L’équipe Vallis, opérant au Royaume-Uni, à travers l’Afrique et le Moyen-Orient
Alice was born in New Zealand, but grew up and attended school in the UK in Wiltshire. She took a year out before university to travel New Zealand and to work as a counsellor at Camp Half Moon in America. Alice attended the University of Greenwich where she achieved a 1st class degree in Philosophy and Sociology. Alice joined Vallis Group in August 2014 as part of the Internal Audit team. When she has a free moment, she enjoys crochet.
Operational Information Manager
Allie was raised in Somerset where she attended Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician. After graduating during the pandemic with a BA in Music, she decided to stay at the University of Bristol, graduating in 2022 with a Masters in Law. Having travelled all over Europe during the University holidays, she joined the Marine and Cargo team at Vallis as an Operations and Reporting Assistant at the end of 2022. In her spare time, Allie enjoys playing the trumpet professionally and for fun, travelling and water sports.
I was born and raised in Dakar. I studied at the Sacré Coeur College and then at the Maurice Delafosse High School where I obtained my baccalaureate in Business Management. I completed my further studies at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Economics and Management. I joined Vallis in February 2014 as a tally for a few months and then joined the Fuel team where I became an assistant supervisor, working on both warehouses and oil facilities. I became Fuel Senior Supervisor in November 2018 on the oil facilities. I have worked on behalf of Vallis on operations in Mali, the Republic of Guinea and Guinea Bissau. I am a sports lover, especially football and basketball. I spend my free time watching movies, reading and playing sports. I am married and have one child. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
After 7 years in the British Army, Andrew embarked on a career in commodities in 1987 starting with 5 years as a sugar broker in London, England.
In 1992 he moved with his family to Durban, South Africa for 6 years as Export Manager for the South African Sugar Association managing the export programme of $400 million, before returning to the UK as a Commercial Director in Tate & Lyle Sugar’s trading division. After two years, Andrew then became a founding member of the website and information portal www.sugaronline.com.
He set up and spent 5 years running his own private business supplying packaging to the international fruit industry, mainly for the transportation of citrus from Central/South America and Africa to Europe.
In 2005, Andrew started the drive of the Vallis Group into Africa with its first CMA in Ghana and Mali. Since then, the company has grown to over 325 monthly operations managed through its 30 subsidiaries with operational units in a further 12 countries.
Vallis Group now has 36 subsidiaries and operations in 47 countries. Since 2005, Vallis has handled 50 million tonnes totalling $30 billion worth of goods and provided services for 130 different products . Vallis currently employs 500 staff.
Andrew is the Managing Director and a minority shareholder. He is married with two children and lives in England. His main interests are Tottenham Hotspur football club, international politics, and endurance sporting events.
Anna was born and raised in Ukraine, where she graduated from college with a speciality in Commodity Expert-Merchant, and then she graduated from the university with a degree in Marketing. 2005, she was working in the restaurant business and managed a restaurant. In 2021, she worked as a manager of a premium furniture store. In May 2022 she came to England and settled down in Frome. And since 2023 she has been working in Vallis as an Operations and Reporting Assistant in the Marine and Cargo Team. She is very sociable and loves to communicate with people. In her spare time, Anna enjoys doing fitness, riding a bike and walking through the countryside. Since childhood, she has been professionally engaged in dancing and attended many developmental classes. Her passion is travelling, she has travelled a lot around the world, so she is looking forward to travelling for work.
Atif was born at Murree (Northeast of Islamabad Pakistan) and grew up at Islamabad.
After completing his secondary education. He pursued mechanical engineering.
In 2011, he visited Dubai to look for a job where he worked with one of the telecommunication firms in the Emirate of Dubai as an acting procurement officer, before joining Vallis in May 2016 as shipping & Cargo Controller.
Atif was recently promoted to Country Manager from Country Supervisor in the United Arab Emirates.
Atif is married and has a passion for sports, especially cricket and MMA. In his free time, he loves watching Tv Series on Netflix.
