Karim Sekkat Chairman, Oxford Engineering Ltd Karim was educated in Morocco, Germany and France and has continued to develop his thinking with financial and management courses like BGP at Cranfield. He started his first venture while at business school, followed a path in investment banking and held various board positions of private and public companies in the UK, France and Switzerland before going at it alone. Since 2003, Karim has pursued a European buy & build high investment strategy refocused into deleveraging prior to 2008 and has successfully managed growth, recession and portfolio diversification without losing sleep. He and his group received numerous awards including finalist at the National Business Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year and Business of the Year. He is a keen sportsman, race driver in the Ginetta G40 car series, licenced specialised skydiver, kite-surfer and ranked tennis player. KAS TECHNOLOGIES GROUP The KAS Technology Group holds over 40 years of engineering experience and achieves annualised sales of over £20 million with its 150+ employees. New standards were introduced for the protection of the environment and the expectations of a worldclass business creating one of the top 10 UK contract manufacturers, specializing in lean manufacturing, supply chain management and precision engineering. The KAS Group has excellent long-term relationships with global, blue chip companies including the medical, oil and gas, aerospace, semi-conductor, Formula 1, nuclear, cryogenic, communications and pharmaceutical industries. The outstanding success of Oxford Engineering was recognised by Secretary of State for Trade & Industry who called it “a jewel in the crown of British Engineering” and is a MAS reference site for LEAN manufacturing.