Meet the Team


Before establishing STAR, Tony spent 20 years at Hambros Bank (most recently as Vice Chairman) responsible for the banking division and chaired the credit committee. During that time, he founded the vendor, project and structured financing operations as well as a private equity and an aircraft investment business.

Tony founded STAR Capital Partners (“SCP”) in 1999. The strategy was to focus on “Strategic Assets”. This initiative was one of the first moves towards infrastructure investing which has now become an established asset class for institutions around the world.  SCP has closed its third fund at the hard cap and continues its successful investment activity across Western Europe.

Tony is also a keen sportsman who rowed internationally and is a cycling enthusiast. He served on the British Boxing board for 8 years and chaired the audit committee. He is Vice President of Lea Rowing club and a member of various other clubs including Melbourne University Boat club. He chaired a review committee for the government to determine how basketball can be improved in the UK and gain greater participation and also chaired the investment committee of Sport England. He is a past Treasurer of British Rowing and now chairs YES. 



Fred Shearer

Fred read German at Princeton University. Somewhat curiously, he then discovered an interest in insurance and reinsurance first in San Francisco and then in London from 1973 as a Lloyd’s (non-marine) broker, settling permanently in 1977.

Fred retired at the end of 2014 having worked 41 years at Lloyd’s, with Bell & Clements, Ballantyne McKean & Sullivan, C T Bowring and E W Payne. He was also an Underwriting Member for 25 years and survived to tell the tale.

Fred is also a Trustee of the Lea Rowing Club, and he has graduate degrees in Modern History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the University of East Anglia.  He is a non-current instrument rated private pilot, and he can bore anyone absolutely solid talking about aviation.

Roger Mears

Roger is a former partner of Roger Mears Architects, which he set up in 1980 and which specialises in work to historic buildings.  He is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) and as a Guardian of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) for eighteen years he was involved in advising on work to many important buildings, including several of England’s great cathedrals.
He rowed at school and Cambridge University and, after a 30-year break, joined the Lea Rowing Club in 1994.  A very successful sculling career ensued, including winning gold medals at both Henley Veterans Regatta and the National Veterans Championships.
In 2000 he was appointed to the board of Youth Experience in Sport (YES) and played an important part in the development of schemes for rebuilding the Lea Rowing Club’s boathouse with a view to enabling youth rowing to flourish on the Lea.  This came to fruition in 2016, when the existing boathouse was refurbished and an extension was added, providing much improved facilities for the club in general and youth rowing in particular.
Roger was a founder trustee of Adfer Ban a Chwm – Revitalize Hill and Valley, a charity whose aim is to conserve and restore derelict vernacular buildings in rural Wales to enable them to take on new uses.
Roger plays the viola, both ‘modern’ and baroque, and, with his wife, looks after his five young London-based grandchildren on a regular basis.   


Malcolm Weston

Malcolm is a Non-Executive at the London Learning Consortium (LLC), Chairman of the Governing Committee at Dukes Aldridge Academy, Haringey; Associate Governor at Trinity Catholic High School, Redbridge; former Chairman of Governors at Northumberland Park Community School, Haringey and former Chairman of BT’s Ethnic Minority Network whose aim was to develop a network of successful, positive, self-empowered employees that add value to the business and contribute to the community.

Malcolm is passionate about learning and enabling opportunities for all. He started a school mentoring programme for Year 10 and 11 students with the aim of inspiring young people and raise their aspirations by introducing them to business professionals from similar backgrounds.

Malcolm has an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design. His career has spanned various fields from Engineering, Electronic Services, Computing, Project and Product Management Development to Business/Digital Transformation and Implementation.

Malcolm is interested in all sports, in particular Rowing, Badminton and Golf in which he participates occasionally.


Donald spent his career in the reinsurance business. At various times he was Deputy Chairman of Aon’s UK reinsurance operation, Chairman of Aon Risk Consulting, Head of Marsh’s UK Reinsurance business and Chairman of their African reinsurance operation. He pioneered the use by brokers of digital mapping data to measure the probability and likely magnitude of storm events, and led the development of actuarial models by broking firms. Latterly, he was a prime mover in bringing government and insurers together to address UK flood risk, in what gave rise to Flood Re.

In the mid 90’s Donald co-founded a new UK reinsurance broker which became the foundation of Aon’s UK property reinsurance business. In the early 2000’s he founded an international reinsurance consulting business which was later sold to Willis Group.

In the mid 80’s Donald was captain of the Oxford University rowing team and at the centre of a controversial battle for control which became the subject of a book and made into a film. He has used this experience to give talks to a wide range of groups on leadership and winning in the face of adversity: from investment banks and City law firms to schools, and even the prison service. Through these talks he has raised funds for helping talented young people achieve excellence in education.

Donald is married with four children and lives in London. His interests centre around family and friends, rowing and cycling, music and reading. He has an MA in English from Mansfield College, Oxford.

CEO: Rebecca Scown

Before taking on the role as CEO of the YES Charity, Rebecca competed internationally for New Zealand for 12 years in the sport of rowing. Her most notable results being two World Rowing Championship titles in 2010, 2011 along with a Bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympics, and Silver from the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Pair. Rebecca also helped create history in New Zealand by leading the first ever Women’s Eight to medal at a World Championship and qualify for the Olympics.

Rebecca has a keen interest in sport but also an interest in youth sport and development. Having been an Olympic Ambassador in New Zealand for many years Rebecca had first-hand experience of the positive ways in which sport can generate life changing impact on youth. Through an awareness of the need to increase sport and youth provisions in London to resolve the serious youth crime issues and to improve youth wellbeing, Rebecca was excited to take on the lead role for the YES Charity and is driven to create real impact in the city in which she has settled.


Emma Warner

Lou Mallin

Chloe Symmonds
(Accountancy Lead)