Top Influencers: 39 UK Founder, Director’s To Follow in 2022

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Co-Founder, Director play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co-Founder, Director role. We have selected these Co-Founder, Director’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Co-Founder, Director’s. The list is in no particular order!

Olivier Roussy Newton

Co-Founder, Director @ HIVE Blockchain

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A visionary young technology leader and a co-founder of HIVE, Olivier advises Genesis Mining, the world’s largest crypto miner, on new business initiatives. He is a partner at Latent Capital, an investment fund focused on quantum computing, financial technology and bioinformatics. Olivier’s expertise in the blockchain space helps the HIVE board to navigate challenges and identify new opportunities. Learn more about Olivier Roussy Newton on Crunchbase…

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Hermann Hauser

Co-founder, Director, and Venture Partner @ Amadeus Capital Partners

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Hermann Hauser co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997 with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn. In his long and successful history as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Hermann has founded or co-founded companies in a wide range of technology sectors. These include Acorn Computers (where he helped spin out ARM), Active Book Company, Virata, Net Products, NetChannel and Cambridge Network Limited. He was a founder director of IQ (Bio), IXI Limited, Vocalis, SynGenix, Advanced Displays Limited (acquired by Cambridge Display Technology), Electronic Share Information Limited, E*Trade UK and has supported many other start-ups. Hermann’s successes at Amadeus include: CSR plc (LON: CSR); Entropic Research Laboratory (acquired by Microsoft in 1999); Solexa (acquired by Illumina in 2007); and Icera (acquired by Nvidia in 2011). He is currently a non-executive director of XMOS, a company that is revolutionising re-configurable silicon chips; Intune Networks, a pioneer in the field of Optical Packet Switch & Transport; Tobii, the world leader in eye tracking and gaze detection; Plastic Logic, the first company to commercialize flexible plastic transistors (currently used in computer displays); and Cambridge Broadband Networks, a leader in point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul products. Hermann holds an MA in Physics from Vienna University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Hermann holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Loughborough and from Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ in 2001. In 2004, he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science & Technology. In 2012 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his contribution to the translation of science into business, and in 2013 a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Austrian by birth, Hermann speaks German, English and conversational Italian and French. Learn more about Hermann Hauser on Crunchbase…

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Mark Papworth

Co-Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer @ Proxisense

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Mark H. Papworth served as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Chemring Group plc from November 5, 2012 to June 24, 2014. Mark Papworth served as the Chief Executive Officer of Woods Group Gas Turbine Services and Group Director of Woods Group Gas Turbine Services at John Wood Group Plc and served as its Chief Executive of the Gas Turbines Division since December 2005. He joined Wood Group a year ago from Rolls-Royce Energy. His career has covered high technology, service and manufacturing companies serving aerospace, energy and infrastructure markets. During his tenure at Wood Group, Mark Papworth implemented and delivered a strategic review which resulted in a successful turnaround, improved manufacturing capabilities and substantial improvements in profitability. Prior to his time at Wood Group plc, he spent two years as an Executive Vice President of Rolls-Royce Energy based in the United States of America, and thirteen years with Alstom Power in various roles, finally as Managing Director of the Industrial Gas Turbines division. He served as a Director of Chemring Group plc from November 5, 2012 to June 24, 2014. Mark Papworth served as a Director of John Wood Group Plc since January 16, 2006 until June 29, 2012. Learn more about Mark Papworth on Crunchbase…

Proxisense has developed extreme environment proximity sensors and fluid contamination systems. Read more aboutProxisense on Crunchbase…

Charles Aram

Founder, Director @ Kwaetus Ltd

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Mobile App and Website for End of Life Planning Read more aboutKwaetus Ltd on Crunchbase…

Kerem Ozelli

Founder, Director @ Cygnecode Ltd.

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Creators of Flick a Trade. London based tech company designs, develops and operates trading games and gamified financial applications. Read more aboutCygnecode Ltd. on Crunchbase…

Michael Phair

Founder, Director & CEO @ REG

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REG’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Phair, is a banking veteran with links to World Bank, N M Rothschild and UBS. Michael is a private equity investor with over 40 years’ experience in the financial markets. Learn more about Michael Phair on Crunchbase…

REG provides an intelligence, analytics, and risk management software to the global insurance and financial services market. Read more aboutREG on Crunchbase…

Fred Pytlak

Co-Founder, Director & Chief Client Officer @ Office Practicum

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Fred is a Founder, Director, and original CEO of Office Practicum. He currently serves as Chief Client Officer, a position from which he plans and executes strategy for his favorite saying: “Take care of the customer, and the rest will follow.” To that end, he directs improvements in the total customer experience for our users, from their first contact as a sales prospect through implementation, training, and regular renewals of the customer relationship. Fred started in Information Technology with a mission to develop an evolutionary suite of specialty software designed to support the patient/practitioner encounter while providing a comprehensive high quality Medical Practice Management software solution. As the original Founder, he created Office Practicum and maintains his deep involvement in its design and development. Fred lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Edna. Learn more about Fred Pytlak on Crunchbase…

