Board of Directors
Andrew has 30 years of experience in telecoms across both the infrastructure & enterprise sectors. He has held numerous senior management positions including as a member of Marconi’s senior leadership team, Managing Director of Damovo’s Benelux business plus senior positions at Avaya. His main expertise lies in building international businesses through both direct and indirect channel strategies. Andrew also has experience as a non-exec director and more recently has been advising both start-up & larger companies across various sectors including 5G networks & infrastructure, customer experience & call centre optimisation, data analytics and fintech. Andrew holds an honours degree in Business Management, having completed his thesis on the evolving strategies of cable and telecommunications operators.
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.