Currently living in Wiltshire, Brogan was born and raised in Dundee, Scotland. After completing college in 2014 and leaving with a in higher Social Science, Brogan then travelled for 2 years where she lived and worked in many countries before returning back to Dundee in late 2016.
On her return, Brogan secured a job working with a global petroleum company where she managed engineers installing and maintaining petroleum pumps throughout the UK. In early 2018, Brogan made the move down to the South West and joined Vallis as an Operations and Reporting Assistant for the Anglo-West Africa team where she managed Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In July 2019, Brogan was promoted to Operations Reporting Manager for the Anglo-West team where she now oversees all Anglo countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria.
Operations and Reporting Manager
Caledonia graduated during the start of the pandemic with a BSc degree in Psychology. Before university, she spent 3 months travelling to Australia and Southeast Asia. She is currently living in Bath where she was born and raised. She joined Vallis in June 2021 as an Operations and Reporting Assistant in the Marine and Cargo Team. In her spare time, Caledonia enjoys keeping active with HIIT workouts and yoga. She likes reading, baking, and is looking forward to the opportunity to travel for work. Contact: email@example.com
After his tertiary education in business studies, Charles worked with Uganda Electricity Distribution Company (Umeme Ltd) from 2006 to 2010. Charles joined Vallis in December 2010 as a Stock Control Monitor at Ugacof which is the leading coffee exporter in Uganda. Due to his hard work, he was promoted to Warehouse Supervisor in November 2013. Charles was transferred to Tanzania where he worked as a Stock Control Consultant in Morogoro and Dodoma from November 2013 and October 2014, where he watched over the operations of Export Trading Group (ETG). He went back to Uganda from October 2014 to April 2015 to work as a Site Operations Supervisor at ETG and Joseph Initiative Site. In June 2017, Charles was transferred to Rwanda, and has been working since then as a Country Supervisor. Charles has a passion for sports, especially football both locally and internationally, and he is a fan of SC Villa (Uganda) and Chelsea FC (UK). He is a family man with a lovely 8-year-old daughter. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Country Supervisor - Rwanda
Chris-Johan was born at Parakou (North of Benin) and grew up at Cotonou. After his secondary school in Mechanical system design drawing, he obtained the baccalaureate followed by one year of language study holidays in English at Accra ( Ghana) in 2004.
In 2005 he moved to Dakar (Senegal) where he continued his university studies with a High National Diploma in Administrative Data Processing, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Technology followed by a master’s degree in Data Transmission and Information Security at University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar.
In 2012, after working as a freelancer during two years, Chris-Johan was training on flight dispatcher program following by a professional internship as Flight Coordinator at Dakar International Airport Leopold Sédar Senghor.
Chris-Johan joined Vallis in November 2013 for Morocco’s Operations but finally stayed in Senegal as Operations Supervisor.
Chris-Johan is married and loves watching movies, walking and sings in a choir. He is also currently studying a part-time Master’s degree in Business Intelligence.
Country Manager - Senegal
Commencing his professional life enlisting into the British Army in 1988, Darren went on to enjoy a full and successful career spanning 22 years. During his varied military service, he undertook multiple world-wide deployments, including Afghanistan, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Particular highlights included being selected for Military Diplomatic Service within the British Embassy to the Republic of Albania and the design and delivery of training to the Armed Forces of Sierra Leone. Darren concluded his military career at NATO’s highest operational command, the Supreme Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. During the latter years of service, he participated in and led several audit requirements within both the operational and financial spheres and later qualified as a BSi Internal Auditor for ISO 9001:2008. Returning to Sierra Leone, Darren joined an international mining operation, initially employed as the Project Administration Manager. Responsible for all administrative and human resource matters for construction personnel across the multi-site location, he developed a tailored administrative and HR function incorporating internal audit requirements, both ahead of schedule and within budget. Darren joined Vallis Commodities Limited in August 2013 and leads the team of regional internal auditors, whilst retaining pan-African responsibility.
