The Quest for Data Quality

The need for accurate and reliable data continues to dominate the finance industry, with many businesses relying on it to service increasing client demands and meet ever-changing industry standards. For most, accessing and managing this data load can be riddled with risk and a massive drain on time and resource. Validis provides a simple solution to this industry-wide pain point.

Background

Validis was the brainchild of a group of finance professionals who identified a gap in the industry. They saw a need for a fast, simple and secure alternative to the risky manual methods of data sharing in financial review processes. Several years of development later, Validis, the first automated data extraction and analysis software, was born.

Headquartered in London, UK with offices in the US, Ireland and Canada, Validis is a mixture of bright business heads, expert technologists and highly specialized customer support agents. We are diverse in skills and ideas, but united by the belief in our technology.

Meet the Team

With over 100 years of experience in the finance and technology sectors between them, the Validis team are experts in their fields.

Max Pell
CEO
Max Pell
CEO

Max joined Validis as CEO in August 2016, following an extensive senior management career in the Insurance, Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industries.

Most recently Max was interim CEO at insurance FinTech Instanda, where he defined and successfully implemented a strong go to market strategy. Prior to that Max spent 5 successful years as Managing Director of Xchanging’s UK Insurance division, the team responsible for proving the technology for the central processing platform for the Lloyd’s of London market, which managed over a million transactions and 54bn payments each year. Previous experience includes 5 years at Capita and Hiscox.

Max is an active supporter of the FinTech industry and has previously contributed to City AM. He is a keen road cyclist and has recently completed the London 100 and the Ride Across Britain Land’s End to John Groats challenge.

John Priggen
Chief Financial Officer
John Priggen
Chief Financial Officer

John joined Validis as CFO in September 2016 after 11 years in senior financial roles within Xchanging PLC. These included Group Commercial Director, Divisional CFO for the Technology Outsourcing & Software businesses, and Divisional CFO for the Insurance Business Process Outsourcing businesses. John was also Finance Director of Xchanging’s joint ventures with Lloyd’s Of London, which owned and operated the central processing platforms for the London Insurance Market, which processed 54billion of payments each year. Before Xchanging, John, a Chartered Accountant, spent 11 years in the Auditing Profession with PwC and Robson Rhodes.

Ian Mclean
Chief Technology Officer
Ian Mclean
Chief Technology Officer

Ian has worked in the technology industry for 20 years, primarily for companies in the finance sector. He has extensive experience of building and fine-tuning high performing technology teams, working on large scale applications for global financial and retail clients. Most recently Ian was Director of IT for Covéa Insurance where he was responsible for the strategic delivery of technology solutions within the Commercial and Protection business areas, as well as company-wide IT security, infrastructure and support.

Vidya Vijayawada
Chief Risk Officer
Vidya Vijayawada
Chief Risk Officer

Vidya Vijayawada joined Validis as Chief Risk Officer. With an Engineering degree in Computer Science, Vidya has more than 12 years of experience in the IT industry, working with leading organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Accenture and one of the “Top 4” companies. Vidya has spent the last few years focusing on Information security and Compliance (SOC,ISO,HIPAA), risk management, compliance and privacy.

Vidya is an ISO27001 Lead Auditor and her primary focus is on emerging technologies, security and privacy concerns for global organisations. In her spare time Vidya enjoys educating people on security and privacy and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Danny Gal
Chief Revenue Officer
Danny Gal
Chief Revenue Officer

Danny joined Validis as Chief Revenue Officer in May 2017, following 7 successful years at Thomson Reuters in commercial management roles across their Risk and Tax & Accounting businesses. His last leadership position was managing the team responsible for supporting clients with tax technology enablement. Prior to that, Danny worked at Complinet, a global compliance software provider, where he was responsible for client on-boarding, corporate governance and financial crime projects.

In his spare time, Danny is a keen runner and road cyclist, and his next challenge in 2017 is a 69-mile run across Hadrian’s Wall. Danny also supports several volunteer initiatives that encourage children in underprivileged areas to explore career opportunities in the business world, and educate international nonprofit organisations on how to adopt successful business strategies.