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Justin Mullen

Co-founder, Director @ Datalytyx

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Justin has built a career on enterprise data management, data analytics, business process management and governance and performance management. He is skilled in understanding organisations, their data operations, and, most importantly, the challenges facing senior management and board level, across industries. Learn more about Justin Mullen on Crunchbase…

Datalytyx is a leading provider of big data engineering, data analytics and cloud solutions. Read more aboutDatalytyx on Crunchbase…

Peter Howitt

Founder, Director @ Ramparts UK

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John Webb

Co-Founder, Director @ Datalytyx

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John has a background in building, managing and advising on IT businesses and has advised on rapid growth models in the IT sector. With extensive expertise in sales, strategy and finance, he has built his career on demonstrable growth acceleration and value to clients. Learn more about John Webb on Crunchbase…

Datalytyx is a leading provider of big data engineering, data analytics and cloud solutions. Read more aboutDatalytyx on Crunchbase…

David Jones

CSA, Co-Founder, Director @ Re-Vana Therapeutics

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David Jones is the Elected Fellow at Royal Statistical Society. Learn more about David Jones on Crunchbase…

Re-Vana Therapeutics is a ocular pharmaceuticals & drug delivery company. Read more aboutRe-Vana Therapeutics on Crunchbase…

Nick Larsen

Founder, Director @ Charge Bikes

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Nick Larsen is the Founder and Creative Director at Charge Bikes. Learn more about Nick Larsen on Crunchbase…

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Huw Davies

CEO, Founder, Director @ Trameto

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Huw Davies is a technology business leader with general management, founder roles, product marketing, business development and sales. He has worked in both start-ups and multi-national corporate organisations. His experience spans global business development, operational and financial management, licensing technology transfer, and collaborative research/commercial partnering. Huw’s background is in semiconductors and consumer electronics and he has extensive experience of working in Silicon Valley. He holds a BSc and PhD from Cardiff University and an Executive MBA from the University of Bath. Learn more about Huw Davies on Crunchbase…

Trameto is developing energy management devices for micro energy harvesting technologies enabling the elimination of batteries in the IoT. Read more aboutTrameto on Crunchbase…

Arun Singh

Co Founder, Director @ e-CARGOWARE Ltd

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Paul Gill

Founder, Director – Client Service @ C3 Post Trade

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Paul Gill has been responsible for product development and client service at C3 since 2008. Paul has worked in financial services IT for over 25 years, starting as a systems engineer within EDS investment banking practice with a focus on operations technology. His career progressed with senior technology management roles at investment banks including Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Nat West Markets, Bankers Trust and JP Morgan Chase through to CTO of iFOX, a VC-funded electronic swap trading pioneer. He also spearheaded SwapsWire’s push into equity derivatives. Learn more about Paul Gill on Crunchbase…

C3 post trade platform is a web-based solution that easily wraps around both legacy and new systems to deliver efficiency and transparency. Read more aboutC3 Post Trade on Crunchbase…

Freddie McMahon

Co-Founder, Director of Strategy and Innovation @ DF2020 Limited

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Responsible for developing a paradigm shift in the way firms interact with regulation, which is currently unsustainable due to the diversity, volume, rate of change and complexity. Learn more about Freddie McMahon on Crunchbase…

Df2020 regtech digitises regulation and procedures through a universal and unifying blend of codification, interaction and measurement. Read more aboutDF2020 Limited on Crunchbase…

Kam Chana

Co-founder, Director & CSO @ Proxisense

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Proxisense has developed extreme environment proximity sensors and fluid contamination systems. Read more aboutProxisense on Crunchbase…

Michael Hunter

Founder, Director & CEO @ Orca Pharmaceuticals

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Michael Hunter is a Co-Founder & CEO at Orca Pharmaceuticals. Learn more about Michael Hunter on Crunchbase…

Orca Pharmaceuticals is a new biotechnology startup focusing on treating autoimmune diseases. Read more aboutOrca Pharmaceuticals on Crunchbase…

Ian Turnbull

Co-Founder, Director @ Pentasec

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With over 15 years in the industry as a consultant and managing teams across Europe for global enterprise, Ian brings a wealth of business, management and network security experience to the team. He is well respected and valued by his peers for proficiency in strategy, outsourcing / offshoring, and transformation. Ian has strong vendor and distribution ties driving forward the Pentesec Partnerships to ensure the business evolves with the challenges presented by ever changing security landscape. Learn more about Ian Turnbull on Crunchbase…

Pentasec is a cyber security firm based in Peterborough, United Kingdom. Read more aboutPentasec on Crunchbase…

