UHY Hacker Young LLP
Thomas More Street
Thomas More Square
London E1W 1YW
T: 020 7216 4600
Ladislav Hornan - chairman
Ladislav Hornan was born in Prague and came to London in 1968 where he completed his education and professional qualifications. He has specialised in insolvency and corporate recovery since the early 1970s, becoming a partner with UHY Hacker Young in 1980, and has since worked as an advisor to UK clearing banks, other financial institutions as well as clients of law firms and other accountancy practices.
He has experience in the assessment of financial position and viability of businesses in difficulty, monitoring business progress following the implementation of recovery programmes and of acting as a Receiver, Administrator and Liquidator of failed businesses. Additionally, he has experience in dealing with complex fraud cases involving SFO and HMRC.
Ladislav was elected Managing Partner to the UHY Hacker Young London office in 1995 and continues to hold this post. He was also first appointed as Chairman of the UHY International network from January 2002, serving until 2007, and served as a Board Director until the end of 2012 when he was reappointed as Chairman. During his time as Chairman, and on the UHY Board, he has been responsible for driving significant growth within the international network.
Over the years he has also pursued other interests of a more charitable nature and in 2005 Ladislav was awarded ‘Gratias Agit’ by the Czech government in recognition of his work to promote the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. For example, many years of involvement with the English College in Prague.
UHY Hacker Young and UHY International
The UHY Hacker Young Group is an ambitious and growing Top 20* Group of UK chartered accountants. Its 105 partners and over 600 professionals operate from 23 locations across the UK, with main technical centres in London, Manchester and Glasgow. UHY Hacker Young is also a founder member of UHY International, formed in the 1980s to help the firm support its clients with international interests. The UHY International network now encompasses 260 offices in 81 countries around the globe. It is a business-focused network of strong national practices.
Current external positions/ appointments:
ACCA, Council member and on the Market Oversight Committee – reviewing strategy in all 128 of the ACCA’s international markets, 2010 to date
Czech British Chamber of Commerce (CBBC), Chairman and Founder, 2008 to date
British Czech & Slovak Association, President, 1998 to date
English College in Prague, Vice Chairman of Governors, 1999 to 2009
Freeman - City of London
Techo UK Limited
91 Farringdon Road
London EC1M 3LN
T: 020 74302882
07977 282 398
Martin Kejval - PR and Marketing
Martin, who was born in Prague and joined TECHO in 1992, has been living in the UK since 2001. Martin is CEO of Ahrend Holdings UK and Managing director of Techo UK Ltd.
Until 2010 Martin was company Director of Finance & Operations of Techo UK which is a part of the Dutch Royal Ahrend Group. Before joining UK operations Martin was a senior board member of Techo Prague Headquarters. As Operations Director he was responsible for company logistics and production. He has over 18 years’ experience in corporate management and finance and as a board member of Techo Group is responsible for the international IT development. In addition Martin is Chairman of International Hotel Management Group, which successfully operates hotels in the Czech Republic. Martin has completed five years of study at the British Open University in Milton Keynes in management and finance, in 2004 was awarded a Diploma in management (DipMgmt) and in 2006 Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Techo is the largest office furniture manufacturer in Central and Eastern Europe and is a member of the Dutch concern Royal Ahrend NV, which is one of the top three manufacturers of office furniture in Europe. The acquisition in 2005 provided Techo (in 2008 also Techo UK) with the security of long-term development of the TECHO brand and a further intensification of activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Techo operates in 15 countries worldwide.
Current external positions/ appointments:
2008 to date - Executive commetee member and founder
of the Czech British Chamber of Commerce
2008 to date - Board member - Czech Design Hotels
1999 to date - Chairman - Supervisory board
of Techo Slovakia Ltd
2007 to date - Chairman - International Hotel
2011 to date - Managing director - Ahrend Holdings Ltd
2012 to date - Managing director - Techo Ltd
Budweiser Budvar UK Limited
London EC1H 9BB
T: 07876 35 73 06
Tony Jennings - treasurer
A South African by birth CEO of Budweiser Budvar UK, Tony Jennings’ first contact with Europe was an assignment from SAB (now SABMiller) to look after the company’s newly acquired brewing business in Romania, where he was instrumental in reviving much neglected national brands. Family matters took him back to South Africa and a stint in the telecoms industry but the lure of both Europe and the drinks industry proved too strong and he joined Budvar UK in 2004.
Budweiser Budvar UK
The very existence of a wholly owned subsidiary of the Budvar brewery in the UK demonstrates the importance of Budvar’s beers on the UK drinks scene. This reflects the fact that more and more British beer drinkers are becoming better educated about what they drink and like to know where their beer comes from and what it is made of.
With its impeccable provenance Budvar ticks all the boxes for these newly enlightened enthusiasts. The only truly all Czech brewery on the international stage it holds fast to traditional brewing methods as the keeper of the Czech brewing flame should. This includes producing only at its one brewery in Southern Bohemia, and never under licence, using only the finest local materials in the process and then lagering naturally for not less than 90 days (other breweries think 30 is good).
In fact the beer is brewed more or less on the same time line as it was in 1895. It is this “back to the future” quality that is ensuring that Budvar is every bit as much about tomorrow as it is about today.
Věra Spender Koubková - events
Vera is a certified Project Manager with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Computing and an MBA from the European School of Economics. She has 13 years of expertise of delivering multi-million pounds technology-enabled change projects in the UK, Europe and Russia. She owns a company FIFTY’TEN Ltd. that specialises on international project management, project consulting and management training. Her work to date has been focused on delivering business and customer value within the Financial Services and Educational sectors, her specialities are CRM, Management Information Systems and business analytics and Asset and Wealth Management business technology.
Vera lectures at a range of business schools in London, and is a founder of a charity ‘Kipepeo Foundation’ that delivers and sponsors educational facilities for disadvantaged children in Kenya.
Vera was born in the Czech Republic. She has been living in the UK since 2000.
One Wood Street
T: 07500 33 73 29
0777 179 2369
Irena is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a Czech Advocate, member of Czech Bar (non practicing). Irena has over 20 years’ legal, client, business development and integration experience in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) including Russia. She has a thorough knowledge of the business environment in CEE and was involved in many M&A, joint-venture and privatisation deals in the region. Irena speaks many local languages including Russian, German and Czech. Irena worked for 20 years in prominent City of London law firms, with their Board and management, making key contribution to their expansion to CEE and subsequent operational and client integration. She worked directly with many world known companies helping them to establish themselves and do business in CEE.
Irena served on various UK based commercial, governmental and City of London bodies and Committees, bilateral Chambers of Commerce and business think tanks. Irena spent three years as an advisor to UK Government on Europe (ministerial appointment). She was a runner up to Business woman of the year in 2009/10 in UK (Business Services).
Irena chairs an English charity raising funds for restoration of historic buildings, their contents, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic. The charity works with a Czech team towards establishment of the Czech National Trust in the Czech Republic.