Chairman of the Board
Until June 2003 David was President of Europe
for (Electronic Data
Systems). In his role he was responsible
for European operations within
20 countries and revenue of $4bn. Prior
to this he was Corporate Vice President, Operations based in Dallas, Texas and
in 1994 as Managing Director of the UK Public Sector Division, where he
presided over a period of outstanding growth and was appointed Chief Executive
of UK in 1995.
Before joining ,
David was at Bull Information Systems, where he was a member of the UK board
and Managing Director of Bull’s largest operating unit, Systems Integration and
Before entering the corporate world, David
spent 17 years in Government finance and information technology positions. He
held a number of positions in financial and general management, accounting and
auditing that culminated in a position as Head of Computing and Management
Services for a major London borough.
Since leaving a full-time executive role he
has built a portfolio of business interests.
From 2004 to 2009 he was Chairman of the Racecourse Association Ltd. and
a member of the British Horseracing Authority and the Horse Race Betting and
Levy Board. David played a leading role
in the modernisation of British Horse Racing.
He has been a Non-Executive Director on the
Boards of Staffware plc, Anite plc, Isoft plc, VT Group and Morgan Chambers plc. He is an advisor to a number of technology and
business process companies. From 1st June, 2003 he took on the Chief Executive
Officer role for Anite Group plc on an interim basis for six months. He was appointed Non Executive Chairman of
Tunstall Ltd. in May 2004 and took it through a sale by HG Capital to
Bridgepoint. He remained Non Executive
Chairman for Bridgepoint and took it through the sale to Charterhouse in April
2008. He, until recently, was Non Executive Chairman of
Services Ltd. for Bridgepoint and Balderton Capital, the leading global
provider of clinical and triage software solutions; Non-Executive Chairman of
SHL Group Ltd. for HG Capital and Non Executive Chairman of Arena Leisure plc.
currently Non-Executive Chairman of Innovation Group, Nair & Co, Teufel Gmbh,
and a non-executive director of Interserve Plc and Lumesse plc.
David has been a member of the Chartered
Institute of Public Finance and Accounting since 1971. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company
of Information Technologists. He was
elected County Councillor to Gloucestershire County Council in 2009 to 2013.
David Thorpe lives in the
Cotswolds and Devon with his wife Sheila. He has two daughters, Andrea and
Karen and four grandchildren. His interests include the countryside, food and
wine and equestrian activities, which include Bobble Barn Stud a small stud
farm breeding racehorses for National Hunt and the Flat. He is a NH race horse owner.
Sir Alan Collins KCVO CMG, Advisor to the Board
Sir Alan is a former British diplomat, and brings to Nair & Co. a wealth of experience in international trade and investment, particularly in the US, Asia, and the Commonwealth countries. His association with various international industry bodies and government organizations provides invaluable political and economic insight to the company’s strategies and operations.
Previously, he has been the High Commissioner to Singapore and the Ambassador to the Philippines, Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia, and the Director General of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan. He was also the Director General of Trade and Investment USA and Consul General New York, where he worked extensively to attract high-value inward investment to the UK.
During his time in Singapore, Sir Alan was part of the delegation that won the 2012 Olympics for London. He was the Olympics Ambassador for the UK, and directed international business-related work from the London 2012 Games aiming at outcomes worth over $15 billion to the UK economy.
Sir Alan is a Non-Executive Director of Amlin plc, ICICI Bank UK, plc, JPMorgan American Investment Trust plc, and Prudential Assurance Singapore Pte Ltd, as well as the Non-Executive Chairman of Powetec Energy Ltd.
Chris Stone, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Stone is a technology and services industry veteran, with a strong track record of building successful, global businesses.
In 1992 he joined EDS as the UK Marketing Director, and stayed there through several roles until joining Digital Equipment Company in 1996 as the UK General Manager for Services. Following the acquisition of DEC by Compaq in 1998, he joined Accenture as an Associate Partner in the BPO practice, focussing on the Financial Services industry. In October 1999, He became CEO of Northgate, an £80M revenue Software and Services business.