Judy Pearson

Co-Founder, Director @ EcoLogicLiving

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The marketing power behind the throne thanks to a marketing degree and Diploma in Business Management, Judy has been with EcoLogicLiving since the very beginning. She enjoys travelling to exotic locations and scuba diving, although looking after two children is proving just as much of an adventure! Learn more about Judy Pearson on Crunchbase…

EcoLogicLiving is a reseller and installer of renewable energy, heat, and power generation technologies. Read more aboutEcoLogicLiving on Crunchbase…

Lisa Devaney

Founder, Director @ Hai Media Group

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Lisa Devaney is is the founder and Director of Hai Media Group. She is known for applying creative, strategic, out-of-the-box approaches to communications programmes that get fantastic results. She is also an Indie Author, having debuted her first book In Ark: A Promise of Survival in April 2014. With her Hai Media Group she has won hundreds of headlines for various clients, mostly tech startups. Three startups she has worked with have gone on to sell for millions. With a combination of strategic planning, results earning outreach and what many clients call her “magic dust” of creativity, Devaney is valued for achieving media coverage and delivering on targets. A former award-winning print journalist, she has worked at the Dow Jones News Service (publishers of The Wall Street Journal), been published in Newsday and served as a reporter for The Times-Herald Record, The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Gateway Publications, The PittsburghTribune-Review , The Washington PA Observer-Reporter, Times Community Newspapers and other American publications. She transitioned to public relations in the mid-1990s. Her experience includes working with Showtime and with CondéNet, the online division of CondéNast publishing, serving as publicist for CondéNet’s (the former online home of Glamour, GQ, Details and Mademoiselle) (Bon Appétite, Gourmet), (Self) and (CondéNast Traveler), while employed with boutique lifestyle agency Kratz & Jensen, now part of Magnet Communications. While employed with Hill & Knowlton Public Relations, at the global agency’s New York City headquarters, she was involved with the launch of Microsoft’s Windows XP in 2001 and also worked with MTV, Motorola and Olympus. During her diverse PR career she has also worked with Clear Channel Communications, Tutor Time Child Care Centers, AlliedSignal, Champion International Paper Company, Vicious Cycles, Manastash, Santa Cruz Snowboards & Skateboards, New Sun Backpacks, the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, the All Girl Skate Jam and she once orchestrated a press conference for a bullet proof vest company run by the infamous Oliver North. Her most proud moment during her public relations career is when she earned international news headlines in the autumn of 2002 for, a post-9/11 New York City campaign for employment. As a co-founder, and the group media spokesperson, she appeared on CNN, The Today Show and was featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and interviewed by NPR, CBS Radio, Talk America Radio, 1010 Wins, WNYC, and more. Her effort attracted international attention for New Yorkers who found themselves unemployed and unable to find new jobs in the post-9/11 economic climate. Nearly all of the participants in the WeWantWork campaign won back their spirits and found jobs. Learn more about Lisa Devaney on Crunchbase…

Hai Media Group is a public relations and social media consultancy based in London, England. Read more aboutHai Media Group on Crunchbase…

Reza Nejabati

Co Founder, Director @ Zeetta Networks

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Reza is currently a Senior Lecturer in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, UK. Prior to moving into academia he worked in project management and network architecture roles with leading telecom vendors. Reza has over fifteen years of experience in the field of telecommunication and computer science and has been actively involved in SDN and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) standardisation. He has made important and pioneering contributions to the research fields of Optical Networking, Software Defined Networking, Network & Data Centre Infrastructure Virtualization, Grid Networking and Large Scale Future Internet Experimentation. He has co-/authored over 150 peer reviewed papers and three SDN standardisation documents. Learn more about Reza Nejabati on Crunchbase…

Zeetta Networks simplifies the monitoring, management and automation of complex ICT networks Read more aboutZeetta Networks on Crunchbase…

Myles Hopper

Founder, Director @ Mindful Chef

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Mindful Chef delivers all the fresh ingredients you need to create delicious, heathy meals. Read more aboutMindful Chef on Crunchbase…

Omer Brakin

Co-Founder, Director @ La-Terra

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Omer Brakin

Co-Founder, Director @ La-Terra

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Luke Ballantyne

Co-Founder, Director @ WhotNow

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WhotNow is the app that rewards you for going out. Read more aboutWhotNow on Crunchbase…

Paul Green

Co-Founder, Director and Inventor @ IOTICS

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Paul is a founding director of IOTICS. Visionary and creative, he previously co-founded Arkessa, the fast-growing VMNO, acquired by Wireless Logic in December 2020. Paul is passionate about enabling technology to benefit business and society as a whole. He is known for his thought leadership and concepts that disrupt current practice. Paul is the evangelistic, creative brain behind the IOTICS Digital Twin Ecosystem. Paul ability to deliver the future sees him coupling his enthusiasm, entrepreneurial leadership skills and ability to build relational teams with a solid foundation of physics and engineering. Paul’s breadth of experience enables him to weave together challenging ideas from completely different disciplines to create transformative and disruptive products and services. Paul is a highly personable and positive leader, great communicator with strong presentational and rhetorical skills. Intriguingly, he combines his flair for technology with an interest in Theology to produce a vision for the future that is both inspirational and ground-breaking. Learn more about Paul Green on Crunchbase…

