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Alan Mak Scrutiny - Candidate CV Analysis

Langstone

Havant Conservatives Candidate Selection

During the Open Primary on 25 October 2014. Alan Mak's CV (see FileLink) was distributed to help allow the Havant Residents to make an informed decision on whom to select.

Many statements made within the CV have not been verified as true or not; if you become aware of any further false statements, please let us know.

It would be helpful to keep Alan Mak's CV (see FileLink) open in a separate window while you examine the analysis below:

Alan Mak CV Analysis - Page 1

CV Title

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts - FRSA

Under the title "THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY APPROVED CANDIDATE CV" is ALAN MAK FRSA. Alan Mak was not a member of the RSA when this CV was prepared and has not been eligible to use the FRSA title since 2013. Please (see FileLink). This email has been depersonalised to preserve personal details, but the original is available to view (the RSA have had multiple requests about Alan Mak).

Comment: Alan Mak was not entitled to use the FRSA designation in his CV as he was not a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts when he signed and dated his CV.

Background Section

Daily Telegraph quotation

Includes a quote from the Daily Telegraph. "Dynamic hard worker ......" However, Political Scrapbook have confirmed this quote was never published (see WebLink or see FileLink) and Alan Mak has stated in the Portsmouth News that the quote was given verbally, and that the person making the quote gave it in a personal capacity and does not wish to be identified.

See Political Scrapbook article where Alan Mak explains the quoted references on BBC Radio Solent (see WebLink).

Comment: The Quote was never published; also is his response believable, you decide?

High Street Shop

States "My family ran a high street shop which I worked in, much like those on Mengham Road & Elm Grove on Hayling island or West Street in Havant". The truth is that his family ran a Chinese Takeaway called the Lucky Star Chop Suey House in York.

Comment: The shop was not a corner shop, and there are no take-aways in Mengham Road.

University education

States "First in my family to go to university (Law at Cambridge & Top of Year Prizewinner). However, this statement is untrue. The Top of Year prize winners are shown here on the Cambridge University Web site (see WebLink or see FileLink) however, Alan Mak won a subject prize and was not the Top of Year prizewinner, see subject prize won (see Weblink or see FileLink)

Comment: The statement on Alan Mak's prize is misleading, Alan Mak won a subject prize, not best of year prize.

Career at Clifford Chance

States: "Solicitor, department head & Young City Lawyer of the Year before 30 at Clifford Chance (world's biggest law firm). " However, Political Scrapbook have confirmed that Alan Mak was never a department head, and is no longer employed at Clifford Chance (see WebLink or see FileLink). Furthermore Clifford Chance is not the world's biggest law firm.

Comment: misstated that he was a department head, he never was and although Clifford Chance is one of the largest law firms, it is not the biggest law firm.

Business Success Section

Conservative Home Quotation

Included in the CV is a quote from the ConsHome. "Alan Mak is one of the Party's rising stars ......" However, Political Scrapbook have confirmed this quote was never published (see WebLink or see FileLink) and Alan Mak has stated in the Portsmouth News that the quote was given verbally, and that the person making the quote gave it in a personal capacity and does not wish to be identified.

See Political Scrapbook article where Alan Mak explains the quoted references on BBC Radio Solent (see WebLink).

Comment: The Quote was never published; also is this response believable?

Investment Business

States: "Started & now run my own successful business investing in technology and retain companies like HotSquash ...... & PaperlessReceipts". The impression given is that his successful business is investing in companies.

Comment: The statement is untrue, Alan Mak has purchased shares in companies, and is not an investor as he holds no directorships in these companies. He is a shareholder, just as you may be a shareholder in the Royal Mail.

Alan Mak has acquired shares in a personal capacity in both Hot Squash Limited and Paperless Receipts Limited.

Hot Squash Limited: The Annual Return (see FileLink) shows Alan Mak owns 350 (the smallest shareholding of all shareholders) of the 1,266,392 shares issued; this represents 0.028% of the share capital. The latest annual accounts filed to 31March 2014 (see FileLink) reveal: the book value of the company is £119,252. Cash investments into the company to date have been £345,743 and that the company has accumulated losses of £226,491 having lost £39,054 in the year to 31 March 2014. The value of Alan Mak's shareholding at 31 March 2014 was 350/1,266,392 x £119,352 = £32.99. The balance sheet suggests a further cash injection is needed to keep the company trading.