Over the next 12 years, Northgate grew through a combination of organic and inorganic growth to become the global No.2 specialist HR software and services business, and the UK No.1 Public Sector software business, with revenues of £850M and around 11,000 employees. Today, Northgate manages the payroll for nearly 14 million people around the world, and manages the Council taxes and Benefits administration of over 50% of Local Authorities in the United Kingdom, as well as managing technology for every Police force in the country.
Chris currently sits on the Board of CSR plc, a leading designer and manufacturer of wireless, Bluetooth and high performance entertainment technologies, where he is also chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He also acts as an advisor to various Private Equity firms, and in 2012 he was Chief Executive of Fitness First, the world’s largest gym operator, whilst it went through a financial restructuring and change of ownership.
Chris is married with three children, and lives in West Sussex. Outside of work and family, his major passion is breeding and competing event horses.
Venkatesh Eswaran, Senior VP Business Development
Venkat leads the Business Development and the Marketing functions at Nair & Co. Venkat joined the company in 2003 and worked in operations and client services before moving on to a management role. He has played a significant role in expanding Nair & Co’s India operations from modest beginnings.
Venkat is a qualified Chartered Accountant and tax expert and has more than 26 years of experience in multi-country management accounting, audits and has assisted transnational organizations and leading Indian enterprises across sectors on regulatory, tax, financial and business advisory related matters. Venkat is an expert on India inward investment and acts for a variety of private equity and VC firms, in addition to multinational companies of varying size. Prior to joining Nair & Co, he was a partner in an established firm of Chartered Accountants.
He is frequently featured as a panelist on webinars, his view shared via media interviews and social media are widely appreciated.
Venkat loves cars and taking long drives in them. A nature lover, he likes to spend whatever spare time he can manage outdoors and on the weekends can be found trekking in the mountains or enjoying the sun at the beach.
John Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer
John is a skilled finance professional with extensive commercial experience across multiple sectors within the U.K. and abroad and a track record of delivering significant value to corporate operations. With more than 10 years of board-level experience, John has handled some of U.K.’s most dynamic, fast growth service businesses.
He most recently worked within Financial Services as Group Finance Director, focusing on increasing shareholder value and delivery of sustainable growth from a strategic perspective.
John spent his early career within the marketing sector following completion of his training in London. He holds a BA (Hons) in Business and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA). His notable achievements include leading a strategy of diversification with significant M&A content across several continents, coordinating a billion dollar pan-European restructuring exercise, adoption and roll-out of cross border treasury management, and designing and implementing a series of control regimes to secure regulatory approval.
Whenever possible John loves to visit Sydney, his favorite vacation spot, and he spends time in the English countryside with his family and an ever-growing pack of dogs. John’s list of things to do includes trawling art galleries, and unearthing the “next big trend”.
Jody Fullman, VP Corporate Services
Jody leads Nair & Co.’s group Information Technology, Business Transformation, Corporate Administration & Internal Legal divisions. Jody joined Nair & Co. in 2001 when his first task was to modernize, design and reconstruct the company’s international IT infrastructure from the ‘ground up.'
Since 2002, he successfully designed, sourced and built the technology platforms for Nair & Co.’s US, India, China Japan and Singapore offices. Jody continues to spearhead innovation and strategy at Nair & Co. always utilizing best of breed technology systems to improve the efficiency of our internal and external processes. Recent achievements have been the successful implementation of a new financial accounting platform for client support and an associated web portal we call MyAccounts. He is also led the development and release of MyNair, our client facing extranet, as well as the release of MyHR, all of which are Nair & Co.’s SaaS offerings to its clients to enable effective and efficient management of the activity we perform on their behalf.
Jody graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Nair & Co., he worked at Northgate Information Solutions, (formerly known as McDonald Douglas Information Systems) where he was a technical specialist for many of the company’s key central London-based clients. Jody’s spare time is dedicated to his wife and two children and whenever possible, skiing in the beautiful French Alps. Jody also enjoys music, cinema, and participating in marathons.
Deborah Sullivan, VP Client Services
Debbie leads Nair & Co.’s client services team and ensures best in class service delivery and experience for clients. Debbie joined Nair & Co. in 1999 and has held various roles within the company including leadership positions in accounting services where she managed day-to-day support for clients and covered service situations ranging from simple single country start ups to managing operations with more than 100 employees in multiple countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Debbie has extensive knowledge and expertise in helping companies expand internationally and is an authority in “untangling” complex situations where multi-country management is incorrectly handled leading to compliance and other penalties.
