Steve is the successful founder of numerous international organisations in the Technology, Business services, Human Resources and Sustainability sectors. He is an FCCA and for 6 years was an elected member of the ACCA Global Council. He was for 9 years an advisor to the FSA, and thereafter the Financial Reporting Council. He is a current member of the ACCA Global Forum for Governance, Risk and Performance. Steve founded the UK's largest personnel screening business, Background Checking Plc which was acquired by Experian. Steve has held FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 board level appointments. He is a founder of LEO, the world’s largest innovation platform, and is a visiting lecturer at the Grenoble School of Management and the University of Law. He is also a founder and Advisory Council Member of the International Regtech Association
Steve holds a PhD in politics and economics and is an FCCA and a Chartered Manager with over three decades of experience in both accounting practice and business. He is an affiliate professor of Grenoble Ecole de Management and a member of the technical working group of the Carbon Disclosure Standards Board.
Working for 20 years in Arup the international consulting engineering practice he was CFO for the buildings division His responsibilities included group QA and establishing Arup more widely in Europe. He served as an employer nominated pension fund trustee and oversaw Arup’s significant claims for R&D tax credit.
As Director of Technical Policy and Research at the ACCA, Steve was instrumental in its development into the global leading professional accounting body. In 2010 he was appointed Director of Technical Research for Global University Systems (embracing the London School of Business and Finance and the University of Law), where he has designed undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and been responsible for 600 Masters students.
Julie is a Senior IT Executive with 20+ years experience working with enterprise software companies looking to grow their business in direct & indirect markets. She has been responsible for defining and driving cross-functional initiatives linking product management, sales, services and support to deliver customer success, and has extensive experience in service delivery. She has been responsible for the development of service offerings, technical sultions to support exterprise services delivery, and the introduction of agile approaches to accelerate business responsiveness. Her direct involvement in multiple acquisition and integration projects provides valuable insight that benefits acquirers, investors and entrepreneurs developing stretegies for growth and business change.