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 demand 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.

We’re not advocates of technology replacing humans in the workplace, far from it. But we do pioneer the notion that software like Validis should do the heavy lifting from time to time, leaving the finance professionals to get on with higher value consultative work.

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 specialised customer support agents. We’re 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 of 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 o’ Groats challenge.

Don Robert
Non-executive Chairman
Don Robert
Non-executive Chairman

Don Robert is Chairman of Experian PLC. Don was appointed to the Board of Experian in 2006 and was appointed Chairman of Experian in 2014. From 2005 – 2014 he served as Experian’s Chief Executive Officer. Don is also Senior independent Director of Compass Group PLC, Member of Court Bank of England and Chairman of Achilles Group Limited.

Don was born in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Business Administration. Don is passionate about the wellbeing of returning soldiers and supports the Duke of Westminster in raising funds for the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, which will replace Headley Court in 2018.

Don enjoys good wine, theatre, skiing, and working on his nascent private equity pursuits. He joined Validis as Non-executive Chairman in 2015.

Lindsey McMurray
Investor Director
Lindsey McMurray
Investor Director

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.

John Priggen
CFO
John Priggen
CFO

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.

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.

Marc Silvester
COO
Marc Silvester
COO

Marc joined the Validis team in 2016. Along with his position here, Marc is the CEO of Silxo Ltd. This is a niche consultancy specializing in the CTO area enabling businesses to get the most from their investment in Technology and related products. Among Marc’s customers are Fujitsu, Dell, A J Gallaghers, BP, UK Government, as well as a plethora of early stage tech start-ups. Prior to creating Silxo, Marc was Global CTO at both Fujitsu and CSC. Marc is a published author and acknowledged leader in service transformation, product development and management change. Marc retains a very strong connection with the CTO community in the UK, US, Japan and Europe.

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

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

We will put the Customer at the heart of our decision making and treat them equitably and fairly

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

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

We wish to have a diverse mix of talents and backgrounds where people bring their own individual personalities to the team

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

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

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