The Advisory Panel
In addition, the Management Team consults with an advisory panel of individuals with particular industry expertise (the “Advisory Panel”). The key members of the Advisory Panel are currently:
Click the images to view the biographies of the Advisory Panel:
Edward Wray co-founded Betfair in 1999. Betfair floated on the London Stock Exchange in October 2010, valued at £1.4 billion. Today it is a FTSE 100 company with a market cap of over £7 billion. Edward has twice won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Prior to founding Betfair, Edward spent eight years at JPMorgan. He has an MA (Hons) in engineering, economics and management from the University of Oxford.
Having stepped down from his role as chairman of Betfair in 2012, Edward currently holds directorships at Funding Circle, LMAX, Property Partner and Prodigy Finance, and is a trustee of Nesta, TheMix and Mental Health Innovation. He also chairs the Advisory Board for The Royal Foundation’s Coach Core programme. He is an active fintech angel investor.
Phillip Riese has spent more than 40 years in financial services. He started at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he led its merchant business. He then spent 18 years in leadership roles at American Express, retiring in 1998 as president of the Consumer Card Group and chairman of American Express Centurion Bank, and being credited with turning around the American Express core consumer card business.
Since 1999 he has focused on investing in and developing financial services, fintech and data analytics companies globally, often serving on the board of directors or as a mentor and adviser to the CEO and Management Team. His portfolio has included investments in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he is a board member of Accion, a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to providing financial services to the billions of people excluded by traditional financial providers globally. He manages a portfolio of 63 financial services and fintech companies in 26 countries around the world, and operates each to be sustainable and yield benefits to customers and returns to shareholders.
Josh Hannah is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. Most recently, he was a general partner with Matrix Partners, where he led consumer marketplace and enterprise software investments such as GOAT, Canva, Quora, TechStyle (JustFab) and Marco Polo. In 1999 he co-founded Flutter.com and he later led a merger with its competitor, Betfair.com. In 2004 Josh was involved in the purchase of eHow, a Web 1.0, how-to directory. Josh and his partner rebuilt the company and sold it to Demand Media in 2006 for a 400-times return. Josh has a current focus on cryptocurrency and blockchain investing and is a founding investor in Metastable and Polychain, amongst other similar companies.