The Board

Gordon Hurst

Chairman

Gordon joined Featurespace’s board in November 2014. Prior to that, he joined Capita in 1988 and was first appointed to the Board as Commercial Director in February 1996.

Through a combination of acquisitions and ground-breaking white collar outsourcing deals–initially in the public sector–the company continued its rapid growth and entered the FTSE 100 in 2001. Through this period Gordon was instrumental in managing acquisitions, large outsourcing deals, and building a team of commercially-focused Finance Directors to enable continued development of the business.  Capita plc has turnover of c£4.5bn, employs 65,000 people, and spans numerous markets and sectors including Financial Services and Banking. Gordon also is Non Executive Chair of the PE funded services business, Marston Holdings, and a Non Executive Director of Motorpoint Plc.

Martina King

CEO

Martina is responsible for the strategic direction and corporate vision at Featurespace. She has served as CEO since October, 2012.

Former Managing Director of augmented reality company Aurasma, Martina King has an extensive career in media technology. Her previous leadership roles include Managing Director of Capital Radio PLC, where was a key contributor to the trebling of the radio industry’s advertising revenue and successfully defended the radio station’s number one position in London. Martina was also Managing Director of Yahoo! Europe where she led the team to rebuild the European business after the ‘dot com’ collapse.

David Excell

Co-Founder and CTO

As Chief Technology Officer, David oversees core development and delivery of Featurespace’s enterprise Adaptive Behavioural Analytic solutions.

David co-founded Featurespace. He has more than 15 years’ experience in software development and turning research into commercial reality. Under his leadership, Featurespace has grown from a concept into a commercial success with blue-chip company customers. Before founding Featurespace, David worked as a research engineer at the Wireless Signal Processing Group at National ICT Australia (NICTA). He was also a self-employed consultant offering IT services to small and medium-size businesses in Canberra, Australia. David graduated with honours from Australian National University, completing degrees in Engineering and Information Technology. He has been awarded more than ten prizes and scholarships for his academic and commercial achievements, including the 2011 ITC Enterprise Award for Young Entrepreneur.

Dr Robert Sansom

Non-Executive Director

Robert is an active angel investor and mentor to high-technology start-up businesses in the UK and US.

He is the Founder of Cambridge Angels, a group of seasoned technology and bio-technology entrepreneurs who invest in and mentor technology start-ups in the Cambridge area. Prior to being an angel investor, he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of FORE Systems, a leading developer of high-speed data communications systems which was sold to Marconi in 1999. Robert is also Chairman of CCS Ltd and Netronome Systems Inc, and a Director of Ubisense Ltd and CRFS Ltd.

Laurence Garrett 

Highland Europe

Laurence Garrett is a Partner of Highland Europe, Laurence focuses on growth opportunities in the information technology sector for the European market.

Laurence represents Highland Europe on the boards of Intersec, NewVoiceMedia, LoveCrafts, Starleaf and Condeco.  His track record at Highland Europe also includes investments in SocialPoint.

Prior to joining Highland Europe, Laurence was a Partner with 3i Group where he was responsible for investments such as CSR (IPO), UbiNetics (acquired by Aeroflex and CSR), Trigenix (acquired by Qualcomm), Insensys (acquired by Moog and Schlumberger), Ezurio (acquired by Laird), and Icera Semiconductor (acquired by Nvidia).

 

Phil Pearson 

Invoke Capital

Phil has spent the majority of his career investing in publicly-listed global technology, media and telecom companies. He was a Portfolio Manager for leading fund manager GLG Partners and most recently at UBS O’Connor. 
 

In his role at Invoke Capital, Phil is responsible for the discovery, due diligence and development of new business opportunities, as well as overseeing the go-to-market strategy for Invoke’s portfolio companies. He is on the board of Darktrace and Luminance.
 
Phil has an MA First-Class in Natural Sciences from Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Gardiner Garrard

TTV Capital

Gardiner is a co-founder and a Managing Partner of TTV. He has more than 16 years of venture capital experience. In 2000 Gardiner founded TTV with Tom Smith.

