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 49)
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.
Finance Director (aged 63)
Richard has significant experience, gained in various senior finance roles. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, with his most recent role having been Managing Director at Direct Health Group Limited. Richard has previous experience working with public companies, having been Finance Director at Broadcastle Plc (which was acquired by Siemens Financial Services Ltd and delisted in 2005) and Finance Director at Rubicon Software Group Ltd, where he had a leading role in Rubicon's Admission to AIM. He has also provided Consultancy Services to a number of both AIM listed and private companies. Richard also acts as Company Secretary for the Group.
Non-Executive Director (aged 51)
Staale is the current CEO of Cxense and has extensive experience in financial institutions, having worked for Handelsbanken Capital Markets, where he was most recently Head of Corporate Finance, and Head of Equities prior to that. Staale has also held key roles in DnB NOR Markets and Alfred Berg Norge. Staale has degrees from Norges Handelshoyskole (NHH), the Norwegian School of Economics, and Johannes Kepler Universitat Li in Austria, in international trade.
Non-Executive Director (aged 48)
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.