Comment: The value of Alan Mak's investment on 31 March 2014 was £32.99, less than 1/2 a tank of fuel, and cannot be deemed a successful share holding in 2014, a loss making company.

Paperless Receipts Limited: The Annual Return (see FileLink) shows Alan Mak owns 53 of the 36,650 shares issued; this represents 0.14% of the share capital. The latest annual accounts filed to 31March 2014 (see FileLink) reveal: the book value of the company is £88,140. Cash investments into the company to date have been £1,494,809 and that the company has accumulated losses of £1,406,659 having lost £672,587 in the year to 31 March 2014. The value of Alan Mak's shareholding at 31 March 2014 was 53/36,650 x £88,140 = £127.46. The balance sheet suggests a further cash injection is needed to keep the company trading.

Comment: The value of Alan Mak's investment in Paperless Receipts Limited on 31 March 2014 was £127.46.

Comment: The total value of Alan Mak's shareholding in these two companies at the end of March 2014 was £160.45, hardly the results of successful business investments as claimed on his CV.

Company Directorships

Companies House records indicate that Alan Mak was a director of two companies: Spirepoint Global Limited and Fitzgerald Partners Limited and both companies were established in March 2014 with his £1 investment in each. Both companies were established just before the Conservative candidate selection process started and although neither companies are required to submit their first set of statutory accounts until December 2015, they could have been submitted by May 2015.

Alan Mak invested £1 in each of Spirepoint Global Limited (see FileLink) and Fitzgerald Partners Limited (see Filelink). However, a search of the internet does not identify any business activity by either company although legally, both companies are categorised as "active" in April 2015 .

In the case of Spirepoint Global Limited, this is particularly surprising as the web site (see Filelink or see Weblink) states for Spirepoint Group (the company is not a group) "We provide strategic advice and growth capital to some of the world's most successful and exciting organisations and entrepreneurs". This situation was identified by Political Scrapbook (see Filelink or see Weblink)

Given the claims on his candidate CV and company web site, one might expect evidence of “growth capital” investment to appear on the balance sheet of accounts filed with Companies House just before Christmas 2015. However, the only assets listed are £37,534 in cash, offset by £23,765 in debt falling due within the year. There are no Growth Capital investments at all in the Spirepoint Group 2015 Annual Accounts. This claim has been reported on by Political Scrapbook (see Filelink or see Weblink)

Comment: there is no evidence at all to suggest that these two companies are either trading or active. If the companies were new and active, they would have filed accounts in Companies House as early as possible to demonstrate their good credit rating and not leave filing until the last possible date. Alan Mak has not provided any evidence to suggest that his companies are successful.

Comment: Alan Mak's claim on his "group" company web site: “We provide strategic advice and growth capital to some of the world’s most successful and exciting organisations and entrepreneurs.” is untrue; there is no evidence of his company providing any kind of Growth Capital to anyone or to any corporation.

In the final line of the final paragraph of this section, Alan Mak claims to be: "Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). As explained above, this claim is false. Alan Mak was not been a member of the RSA when this CV was prepared and has not been eligible to use the FRSA title since 2013. Please (see FileLink). This email has been depersonalised to preserve personal details, but the original is available to view (the RSA have had multiple requests for information about Alan Mak).

Comment: Alan Mak was not entitled to use the FRSA designation in his CV as he was not a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Portsmouth News Reports

Alan Mak claims to run a business close to St Faiths Church in Havant, but when a local resident (name not known) enquired in the Havant Conservative Party Office in Havant, they were unaware of his Havant Business and referred the resident to the Langstone Technology Park where the business was run. However, Langstone Technology Park denied Alan Mak ran his business from there.

(see Weblink and FileLink The News 1 May 15 Page 1 and FileLink The News 1 May 15 Page 6)

Comment: Nobody knows what this business is, where it is carried out, how many employees there are and what the turnover and profit figures are despite Alan Mak claiming it is profitable. It is time Alan Mak proved this statement.

