Board of Directors

Matthew Mead - Chairman

Former Chief Investment Officer with Mercia Fund Management and 3i. Vast experienced venture capitalist.

Warren Russell – Director, CEO & Founder

Over 14 years’ experience in working within the Financial Service Sector. Warren has extensive expertise in AML (Anti Money Laundering), Anti-fraud, CTF (Counter Terrorism Financing), Loss Prevention, Regulation and Compliance working within companies such as HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Cheltenham & Gloucester and C6 Group.

David Hunter – Non-Executive Director

Having been placed in the Payments Power 10 in 2013 David is widely recognised as a business leader with an exceptional track record of building disruptive businesses. Previous roles include CEO at Ukash, UK CEO at paysafecard, MD at ClickandBuy Europe and CEO at BT Click&Buy. David is a NED at Gx and Advisory Board Member at the Emerging Payments Association.

Dr Jonathan Pell – BSc, PhD, ACA– Non-Executive Director Representing Finance Wales

Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced serial businessman having held CFO, COO and CEO in multiple organisations all of which have been successfully acquired. Jonathan was CEO of Datanomic, a data quality and AML software vendor which was acquired by Oracle at which point he served as Vice President of Data Quality Strategy for Oracle.

Les Freeland – Non-Executive Director

Les has held key positions within finance operations including Senior VP EMEA and Senior VP Global Operations within organisations such as Tibco and Teknekron. He currently holds various board-level positions within innovative software companies helping mentor the management teams

Julian Dennard – Non-Executive Director Representing Mercia Fund Management

Previously Partner with Technology Venture Partners LLP and Associate Director for KPMG Corporate Finance.

Advisory Board

Stephen Quinn

With many years of experience in the financial services, on-line gaming and identity verification sectors, Stephen sits on W2’s Advisory Board. Stephen was previously Head of Retail, Finance and Gaming at GB Group, Director of Strategy at Ukash and is currently SVP & Global Head of Sales at INPAY.

Kevin Kelson

Kevin has over 21 years’ experience in banking, working in a senior management capacity for major financial and technology institutions such as Toronto Dominion Bank, RBC and BNP Paribas, Nomad Software Ltd and FIS. Since leaving FIS in 2017, Kevin has held several board advisory positions one of which is with W2.

Senior Management Team

Warren Russell – CEO, Director & Founder

Over 14 years’ experience in working within the Financial Service Sector. Warren has extensive expertise in AML (Anti Money Laundering), Anti-fraud, CTF (Counter Terrorism Financing), Loss Prevention, Regulation and Compliance working within companies such as HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Cheltenham & Gloucester and C6 Group.

Adrian Grindrod - CTO

15 years experience in software development, management and operations for world leading companies including Panasonic, Sony, Symbian, Nokia and Orange as well as various start-ups.

Sara West – CCO

Held senior positions within market leading payment businesses such as FIS, Allpay and Oberthur Technologies.

Gary Pine - CPO

Over 20 years senior product experience with Bottomline Technologies, AutoTrader, 118118 and Orange.

Tom Kahan - CFO/COO

15 years experience as a Chartered Accountant working for a big 4 accounting firm, Deloitte and a leading high tech and fast growth semiconductor company in Wales. Has extensive financial, operational, and strategic experience and time spent supporting the growth of a $300m business and managing merger and acquisition (M&A) activities and funding requirements makes him ideally placed to enhance companies with future growth aspirations like ourselves.