Board of Directors

Nigel Hamway Chairman

Nigel Hamway worked predominantly for Charterhouse Bank holding positions including Director of Charterhouse Development Capital and running Charterhouse’s international business.
Prior to Charterhouse, he was Chief Financial Accountant of Dubilier PLC. Nigel qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Peat Marwick in the UK after obtaining a degree from Cambridge University.
He has had extensive Board experience in many countries and businesses and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Conygar, an AIM-listed property investment company.


Mr. Stuart Champion de Crespigny became the Chief Executive Officer of PBE in April 2011 after completing the acquisition of PBE with private equity majority owners. PBE is now privately owned, principally by investors of Vierville Capital, which Mr. Champion de Crespigny founded in 2009.

Previously, Mr. Champion de Crespigny worked in investment banking for Macquarie in Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom, predominantly in principal investment and equity and debt capital raising.

Mr. Champion de Crespigny holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in accounting, from the University of Adelaide, Australia.


Christa became the Chief Operating Officer of PBE in October 2011. With extensive experience in lean manufacturing and process engineering, Christa is focused on fully supporting PBE’s continued growth with industry-leading global operations.

Christa holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a certified Project Management professional. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University’s School of Education.

Prior to joining PBE Christa worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation specializing in business process re-engineering with Human Resource information systems and resource planning. Christa credits her years as a Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors Powertrain in Flint, Michigan for her knowledge and passion of manufacturing and operations.

Gustav Rober

Gustav became the Chief Financial Officer of PBE in September 2020, responsible for the whole of the PBE Group financial team.

Gustav qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and holds a BSc in Mathematics from Durham University in the United Kingdom.

Previously, Gustav was with Diploma PLC, a London listed company which is focused on the value-added distribution across the three sectors of Life Sciences, Seals and Controls. Over the last 16 years, Gustav held various roles at Diploma including Group Financial Controller, Head of the Controls sector and Director of Corporate Development (M&A).