BBC Radio Solent Interview of Alan Mak

Jess Parker of BBC Radio Solent interviewed Alan Mak about his CV: quotes, business success and unseating a LibDem candidate in Tower Hamlets. Listen to BBC Radio Solent Interview on 1 May 2015 (see FileLink)

Strong Havant connections & relationships Section

President of children's character Magic Breakfast: Alan Mak is no longer President of Magic Breakfast

Cambridge University Board member

Alan Mak is not a member of the Cambridge University Board as claimed on his CV (see FileLink) which advises on educational policy and controls resources (see Weblink or see FileLink). He is however a member of the Cambridge University Alumni Advisory Board which advises on how best to engage with alumni of Cambridge (see Weblink or see FileLink). During the Hustings at Bosmere Junior School on 1 April 2015, I corrected Alan Mak on his repeated claim that he is on the Cambridge University Board; I received no response.

Comment: When Alan Mak claimed incorrectly in front of sixth form students and teachers that he is on the "Cambridge University board", he gives students the impression that he is more influential that he actually is. His CV claim is false.

Other statements

We have been unable to confirm or refute other statements.

Experienced campaigner & Conservative leader Section

Alan Mak claimed in his CV "Spent 18 months across 2 elections as a candidate in Bethnal Green, east London, unseating Lib Dem Group leader."

Supporting evidence refuting these claims is in the following section in Political Achievements.

Comment: The statements made that Alan Mak increased the vote share and unseated the Lib Deb Group Leader, and by implication was elected are false. He reduced the Conservative Party and his personal vote share between 2010 and 2014 and was not elected in either election.

Alan Mak CV Analysis - Page 2

Political Achievements

Energetic & Successful Conservative Campaigner & Candidate

Alan Mak claimed in his CV "2010 & 2014: Stood against & unseated Tower Hamlets Council Lib Dem Group Leader. Boosted our vote share in a very hostile environment"

These statements are untrue since Alan Mak was not elected in either of the 2010 or 2014 local elections. The reality is the Conservative Party polled 20.6% in 2010 (see WebLink or see FileLink) and a reduced 12.1% in 2014 (see WebLink or see FileLink) with Alan Mak's personal share of the vote falling from 3.3% in 2010 (see WebLink or see FileLink) to 2.7% in 2014 (see WebLink or see FileLink) with him not being elected in either election.

Comment: The statements made that Alan Mak increased the vote share and unseated the Lib Deb Group Leader, and by implication was elected are false. He reduced the Conservative Party and his personal vote share between 2010 and 2014 and was not elected in either election.

See Political Scrapbook article where Alan Mak explains how he "unseated the Lib Dem Group Leader" (see WebLink).

Comment: The claim he unseated the Lib Dem Group Leader is false, as admitted by Alan Mak

Alan Mak CV related matters

Cambridge University

While at Cambridge University Alan Mak was forced to pull out of a presidential campaign following a vote of no confidence where it was alleged he submitted a false invoice and also attempted to manipulate election results (see Weblink or see FileLink on page 2 of each). In this article it is stated "Mak is determined to fight the allegations for otherwise He'll be "tarnished forever", claiming he would "go to the proctors, or whoever it takes, to clear my name". There is no record of Alan Mark attempting to appeal the claim about either the false invoice or the attempt to manipulate election results".

Comment: The claim that Alan Mak submitted a false invoice and attempted to manipulate an election was not appealed.

Oxford University

Furthermore, Alan Mak claimed in his Linked In Profile at the time of the selection that he attended the University Of Oxford (see FileLink); this claim is untrue he attended the Oxford Institute, which is linked to Oxford Brookes University, and not the University of Oxford. However, Alan Mak incorrectly shows the "Oxford University" logo on his CV.

Attendance at the Oxford Institute was to acquire the Law Practice Course (LPC) certificate and not to gain a Master of Arts (MA) as the MA designation is automatically granted by Cambridge University.

Comment: This is further evidence of Alan Mak misleading readers.

Notes

This document is believed to be true; if there are any errors in it, please email mail@ukiphavant.org.uk and the errors will be corrected.

In this document, "WebLink" refers to a document on the internet, not under the control of UKIP Havant. "FileLink" refers to a copy of the WebLink document stored on the UKIP Havant web site.

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