About me

I am an entrepreneurial, deep-expertise fintech specialist experienced at developing and scaling commercial ventures. My work focuses on combining new technology and engineering methods with innovative business models to create products and organisations with strategic advantage.

I've developed eight successful fintech firms, failed numerous others, advised around 200 founders and executives as well as achieved one IPO. I work variously as a strategy consultant, CTO/CPO/CCO/CEO, agile coach, venture partner and NED.

I'm particularly interested in developing algorithmic intelligence, trading, co-operative platforms and projects operating in the low-carbon economy.

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Experience.

Here's how I got here.

Mar 2018 - Jun 2019
Co-founder and CPO at ChronoVault

A blockchain-enabled asset register for luxury goods.

Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
MBA, Imperial College London Business School

Specialising in innovation strategy, building value in high-tech firms and cryptofinance.

Jul 2018 -Sep 2018
Digital strategy at TechnipFMC

Developed technology transformation strategy for a multinational engineering firm.

Jan 2018 -Apr 2018
Digital consultant at UBS

Developed big data and AI adoption strategy for wealth management. Agile coach and change programme consultant to leadership team.

Sep 2016 - Mar 2018
CPO/CTO and COO at Arowana

A new pan-European direct insurance agent.

Jul 2017
Interim CPO/CTO at Molo Finance

A new robo-advisory mortgage lender.

May 2017 - July 2017
Product and Technical Architect at redacted

A new pension fund platform based on a blockchain.

Mar 2016 - Sep 2017
Interim CTO, seed investor & NED at Enian

A platform offering deep AI for renewable energy project financing.

May 2014 - Mar 2015
Interim CTO, seed investor & NED at Engaged Tracking

A firm developing portfolio optimisation tools and low-carbon indexes for investment funds.

2015 - 2016
Technical advisor at Slaughter and May

Strategy advisor and facilitator to European leadership team on fintech market trends.

2015
Technical advisor at Orange Growth Capital

Technical due diligence and advisory on prospective portfolio companies including Bux.

2015
Technical advisor at BNY Mellon

Strategic advise to EMEA Treasury business on Blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Dec 2012 - Sep 2015
Partner at ignitr

Business strategy, product designer and technology development lead at a fintech innovation consultancy and company builder. Numerous successful fintech businesses launched.

Dec 2010 - Aug 2013
Senior technology project manager at UniCredit Bank SpA

Ran global technology change for equities and equity derivatives trading. Multiple projects including developing a market-abuse monitoring platform using big-data.

2005 - 2010
Professional services manager at SunGard FIS, equities and fixed income products

Created and ran a new professional services unit for the securities financing division. Ran technology projects for several international banks.

2000 - 2005
Associate director at Mission Testing

Part of the startup team that created an innovative service consultancy for financial services. Successful IPO on AIM.

1998 - 2000
Test Manager at Financial Times

Launched the first release of the FT.com website.

Education and qualifications

Imperial College London Business School
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Elective focus: Managing uncertainty, strategic growth and creating investor value in high-tech firms
Dissertation title: The role of fundamental value in crypto-asset markets


Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

CGEIT: Certified in Governance of Enterprise Information Technology


Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)

CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (lapsed)

British Standard Institute

BS/ISO 27000 Lead Auditor in information security (lapsed)

University of East Anglia
BA (Hons.) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Triple-major with focus on behavioural economics and critical reasoning