John is the CEO & Founder of Axiom HQ, a RegTech firm that services some of the world’s largest banks and asset managers. The Axiom platform he co-created with his team provides rules-mapping, attestation, and control framework software to compliance teams, helping them mitigate their regulatory risk.
John gained his BSc in Computer Science with Cognitive Science at UCL in the late 1990s, with a specialisation in genetic algorithms and machine learning. Since then, John has had 20 years’ experience as a systems architect and technology leader, solving complex business problems and managing agile development teams.
Some of the exciting problems that John has tackled include: automating KYC and onboarding processes, forward-ladder modelling and post-trade analytics, commodity-backed Sharia-compliant deposit and loan processing and the automation of workflow for client asset regulation.
He is currently interested in using predictive analytics to help firms identify potential compliance issues at an early stage and reduce regulatory breaches. In evenings and weekends, he experiments with games programming on Unity 3D to amuse his 3 young sons.
Matthew began his career in the insurance industry where he trained as a fine art and high net worth underwriter before moving into technology services to focus on software change management and user experience.
Matthew believes that any business is only as good as its ability to execute, and that modern, fit-for-purpose technology is the best way to ensure high-quality execution in every area.
Recognising that regulatory compliance in the financial services sector is often saddled with manual processes and endless compromises, he set out to design a platform that would enable compliance professionals to deliver best-in-class results in this oft-neglected space.
After co-creating Axiom to do exactly this, Matthew now leads the product team in delivering a programme of features and improvements that continue to delight users and deliver tangible business value. He’s passionate about product management that balances strategic and tactical objectives and thinks that knowing what to do is often less important than knowing when to do it.
Matthew holds a degree in Philosophy and English and is equally happy debating the nature of reality or the correct usage of a semicolon. He is a lifelong gamer and owns significantly more board games than could reasonably be called sensible. Do not ask him what he thinks about Monopoly.
Mark as Head of Delivery takes care of client on-boarding, training and relation management in addition to the information security management of Axiom HQ. Mark is an expert in anticipating client requirements and resolving them. He has had a meteoric rise in his career from his first role as Helpdesk Manager for a software developer to his current role in less than 10 years which can be attributed to his hard work and commitment to making things better.
When not in Axiom HQ, he builds and rides bikes, goes bouldering and is an avid weightlifter and strongman in training. He really likes squirrels.
Ahsan leads the technical team of back-end, front-end and full stack developers at Axiom HQ. After completing his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and MSc in Computers and Network Security, Ahsan has worked for more than a decade in heavily regulated verticals – Finance and Healthcare.
A full stack developer, Ahsan has been managing the technical development of Axiom since its inception. His current area of focus is achieving seamless integration of Axiom’s API with other Enterprise systems to maximise process automation.
Ed is AxiomHQ’s Head of Commercial Strategy and at the forefront of our engagement with our clients and strategic partners. Ed has over 20 years of experience in financial services and has held a number of strategy and business development roles in banking, Fintech and data analytics businesses. Ed has a keen interest in regulatory developments in the financial services industry and works closely with AxiomHQ’s Product team to identify suitable software solutions to complex regulatory challenges.
Outside of work, Ed is a chess enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his family.
Ian is a seasoned Financial Services and Product professional and is highly skilled in developing client relationships, moving client projects forward and bringing new propositions to the market.
Theo has worked with a wide range of institutions, such as London Stock Exchange, Moody’s, SimCorp, Thomson Reuters and Tradeweb.
He is a family man, music lover and chess enthusiast.
Juno has close to 10 years of experience working for both client-side and agency-side. She started her career as a researcher working on media projects before joining BBC where she worked as an audience researcher in the strategy audiences team where her love for strategy started. Here she received first-hand experience of how research data was used to inform strategic thinking in macro and micro decision making. Subsequently, she worked at Carat Media, a media buying and selling agency, where she learned the nuances of using data to inform the marketing and media strategy for brands. Her foray into exclusive digital marketing started at Tech Mahindra where she worked as digital and social media strategist formulating digital marketing strategy for SaaS products. She then worked at Terragon group, an independent digital agency as the Head of Digital Strategy working on bluechip accounts like Unilever, Samsung and Diageo.
