I was born, raised, and schooled in England. I have worked in Africa and the Middle East since 1962. I first came to Nigeria during the civil war. I have worked in banking in Sapele, Port Harcourt, Ibadan but mostly in Lagos.
In 1989, I set up a merchant bank. I spent eighteen years in oil & gas sector helping to set up Nigeria's most successful indigenous oil & gas company. I am now on my third start up.
I was a founder member of Lagos Angels Network. I have been a member of the Ikoyi Club for more than fifty years, and of the Metropolitan Club, and the Lagos Yacht Club for more than thirty years. I still sail every Saturday, weather permitting.
Ibinabo's career spans over a decade in both the financial services industry and Supply Chain Management, across the African and European environments. She currently deploys her expertise in the Nigerian oil and gas supply chain.
Ibinabo is also the owner of a property management company that specialises in shared spaces, residential and co-working spaces.
She enjoys reading, traveling, climbing mountains and riding her motorcycle in her free time.
Born in Farnborough Kent, left Cray Valley Technical High School in Sidcup at 16 to take up a Parts Apprenticeship in the Automotive Industry with a Ford Truck Main Dealer in Hildenborough, Kent. Worked through various Parts Supervisory and Management positions to Aftersales Director in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester and then to Managing Director of the Ford Dealer Group, Brunel Ford in Bristol. While MD I completed a Master of Science Degree at Loughborough University and joined the Porsche Retail Group in Reading. Moved to Qingdao China with Porsche in 2006 then introduced Aston Martin to China and moved to Shanghai as Managing Director. Moved to Delhi, India with Porsche and covered Mumbai then moved to Nigeria with Porsche and managed Porsche, VW, Audi and Skoda for the Stallion Group. Was approached to manage Boulos Enterprises who held the Suzuki Motorcycle and Marine franchise together with the Piaggio Tricycle brand and helped them to diversify into other markets such as small trucks. Started JUST Commercial Vehicles Limited with Stanley Evans in 2018 and incorporated in March 2019. We now employ 15 staff and have delivered 152 trucks to date.
Played rugby at school and for rugby clubs; Westcombe Park, Tunbridge Wells, Winchester and Chipping Sodbury from 18 to 40 years of age. Was a member of Tonbridge Athletics Club for whom I competed in various events in the summers. Served in the REME Territorial Army in Maidstone and am a very keen horse rider having learnt at 8 years of age and having ridden in every country in which I have lived. Learned to sail at the Lagos Yacht Club and held various committee positions including Berthing Master and Vice Commodore, culminating in Commodore. Race dinghies every Saturday which is very therapeutic! Also passionate about motorcycles old and new and enjoy running and exercising.
Married with grown up daughter and son who live and work in the UK but travelled with us and schooled in China and India. My wife Jayne divides her time between the UK and Nigeria.
I enjoy the energy of Nigeria and the vibrancy of Lagos and having lived in China and India; the lack of infrastructure feels more natural than had I come directly from the UK. The frustrations are clearly that the country should be more advanced as it is blessed with natural resources, fertile soil and the perfect climate for producing crops. Nigeria has an incredibly positive and energetic population who still manage to laugh and smile while facing extreme adversity, which I greatly admire and respect.