The Board comprises of seven, four executive Directors, two non-executive Directors and the Company Secretary.
Brief biographical details of the Directors are set out below:
John Richard Shaw - Executive Director and Non-executive Chairman
John qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross & Co. in London and has been working in the City for many years working with a number of well recognised firms such as Chase Investment Bank Limited, Henry Ansbacher & Co. Limited and Seymour Pierce Limited all in the City of London's square mile. John has advised several technology companies during the many years’ spent as a Nominated Adviser for London Stock Exchange AIM Listed companies. John is in his sixties and has 30 years experience in corporate finance. He co-founded Quartz.
Hugh Stratford-Michaels – Executive Director
Hugh initially attended the London School of Economics where he studied Business management and Marketing. In 2004 he began discussions with Venture capitalists from the USA, he continued these relationships and has subsequently joined the board of a green technology company Altecsteel Inc. In 2007 he recognised the growth in London’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector and went on to co-found technology company Step39.com. The Company developed Middleware using SWIProlog, which is an Artificial Intelligence programming language. Establishing himself at the tech hub CW in Bloomsbury WC1 in 2012, he has subsequently moved to a recently launched City of London tech hub in Broadgate EC2. In 2014 he worked with the award winning multinational HavasMedia UK in London’s Covent Garden, as part of HavasMedia Labs, which invited exciting tech companies from London's Silicon roundabout to benefit from the Labs expertise in new media and marketing. He co-founded Quartz.
Fred Gustafsson – Executive Director
Fred worked as a software developer at Henderson Global Investors for three years in the City of London and went on to work for Cogent Investments before co-founding Eventsforce Solutions Limited together with two colleagues in 2003 where he is Head of Development as director. He has subsequently grown the business to a company with over two hundred clients, established in London’s Silicon roundabout over ten years ago, Eventsforce has now a new additional operating base, in Denver, Colorado USA. He has recently programmed a movie license management system for Warner Brothers USA. He has also carried out research and development in the sector of Internet of Things including robotic technologies. He co-founded Quartz.
Tony Margiotta – Operations Director
Tony is a proven communications expert with a background in the British Forces responsible for the leadership and motivation of over one hundred and seventy staff. He has subsequently been active in Public Relations and several Volunteer groups. In 2012 he became the Venue Communications Manager for the Olympic Games in London, managing radio communications from over three hundred users during Games Time. After joining Centralworking in late 2012 he went on to become operations manager for the Tech Hub in Bloomsbury WC1, where he had a hands on experience with the directors of many young technology companies and the relentless day to day operations of the Tech Hub business environment. Centralworking was cited a UK top 100 start-up, voted 2013 Service Business of the year. In late 2015 his interests in start-ups lead to the first of six months with London and Partners assisting global businesses setup in London. Organizational management has subsequently been the focus of these diverse roles.
Dermot Ryan – Non-executive Director
Dermot completed his bachelor's degree in Dublin and then attended
Cass Business School, University of London to complete his MSc in
Finance. He started his career with a mid-market private equity
firm, Duke Street Private Equity in London’s West End. He then
continued his investment career role with fund manager Terra Firma
Capital Partners, a UK-based Private Equity firm, and a spin-off of
Nomura Principal Finance Group. Terra Firma, has invested over €14
billion since inception. In 2013 he joined Euromoney
Institutional Investor PLC (B2B arm of the DMGT Plc Group), in the
heart of the financial district in the City of London, as an
Investment Manager. During this time, he was responsible for
acquiring platform and bolt-on companies to help scale the existing
portfolio companies within the Euromoney Group. In addition, he was
also involved in a number of corporate venture investments in the
Fintech space. In 2017 he continued as an Investment Manager with
Downing LLP, a growth fund, working with high growth
Simon Rothschild – Non-executive Director
Simon has been active for over thirty years in financial public relations and financial investor relations. He started his career in the City of London's financial sector in 1982 at Dewe Rogerson Ltd and more recently was a Principal of Bankside Consultants. In 2014 he set up Capital Market Consultants Limited. He is also a non-executive director of London Nusantara, an ISDX listed palm oil plantation company, 5 Star Diamonds, Rothschild Diamonds and Stonedragon Limited, a company set up to establish a digital distribution network in West Africa.
David Anthony Little – Company Secretary
David is a Corporate finance Lawyer and Partner of Bishop & Sewell LLP. Experienced in serving as company secretary for Public Limited Companies.
The Company has established properly constituted audit and remuneration committees of the Board with formally delegated duties and responsibilities.
The Audit Committee has primary responsibility for monitoring the quality of internal controls and ensuring that the financial performance of the Company is properly measured and reported on. The Audit Committee will meet no less than twice each year and comprises David Anthony Little as chairman, and Simon Rothschild.
The Remuneration Committee reviews the performance of executive Directors and makes recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of employment including recommendations to the Board on proposals for the granting of share options and other equity incentives. The Remuneration Committee will meet at least once each year and comprises Simon Rothschild as chairman, and David Anthony Little.