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Meet
the
team./

We have an expert team driving forward our vision for compliance. With over 100 years combined experience in compliance,  IT and financial services, our expertise is second to none.

Leadership

Julian Dixon

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Dave Burns

Chief Revenue Officer

Dave is a Technology & Services leader with more than 20 years of global experience in sales, consulting and project implementation. He has a proven ability to sell and implement innovative solutions to deliver measurable results for clients.

Luca Primerano

Chief Strategy Officer

Luca is the Chief AI Officer at Napier, where he focuses on running artificial intelligence programmes partnering with tier-1 universities and clients. Luca has extensive experience in decision automation and digital transformation that he gained 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.

Mariola Marzouk

Head of Product

Mariola holds a Masters in Forensic Accounting and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Criminal Justice with focus on Trade Based Money Laundering problems and potential reforms. Mariola also holds an ACAMS certification, is certified in International Trade Finance by the London Institute of Banking and Finance and is certified in Corporate Finance by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. Before joining Napier, Mariola managed BAE Systems Applied Intelligence flagship AML Transaction Monitoring solution called NetReveal.

Nick Portalski

Chief Technology Officer

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.

Nicolette Brown

Media and Marketing Manager

As Media and Marketing Manager, Nic will be focussing on building a strong social media presence and communicating Napier’s success to prospective clients. Before joining Napier, Nic worked in various editorial and marketing positions in both consumer and B2B sectors.

Delia Coggan

Head of Professional Services

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 implementation, as well as strategic & regulatory initiatives.

Ryan Styles

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Marco Betti-Berutto

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Marco is an internationally experienced sales professional with more than 20 years’ financial services experience gained at major international financial institutions and financial software providers both in the UK and Italy. Marco is fluent in Italian and French and has built successful relationships across Europe and the Americas.

Angie Willingham

BOARD ADVISOR

Head of Customer Success

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.

Greg Watson

BOARD ADVISOR

Chief Operations Officer

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.

David Poltorak

Chief Technology Advocate

David specialises in building large distributed systems with highly complex architectures that are fault tolerant, scalable and highly performant. He gained his experience in both start-ups and major telecoms companies. His passion lies in building, testing and delivering successful products to customers.

Nick Powell

Head of Services

Nick is Napier’s Head of Services, responsible for client support and professional services. Nick has extensive experience of delivering large scale, vendor-based solutions within financial services across functional areas. With a strong client focus, he brings deep knowledge of IT governance, including the delivery lifecycle and the management of client support functions.

Robin Lee

Vice President APAC

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.

Roy Williamson

Head of Sales EMEA

Roy Has held senior management roles across a number of financial services solution vendors, including BAE Applied Intelligence, Fiserv and FIS. Roy has a successful track record in leading teams and establishing new customer partnerships with clients across EMEA.

Lila Boyce

Global HR Director

Lila Has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources operations and strategy, including roles at Houlihan Lokey, Australia Post, Burberry and News Corp. Lila has proven track record in serving as a trusted advisor in the North American, EMEA, and APAC regions.

Dr Janet Bastiman

Chief Data Scientist

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 experiance, 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.

Chairman

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.

Board members

Melissa De Denato

BOARD ADVISOR

Melissa Di Donato is the Chief Revenue Officer for S/4HANA Cloud at SAP where she has sales and revenue responsibility for Cloud ERP solutions globally.Melissa has spent more than 20 years in technology as a leader in the digital space delivering innovative and transformative enterprise cloud solutions for customers around the globe. She is dedicated to building high performing sales teams, ensuring diversity across the business and developing multi-channel go to market strategies.

Robbie Miller

BOARD ADVISOR

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years private practice experience. More recently Robbie was the MD of IT Lab, part of the Big Ideas Group. Robbie oversaw IT Lab's growth from a small business into a leading mid-market organisation with a global presence and 400+ staff. Robbie is now a Senior Partner in the Big Ideas Group.

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.

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.

Board advisers

Melissa De Denato

BOARD ADVISOR

Melissa Di Donato is the Chief Revenue Officer for S/4HANA Cloud at SAP where she has sales and revenue responsibility for Cloud ERP solutions globally.Melissa has spent more than 20 years in technology as a leader in the digital space delivering innovative and transformative enterprise cloud solutions for customers around the globe. She is dedicated to building high performing sales teams, ensuring diversity across the business and developing multi-channel go to market strategies.

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.

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.

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.

Industry recognition

Our solutions and innovative technology have been recognised and awarded by industry leaders.

Regulation Asia

2020

REGTECH 100

2020

National technology awards

Shortlisted

Regtech insight award

Shortlisted 2020

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