Aquis Exchange appoints independent non-executive director to AQSE Board
Aquis Exchange has appointed Lesley Gregory to the board of its subsidiary, Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE), as an independent non-executive director (NED). The appointment has received approval from the FCA.
Gregory is the chairperson of leading international law firm Memery Crystal, a role she has held since 2016, having previously been CEO at the firm for six years. She is a preeminent lawyer, with an established reputation in the capital markets space. She also has substantial business acumen having advised her entrepreneurial and international client base over the years. She has significant experience in advisory roles and in advising private growth companies. She has also previously been a non-executive director on the board of Accuma Group plc, a listed company, before it was taken private.
Gregory has been a champion of diversity throughout her career and has ensured that this has remained at the forefront of Memery Crystal’s core values. She founded a successful female entrepreneurs’ network in 2014 to connect female founders with other likeminded individuals and senior investors. She has also won numerous awards during her career, including Legal Adviser of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards.
AQSE is a UK-based stock market providing primary and secondary markets for equity and debt products. It is permissioned as a Recognised Investment Exchange, which allows it to operate a regulated listings venue. Following approval from the FCA, the acquisition of AQSE (formerly NEX Exchange) was completed in March 2020.
Aquis has set out its vision to apply its core values of transparency and innovation to AQSE, and is committed to improving the market through enhanced trading mechanisms, the prohibition of short selling, the segmentation of the market, and gaining greater institutional and asset manager support.
Michael Berkeley, Chairman of Aquis Stock Exchange, says: "I am delighted to welcome Lesley to the AQSE Board. Not only does she have deep knowledge and experience in legal matters and capital markets, she is also a business leader and clearly entrepreneurial in nature. Her expertise, network and advisory experience will be a huge benefit to AQSE as we embark on the next stage of our development."
Gregory says: "It is my great pleasure to be joining the AQSE team. Its level of ambition is clear, and I am excited to be able to support its growth objectives by offering a legal perspective and through strategic advice."