Enabling ecosystems of secure data interactions with digital twins Read more aboutIOTICS on Crunchbase…

Simon Gaeremynck

Founder, Director, Senior Software Engineer @ Fronteer LTD

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Steve Bourike

Co-Founder, Director, and Head of Technical Services @ Pentasec

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Pentasec is a cyber security firm based in Peterborough, United Kingdom. Read more aboutPentasec on Crunchbase…

Tim Meskhi

Co-Founder, Director and Head Dentist @ CBC Dental Studio

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Benjamin Hosack

Co-Founder, Director and CCO @ Foregenix

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Benjamin Hosack is the CCO and co-founder of Foregenix. Learn more about Benjamin Hosack on Crunchbase…

Foregenix prevents, protects, investigates, and solves serious cyberthreats for large enterprises and SMEs all around the globe. Read more aboutForegenix on Crunchbase…

Dan Collier

Co-Founder, Director of Sales and Strategy & CEO @

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Productivity enhancement tool for recruitment across all workforce categories Read more on Crunchbase…

Penny Andrews

Founder, Director, and Product Strategy & Delivery @ People Make

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People Make focuses on helping companies to make digital products and services. Read more aboutPeople Make on Crunchbase…

Kristina Smith

Founder, Director @ Bluebird Tea Co

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Bluebird Tea Co. is a specialist tea blender and retailer. Read more aboutBluebird Tea Co on Crunchbase…

Andy Hamflett

Co-Founder, Director @ AAM Associates

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Andy leads our insight work and is currently developing our new initiative Data + People with a range of cross sector partners. Andy has published a number of reports focusing on charities’ use of technology, and is fascinated by the potential impact of this area of work. Andy has held a range of senior posts, including Chief Executive of the UK Youth Parliament, and Head of Democratic Services for an inner London borough. He has regularly advised Ministers, presented at conferences and to Parliamentary committees on a range of policy issues. Learn more about Andy Hamflett on Crunchbase…

AAM Associates is an independent research agency and consultancy. Read more aboutAAM Associates on Crunchbase…

Liudmila Novikova

Co-founder, Director @ Factosphere

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Liudmila has over 15 years’ experience of working across the public and private sectors in both Russia and the UK with primary focus on financial planning. After moving to the UK in 2010, she proceeded with her career of Financial Manager being also involved in the market research activities and organisation of international events. Liudmila’s professional career is accompanied by her fundraising efforts for the British Red Cross, a charity she keenly supports. She holds a PhD in Economics from the St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics. Learn more about Liudmila Novikova on Crunchbase…

Your fast-track ticket to decision-making on the country markets. Read more aboutFactosphere on Crunchbase…

Jim Cunliffe

Founder, Director @ Face Media Group

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Brighton based print broker specialising in business and promotional print delivering across the country. Read more aboutFace Media Group on Crunchbase…

Georg Fasching

Founder, Director, CPO @

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George is obsessed with new product development for happy customers, and has been for 15 years. He developed and delivered mobile and web services across the globe for a variety of customers. 2000: George & team created and delivered T-Mobile Austria’s online contract upgrade solution with customer value dynamic offers and fulfilment logistics 2001: George & team acquired T-Mobile Austria’s banking license in cooperation with Legal & Finance department; established standardised M-Commerce Interface Austria (MIA) in cooperation with all other Austrian mobile network operators 2002: George & team created and delivered m-payment solution for T-Mobile Austria’s Prepaid customers 2003: George & team launched T-Mobile Mobile Wallet across Europe 2004: George & team launched T-Mobile UK’s t-zones shopping/ticketing/lottery offering 2006: George & team adidas Footbal World Cup mobile marketing campaign in 8+ countries 2007: George & team created and launched MasterCard’s Mobile Partner Program world-wide 2009: George & team created, managed and delivered MasterCard’s Mobile MoneySend in the USA 2011: George & team launched Luup’s corporate, branchless, and remittance product lines, solving problems and needs of corporate clients, retail customers and their families 2012: George went independent and creates, delivers, and coaches progressive solutions in new product development to help making customers, better, faster, and cheaper. Learn more about Georg Fasching on Crunchbase…

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Sarah Aramesh

Co-Founder, Director @ Josla

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Work Movement uses power of people and business to create opportunities for everyone to achieve happiness, equality and success from their W Read more aboutJosla on Crunchbase…

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