Gardiner was one of the first venture investors to recognize the transformative impact technology would begin having on the constitution and delivery of financial services. He has not only served as an active director, but also has direct operating and leadership experience in financial technology.
Gardiner earned a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he was awarded the Art Dietz faculty award for excellence in finance, was the Chairman of the honor council and was recognized in 2004 with the Goizueta Business School’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. He is a member of the advisory board at the Emory Eye Center.

Jon Edington

Touchstone Innovations

Jon joined Touchstone Innovations plc (formerly Imperial Innovations Group plc) in 2010 from Sovereign Capital, a mid-market buyout firm, where he specialised in transactions in the healthcare services market. Prior to Sovereign, Jon spent seven years at 3i where he was a director in the venture capital business and managed a number of technology investments from deal origination through to exit.

At Touchstone Innovations, Jon focuses mainly on software and IT investments. He is on the board of Featurespace, Acunu, Econic Technologies, Mycologix and Permasense and works with Get Fractal and PSE.

Jon’s investment experience includes Nimbus Partners (acquired by Tibco), OST Business Rules (acquired by Microgen), Kavado (acquired by Protegrity) and FMS (acquired by Temenos). Prior to 3i, Jon worked at Deloitte Consulting in London after having gained six years’ manufacturing and industrial experience in the US and Japan. Jon has a BEng from Imperial College, London and an MBA from INSEAD.

Gene Lockhart

MissionOG

Gene is Chairman and Managing Partner of MissionOG. He focuses on investment opportunities in financial services and data platforms. As a seasoned investor and accomplished senior executive, Gene leverages his deep experience to build great teams, and in turn, great companies.

Prior to MissionOG, Gene was an operating partner at Oak Investment Partners, leading the development of the Oak FinTech portfolio and building it into a premier growth equity portfolio. He also served as president and CEO of MasterCard International, CEO of Midland Bank PLC, president of the Global Retail Bank of BankAmerica Corporation, and president of Consumer Services at AT&T. Gene served as a board member of NetSpend, Argus International, Community Choice Financial, Metro Bank PLC, Vesta, Progressive Finance, and others.

Gene earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Lonne Jaffe

Insight Venture Partners

Lonne is a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, a leading venture capital and private equity fund that has raised more than $23 billion and invested in over 300 high growth technology companies worldwide. Lonne is on the Board of Directors of Insight portfolio companies Featurespace, CentralReach, Tractable, TradingView, Quantum Metric, and Wealth-X.

Previously, Lonne was the CEO of Syncsort, a global software company with enterprise-scale products used by 87 of the Fortune 100 enterprises in more than 85 countries. Before the CEO role at Syncsort, Lonne was the senior VP of corporate strategy at CA Technologies, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s long-term technical and acquisition-related strategic initiatives. Prior to CA, Lonne was a VP at IBM, where he led technology growth strategy for a multi-billion dollar software division. He also led a number of sizable software acquisitions for IBM, and led IBM’s software solutions businesses for the education, Page 1 of 5 healthcare, life sciences, and government industries, including technical and acquisition strategy, research & development, and sales.

Lonne holds undergraduate and advanced degrees from Harvard University.

Professor Bill Fitzgerald (1948-2014)

Co-Founder

Bill was Professor of Applied Statistics and Signal Processing and Head of Research in the Signal Processing Laboratory, in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University.

The Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory is active in the areas of image and 3D data processing, computer vision and computer graphics, audio and music processing, statistical methodology – especially Bayesian methods and life sciences data including genomics, tracking, and machine learning. Bill’s research focused on Bayesian inference applied to signal and data modelling and he was particularly interested in the applications of Sequential Monte Carlo particle filtering methods to signal processing and communication problems. Professor Bill was recognised for contributions in applications of Bayesian theory in signal processing, and he won the EURASIP 2014 Technical Achievements Award. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Bill worked in Neutron Scattering at the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble and as a Professor of Physics at the ETH in Zurich.

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Our Investors

Featurespace is backed by institutional investors Highland Europe, Worldpay, Insight Venture Partners, Mission OG, TTV Capital, Touchstone Innovations, Invoke and NESTA.