At AxiomHQ, she is responsible for formulating and executing the marketing programmes.
She loves relaxing to stories in her free time and enjoys them in all formats -in books, on screen, in theatre, even on apps.
With more than 20 years of experience, Alex has held several senior management roles before stepping into handling the dual roles of HR and Finance at Axiom HQ. Before joining Axiom HQ, Alex was the Director or Communications and Marketing at Scope, a national disability charity. Currently, in addition to working part time at Axiom HQ, she is also Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust based in Dorset and holds a range of non-executive roles, including Vice-Chair of Governors at a primary school.
A keen runner and cook, she also sings in a choir. And her cakes and brownies are legendary.
Reflective thinker and purveyor of all things user-driven.
With over 10 years’ experience in software development, Shaun plays a pivotal role in the Axiom HQ Product team. An experienced Product Manager, he has worked in the Land & Property vertical before moving into an Enterprise >SaaS company specialising in Supply chain solutions. At Axiom HQ, he manages the Quality of Life improvements for the Axiom platform liaising with the internal technical team and external clients.
A keen analyst, Shaun brings a data-oriented approach to decision-making and operations. When not working on Axiom’s compliance solutions Shaun can be found drinking cocktails, dreaming of visting Teahupoo, riding motorbikes in Asia and exercising.
Shweta leads the UI development at Axiom HQ.
Shweta grew up in India and has worked in different companies across different countries in the past 10 years. She is passionate about writing clean code.
Well skilled in UI design & development, Shweta cares about the user experience of any application that she develops. She believes in innovation and try to do things differently.
Shweta enjoys walking, painting and spending time with her young son.
Vidhya is a full stack developer currently specialising in Backend API. An expert in SQL analysis services, she has worked at iSoft, an NHS services provider, News International, National Energy Services and Buyagift before joining Axiom HQ.
Vidhya’s current area of interest is Microservices, a software development technique which is a variant of service-oriented architecture.
When not driving her family around during weekends, she indulges in cooking, and practising her dance and Yoga.
A Senior software engineer with more than 10 years’ experience, Manjunath aka MJ is part of the Back-end development team at Axiom HQ. MJ brings significant domain expertise to his role having worked for the past 7 years for clients like HSBC, Lloyds, Everest Reinsurance and Principal Finance group. He was part of the front-end and back-end development of the Cheque Imaging project for the Cheque Clearing System for leading financial institutions.
His current area of interest lies in using cloud computing to fulfil the regulatory requirements of financial companies.
Sekar is a Senior Software Engineer focusing on Front-end development of Axiom solutions. A full stack developer with more than 10 years of experience, Sekar’s area of expertise includes systems analysis, web application design and developing, and testing. Having worked at BNY and a leading Fintech company, The Monarch Partnership, Sekar has deep financial industry experience. While being part of leading technology companies, Sekar has worked for clients such as Wells Fargo, Ranstaad and Microsoft.
Sekar’s current area of interest is the use of Machine Learning and Blockchain technology in the Financial industry.
Outside technology, his interests are in Movies and Music.
Paul Lack is Non-Executive Director of AxiomHQ and CEO of Met Facilities, a regulatory hosting umbrella for funds, start-ups, fin-techs and financial services firms. Before Met Facilities, Paul was General Counsel and CF10a at The Kyte Group Limited having joined in 2004. Previously he was an Associate Director at GNI Limited and was before that in private common law practice at the Bar.
Until recently, Ron Levi was Chief Operating Officer at GFI, the hugely successful brokerage firm. Founded in New York in 1987, GFI provides competitive wholesale market brokerage services in a multitude of global over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange listed cash and derivatives markets. Ron was with GFI for over 20 years and is now a highly-regarded FinTech investor and mentor.
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