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Meet
the
team./

We have an expert team driving forward our vision for compliance. With hundreds of years combined experience in compliance,  IT and financial services, our expertise is second to none.

Executive Team

Julian Dixon

Chief Executive Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Julian has more than 20 years of financial services experience gained at major investment banks including Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Commerzbank. His roles have ranged from front-office sales leadership to private equity. Julian has extensive knowledge of financial services processes and technology.

Greg Watson

Chief Operating Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Greg brings with him a wealth of experience in Operational Management, Business Strategy, Transformation, Client Lifecycle Management and Sales Leadership. He gained his experience working as the Head of Sales and Head of Strategy & Alliances at Fenergo and was the Managing Director and Global Head of the Client Middle Office at HSBC. Prior to this Greg held several COO and Business Management roles at Coller Capital, UBS and Reuters.

Natalie Smith

Chief People Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Natalie brings over 18 years experience in leading global HR functions, along with extensive experience gained from working in highly credible global start-up and scale-up technology businesses. Natalie has delivered highly successful and complex global people plans and projects within ambitious, and innovative tech environments and has a passion for championing culture management, mental health and diversity and inclusion. Natalie is an accredited coach, is on three HR Director boards and Women in Technology, and is an NED for an international aid not-for-profit.

Luca Primerano

Chief Strategy Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Currently the Chief Strategy Officer, Luca is one of Napier’s founding members and the former Chief AI Officer. In his current role, Luca uses his extensive experience in decision automation and digital transformation to build AI strategies for organisations. Prior to joining Napier, Luca held roles at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Deloitte and has an MS in engineering from Politecnico di Milano specialising in anomaly detection, data correlation and pattern identification.

Adrian Soars

Chief Technology Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Adrian is a highly commercial, financial markets technologist with over 20+ years of experience. He comes with proven expertise in the architecture and implementation of complex, high performing data platforms across Financial Crime and Trading. His previous roles include senior involvement across several well-known Electronic Trading Platforms including DB AutobahnFX Options, SocGen Alpha, Standard Chartered S2BX, ADS Securities Orex, ING Trade, Leonteq.

Nick Portalski

Chief Product Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Nick has extensive leadership experience in designing and delivering enterprise products using multiple technologies. Having worked in successful FinTech start-ups and enjoyed global responsibilities with IBM, his expertise lies in taking concepts from embryonic vision through to advanced end products.

Ryan Styles

Chief Financial Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Ryan has extensive experience working with fast growth SME’s in technology and financial services supporting them to ensure strategic objectives and execution are aligned to financial goals. Ryan qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in Australia, and has previously held roles as the CFO at the Big Ideas Group and the FD at IT Lab, a Sunday Times Tech Track 100 fastest-growing company.

Sr. Leadership

Kate Bennett

Chief Marketing Officer

BOARD ADVISOR

Kate has over 16 years’ experience in growing financial services and technology companies by turning business targets into integrated marketing campaigns. She is able to effortlessly translate complex products and services into clear and concise messages for internal and external audiences, and has previously held senior roles with Thomson Reuters, ICAP and NEX Group.

Cian Harrington

Global Head of Client Transformation

BOARD ADVISOR

Cian is Napier’s Global Head of Client Transformation. Cian has extensive experience in end-to-end delivery of multidisciplinary projects in the finance and engineering sectors. Before joining Napier, Cian was at Deutsche Bank for almost nine years, the last four of those as their Head of FIC Change. Cian holds a PhD in Systems Architecture and Engineering, a Master’s degree in Automotive Product Engineering, and a Batchelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.

Robin Lee

Head of APAC

BOARD ADVISOR

An MBA with extensive experience in the RegTech and Financial Services industry. Robin is a professional with international exposure and a reputation for trusted relationships and outstanding execution.

Aidan Houlihan

Head of Americas

BOARD ADVISOR

Aidan brings with him over 20 years of truly global financial services experience having spent many years in Hong Kong, Bermuda & NYC. Aidan has extensive experience as a Managing Director in Sales Leadership, Operational Management, Business Strategy & Product at major international banks including Deutsche Bank & BNY Mellon. He was most recently Global Head of Business Development & Relationship Management at Fixnetix-DXC, specializing in market infrastructure technologies & market data.

Delia Coggan

Head of Professional Services

BOARD ADVISOR

Delia is an accomplished business and professional services lead, with experience in RegTech and Investment Banking. She has a proven track record of delivering technology implementations, as well as strategic & regulatory initiatives.

Simon Le Voi

Global Head of Support

BOARD ADVISOR

Simon has 20+ years experience as a technology leader covering IT strategy, Delivery and Operations for Energy, Trading and Insurance industries. He has a proven track record and is passionate about putting the customer at the centre of what we do and building operational Service Management teams that drive real, positive customer outcomes.

