Meet our Executive Team

Our Executive Team has a track record of delivering complex onboarding and monitoring solutions to digitally transform regulated businesses.

Executive Team

  • Adrian Black

    CEO & Founder

    An innovative CEO with over 30 years of software industry experience, Adrian has occupied multiple senior positions within leading UK digital businesses. He has also undertaken strategic consultancy roles with global companies including Experian, eBay and Autotrader. Driven by his passion for, and expertise in fraud detection, data and intelligence sharing, Adrian founded NorthRow in 2010 to enable organisations to combat fraud and financial crime.

  • Adam Holden

    Chief Finance Officer

    Adam joined NorthRow in 2018 from Tandem Bank, where he served as Finance Director through a successful banking licence application, Series B fund-raise and the acquisition of Harrods Bank. Prior to Tandem, Adam spent ten years with RBS as Finance Director for the Lombard Asset Finance and RBS Invoice Finance businesses, as well as four years with McDonald’s Restaurants.

  • Vanessa Richards

    Chief Product Officer

    Before joining NorthRow as a founding team member in 2011, Vanessa was Chairman of RCP Consultants, a specialist in back-office automation software serving Reuters and the FX trading businesses of banks worldwide. After graduating from Cambridge with an MA in Engineering, Vanessa spent the first 10 years of her career with global engineering consultancy Ricardo, where she was a Principal Engineer before joining RCP Consultants as a director.

  • Matt Law

    Chief Technology Officer

    As Chief Technology Officer for NorthRow, Matt is responsible for technical strategy, design and architecture. Prior to working at NorthRow Matt has 17 years’ experience of building scalable platforms and worked in an international medical device company ResMed where he built the B2B platform, spearheaded use of cloud technology and led the ‘Big Data’ drive in Europe.

  • Rhodri James

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Rhodri has responsibility for all customer-facing activity in the business from marketing to sales and customer success. He has over 15 years experience selling emerging technology and regulated services to Banks, Financial Services and Payment organisations around the world. Rhodri has previously built successful sales organisations for high growth businesses including Earthport (Acquired by Visa) and Provenir where he led the launch of their SaaS offering across EMEA.

  • Andrew Doyle

    Executive Chair

    Andrew has over 25 years experience in the TMT sector and during that time has been a member of the Senior Executive team in several early-stage and scale-up companies, driving them to significant growth and successful exit. In addition to his Executive Chair role at NorthRow he is also a Non-Executive Director for several companies and the Co-Chair for an expanding State Maintained Primary School.

Board Members

  • Adrian Field

    Board Member

    Adrian has over 15 years of experience in investment, both in venture capital and private equity. He started his career in finance at the private equity firm 3i in the Growth Capital team. He then moved to Truffle Capital in 2006, a leading Venture Capital investor in the European markets where he was jointly responsible for the Cleantech portfolio which produced 4 of the top 5 French FCPI funds according to Morningstar in 2011. Since 2012, he has been leading the technology deal teams for several high profile Family Office investors and joined Perscitus LLP in 2015.

  • Dr Melanie Goward

    Board Member

    Dr Melanie Goward is an Investment Director with Maven Capital Partners, responsible for transacting new early-stage and technology private equity investments across the South and South West of England and Wales. She joined Maven in 2016 from Finance Wales, where she was part of the Technology Ventures team and fund manager for the Wales Technology Seed Fund, providing funding to help businesses commercialise and bring to market innovative products and services across a range of sectors.

  • Charlie Winward

    Board Member

    Charles has been investing and supporting young companies in the UK for nearly 20 years. At NVM, he has invested and been on the Board for Volo, Medovate, NorthRow and SHE and has a grounding in software and innovative technologies. In Charlie’s early career he studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University while serving as a junior officer in the British Royal Navy, spending time in the fleet in the Gulf and West Africa. He spent the 1990’s working as a Technology Strategy Manager with JPMorgan in London and New York, before emigrating to California in 1999 to gain an MBA at the University of California. In 2001 he returned to the UK and joined IP Group PLC, where he became a main board director in 2011 as the Company entered the FTSE-250. During this time, he worked with a number of early-stage companies, three of which themselves floated on the London Stock Exchange, Tracsis, Xeros Technology and Retroscreen.