Debbie graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Accounting Practice from the University of Wales, Newport and is also a qualified accountant (FCCA). She enjoys foreign travel and her favorite destination is Cyprus.
Stuart Buglass, VP Product Development
Stuart manages and develops our product offering. Joining Nair & Co. in 2001 he has previously held the positions of Client Services Director and Director of Human Capital Consulting and has a well deserved reputation for his technical abilities and a strong customer service ethic.
Stuart started his career as a fast track graduate trainee with Lloyds-TSB bank, undertaking assignments in legal, marketing, and finance. He later went on to specialize in HR at Lloyds-TSB, attaining his CIPD qualification and operating in a number of leadership roles prior joining Nair & Co.
Stuart attained his LLB at Leicester University followed by the LPC at the College of Law, York.
Outside of work Stuart has a busy home life with three young children and enjoys running, cycling, tennis and painting.
Alvin Chan, Client Services Director
Alvin successfully led the development and formation of Nair & Co.’s China operations and is currently managing a diverse portfolio of clients. Since joining Nair & Co. in 2004, he has improved Nair & Co.’s innovative service portfolio and strategies, and established himself as an expert in overseas expansion.
Alvin has over 20 year of experience in the accounting profession and the commercial field, and was involved in IPO, due diligence, internal and external audit work in Asia. His experience spans the Asia Pacific region including Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand and he has been instrumental in helping many companies set up their operations in the region.
Alvin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in the U.K. and also holds an MBA from Cardiff Business School. His favorite leisure pursuits are burning calories with racket games but he often finds these substituted by the more competitive arena of Nintendo Wii at home.
Anup Pendse, Head of R&D
As the head of Nair & Co.’s R& D department, Anup leads a team which oversees the preparation and up-to-date management of the company’s research templates across all service areas and the technical updates for clients. His role is key in ensuring that Nair & Co. fee earners are kept fully current so that clients receive accurate and up-to-date advice relating to their needs. Anup leads an important role within Nair & Co. given our commitment to a high level of technical competence and expertise,
Anup has over 10 years of experience in research, taxation, foreign exchange regulations and audits. Prior to joining Nair & Co., he worked with the tax and consulting group RSM Astute (part of RSM international). Anup also has extensive experience in providing audit, tax and foreign exchange laws related advisory services to some of the largest corporate groups in India. He began his career at A.F. Ferguson (now part of Deloitte India).
A commerce graduate and certified Chartered Accountant, Anup has produced a magazine for Chartered Accountancy professionals and also served as a lecturer with various business schools in India. In his spare time, Anup likes to jog and read literature on global finance and economics.
Akihiko Higa, Head of Japan Operations
Akihiko leads Nair & Co.’s Japan operations from the company’s local headquarters in Tokyo. Akihiko oversees service delivery and management for the clients in Japan and is an expert in helping international companies navigate the country’s complex legal and regulatory framework.
Akihiko has over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, human resources and managing back office operations for Japanese and foreign capital companies. Prior to joining Nair & Co., he worked as an accounting, HR and general affairs manager with a European capital and international medical device company. Akihiko graduated from Hosei University in Tokyo with a BA Business Administration.
In his spare time Akihiko enjoys movies and has an interest in learning about various genres of music, including opera, pop and rock.
Gary Pavlik, Director, Business Development
Gary’s is Nair & Co.’s director for business development and the “face” of the company in the northeast. His association with Nair & Co began as a client in 1997, when he needed help straightening out incorrect filings with a U.K. branch that his then employer had inherited in an acquisition. A happy customer, Gary acted as a reference for Nair & Co.’s services to many others, and eventually came onboard as a top sales strategist in 2005.
Prior to Nair & Co., Gary held senior finance positions with Network Engines, Artel Video, and Teloquent Communications. After completing his education at the US Coast Guard Academy he had a Coast Guard career involving operational assignments including command at sea. He achieved the rank of commander.
Gary likes to spend time with family and enjoys hiking, boating and snowboarding.