Behind the scenes

Welcome to the ESRG Group. We draw upon our individual strengths to create a comprehensive and wide-reaching company skill base.

Under one group umbrella, the ESRG companies specialise in a vast range of financial services. Our four key individuals hold credentials and work experience from the UK and worldwide, from private clients to multinational corporations, from the straightforward to the niche specialist. We take pride in our expertise and our professionalism, whilst maintaining a very human approach to our client service.


Executive Chairman ESRG Group

David has over 24 years (20 years post qualification) experience working as a UK tax adviser. David was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Taxation having qualified as a CTA in 1993. David trained and qualified at two medium sized firms before joining Deloitte in 1998 as a senior manager in the Private Client Department where he spent a signifiant part of his career to date, moving from Deloitte to Praxis, a Guernsey Fiduciary.

In December 2013, David, with fellow Directors, created The ESRG Group which is in the process of launching a number of funds and the company will provide the regulatory and support service to these funds.

David has extensive experience advising high net worth UK clients, owner managers and Entrepreneurs on all matters relating to tax efficient but legitimate structuring including the use of funds, PCCs, Specialist Insurance bonds and offshore trusts/companies.

David is married and has 6 children. For fun, he coaches a local colt rugby team and is passionate about watching most sports, spending any spare moment wrestling the remote controls away from little hands and Dora the Explorer to switch to channel 401.


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Managing Director, ESRG Sport & Leisure

Having spent over 25 years involved in rugby, both on and off the field, Tony is well equipped to provide business solutions in the world of sport. On completing a BA Hons degree in Sports Science, he spent over 14 years as a top-class professional rugby player, playing for Saracens, Llanelli Scarlets and for Wales at international level.

Following his playing days, he spent over 11 years in the commercial, marketing and operations arena of professional rugby. Previous roles include: CEO at London Wasps, managing director at Harlequins, CEO at London Scottish, CEO at London Welsh, and sales and marketing manager at the Llanelli Scarlets. Tony has also served on the board of Premiership Rugby and on numerous working groups within the sport.

More recently, apart from continuing his work in the sporting sector he has helped shape and drive ESRG Group forward providing project management and due diligence skills to the Board.  Tony is also MD of ESRG Sports and Leisure.


ESRG Group Director – Head of Funds

Jonathan has over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry covering the management of individual client portfolios to the distribution of funds for major asset management groups. He has worked for a number of institutions including Dresdner RCM now Alliance Global Investors), ABN Amro (now Artemis Fund Managers) and RLAM. He has also several years of experience managing private client portfolios at an asset management company based in Hampshire.

Jonathan is married with 2 young children and feels rather proud of his 6’7 frame when it comes to bar debates with his fellow (much) shorter directors.


Leading Executives / Experts


Director, ESRG Taxation / Finance Director,

Raj currently acts as tax advisor to High Net Worth Individuals, Family offices and UK Corporates.

He is Joint founder of Scotland/ Indian trade portal designed to assist collaboration between companies in both jurisdictions.

He also assists in corporate fund raising for UK and overseas projects and has strong UK and International banking contacts.

Raj prides himself on his speciality UK and international tax planning for individuals, corporates and Trusts, Corporate Finance and Financial management which is how he came to be part of ESRG Taxation.

Jeff Ayre


Managing Director, ESRG Properties

With a wealth of experience gained during many years in the sector, Jeff Ayre holds a well-earned reputation as a developer with a truly unique approach to creating and planning with longevity in mind. Not only is Jeff ahead of the game in terms of property styling, design, and functionality, he also brings an attention to detail and a work ethic of thorough planning to every project with which he is involved. He is most associated with schemes and plans that prove to be far ahead of their time, from domestic housing, to offices, to sports halls and other public spaces.

Jeff is highly professional and well respected in the field, with a very hands-on approach to team management. His skilled retinue of designers and architects work in an environment that allows them to perform to the very best of their potential, on each and every project.


Managing Director, ESRG Media

Patrick Bird is Managing Director at ESRG Media, with over 20 years media experience under his belt. Patrick’s field of expertise lies in the delivery of global strategies for major media clients, both B2B and B2C, working with broadcasters and production companies.

Patrick is a recognised interactive media pioneer with a proven record of success on TV, web and mobile platforms. He has worked with major broadcasters from MTV, BBC, SKY TV, STAR TV Asia, and Channel 4. In addition, he led a division for Endemol International, the world’s largest independent broadcasting company, successfully launching TV shows and brands in the UK, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Germany, South Korea, Thailand, Australia and Brazil.

Amongst his credits are the creation of successful broadcast strategies for major brands such as Red Bull and Smirnoff, both online and through television.


Managing Director, ELMA Capital

Steve Robbins is an industry-renowned specialist film financier who has focused exclusively on film finance for over 20 years. Over his career Steve has been involved in over 200 film financings and has executive produced 16 films including The Wedding Date, Beyond The Sea, Emmy award winning The Incredible Mrs Ritchie, Ironclad, Machete  and Odd Thomas.

Over the last 5 years Steve has structured and closed 18 film bridge loans totalling in excess of US$35 million including 4 for Ealing Studios films (Dorian Gray, From Time to Time, St Trinian’s 2 and Burke & Hare), Harry Brown (Sir Michael Caine), Chalet Girl (Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields), Machete (Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan), 360 (Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz) and Sin City 2 (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin).

Richard Cunningham


Head of Finance, ESRG Group

Richard Cunningham is welcomed as a newly appointed member of the ESRG Group; he brings over 16 years of professional experience to his new role as Head of Finance, having previously worked for renowned companies such as Baker Tilly and Deloittes.

New Additions

The position of Business Support Manager has been successfully assigned to Gill Faulkner, who brings many years of international experience to the role.