Country Manager - Mozambique
Commencing his professional life by enlisting into the French Army in 1978, Denis went on to enjoy a full and successful career spanning 34 years. During his varied military service, he undertook multiple world-wide deployments, including Chad, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Qatar. Returning to France, Denis joined the French Joint Defence Staff, part of official delegations, he acted into several international symposiums. Particular highlights included being selected for Military Diplomatic Service within the French Embassy to the Republic of Albania and the United Arab Emirates. Responsible for all French aircrafts “Stop over” and vessels “Call-in” diplomatic agreement and logistic supply management in coordination with local Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Armed Forces. Denis has been awarded the French Military Medal (Médaille Militaire) and the French Overseas Medal (Médaille Outre-mer) for his service. Denis joined Vallis Commodities Limited in November 2013 as internal auditor, he conducted audits in Tanzania, Uganda, Benin, Togo, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry and was posted in Cameroon as a relief Country Manager for operations. He arrived in Ivory Coast in January 2016 as Country Manager accompanied by his wife and daughter.
Director of Operations - Ivory Coast
Hi, I’m Emma. I live in Frome with my husband and two children. I have lived in and around Frome for over 20 years, having moved here from Kent. As a family, we are keen campers and enjoy spending weekends away in our camper van. I joined Vallis in January 2019 and am excited to learn new things and travel.
Operations and Reporting Assistant
Born in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Eslam studied Hotels, taking a diploma from the institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. He worked in many hotel chains during his years in the Hotel industry such as the HYATT Regency and the Ritz Carlton.
He later worked at an outsourced company which provided customer service for companies like of AT&T and Yahoo. In 2004 Eslam started his own Agriculture project growing fruits and vegetables. Prior to joining Vallis he was working in an EU funded program managing their office in 2 subsequent Egyptian cities.
Eslam joined Vallis in November 2016, he started as a port manager then Operations manager, later Country supervisor and recently became Country manager for Egypt, where he is responsible for all management aspects of operational activities, reporting, administrative functions and personnel.
In his free time, he likes playing tennis and watching tennis tournaments, he enjoys reading and has an interest in international politics.
Grant grew up and studied in Monmouth, South Wales, achieving A levels in English Literature, History and Psychology. After leaving school, he attended the University of Bath and graduated in 2016 with a 2.1 in Politics with International Relations. Immediately after finishing finals, he undertook an internship in the operations department at Etherlive, helping to build communication networks for some of the most prestigious events in the UK and France. In May 2017, Grant joined the Anglo West Africa team reporting on Liberia. Grant spends his free time Djing, producing music and supporting Swansea City FC.
Operations and Reporting Manager
Hamid served as Team Leader under the United Nations at Umm Qasr, a vital and strategic port in Iraq to ensure compliance after the Gulf war.
He went on to begin inspection operations to Dubai. Here he and his team inspected cargo from various international suppliers and also conducted “on –sea” inspections. For the last 9 years, Hamid has been living in South Africa conducting pre-shipment inspections.
Hamid has worked in over 45 countries and brings a wealth of inspection expertise to Vallis.
His spare time is spent enjoying football and following Formula 1.
Business Development Manager
Hannah moved to Frome, Somerset from the New Forest in 2020 and joined Vallis Group in February 2021. She joined the Anglo-West team managing Sierra Leone and Liberia. Hannah graduated from Durham University in 2018 with a BSc in Geology. Between university and joining Vallis, she lived on the West coast of Scotland helping with a self-build house project, before moving to Edinburgh for a year. After enjoying a Scottish summer she moved back to her family in the New Forest, spending her time helping renovate two houses. Hannah enjoys walking and cycling throughout Somerset, and being surrounded by her family's dogs. As a keen cook and baker, she spends most of her weekends eating baked goods on walks.
Jack was born and grew up in the east of England before moving to Burgundy with his family until 18 where he learnt French. He later settled on Bath University in the UK where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Jack joined Vallis in August 2018 as he was looking to make use of both his French language and analytical skills acquired at university to find a job that would be stimulating and fresh. In his spare time, Jack can be found wargaming, playing Handball and cross-country running.
