices and Ion Beam Coating), ran Acquisition for the group, and led two Divisions (Industrial Safety and Water Analysis & UV) comprising a total of 15 companies in UK, Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific.  He also had responsibility for Innovation at Halma, and subsequently the group’s Indian presence.  He has been a Pension trustee for the last 12 years. Mark is a Chemistry graduate of Cambridge University and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Ralph Cohen, Non-Executive

Ralph Cohen (born 1948) was the Finance Director of Judges Scientific plc for nearly ten years until his retirement in April 2015. He held various senior executive positions within the energy and water divisions of the Paris based Vivendi group between 1981 and 2001, including eight years as Finance Director of a listed subsidiary, followed by positions as Managing Director within that group. 

He previously spent nine years at Ernst & Young. Latterly he was the founding partner of MC Consultancy Services, where he was closely associated with major projects, including electricity supply opportunities in Europe and M&A projects.

He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of AIM-listed Yü Group PLC. 

He is also a member of the Judges Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Ralph Elman, Non-Executive

Ralph Elman (born 1953) is a former Finance Director of quoted companies Paramount plc, Delyn plc and International Communication & Data plc and Finance Director of businesses within GUS plc and RR Donnelley.

Ralph was Senior Partner of accountancy firm Elman Wall and is a Non-Executive Director of a number of private companies.

He is chairman of the Judges Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Glynn Reece, Non-Executive

Glynn Reece (born 1958) is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified solicitor. Since 1987, he has specialised in providing corporate finance deal origination and advisory services, working for (inter alia) Coopers & Lybrand, Arthur Andersen and CLB, a specialist AIM firm.

He is currently a Proprietor of Carl Reiss Meyer, a business that acts as an arranger of pre-flotation finance for small fast growing companies.

Glynn is also a member of the Judges Audit and Remuneration Committees.


Chris Talbot (born 1967) is a Chartered Management Accountant with over twenty years’ experience in sectors including instrumentation, construction, software and engineering.

He has been the Group Financial Controller since 2008 and was appointed Company Secretary in 2015.