Validis provides a quick and easy way for businesses to provide financial data to accounting firms and financial institutions. Our technology collects financial data from a business’s accounting application and transforms the data into a standardized format. View the data in our online portal, download into Excel, or integrate into your existing systems. Our goal is to be the market leader in accounting data standardization.
Validis is the brainchild of a group of finance professionals who identified a gap in the industry. They recognized the need for a fast and secure alternative to the traditional methods of financial data collection. After several years of development, Validis, the first financial data sharing and standardization technology, was born.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in North America, Validis is a mixture of finance and technology experts. We work everyday to empower accounting firms and financial institutions with fast and secure access to financial data.
Connects to online and desktop accounting applications used by 80% of the SMB market
Used by 3 of the Big 4 accounting firms and by 50% of tier 1 banks in the UK
SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certified
With over 100 years of experience in the finance and technology sectors between them, the Validis team are experts in their fields.
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 joined Validis as the General Manager for North America in 2015 before taking the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2018.
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.
Simon joined the Validis team as the Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Prior to joining Validis, Simon worked as the Corporate Finance M&A Advisory team within Deloitte, specifically focusing on the industrial and energy and resource sectors and the provision of advice across the deal lifecycle including deal origination, target screening, valuations, execution, IM’s and SPA’s.
Prior to this, he worked within the Deloitte private client team for four years, where he was a manager and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and Associate of Tax Technicians (ATT). During his time in this department, he focused on the provision of personal tax advice to a range of high net worth individuals including private equity professionals, entrepreneurs and MBO teams.
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 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 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.
Steven Brennan joined the Validis team as our Senior Vice President of Lending Technology for North America. Steve has spent much of his career leading sales, account management and solution consulting teams in North America that serves banks, credit unions and alternative lending organizations.
With extensive knowledge in commercial, small business and consumer lending Steve led the sales organization for Baker Hill as Senior Vice President of Sales. After the successful acquisition of Baker Hill by Experian Steve became SVP of Sales for the Experian Decision Analytics team. With Experian, his team was able to successfully launch many new products in the market including Bank2Business, Bank2Consumer and Portfolio Risk Advisor. While at Experian he was selected to attend the highly acclaimed Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs where he continued to hone his skills in sales and executive management.
Most recently Steve led the team to divest Baker Hill from Experian in a sale to a global private equity firm. A graduate of Ball State University and The Miller College of Business Steve serves on several local boards in the Indianapolis community.
Jeff Gramlich CPA.CITP joined Validis on May 1, 2017 as Senior Vice President of Accounting Technology for North America. Jeff focuses on expanding our reach in the accounting market and will work closely with our partners to help build out the Validis ecosystem.
Jeff joined the team after an impressive career in the US accounting industry and serving as a Consultant at Validis where he assisted in business development and helped to create alliances with key influencers in the accounting market. Some of Jeff’s career highlights include serving as President of the Small Firm Services business unit at CCH and serving as President of AccountantsWorld. Before joining CCH, Gramlich was an Executive Vice President at Thomson Reuters. In addition, Jeff has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People” by Accounting Today.
I am excited to have Jeff taking control of our accounting vertical in North America. With the rapid client uptake, we have seen over the last 12 months and the relationship with Wolters Kluwer we are well placed to deliver major efficiency gains to the assurance practices of all firms. This appointment comes at an ideal time. Our immediate roadmap has us expanding our coverage to a broader base of accounting applications, automate detailed data analysis and audit testing as well as provide access to insights to create opportunities for our firms to increase advisory services. – Joel Curry, Chief Executive Officer
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 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 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 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.
Joseph Schull has been involved in early stage, development capital and leveraged buyout investments across the technology, media and telecommunications (“TMT”) sector since 1998.
He joined Warburg Pincus (“WP”) in 1998 and led the firm’s TMT group in Europe as well as its investment activities in Emerging Europe. During 2010 through 2015, he was WP’s Head of Europe, and he served as Chairman of Warburg Pincus International LLC during 2016. He is currently a Special Limited Partner at WP.
He holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University and was a Guy Drummond Scholar, and he received a D. Phil from Oxford University, where he was a University Lecturer during 1990-1991.
He has been involved in Warburg Pincus investments in software and technology-enabled services, B2B and information services, cable television and broadband services and digital media. He is currently a director of IPAN, a leading provider of software and services for the management of intellectual property assets, and of Ecrebo, a SAAS provider of retail point of sale marketing technology. He also serves as a Board advisor to Blue Yonder, a leading European provider of cloud-based predictive applications for retailers.
He is Chairman of the Investment Committee of venture philanthropy organisation Impetus-Private Equity Foundation, a member of the Visiting Committee to the Social Science Research Council, and a member of the International Advisory Board of McGill University and of the International Advisory Board of the European University at St Petersburg.
We expect high performance and levels of integrity from all of our staff.
We put the customer at the heart of our decision making and treat them equitably and fairly.
We are an aspirational place to work where staff will recommend their friends to work.
We are rigorous in our recruitment and management of our people to ensure we are always “raising the bar”.
We are diverse in our mix of talents and backgrounds where people bring their own individual personalities to the team.
We retain and foster talent within the business by providing appropriate training, mentoring, and career progression.
We share information and are open and transparent with each other and our customers. We work together in a collaborative way.
We celebrate success and take time to have fun along the way.