FACT360 establishes Advisory Board

Oct 1, 2020

FACT360, UK based AI and unsupervised Machine Learning pioneers, today announced the creation and inaugural meeting of its Advisory Board. And it is delighted to introduce its first members:

Arne Andersson
Coupa Software, VP Development

James Chalmer
Oculus Financial Intelligence, CEO

Martin Ertl
Recital Software, CEO

Garry Mansell
Non-Executive Director, Advisor to the Board and Investor

The advisory board has vast commercial and academic experience with significant knowledge of growing and selling technology companies.  The individual members have worked in sectors including, computer science, enterprise software, financial services and law and will advise on company strategy and provide access to new market opportunities.

At the inaugural Advisory Board meeting, the new members joined FACT360 co-founders Paddy Lawton and John Howroyd and Commercial Director Andy Slater to review recent activity and lay the foundations for sustainable and profitable growth.

It shows the potential of FACT360 that we are able to attract such experienced and successful individuals to join our Advisory Board.  I have no doubt their experience and advice will be invaluable and accelerate our growth.

FACT360 Co-founder, Paddy Lawton

FACT360 is also examining ways that it can make the experience of its Advisory Board available to its customers and wider community through webinars, whitepapers and, when the time is right, face-to-face seminars and events.

Detailed biographies of the Advisory Board members can be found below:

FACT360 Advisory Board

Arne Andersson
Arne is one of the world’s leading experts in designing optimisation algorithms and has published over 50 articles in major scientific journals.  In 2000 he co-founded Trade Extensions, a technology company using optimisation algorithms for sourcing, and which was acquired by Coupa Software in 2017. He was also Chaired Professor and department head of Computer Science at Uppsala University, one of Europe’s highest-ranking universities.

James Chalmer
James is a co-founder and Director of Oculus Financial Intelligence and serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company.  He has of over 30 years’ experience in the global financial markets combined with a strong grounding in accounting and auditing.

Martin Ertl
Martin is the co-founder and CEO of Recital Software a company solving problems around the email inbox, versioning, redlining and workflow for commercial contracts. He practised law before establishing Contractually, a company that moved contracts to the cloud, streamlining the contract process of creating, closing and managing contracts.  Contractually was acquired by Coupa Software in 2015 where Martin was the General Manager of Coupa CLM (Contract Lifecycle Management).

Garry Mansell
Garry has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of buying, negotiation, e-sourcing and supply chain management. He was a co-founder and Managing Director of Mars subsidiary Freight Traders before its merger with Trade Extensions, where he was CEO. Garry has published a number of papers in the field of logistics and sourcing and sits on the board of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.

Paddy Lawton, FACT360, Co-founder
Paddy has been building Big Data and AI driven software businesses for more than 20 years. In 1998 he founded Digital Union which was sold to Nasdaq listed VerticalNet in 2007 and then went on to establish spend360 which was sold in 2017 to Nasdaq listed Coupa Software (Nasdaq: COUP). Paddy is a supporter of UK academic research from which the genesis of FACT360 was formed. He also has invested in and sits on the advisory board of several international software businesses.

Dr John Howroyd, FACT360, Co-founder
John started his career as a mathematician graduating from Oxford, PhD at UCL, postdoc at St Andrews and then joined Goldsmiths, University of London, as a lecturer in mathematics.  At Goldsmiths he developed an interest in computer science and collaborated with a number colleagues to develop methods for program analysis.

When the mathematics provision at Goldsmiths ceased, Dr Howroyd decided to join the commercial world of software development and quickly rose to become the Head of Research for @UK PLC.  Notably, developing an in house system to reduce fraudulent credit card transactions by 90% and co-developing a Spend Analytics system for NHS London from concept to delivery, where he led on devising new techniques for automatically enriching this data in a structured way using external data sources.

Andy Slater, FACT360, Commercial Director
Andy’s role as Commercial Director at FACT360 is to deliver the Global GTM and Sales function driving growth globally.

He has held a number roles building out sales organisations and growing company revenues in both UK and across EMEA.

Most recently, as the VP and MD EMEA,  he built out the revenue model and drove significant growth in the EMEA business at Actifio Inc, a US start up based out of Boston focusing on Data Availability and Business Agility. Prior to that he was the COO at a very successful UK based data and storage service provider.


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