Dr Samir Mattar - Chairman
A senior executive for the last 40 years in all aspects of business, specializing in international property development.
Starting out at Fuller & Co Stockbrokers and then progressing to Managing partner at Grant Thornton in the Middle East, Samir became Director of Ports Authorities of Saudi Arabia. He managed the development of ports on both the East and West coast of Saudi Arabia. US$ 36 billion in the early 80’s.
This was followed by several directly owned developments in the Highlands of Scotland, and Vienna worth £125M. He worked with Fina Oil, Italy to build and refurbish 1000 petrol stations before being asked to support the post-war reconstruction of satellite towns in Kurdistan city which were handed over to the Iraqi Government when requested by the Libya government to build the Green City project on the Mediterranean coast of northern Libya (300 hectares) a $2.5 Billion Development
Ronald Hew Thomson - Finance Director
An experienced CEO & President with over 60 years of broad experience in Tobacco (Philip Morris Group), Cosmetics (Revlon Europe), Investments and Mergers and Acquisitions (Alesia Investments & Banquet Finance) & Technology, primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Principally involved in Finance, Marketing and Organizational strategy, Ronald has among other things:
- Represented Grand Metropolitan in sale of Ligget & Myers USA
- Purchased Mellon Financial Services for American Express Group
- Represented the New York Stock Exchange in Europe.
Richard Wiseham - Group Operations Director & CEO
An experienced operations director primarily in the hotel and cruise ship sector responsible for building a management team and for opening of nine 400 bed hotels in France, Switzerland, and Italy before being headhunted by Sheraton in Paris
Established a Sales and Marketing consultancy company in 1984 to the Hotel, Leisure, Marine and property development sectors. Including sales and marketing support for Marinas in Liverpool, Development of Ocean Village in Southampton and Poole. His work included working for several international Hotels in Turkey, Europe and Caribbean and Cruise ship operators in Hong Kong,
He joined the Mattar Group in 2008 to design and develop the Green City Project but due to the civil war moved on to look further in the Indian Ocean for other opportunities in Sri Lanka. The Blue Ocean Island Resort (450 hectares) is situated on an Island tin the Dutch Bay area in the Kalpitya region .
Derwynne Honan - Golf & Sport Director
Derwynne is a Professional Golfer representing Volvo Global as tournament organizer and has owned and managed several Golf Courses. Derwynne is the representative for Volvo World Tour as well of having designed, owned and managed many Golf courses.
He has a vast experience of Tournament Golf management of events all over the world . He also overseas sponsorship and player management.
Malcolm Waldron - Director of UK Operations
CEO for Carleton Associates Management Ltd ( a Subsidiary of Mattar Estates Group). He is a proven Senior Executive (CEO) for numerous Multi-National companies in a Sales & Marketing capacity whilst controlling substantial sized portfolio’s.
Jayampathy Herath - Representative in Sri Lanka
Jayampathy Herath is an Architect and our primary representative in Sri Lanka at our Colombo Office.