Executive Chairman (aged 51)
Barry is an accomplished executive with significant experience across multiple sectors including retail, telecoms, commercial property and leisure.
In 1993 he founded Premier Direct Group plc, which, as CEO, he grew to become the UK’s largest shopping-at-work merchant, with a network of over 900 sales distributors. He took the business to IPO on AIM in 1998 at £4.5 million before successfully exiting the business in 2005 when the market capitalisation was circa £30 million.
As Non-Executive Chairman of BNS Telecom Group, he successfully negotiated and executed the sale of BNS Group PLC to Daisy Telecom PLC in 2010, including liaising with all shareholders under the guidance of the takeover code.
Nelius De Groot
Chief Executive Officer (aged 50)
Nelius has a deep technology background having started his career as a software developer at Logica plc, he moved to Barclays de Zoete Wedd, then Swiss Bank Corporation and in 1997 to Deutsche Bank.
During almost 18 years at Deutsche Bank, Nelius held a wide range of senior management positions in both the Global Markets and Transaction Banking businesses in London and New York. His final role prior to joining mporium was as Deutsche Bank's Interim Chief Information Officer for Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) and co-Head of Global Technology & Operations, CB&S.
Nelius holds a BSc (Hons.) in Computer Science from University College Dublin.
Aidan Casey QC
Non-Executive Director (aged 49)
Aidan has over 20 years’ legal experience, acting for a diverse and international range of companies in his time as a self-employed barrister in private practice, a position he’s held since 1993. He is currently a member of COMBAR and of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA). He was elevated to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 2016.
His practice spans domestic and international company, commercial and business law and he has particular experience advising on, and acting in cases involving, issues of corporate governance and directors’ duties. He advises across the spectrum of contracts and contractual issues and in all aspects of the sale and supply of services and goods, including in the tech sector. He also has significant experience in acting and advising in cases with complex technical elements.
Aidan’s client base / contacts are diverse and international, and he has particular links USA, East Africa as well as the Caribbean, France, Switzerland and a number of ‘offshore’ jurisdictions.
Non-Executive Director (aged 56)
Nick has spent over 25 years advising companies in the Technology, Media and Telecoms (“TMT”) sector. During a 14 year career at Credit Suisse, he was a Managing Director in Investment Banking, where he headed up the European Media Equity Research team. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he held senior roles in JPMorgan and Arthur Andersen (now Deloitte).
Nick holds a BSc degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol, an MBA from Cambridge University Judge Business School and is a qualified ACA Chartered Accountant.