Jake Holloway has over 30 years of experience in IT across a wide range of industries and roles – including as CTO and Head of Product for two well-known software houses, and as MD/Founder of an innovative Online Systems House. In his two most recent roles before joining Crossword he was Advising Worldpay on their separation from RBS, and founded Xendpay, a Fintech startup, where he was COO. Jake has also published a book in the Advanced Project Management series for Gower in 2015.
Stuart joined Crossword from KPMG where he was Associate Director, Defence & Security. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer of a global consulting team of over 200 in KPMG Advisory.
Stuart spent nine years as an officer in HM Forces, after Sandhurst, serving in Afghanistan, NATO and elsewhere.
Tom is founder and CEO of Crossword. He is also a Non Executive Director of the BBC. Tom was until recently Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity backed UK credit reference agency sold to GTCR of Chicago in 2014. Whilst at Callcredit, Tom founded Noddle, a credit reporting service that eventually grew to four million users and was acquired by US-based Credit Karma in 2018. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg Banking plc, which at the time was a pioneering main market listed UK internet bank. His earlier career included positions at Goldman Sachs, PwC, Cap Gemini and the London Stock Exchange.
Tom chaired the UK Government Technology Strategy Board’s Network Security Innovation panel. He was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Cyber security at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a Geneva based UN-agency. Tom is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and an Advisory Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. He was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by City, University of London, an Honorary Doctor of Technology by the University of Wolverhampton and was appointed a CBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to Technology and Philanthropy.
Mary was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and previously Chief Financial Officer at Cordium Consulting Group Limited, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance services with operations in London, Hong Kong, Malta, New York, Boston and San Francisco.
Mary brings over 20 years’ experience of working alongside business leaders. She has demonstrated a track record of managing finance teams to ensure timely delivery of relevant financial information to all stakeholders, providing clear leadership, continuous process improvement, and excellent communication. She also brings to Crossword extensive experience of working in acquisitive businesses and providing transactional support.
Mary graduated from University College Galway, Ireland and has a post graduate diploma in Business Studies from the same university. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mary is a member of the Market Disclosure Committee.