Team

A team of professionals with a wide range of skills and experience.

Rafael Serrano

Chief Executive

Rafael Serrano began his career at J.P. Morgan in London in 1991,  as an Investment Banker in Capital Markets and International Fund Management, later moving to the HQ in Manhattan.

In 2009, Rafael set up Prime Investors Capital offering high investment returns with exclusive off-market deal access.

Serrano has been named in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 of London’s most influential people, and ranked alongside the top 30 property developers globally including The Duke of Westminster and the Emir of Qatar.

Serrano is a member of the Investment Property Forum. He is passionate about several philanthropic and not-for-profit causes, including Women for Women, Save the Children, Thames Reach, a London-based charity supporting the homeless and vulnerable, and was previously VP of the annual British Red Cross fundraiser.

Serrano is committed to the arts, donating privately to the Tate Gallery and supporting emerging artists. He is also an advisor for Chatham House, analysing and promoting the understanding of major international issues and current affairs.

He is also an advisor to the board of Extreme E, who bring electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems, whilst showcasing the performance of all-electric SUVs in extreme conditions.

Colin Wagman

Strategic Advisor

Colin has been involved in providing strategic advice and guidance since 2018.

Colin was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1970. He practiced as a specialist in business structuring and tax planning and became a senior partner of his central London practice in the 1980s. From 1998 until March 2018 he was Deputy Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Delancey which is the principal adviser to the Delancey property funds which held several billion pounds of property investments and developments in the UK.

Colin is the Chairman of the Admiralty Arch project, a non-executive Chairman of the City of London Group and also a non-executive director of Alpha Plus Group Plc and Minerva Ltd, as well as being a trustee of several charities.

Vaiva Martinonyte

Director – Capital Raising

Vaiva joined Prime Investors Capital in 2014 and has been involved in the Admiralty Arch project since inception.

Since joining Prime Investors Capital, Vaiva has overseen the company’s growth, alongside the CEO, and was instrumental in the negotiation and subsequent acquisition of the lease for Admiralty Arch from Her Majesty’s Government, as well as securing the financing for the project. Vaiva is continually managing relationships with key stakeholders, consultants and service providers, which include legal, tax, corporate, HM Government, the hotel operator and the project management team, alongside her financial responsibilities.

Before Prime Investors Capital, Vaiva worked for a global long/short equity fund on capital raising and investor relations, and previously gained practical experience at UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Capital Introductions, Prime Brokerage. Vaiva’s background is in Law; she completed her LLM in Finance and Banking Law at University College London (UCL) as well as gaining her Bachelor’s in Law in her native Lithuania.

Ramon Pajares OBE

Strategic Advisor – Hotels

Ramon Pajares spent 22 years with Four Seasons where he was a General Manager and a Regional Vice President.

In 1994 he was invited by the Savoy Group to take over the group as its Managing Director. During five years at the Savoy Group, he revitalised the company and achieved the reestablishment of the group as the pre-eminent luxury hotel company in the world. During those five years he also planned and managed the major refurbishment of five hotels with great success – the Savoy, Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Berkeley and the Lygon Arms.

Since retiring from the Savoy Group, Ramon has advised various well-selected individuals and companies on a number of areas within the industry. He is well known within the industry as a visionary and one of the top hoteliers throughout his career.

Antje Balow

Project Business Manager

Having spent 12 years in the 5-star luxury hotel industry with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and Armani Hotels, Antje has joined the team at Admiralty Arch with a track record in Business Excellence, Quality and Project Management.

Combined with her sustainability management knowledge in addition to her pre-opening and recruitment experience, Antje draws on a broad set of skills that contribute to the successful execution and completion of the Admiralty Arch project.

A native German, Antje’s academic background is in Philosophy and History of Arts. In her free time she is a keen volunteer for GlassDoor, a London based charity for the homeless.

Thomas Howes-Ward

Associate

Thomas joined the Admiralty Arch project in March 2019, initially as Project Coordinator before moving to the role of Analyst, then rapidly ascending to Associate.

Before joining the team, he earned a Master’s in Conflict, Security & Development and a Bachelor’s in Middle East Studies with Arabic, from the University of Exeter.

Outside of work he is a keen runner, squash player and volunteers for Aspyre Africa.


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