Operations and Reporting Assistant
Jack attended Welbeck Army 6th College where he gained both military training and academic qualifications. Upon completion, he changed course and after a brief spell as a chef, moved into the publishing industry, working for Parragon Publishing based in Bath. Starting as a Junior Production Coordinator he worked his way up to Senior Project Controller, coordinating the publication of over 1,000 titles including the prestigious Beano Annual along the way. Working with major licensees such as Disney and Nickelodeon, and with people from all over the globe, Jack developed a thirst for international business. Jack joined Vallis Commodities in November 2013 and enjoys focusing on the African market, having dealt primarily with the Asian market in print. Originally working as Commercial Manager for West Africa, he then spent 2 years as the Country Manager of Egypt before returning to the UK to take up the position of Commercial Manager for the Fuel and MENA markets. In his spare time, Jack enjoys watching motorsports such as F1 and BTCC.
Jean-Baptiste est né le 12 décembre 1983 à Tivigne Diassa, dans l'ouest du Sénégal. À 13 ans, Jean-Baptiste quitte son village natal pour poursuivre son rêve de faire partie de la congrégation des Frères de Saint Gabriel. Il a étudié les sciences au collège Saint Gabriel de Thiés et a obtenu un baccalauréat scientifique. Jean-Baptiste a poursuivi ses études en sciences en se concentrant sur la chimie physique à l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar. Il a ensuite suivi une formation en transport logistique et a commencé à travailler pour Vallis en tant que journalier en 2009. Il a été promu superviseur adjoint en 2013 puis à nouveau superviseur d'entrepôt en 2016. Depuis son passage chez Vallis, Jean-Baptiste a supervisé les opérations au Mali, Mauritanie, Guinée-Bissau, Maroc et Guinée, où il détient désormais le titre de Superviseur depuis mars 2020. Dans son temps libre, Jean-Baptiste aime jouer au football et les travaux champêtres.
Joe grew up in Totnes, Devon and subsequently studied English Literature, Geography and World Development in the city of Exeter. He joined the Vallis Group as Compliance and Finance Assistant midway through 2018, having graduated in the same year with a 2.1 Bachelor of Science from Brunel University London after reading International Politics, subsequently receiving full Honours. Outside of work, he writes for his own political commentary website focussed on reflecting on historical political theory and its relevance in modern day political climate. Joe is also an avid outdoorsman, having overcome challenges such as Dartmoor’s Ten Tors.
Compliance and Finance Assistant
JJ grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and attended the University of Cape Town, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. Having completed his degree, JJ played professional rugby in South Africa and Italy. JJ represented the USA in Rugby Union from 2008 to 2011 and in 2011 participated in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In 2013, JJ moved to the UK with his wife. He joined Vallis in their Head Office in December 2013. He managed the East Africa desk for 4.5 years and in July 2018 moved across to lead Vallis Supply Chain Assurance Services.
Justus was born and raised in Makueni County, Kenya. After his primary and secondary education, Justus went on to pursue his college education in Mombasa, where he graduated with a Certificate in Business Management. Justus worked with various companies in Mombasa as a Marine and Cargo Surveyor before joining Vallis in 2009 as a Warehouse Assistant where he has risen through the ranks to become the Country Manager in Kenya. He has served Vallis in different capacities including warehouse inspections, audits, warehousing and Marine and Cargo Services across Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kigali. Justus is happily married and blessed with one child.
Country Manager - Kenya
Prior to joining Vallis Group in August 2016, Kenny enjoyed a full career in the British Army. In addition to serving on operational deployments around the world, he also spent two and a half years in America as the Training Officer teaching tactics to American officers and soldiers. Since leaving the army in 2012, he has found new adventures running a marine conservation centre in Montserrat for a year, supervising and assessing Duke of Edinburgh training, as well as leading numerous expeditions to South East Asia, North and East Africa. Kenny is relishing his role as an Internal Auditor and is looking forward to doing even more work in Africa. In addition to being a CIPD qualified Training Needs Analysis (TNA) practitioner, he is also a Skiing and Diving Instructor and qualified Mountain Leader. In his spare time Kenny enjoys trekking in the mountains, kayaking and Canadian open boat canoeing; he is also learning French (very slowly)!