Angie Willingham

Head of Customer Success

BOARD ADVISOR

Angie has experience setting up, leading and scaling Customer Success Teams, as well as building a world class Customer Support team focusing on ensuring successful delivery for all customers.

Dr Janet Bastiman

Chief Data Scientist

BOARD ADVISOR

Janet has been coding since 1984 and holds degrees in both Molecular Biochemistry and Mathematics with a PhD in Computational Neuroscience. With over 20 years of experience, Janet has pushed the boundaries of data science in telecommunications, marketing and the financial sector, working with start-ups and established businesses to implement and improve their AI offering. Janet is a committee member for the Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section and treasurer of the IEEE Stem Strategy Committee. She regularly speaks at conferences on AI including explainability, testing, efficiency, and ethics.

Management

John Swarbrick

VP Platform

BOARD ADVISOR

Rosibel Ramirez

VP of QA

BOARD ADVISOR

Tarun Rishi

VP of Engineering

BOARD ADVISOR

Michelle Kam

Head of Professional Services APAC

BOARD ADVISOR

James Dunbar

Head of Professional Services EMEA

BOARD ADVISOR

Hwee Kun Ho

Head of Sales APAC

BOARD ADVISOR

Philippa Halsey

Head of Talent Acquisition

BOARD ADVISOR

Melissa Warren

Head of Partnerships

BOARD ADVISOR

Luke Townsend

Head of Marketing

BOARD ADVISOR

Roy Williamson

Head of Sales EMEA

BOARD ADVISOR

Caroline Defieuw

Head of Revenue Operations

BOARD ADVISOR

Sharon Carter

Head of Operations

BOARD ADVISOR

Dharminder Dhanda

Head of IT Operations

BOARD ADVISOR

Dave Poltorak

Chief Technology Advocate

BOARD ADVISOR

Board of Directors

Neil Smith

BOARD ADVISOR

Neil was most recently Deutsche Bank’s technology COO but began in the bank’s risk division where he focused on transforming the way the company used technology to become more efficient. He has held a string of influential roles, including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the bank’s infrastructure division and Global Head of Real Estate and Purchasing.

Rosa Howard

BOARD ADVISOR

After joining IT Lab in its infancy, Rosa was instrumental in building the award-winning culture at IT Lab, part of the Big Ideas Group. Currently Rosa is a Senior Partner at Big Ideas Group looking after the talent and culture across the group. She now brings this experience to Napier in an advisory capacity.

Sebastian Gray

BOARD ADVISOR

Sebastian is the founder, CEO and Senior Partner at Big Ideas Group (BIG) and a serial investor and entrepreneur. He has deep experience in digital marketing, technology and growing companies.

Global Advisory Board

Andy Maguire

BOARD ADVISOR

Andy has a thirty-year track record as a successful COO, partner to CEOs and Executive Committees. Currently Andy is the Chair of Global Banking as well as Managing Director and Senior Partner in the London office of The Boston Consulting Group. Prior to this Andy was the Group Chief Operations Officer at HSBC. Andy holds a Double honours degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin.

John Neary

BOARD ADVISOR

John brings three decades of global Wall Street experience to Napier. A former head of trading, John worked at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs in equities and fixed income across cash and derivative products, managing risk and facing clients. Since 2013, John's independent holding company, 3000Kings LLC, has engaged portfolio companies in the technology, asset management, sports & entertainment and media verticals. In the public sector, John serves as senior advisor for multiple global regulatory bodies.

John Barnsley

BOARD ADVISOR

John is a highly experienced director who was at PwC for over 30 years where his roles included Senior Partner and Joint Global Director of Operations. John has acted as Non-executive Director and Chairman for a number of private organisations in the US and UK.

Mike Melia

BOARD ADVISOR

Having spent over 40 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, Mike successfully led and delivered global programmes in supply chain, logistics and trade compliance. Mike’s latest project was the successful implementation of an industry leading visionary global trade compliance solution for Glaxo Smith Kline. This solution resulted in the company having a reduced risk profile and a significant increase of value for the company in terms of efficiencies and cost savings across the globe.

Award-winning technology./

US FinTech Awards

Shortlisted for RegTech
of the Year 2021

CyberTech 100

Shortlisted 2021

UK FinTech Awards

Shortlisted for RegTech
of the Year 2021

National Technology Awards

Shortlisted 2020.

Regulation Asia

Winner - Best Solution AML/CTF Compliance

Regtech100

Shortlisted 2020.

Finovate Awards

Shortlisted - Best Regtech Solution 2020

FinTech Awards

Winner - Best AI-Powered AML Platform 2020

Regtech Insight

Best Vendor Solutions for
Financial Crime 2020.

Waters Rankings

Shortlisted for Best AML Compliance Solutions Provider 2021

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