Meet some of our Strategic Advisors

We bring experience from across multiple industry sectors and business functions. We are accomplished consultants, dedicated to working to deliver real change for our clients.

Meet some of our Strategic Advisors below:

Maxime Katgely
Associate Partner

Maxime has a passion for business transformation and innovation, sustainability and growth in Asia Pacific. He acts as a senior advisor to clients on value chain innovation, growth strategy, and operations across a wide range of geographies, from his base in Singapore. Following a 23-year career in ExxonMobil, he has extensive experience in developing growth strategies, product development and innovation offerings. He held senior leadership roles in product management and sales, as well as in supply chain, process and maintenance. Maxime led Exxon’s global elastomers business from Houston, and subsequently set up a new business venture in Singapore.

He holds an Engineering Masters’ Degree from the School of Mines of Nancy, with majors in Polymer Science and operational research.

Tom Swanson
Strategic Advisor

Tom has over 30 years of experience in industry and consulting across sectors including semiconductors, pharmaceutical/biotech, agribusiness and chemicals, FMCG, construction and energy & utilities. With a high-tech engineering/manufacturing background, transformation programme success and deep understanding of IoT and AI he is uniquely placed to advise clients on how to translate ambitious strategies into transformational results. Prior to coming on board with GXS Partners, Tom was Chief Digital Officer and Global Water Sector Lead at Atos. His previous roles range from Semiconductor Engineer to Operations Director to venture start-ups and software CEO. As a consultant he has designed and led transformation programmes for large, multi-national companies across Europe, North America, Asia (China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia) as well as Africa.

Tom holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Glasgow and a Master’s degree focused on how organisations can thrive in complex and rapidly evolving environments. He recently completed a certification from MIT in AI Strategy and Architecture.

Martin Ball
Strategic Advisor

Martin is a specialist safety, maintenance and operations consultant, and highly experienced in driving company safety performance and effective risk management. Having spent 18 years in ExxonMobil in management roles across safety, maintenance, operations, technical and commissioning, Martin has subsequently been advising clients around the world in safety, risk and operations consulting across heavy industry including power generation, distribution and oil and gas. He sits on the UK Energy Institute Power & Utilities Technical Committee, and is lead author of the EI framework for process safety management.

Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, B.Eng (Hons) from the University of Bradford, UK.

Mike Astell
Strategic Advisor

Mike advises clients at board level on the leadership and transformation of complex, asset-related and heavily-outsourced businesses and programmes. He spent 23 years in industry including leading Centrica’s gas business running major assets for Shell and developing major projects for Alstom. Subsequently he has spent 7 years advising clients around the world, including as main board strategy advisor to Royal Dutch Shell, and several other high profile engineering organisations across multiple sectors.

Mike holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, B.Eng (Hons) from Imperial College, London.

Jack Wilson
Strategic Advisor

Jack has over 25 years of experience in senior sales roles across Asia Pacific, and advises board level executives and their teams on sales and marketing effectiveness. He has himself successfully grown and developed sales, delivering outstanding revenue and profitability, and achieved record growth across multiple on-line and off-line businesses. He has in-depth expertise in developing highly effective sales methods, and has led sales teams located in countries right across the Asia Pacific region including China, Japan, South East Asia and Japan. Jack has held senior roles during his outstanding 20 year career at Donnelley Financial Solutions, including 5 years as Managing Director for Asia Pacific sales.

He holds a degree in Business Administration and Chinese studies from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and speaks English and intermediate Mandarin.

Peter Ewen
Strategic Advisor

Dr Peter Ewen has had 20 years successfully delivering complex mega projects and a further 20 years of engineering leadership roles ranging from strategic policy to frontline delivery. He has worked as a Director in both the public and private sectors, including aviation and rail. He has extensive public and private sector procurement experience in both major construction contracts and more general contracting. He is comfortable operating within the highest levels of Government and at Board level, particularly in Asia and Europe.  

Prior to joining GXS Partners, Peter was Engineering Director of the Mass Transit Rail Corporation of Hong Kong SAR, where his responsibilities included driving excellence into the engineering functions, strengthening controls and the check and balance processes, corporate safety, long-term asset replacement, and overseeing the procurement and contract administration function. Peter started his career as an aero-systems engineer in the Royal Air Force attaining the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. In his last role as Director Air Support, Peter was responsible for the procurement, in-service support, and airworthiness of all large-aircraft fleets of the Royal Air Force.

Peter is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree in Engineering. He was appointed Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2015.

Eugene Tan
Strategic Advisor

Eugene has over 30 years of Industry experience before retiring as BPs Director Global Supply Chain Asia & Pacific, leading the development of bulk and packed supply chain strategy and execution for the Asia and Pacific regions including the Middle East.

He was Vice Chairman for the Asian Lubricants Manufacturers Union which was established to form a voice for advocacy for Lubricants players in Asia and Pacific.

Before BP he worked in Shell where he developed broad end-to-end experience covering supply chain, product quality & advocacy, e-commerce, retail and commercial business, refinery operations, technology and supply trading.

Eugene graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters degree in Law.