Key people

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Angus Dent

Chief Executive Officer

Angus is responsible for developing the overall policy and strategy of the business and ensuring its delivery by the management team. On a day-to-day basis, Angus is engaged with borrowers, high-value lenders, strategic partners and the management team.

It was Angus and Brian Basham who spotted the opportunity to use technology to match those with cash looking for a return with those companies that needed to borrow; that was the genesis of ArchOver. With help from Prof Richard Taffler, Angus roughed out the service that became ‘Secured and Insured’. To help with this Angus recruited Gislen Software (who he’d worked with while at OneClickHR) and together they devised the first workflows. Soon after Ian Anderson and Ted Hurlock joined and took these rough ideas, along with the Gislen coding, and started to build the platform. With the platform nearing completion Robert Jackson joined the team to help commercialise the service. With the first loan about to be facilitated Charlotte Marsh joined to take care of credit analysis and accounting for the growing company. Having co-founded the business Angus continues to lead the ArchOver team and Brian Basham moved on to new projects in early 2016.

Angus qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. He has helped build a number of technology businesses, holding senior directorships in these AIM and TSX listed companies. Angus was CFO of OneClickHR PLC (1999 – 2006), which was sold to ADP. He was CFO of Synchronica (2006 – 2011) followed by CEO of Synchronica (2011 – 2012). Synchronica was also a consolidator, acquiring five other companies within three years and was itself acquired in 2012.

Ian Anderson

COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Ian is responsible for delivery of the policy and strategy across all operations of the business and advising/supporting each department. His role is focussed on maximising internal resources, delivering processes and external opportunities and suppliers to ensure the company delivers on its promised strategy and targets.

Ian has the accolade of being a UK Fintech 50 and CityAM’s top10 influencers in Alternative Finance. Ian co-founded in 1996 Equity.i.plc backed by a number of key individuals in the investment world and institutions, including Hermes. It was sold in 2006. Ian then founded and sold his corporate communications agency into Incepta and went on to help build a top 10 UK digital agency with clients such as Shell (Global Roster); Epson (EMEA lead agency); Samsung (EMEA); Reed International; Mirror Group and 150 B2C and B2B firms.

Ian is author of ‘Real Relations, Virtual World’, sold in over 22 countries and ‘The Online Corporate Communications Challenge’. He wrote the UK Investor Relations Society’s awards criteria for corporate communications and was a UK Government representative 2010/11 for ‘UK digital design and delivery’ lecturing in Hong Kong, Southern and Eastern China. He left to set up Dijithali and was then brought on board to develop ArchOver in 2013.

Robert Jackson

Commercial Director

As Chief Commercial Officer, Robert is responsible for both the Lender and Borrower sides of the ArchOver equation, creating the strategy and managing the team that has made ArchOver the fastest growing Peer-to-Peer lender in the UK. As a shareholder Robert secured the institutional investment from Hampden Group which has been so pivotal in the building and development of the ArchOver model.

Robert began his career at Alexander’s a leading City credit finance house specialising in the dealing of trade and government debt. He then joined International Management Group where he honed his skills in contract negotiation, sales and licensing in both the USA and Europe. In 1992 and with a small group of investors, he acquired the heritage asset British Pathe News.

He became CEO at Pathe and through a series of global strategic alliances, turned a passive film archive into a proactive source of material for broadcasters and production companies alike. British Pathe was sold to DMGT in 1996 generating a 40x return on capital to its investors. He has since been an active investor-operator across a broad range of sectors and verticals.

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