BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RICHARD ROSE, NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Richard has a wealth of experience chairing high profile boards. He has been Non-Executive Chairman of Watchstone Group plc since May 2015. Previously he has held a number of positions in organizations such as AC Electrical Wholesale, where he was Chairman from 2003 to 2006 and Whittard of Chelsea plc, where he was Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman from 2004 to 2006.
In accordance with best practice under the UK Corporate Governance Code, he stepped down as Non-Executive Chairman of Booker Group plc in July 2015 having served three terms of three years each and in 2016 he retired as Chairman of AO World plc. Richard is also Non-Executive Chairman of CurrencyFair Limited.
RICHARD HARPHAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Richard joined the Company on its Admission to AIM after working since November 2016 with the XP Factory (formerly Escape Hunt) management team, getting to know the business. Richard’s prior role was with Harris + Hoole, having been Chief Financial Officer and then Managing Director, responsible for its turnaround.
Before this Richard spent over four years at Pret A Manger as Global Head of Strategy. Richard has also held a number of strategic and financial positions at companies including Constellation Brands, Shire Pharmaceuticals and Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
KAREN BACH, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karen is a Chairman and non-exec director with strong technology, scale-up and transactional expertise. She describes herself as a lover of clever tech and is a huge fan of digitalisation and simplification. She chooses to work with teams with energy, passion and transparency.
In addition to being non-exec director of XP Factory Plc, Karen is Chairman of Amino Technologies Plc (media tech), Chairman of Consult Red Ltd (media, IoT and connected device consulting) and non-exec director of Datapharm Ltd (health tech). Previously she was Independent Chairman of IXCellerate Ltd, non-exec director of Belvoir Lettings Plc and trustee of the Learning Foundation. Karen gained much experience internationally as CFO at growing technology businesses IXEurope Plc, ACS Plc and Kewill Plc and with blue chip multi-nationals including EDS France, MCI WorldCom, General Motors and Ernst & Young.
Karen is also member of the 30% Club which supports boards to appoint more female directors and increase the pipeline of upcoming female talent.
GRAHAM BIRD, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Graham joined the Company on 6 January 2020 bringing significant experience in financial and City matters and in growing small businesses. He is a chartered accountant, having qualified with Deloitte in London, and has worked in advisory, investment, commercial and financial roles.
Prior to joining XP Factory, Graham was one of the founding employees at Gresham House plc where, in addition to supporting the growth of Gresham House plc, he was responsible for establishing and managing the successful strategic equity business unit which focuses on both quoted and unquoted equity investments using the principles and practices of private equity.
Prior to joining Gresham House, Graham spent six years in senior executive roles at PayPoint Plc, including director of strategic planning and corporate development and executive chairman and president of PayByPhone.
Before joining PayPoint plc, he was head of strategic investment at SVG Investment Managers, having previously been at JPMorgan Cazenove, where he served as a director in the corporate finance department.