Nicholas Barber CBE spent his executive career with Ocean Group, later Exel, now the logistics division of DHL. After working for Ocean’s Blue Funnel Line in Liverpool, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong he moved to London to help lead the integration of newly acquired Wm Cory. In 1972, he became managing director of Cory Distribution. In 1979, after three years as a Divisional Director with the National Enterprise Board, he became head of Ocean’s liner shipping division.
As Group Chief Executive from 1986 he led a strategic transformation which took Ocean out of its asset-intensive activities in shipping and chemicals storage and instead focused on accelerating the growth of its information-intensive businesses in logistics, particularly MSAS. By the mid-1990s Ocean had grown into a world leader in Supply Chain Management.
He subsequently served on numerous boards including Royal Insurance (Deputy Chairman), Royal & Sun Alliance, Costain, Albright & Wilson, Orion Publishing (Chairman), Bank of Ireland UK (Deputy Chairman), and The Maersk Co. He has also served as a Governor of London Business School, Trustee of the British Museum and Member of Columbia Business School’s Board of Overseers in New York. His current posts include Director of Fidelity Japanese Values and Chairman of Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum.
Baring Private Equity Asia
Christopher serves in a non-executive capacity on; the Investment Committee of the Baring Vostok Private Equity Funds, the Advisory Boards of Baring Private Equity Asia Funds, the Board of GP-Investments, Brazil and the Advisory Council of ICentis Capital, Warsaw. He is a member of the Advisory Councils of the Pacific Pensions Institute, San Francisco and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, Washington.
His Private Equity career began in 1986 when he joined Baring Private Equity Partners in Germany. After 18 years with the firm, he stepped down in March 2004 as Chief Executive Officer of the Baring Private Equity Partners Group, Member of the ING Asset Management Executive Platform and Member of the ING Groep N.V Management Council. During his tenure Baring Private Equity partners grew into a global firm with US$2bn of funds under management and a portfolio of 200 companies across 29 countries.
Prior to joining Baring Private Equity Partners he arranged the buyout of Unico Inc’s European business to form Macromatik GmbH of which he was a founding shareholder and member of the Board. He started his career as a development engineer on digital automation and computerised motion control systems with Lucas Aerospace. His international business experience includes 16 years based in Germany and 5 years in Singapore before returning to the UK in 2000. He is the author of The Merger & Acquisition Handbook: West Germany and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Daniel has 30+ years’ experience of leading global positions for Citibank, ABN AMRO, RBS and JPMorgan, he is positioned extremely well to provide value-added advice to the transaction banking industry.
Daniel has spent most of his career in leading roles with end-to-end management and P&L responsibility of global businesses of considerable size. He has achieved significant growth and transformation results with all the institutions that he has worked for. Over the years, he was also proactively engaged with the major relevant industry associations (ICC, SWIFT, BAFT) and has assumed leading roles in these institutions to drive the trade finance Industry agenda forward (founding member and Head of the Advisory Board of the Banking Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce, founding member and Head of the Global Trade Industry Council of BAFT, founding member of the Trade Services Advisory Group of SWIFT). Daniel is very well-respected in the Industry and has an enormous network of contacts around the globe.
Nick is the Founder and Managing Partner of Azini Capital Partners LLP – a London based private equity firm that specialises in acquiring interests in growth stage private, and smaller public technology companies from historical investors and shareholders. Please see the Azini website
Prior to founding Azini Capital Nick worked for LMS Capital (the venture capital division of London Merchant Securities plc) where, together with Azini Capital co-founder Michael Bennett, he built and managed a £120 million portfolio of venture capital assets. He has also held operational positions in Mondex International (part of MasterCard International) where he founded and was CEO of the MULTOS business, Mars Electronics International (a part of the Mars Group) and Twiflex Limited (part of GKN and Tomkins). Nick has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng) from the University of Bristol.
Chief Executive Officer, Bolero
Ian Kerr was appointed CEO of Bolero in May 2014. Ian has over 25 years’ experience in financial technology in a range of organisations including NCR and IBM and has been based in the US and Singapore during his career. More recently Ian was the CEO of Level Four Software who were acquired by Clear2Pay in 2011 with Ian leading the integration with two other companies to form a specialist payments testing business unit. Ian joined Bolero from Creditcall, a growing PSP gateway and payment technology company, where he was COO.
Ian has the responsibility to lead Bolero through the next phases of global growth.
Neal joined Bolero as VP Technology in November 2015 and has responsibility for the overall implementation and operational support of Bolero’s Cloud-based solutions. Neal has over 25 years’ experience in technology leadership and solution delivery within mobile telecoms and financial services. Neal has a wealth of experience and exemplary track record of delivering high availability, secure solutions for global banking and Mobile Network Operators.
Prior to Bolero, Neal held senior programme management positions with FinTech Monitise and Deutsche Telekom delivering new PaaS, SaaS and distributed solutions, combining in-house new product development with external 3rd party products.
Neal is responsible for all aspects of technical delivery covering product development, operations and global support.
Head of Customer Engagement and Legal
Paul is both the co-founder of Bolero and the co-inventor of the innovative Bolero patent. Prior to joining Bolero, Paul was General Counsel and Company Secretary of TT Club, which is a leading global insurer of marine liability risks for ship owners, logistics providers, ports and terminal operators.
As a Maritime law expert specialising in Bills of Lading, Paul is the architect of the Bolero Rulebook and Bolero’s legal structures. He also acts as General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Crispin Quail FCA
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Data Officer
Crispin was appointed CFO / CDO of Bolero in February 2017. Crispin has some 27 years’ experience as a CFO of global technology and service SME businesses, including SaaS, FinTech and MedTech. He has worked extensively with private equity backed businesses and has 11 years’ M & A experience. His previous roles include being CFO at Miura Systems (FinTech), OBS Medical (MedTech), CloudPay (SaaS), as well as UK Listed company, Journey Group plc.
Crispin is responsible for finance and data control, management and financial strategy globally across Bolero.
Global Head of Sales
Andrew joined Bolero in September 2017 as the Global Head of Sales. Andrew’s mission is to leverage his 25-plus years’ global experience in fintech market to drive growth in the number of companies using Bolero’s cloud-based services.
Prior to Bolero, Andrew spent seven years with financial software and technology services company FIS (formerly known as SunGard), where he led the sales team for the risk and compliance business in EMEA. His extensive experience includes 17 years in Singapore working in senior positions for companies in the financial sector including SunGard, Algorithmics, Misys and SmartStream.
Vice President Product Strategy
Simon joined Bolero as VP Product Strategy in March 2015. With over 20 years of experience in top level sales, marketing and product leadership positions, Simon recently utilised his management experience as director of global channel sales at Truphone and before that he was Managing Director of Experian’s UK & I SME business. He also has an extensive background in developing marketing programmes, new customers and channels, defining and implementing propositions in the UK, EMEA, US and Asia for BT Group Plc, TIW, 3Com Corporation, Northern Telecom, Alcatel.
Simon has responsibility for product strategy, marketing and global partnerships.
Vice President Solutions Architecture
Luc joined Bolero in 2000 from SWIFT, the provider of network services to the banking community. At SWIFT, he held the position of Director of Business Solutions and delivered secure network services for CREST, CLS, RTGS+ and Enquiry Link. As Chief Architect, he was responsible for architecting the Next Generation of the SWIFT services. Prior to joining SWIFT, Luc worked for CAP Gemini managing fixed price projects delivering solutions to major Belgian corporates. Luc oversees Bolero’s service and solution design. For more than 35 years he has been responsible for bringing mission critical products and services to the market.