Joel Curry
US General Manager
Joel Curry
US General Manager

Joel has more than 15 years of experience of software sales, and business turnarounds in both the US and UK markets where he spent the majority of his time driving high growth businesses for Experian. Joel has led the Validis US team in Austin, Texas since spring of 2015.  In addition, Joel is a member of the Information Technology Alliance (ITA), an independent membership association that brings together mid-market technology professionals, consultants, and product/service providers to share information, learn best practices, improve their service capabilities, and build relationships that improve the way they, and their clients, do business.

Don Robert
Non Executive Chairman
Don Robert
Non Executive Chairman

Don Robert relocated to London from Southern California nearly ten years ago to lead the flotation of Experian plc on the London Stock Exchange. He served as Chief Executive of Experian from 2005 – 2014 and now serves as its Non-executive Chairman.
In addition to chairing Experian, Don serves as the Senior Independent Director of Compass Group, is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, and was appointed by the Crown in 2014 to the Court of the Bank of England where he serves as a non-executive director, member of the Oversight Committee, and member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Don was born and raised in Portland Oregon as the son of a social worker and a teacher’s assistant. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in business administration and spent the first fifteen years of his career with U.S. Bank. The military service of numerous family members has made Don passionate about the wellbeing of returning soldiers, causing him latterly to support the Duke of Westminster in raising funds for the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, which will replace Headley Court in 2018.
Don joined Validis as Executive Chairman in 2015.

Lindsey McMurray
Validis Board Member
Lindsey McMurray
Validis Board Member

Lindsey founded Pollen Street Capital in 2013 after leading the spin out from RBS. She is Chairman of the investment committee and also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several portfolio companies including Shawbrook Bank.

She has been a private equity investor for more than 15 years with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector. Before she founded Pollen Street Capital, Lindsey led the team managing the 1.1bn Special Opportunities Fund within RBS and also spent six years as a Partner at Cabot Square Capital, focusing on operating investments in real estate and other asset backed investments, together with investments in the financial services sector. She has a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and studied for an MPhil in Finance from Strathclyde University.

Outside of work Lindsey is a keen runner having successfully completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2007 and 2011. She also supports a number of charities with a particular focus on mentoring children in state schools and a number of projects in Africa.

Paddy Byrne
Non Executive Director
Paddy Byrne
Non Executive Director

Paddy joined the Validis board in 2016. Aside from Validis, Paddy is the Chairman of Target Group, an industry leading Lending and Investments platform provider. Prior to this Paddy was the Chief Executive of Target and presided over a strong turn around, doubling the size of the business over three and a half years whilst dramatically improving its profitability. Immediately before this Paddy ran a number of businesses in Xchanging Group plc, all of which grew strongly under his tenure, most notably the technology business which increased revenue five-fold in five years whilst increasing profitability year on year. Paddy also has over twenty years experience at senior levels in organisations such as QBE Insurance and HMRC.

Roy Hodson
Non-executive Director
Roy Hodson
Non-executive Director

Roy joined the Validis board in 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and spent most of his executive career as an audit partner at PwC. He was also a member of PwC’s Supervisory Board, Chair of Audit & Risk Committee and non-executive member of PwC’s Deals Executive.

Roy is also a Director and Trustee of The Architectural Heritage Fund and chairs their Audit & Risk Committee. He also mentors at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London.

The Validis Culture

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We expect high performance and levels of integrity from all of our staff.

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We put the customer at the heart of our decision making and treat them equitably and fairly.

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We are an aspirational place to work where staff will recommend their friends to work.

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We are rigorous in our recruitment and management of our people to ensure we are always “raising the bar”.

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We are diverse in our mix of talents and backgrounds where people bring their own individual personalities to the team.

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We retain and foster talent within the business by providing appropriate training, mentoring, and career progression.

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We share information and are open and transparent with each other and our customers. We work together in a collaborative way.

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We celebrate success and take time to have fun along the way.