Patrons And Friends
Chairman of the Board and CEO - Afiniti
Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO - The Resource Group
Chairman and CEO - Align Technology
Financial Analyst - Morgan Stanley
Zia is the Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of The Resource Group, as well as the Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Afiniti. Earlier, Zia was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Align Technology which he led from inception to a successful publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. Previously, Zia held positions in investment banking and consulting at Morgan Stanley and McKinsey & Company respectively. Zia is the non-executive Chairman of the Boards of two publicly traded TRG portfolio companies, and also maintains several private board positions.
Zia received his MBA from Stanford University and his BA from Columbia University where he majored in Economics and Computer Science and was a member of the varsity crew team. Zia is an avid skier and chess player.
Sir James Hill
Chairman of Dixons Trust of 4 Academies (Bradford)
Chairman of Bradford Matters
Chairman of MHE Energy (West Virginia USA)
Former Chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
Former Patron of York and Humberside Boys Brigade
Former Chairman of Bradford Cancer Support
The life of industrialist Sir James Hill reads more like a roll of honours than a biography of a Keighley capitalist. Born in Bradford in December 1943, the 6ft 4in textile giant spent his early years in Yorkshire before going on to Wrekin College, Shropshire. In 1962 he returned to his Bradford roots to complete a three-year textile course at the Bradford Institute of Technology. Sir James then entered the family textile business – a large private wool merchants operation with mills in Bradford, Keighley, Lancashire and Holland.
It was here he was to learn the tricks of the wool trade as an enthusiastic young trainee. Towards the end of the 1960s Sir James spent a year travelling around Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as a trainee wool buyer. When his father retired as chairman of the Sir James Hill Group, Sir James joined the board. His father died in March 1976 after a short retirement. Sir James inherited his title and the responsibility of running the company which had, by this time, diversified into travel agencies and travel operators under the company name, James Hill Travel.
During the late 1980s, the family business suffered from financial difficulties and the travel interests were sold off to new buyers, alongside all the other various divisions to repay huge debts. This was the low period of Sir James’ flourishing career as a business magnate, as he sadly watched his father’s business go into receivership. But Sir James Hill (Wool) Ltd continued to operate.
Over the last eight years, Sir James has had the opportunity to take on other responsibilities in both Bradford and Keighley. Today, he is well known not only as a wool merchant but as an active volunteer, fundraiser and community activist. “Right now my main push is to promote the Bradford district wherever I can by supporting the regeneration of the area,” he says. “I am a fan of Bradford.”