Lead Internal Auditor
Kevin was born in Kasama, Zambia (Northern Rhodesia at the time). He went to school in Kasama and then Broken Hill (Kabwe). Having also served his apprenticeship as a Motor Vehicle Technician in Zambia, Kevin considers himself a wholly Zambian product. In July 1977 Kevin started up a trucking company with his brothers. From the humble beginnings of 3 units, it grew to a fleet of 150 trucks, all running international routes from South Africa to as far north as Uganda. He retired in 2012 and led a busy life cooking and shopping while his wife Glenys ran her own accounting. They enjoy birdwatching and take every opportunity to disappear into the African bush when they get the chance. Kevin and Glenys have 11 children between them, some adopted, and a further 11 grandchildren with the 12th due to arrive in December. Their children live in Ireland, England, South Africa, Australia and Zambia - so holidays have now become visiting family members. With Vallis expanding in Zambia, Glenys was approached by Don Oliphant to handle the Payroll and Administration of the Zambian office. This led to the discovery that Kevin too was available for work and a phone call soon followed, offering the chance for Kevin to look after the Ndoloa operation in Zambia.
Country Manager - Zambia
Kiara grew up in Kenya and went on to attend sixth form and university in the UK, whilst travelling back and forth to see her family in the holidays. Having graduated in July 2020 with a BSc Geography degree, she has permanently moved to the UK in search of new opportunities and adventures in her career. She has recently started at Vallis in October 2020 as an Operations and Reporting Assistant in the Supply Chain Assurance Services department. Kiara has great appreciation of the outdoors and loves playing tennis and hockey. She enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures and landscapes, with a specific interest in wildlife and conservation.
Operations and Reporting Manager
Lucas spent his childhood in Brazil before moving to the United States. After putting his tennis career aside, Lucas attended Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and received a Cum Laude degree in Business Administration and Management. After college, he moved to the United Kingdom and is currently undertaking his post-graduate course in Political Marketing. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, catching up with politics, and a good movie.
Operations and Reporting Manager
Matt has lived in Dorset his entire life and recently graduated from the University of the West of England with a First in Human Geography. He was attracted to Vallis because of the prospect of working in international finance and dealing with physical commodities. Capital markets are his passion and he thoroughly enjoys trying to understand the global macroeconomic environment as well as micro economic equity analysis. He also enjoys travelling and experiencing alternative cultures and climates whether that be an expedition across China, an adrenaline fuelled ski trip or business travel in Africa. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading and going to be the gym, being a firm believer in the healthy body, healthy mind philosophy.
Operations and Reporting Manager
Natasha a grandi dans le Wiltshire et a été diplômée de l'Université d'Exeter avec un BSc Anthropologie et Psychologie et Politique en 2017. Elle a passé sa troisième année à l'étranger à l'Université d'Ottawa, au Canada. L'intérêt de Natasha pour les matières premières, les marchés émergents et la possibilité de voyager l'a attirée vers Vallis Group Limited en janvier 2019, après être revenue de 12 mois de voyage, en Australie, en Asie et en Nouvelle-Zélande. À l'origine membre de l'équipe d'Afrique de l'Ouest, gérant le Togo, le Ghana et le Nigeria, Natasha a ensuite plongé son temps entre ses responsabilités Marine et Cargo et l'équipe MENA (Moyen-Orient, Afrique du Nord), où elle a assumé le rôle de gestion et de supervision de l'Égypte et de la Jordanie. Natasha gère le bureau de l'expertise maritime et de l'inspection des cargaisons de navires depuis juin 2021. Cette nouvelle opportunité lui a permis de contribuer à la supervision de plus de 16 millions de tonnes dans 38 ports opérationnels, ainsi que de gérer directement les opérations. Natasha a également joué un rôle important dans le développement de notre application interne sur mesure de Live Reporting, Vallis Live, et dans son lancement réussi en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient.
