Board of Directors
Robert has over 25 years’ experience in telecom and software businesses, combining a technical background with wide-ranging experience across marketing, product management, sales and operations. He has worked in a variety of companies from start-ups to global vendors, including Orange, Cramer Systems, Amdocs, Telcordia and Ericsson. Robert has a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University, Belfast.
George Shanks – Chairman
George has more than 30 years management and sales experience in the IT and telecommunications sectors. In a successful career at Oracle he established and led the Telecommunication business division in the UK through the 1990’s and later co-ordinated telecoms sales across Europe. After Oracle, he has been CEO of three venture-backed technology companies. At JacobsRimell he guided the company over 5 years through a re-structuring process to a successful exit when it was acquired by Amdocs. Initially a practising civil engineer, George has an honours degree in Civil Engineering from Bristol University.
Mark is Investment Director at Seraphim Capital. He is an active investor in technology across all sectors and stages, serving on numerous Boards. Prior to Seraphim Mark was a board Director at private equity firm YFM Equity Partners involved with the British Smaller Companies VCT. He was also Investment Director of London Seed Capital and a number of EIS Funds. He initially trained as an equity analyst and fund manager at Williams de Broe and Brewin Dolphin. He has a degree in Accounting & Finance, an MA in Economics & Finance and a range of professional investment qualifications.
Douglas has over 25 years of experience in delivering complex telecommunications COTS products to the global telecommunications sector. Douglas has built Professional Services organisations in start-up companies as well as transforming teams to be partner-centric and partner led for project implementation and consulting services. Douglas’ career includes 10 years based in Asia/Pacific and the US with Tier-1 experience at BT, Cramer, Telcordia and Clarity.
Archie has worked in AI, optimisation and automation for over 15 years, across academia and industry. He has worked for a variety of companies with a particular focus on research and solutions for telecoms, supply-chains and lean manufacturing. During his five years at Aria, Archie has led work with the TMForum and the ETSI Experiential Networked Intelligence ISG, alongside work developing core IP, product and customer solutions.
Dr Jay Perrett – Chief Scientist
Jay has spent over 25 years developing evolutionary computing and Artificial Intelligence in academia and industry. Jay is the key architect of Aria’s DANI, iVNT and iForecast. Jay has spent many years working in the telecoms market (Bell-Labs, Lucent, Movaz, and Redback) and in the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical markets. Jay has considerable experience developing and bringing innovative products to market as he was a founder and head of R&D at Darwinian Neural Networks Industries and the CEO of Applied Insilico.