Board of Directors

John Pearson

Non-Executive Chairman

Skills brought to the Board: Digital, Platform, Advertising, Marketing, M&A

John Pearson has considerable experience in the digital, media and broadcast industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Virgin Radio for 13 years. He was also Chairman of Shazam Entertainment, a smartphone-based music identification service; co-founder of World Architecture News.com; and a director of Ginger Media Group. He is also co-founder of The Food.com.

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Ian Alexander Irving Strafford-Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Skills brought to the Board: Investment Banking, Finance and Operational Expertise

Mr. Strafford-Taylor is one of the Founders and has been a Director since 2007. Mr Strafford-Taylor has held a number of senior banking roles, including Business Unit Controller and Head of International Securities Lending at Morgan Stanley, where he worked from 1985 to 1992. Following this, Mr. Strafford-Taylor moved to UBS where he worked for 13 years as Managing Director and Global Head of Securities Borrowing & Lending, Fixed Income Repo and Prime Brokerage. Mr. Strafford-Taylor is a chartered accountant, qualifying with Arthur Andersen in 1985

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Ajay Chowdhury

Non-Executive Director

Skills brought to the Board: Digital, Managing Growth, Innovation

Mr. Chowdhury is an experienced company director with particular expertise in digital media, digital retail, online and mobile industries. Mr. Chowdhury is Partner and Managing Director of BCG Digital Ventures and was previously CEO of Seatwave Limited, an online ticket sales marketing company, Executive Chairman of a multi-channel marketing Company, ComQi Group and Chairman of Shazam. He is also currently Non-Executive Director of the Department of Culture Media and Sport as well as the British Screen Advisory Council.

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Robert (Bob) Michael Head

Non-Executive Director

Skills brought to the Board: Banking, Finance and Corporate Governance

Bob Head has held a variety of management roles including Regional Director for Old Mutual's African interests, the joint founder of egg.com and the first CEO of smile.co.uk. His most recent roles were that of a Special Advisor to the Commissioner of SARS (South African Revenue Service) and prior to that CEO of Old Mutual's Wealth Management Division.

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Alan Hughes

Non-Executive Director

Skills brought to the Board: retail banking & finance; successful innovation; fintech; marketing; non-executive and chair experience.

Alan had 35 years with HSBC, rising to its UK executive board as General Manager. One of his HSBC roles was CEO of FirstDirect Bank where he introduced its digital services, significant product innovation and quadrupled its size and returns. He was responsible for all HSBC UK's products, pricing and marketing. His non-executive roles have included Chairman of RateSetter the Peer to Peer platform, non-executive director of NewDay Cards and of Capital One Bank. He is currently Chairman of Unity Trust Bank plc and Senior Independent Director of Hitachi Capital (UK) plc. He has taught banking and lectured at Warwick and Oxford Universities on service and innovation. He is Pro-Chancellor and deputy Chair of Council at Loughborough University. He has an MBA from Henley and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

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Richard Q M Cooper

Group Finance Director

Skills brought to the Board: Finance, Corporate Finance, M&A, Tax

Richard joins the Board with extensive public market and growth company experience. He was the CFO of GVC Holdings plc, one of the world's largest sports betting and gaming groups, from 2008 to 2017. Whilst at GVC, Richard played a key role in the implementation of the Company's acquisition strategy during that period, together with its move from AIM to the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange's Main Market. GVC is currently included within the FTSE 250 index. He was also a non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Sportech Plc from May 2017 to October 2018.

Richard, a Chartered Accountant, is currently a non-executive director of two small quoted companies: VR Education Holdings plc, a technology focused education company quoted on AIM and NewGiocco inc, an online sports betting company whose shares are currently traded on the OTC of Nasdaq. He is also a non-executive director of a number of private companies.

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