After full time education Nicola pursued furthering her career gaining qualifications in business administration which plunged her straight into an editorial role within the newspaper industry. Nicola spent several years within administration, which also included time spent as assistant to the CEO at The Patent Office. Eventually, deciding on a career within finance, Nicola has worked in various accounting roles at Barclays Bank and in the manufacturing industry leading on to her present role in the Finance team at Vallis Group Limited. Contact: email@example.com
Assistant Finance Manager
Pythagore graduated from the University of Abomey Calavi in 2012 with a degree in Economics. After graduating, he worked at the Ministry of Development in Economic Analysis and Foresight, in Benin. Here, Pythagore received training in strategic planning and macroeconomic management, which led to him receiving a diploma from the National School of Economics. In January 2014, he was assigned to the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Benin as a Macro-economist. Pythagore’s main role was to provide analysis and forecasting for the economic situation in the Directorate General of Economic Affairs (GAAR). With an interest in Supply Chain Management, Pythagore joined Vallis Benin in July 2014 as Assistant Supervisor, before becoming Senior Supervisor in April 2017. He moved over to Vallis Togo in May 2018 where he took on the role of Country Supervisor. Since then he has been managing all the Vallis operations in Togo. In his spare time, Pythagore enjoys spending time with his friends at the gym and has a keen interest in reading and travelling.
Country Supervisor - Togo
For her A-Levels, Sophie studied Mathematics, Business Studies, IT and Psychology at Writhlington school. She then went on to complete the AAT Accountancy Qualification and worked in a local accountancy practice as a Junior Accountant. Sophie joined Vallis Group in March 2018 as Budget Coordinator. In her free time Sophie enjoys going to the gym and socialising with her friends.
Steve studied a degree in Engineering at the University of Liverpool. He went on to pursue a career in accountancy and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Kidsons Impey in Birmingham in 1993. He left practice in 1994 and furthered his accountancy career as Financial Controller and Finance Director in a variety of businesses in sectors including plastics, food, further education and textiles. In 1996 Steve moved to Somerset following a Management Buy In of a manufacturing business in Frome. He left accountancy in 2011 and qualified as a teacher of mathematics. After a brief spell teaching the AAT accountancy qualification Steve joined Vallis Commodities in March 2015 as Finance Manager. He has a German Shepherd called Lily and is a keen supporter of Aston Villa FC.
Tabuh Cyprain was born in Douala, Cameroon. After obtaining his A-Levels, he went to study Economics Sciences at the University of Yaoundé II - SOA, he later on specialised in Banking and Finance and obtained the Higher National Diploma (HND) at Ecole Superieur de Gestion (ESG) in 2010.
Since completing his education, he has gained experience in banking, marketing, accounting and administration. He worked as an intern at First Trust Savings and loans S.A. as a Marketer at EYES Sarl, then as Assistant Accountant at SCESCO Sarl and in 2013 as Assistant Office Administrator at AC Nielsen Cameroon.
He joined Vallis in 2015 as Operations and Reporting Administrator, and is now the Business Administrator for Cameroon, while still being responsible for reporting.
He loves playing football, watching movies, listening to music and spending time with his children on weekends.
Business Administrator - Cameroon
Operations and Reporting Manager
Tony was born in Kwekwe, and grew up in Zimbabwe. When finishing school he worked as a tractor mechanic before moving to work in the pumps and irrigation industry. In 2006, Tony started his career in petroleum products operations and management with Sasfuel & Chem in Beit Bridge, Zimbabwe. The following year he relocated to the DRC with Sasfuel, where he managed a terminal supplying petroleum products to a large copper mine. Tony joined Vallis in 2012 as one of the fuel operations managers. He has since managed Vallis fuel operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Liberia.
Relief Country Manager Fuel - Somalia
Victoria joined Vallis in March 2019, moving away from sales and looking for a new challenge. Originally from the Midlands, Victoria moved south to attend university in Bristol and decided to stay. Victoria’s degree was in Forensic Science with an emphasis on Organic Chemistry and Environmental Forensics. Whilst at university Victoria was a keen Trampolinist and competed at a National level. In her spare time, Victoria likes to spend time at the gym, spending time with her dogs and watching rugby. She is also unable to function without caffeine.