I’m a technology-focused CEO, passionate about growing businesses with new products, in new markets. Quite often this involves optimising the intersect of data, cloud and machine learning for SaaS-focused products.
Over the last two decades I’ve been fortunate enough to work for some great companies – from listed multinationals to private medium-sized businesses. Those experiences have helped me to develop deep P&L, operational, commercial, financial and strategic skills.
I’ve worked across multiple sectors – from FinTech to Cyber Security – but all have involved software, technology infrastructure, information and data analytics. Whether as a consultant or CEO, I’ve driven growth via a combination of organic innovation and acquisitions. I’ve worked on 30+ M&A related deals during my career which has given me some great insights on how to acquire and integrate businesses.
I’ve lived and worked in four continents – Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Each one has given me a different perspective, developing a cultural empathy and respect for what makes us all different.
Beyond the day job, I’m non-executive board member and advisor to a number of boards in the tech industry. I’ve also a keen interest in technologies that have the potential to transform how we work – and I am currently writing a book with Forbes on Digital Transformation. As a father of two teenage boys, I’m also a strong advocate of internet safety and have supported multiple charities to tackle this challenge.
Outside of work, I enjoy mountain biking and golf, yet I spend most weekends doing neither, as I’m also quite handy at driving my boys to sports matches!
I’m the founder of RedLab which is a strategy, M&A and digital transformation advisory firm supporting clients who are looking to accelerate growth with technology – often by scaling SaaS-based platforms internationally. Clients range from corporates to private equity firms.
Prior to this I was CEO of Nominet – the technology company that runs part of the UK’s critical internet infrastructure. In addition to leading one of the world’s largest domain registries, I led the product innovation and international expansion of a cyber security software division which protects numerous nation states and businesses.
Before Nominet, I did a short stint in venture capital – working with a business school friend who was setting up a fund investing in early-stage IoT technology businesses in Israel and Germany.
From 2000 to 2014, I held senior roles for Thomson Reuters across the Americas, Asia and the Middle East – where I was Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa region. I was at Reuters before the merger with Thomson and did a fair amount of acquisitions, divestures and partnerships. All great fun!
I spent five years working in professional services firms – both at Deloitte and PA Consulting Group. I was working for a range of clients looking at strategy and shareholder value opportunities. One client was the National Bank of Tanzania – where I met my wife – so work and play really can mix!
I began my career on scholarship at the Xerox Corporation – which I always look back on with a measure of gratitude, as I learnt so much in such a short period of time.
EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
I am Chair of Digital Leaders – the UK organisation of over 150,000 members who have an interest in the evolving digital opportunities. I’m also on TechUK’s Membership & Finance board, having been on the main board for a few years.
I earned my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA and a First Class Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Leicester De Montfort University.
Over the years, I’ve joined a few professional institutes. I’m a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for IT – the British Computer Society, a chartered member of the Institute of Marketing (CIM), and passed my Corporate Finance Representative exam for the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
I’m a member of the (not so) Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) – which is one of the world’s largest networks of CEO’s – over 24,000 members across 130 countries.