John Conoley brings significant executive and non-executive Board level experience of both fully listed and AIM quoted businesses. He began his career in the IT industry with IBM in 1983, and worked in a range of industries in technical, sales, and marketing roles. Since then, John has held general management and director-level roles in small and medium-sized private and public companies. Recent public company roles include Chief Executive Officer of Psion PLC, the fully listed international mobile device company, from April 2008 to October 2012 when it was sold to Motorola; and Non-Executive Director of NetDimensions (Holdings) Limited, the AIM quoted human capital management software company, from October 2016 to April 2017 when it was sold to Learning Technologies plc. Current roles comprise Non-Executive Chairman of Wameja Limited, the AIM and ASX quoted innovative mobile financial services company and related to that role serves as a Non-Executive Director of HomeSend SCRL, the company jointly owned by Wameja Limited and Mastercard; and Non-Executive Chairman of Parity Group plc, the AIM quoted professional recruitment and IT services company to which he was appointed in April 2017.
Jon KempsterInterim Chief Financial Officer
Jon was appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer on 17 December 2020. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Ted Baker plc, Redcentric plc and Bonhill Group plc and a Trustee of the Delta plc pension scheme. Jon’s career has included Board positions at Delta plc, Fii Group plc, Frasers Group plc, Linden plc, Low & Bonar plc, Utilitywise plc and Wincanton plc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1990 and has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Liverpool.
Simon HerrickNon-Executive Director
Simon joined the FireAngel Board towards the end of September 2019. Simon has significant experience in senior finance and operational roles including as CFO of Debenhams plc, CEO and CFO of Northern Foods plc, CFO of Darty plc and CFO at PA Consulting Limited. Simon has most recently pursued a plural career. He is a Non Executive Director of Ramsdens plc and has undertaken a number of consultancy projects in a broad range of companies and sectors, most recently as Interim CEO of Blancco Technology Group PLC. Simon is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having qualified at Price Waterhouse in London and holds an MBA from Durham University. Simon is the Board’s Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and sits on the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Glenn CollinsonNon-Executive Director
Glenn joined the FireAngel Board on 1 August 2020. He started his career at Racal and worked for Motorola and Texas Instruments before co-founding Cambridge Silicon Radio in 1998. There he served as an executive director and helped grow the company from a concept to a $3 billion market capitalisation entity in 2006 (as CSR Plc) and one of the biggest players in the Bluetooth market. Since leaving CSR in 2007, he has held a number of non-executive directorships in UK and French companies – both public and private – that specialise in technology. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and holds an MSc in electronics as well as an MBA from Cranfield University. Glenn sits on the Board’s Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Graham WhitworthNon-Executive Director
Prior to investing as a seed investor in FireAngel, Graham developed a diverse set of international business skills from the corporate boardroom to his own start up. Graham has worked in a number of technology businesses, initially in engineering and then IT based design technology roles, where he led a number of strategic initiatives and directed many multi-million dollar contracts with leading blue chip companies across a diverse set of industries with ComputerVision Corporation, a leading US CAD/CAM provider. From the late 1980s Graham was Sales Director, Managing Director and then Executive Vice-President, before leaving in 1997. In 1998, Graham started his own company which he later merged with Division Plc. He became Managing Director before disposing of the enlarged business to Parametric Technology in 2000. Graham led the original Sprue Aegis (now FireAngel) IPO and until February 2015 was the Group Chief Executive and Chairman. He subsequently undertook the role of Executive Chairman until 22 January 2019, on which date he transitioned to the role of Executive Director. On 27 May 2020, Graham became a Non-Executive Director of the company and continues to have Business Development responsibilities, in particular working to exploit FireAngel’s strong IP portfolio globally.