Meet the Team Transforming Client Onboarding.

With significant industry experience, NorthRow’s Executive Team are on a mission to expand their global footprint and position as the number one technology partner for regulated companies to digitally transform their complex onboarding and monitoring processes.


Executive Team


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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.


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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. Adam is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a qualification gained with Ernst & Young in London.


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Vanessa Richards, Chief Product Officer

Prior to NorthRow, Vanessa was a Managing Director of RCP Consultants, a specialist in back-office automation software serving Reuters and the FX trading businesses of UK banks. After RCP’s sale to Option Computers, Vanessa joined NorthRow as a founding team member. After graduating from Cambridge with a BA in Engineering, spent first 10 years of her career with global engineering consultancy Ricardo as Principal Engineer.


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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.


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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, F.I.’s 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 lead the launch of their SaaS offering across EMEA.


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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 Exec Chair role at Northrow he is also a Non-Exec Director for several companies and the Co-Chair for an expanding State Maintained Primary School.


Board Members


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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.


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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.


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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.


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