Charles HollisManaging Director: Intelligence Services
Charles joined Falanx Assynt as Managing Director in July 2017. After graduating from Oxford with a Degree in PPE, Charles spent fourteen years serving at home and overseas with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He worked in Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York. Charles left the Diplomatic Service in 1997 to study for an MBA at Columbia Business School. On graduation he joined CSFB in London to work with the UK mergers and acquisition team.
In January 2005 Charles joined Kroll Associates as Head of the Middle East Practice before leaving to work independently as a consultant, advising clients with interests across the Middle East region. In 2010, Charles accepted the role of Director General of the Middle East Association, the UK’s leading business organisation for promoting trade relations with the Middle East and North Africa. He left the MEA in 2012 to take up the position of Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa in the Global Risks and Investigations Practice of FTI Consulting. In that role he led client projects on market entry, business intelligence and investigations as well as political risk and government affairs issues.
Richard MorrellCTO, Falanx Group
Richard is Group CTO of Falanx Group. He is best known as a twenty plus year contributor to the Linux kernel and the Open Source community, and as co-author of SmoothWall, protecting major retail brands from Ford to Halfords, Moto Service Stations to schools, colleges and government departments in the UK and across the US. He joined Falanx from Gartner where he served as Director and CTO within their Global Security Practice. Prior to Gartner, he headed up security strategy in the US for Red Hat the leader in Open Source where he served more than 10 years in two stints, seeing the business grow to $3bn revenue from $200k. He is an in-demand speaker and panellist at security events and has talked for NCSC and UK Government/US Department of Homeland Security in 2017 at major events.
Ian SelbyCFO, Falanx Group
Ian is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in the software, technology and business services sectors. He was previously CFO of AIM listed Corero plc, Turnaround CFO at Zenith Hygiene Group plc, and most recently was CFO of Westminster Group plc. His earlier career included roles in NASDAQ and UK listed software companies. He has acted as a consultant to several businesses, including a buy and build MBI team operating in the business services sector where he supported the due diligence and deal structuring process. He has extensive capital markets experience (equity, debt and mezzanine), acquisition structuring, due diligence, acquisition integration as well as commercial support to the business and operational financial management.
Rick FloodGroup Marketing and Sales Director, Falanx Group
Rick is a veteran of the software and technology space and an advocate of SaaS/Cloud adoption for 15+ years. Rick initially trained as an accountant in industry with CIMA and soon switched to the software sector and ultimately to sales and marketing, spanning more than 30 years and a variety of roles including executive positions in both private and public companies. Rick has worked extensively with high growth, early stage and turnaround situations, predominantly software related. He has AIM experience with Earthport, Host Europe and Pipex, where he first worked with Mike Read. Rick has been extensively involved in M&A activities on both the sell and buy side, including integrations to achieve synergies, and specialises in Go To Market Strategy and execution, driving sales and marketing execution.
John Robert BlamireCOO and Founder, Falanx Group
John is a former officer in the British Army, having served for 10 years in Europe, Middle East and Americas gaining a wealth of operational experience in challenging circumstances and environments. After leaving the Army he co-founded Praetorian Protection Ltd, a company providing specialist security services to clients around the globe. He went on to found Falanx in 2012, leading the IPO of Falanx Group in June 2013 and the acquisition of Stirling Assynt. He re-positioned Falanx group into the Cyber Security market in 2015 to take advantage of the growth opportunity, raising over £16m of growth capital since IPO.
Mike ReadChairman and CEO, Falanx Group
Mike has held board and senior management level positions within a number of organisations both within the US and UK. He served as Board member and CEO of AIM listed Pipex Communications Plc and President and Board member of Onemain.com, a NASDAQ listed company. He has specific expertise of creating shareholder value by executing large scale build and buy ‘Roll Up’ strategies. He built Onemain to be the 4th largest independent US ISP with 1 million customers. Using the same strategy, he built Pipex (broadband) to over 1 million customers and significantly increased the value of Host Europe, the Data Centre and managed services business.