Board

Board

Tony Collyer

Non-Executive Chairman

Tony Collyer

Tony is a Chartered Accountant with broad commercial experience and has been finance director of three public companies, Allders plc and New Look Group plc, both of which listed on the main market during his tenure,  and The Corporate Services Group plc.  He has acted as transaction director for a number of significant corporate transactions including the sale of The Listening Company Limited to Serco plc and the sale of OB10 Limited to Tungsten Corporation Plc.  Tony joined the Board in January 2014.  He also chairs the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Neville Upton

Chief Executive Officer

Neville Upton

Neville founded Gfinity in 2012 and has been CEO of the business since its inception.  A qualified Chartered Accountant, Neville spent the formative years of his career at Euromoney and The Decisions Group.  In 1998 he established a call centre business, The Listening Company, which specialised in multichannel communication applications and high quality customer service solutions. The business was sold in 2011 to Serco for a sum in excess of £60 million at which time it had a turnover of £82 million and employed 4,000 people.

Jonathan Hall

Chief Finance Officer

Jonathan Hall

Jon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen followed by a period of 6 years specialising in organisation and business process design with PA Consulting, a leading London based management consultancy firm.  He subsequently spent 5 years as a finance director of Saracens Ltd and the wider Premier Team Holdings Group, before joining Gfinity in August 2014, where he led the Company’s admission to AIM.

Paul Kent

Chief Gaming Officer

Paul Kent

Paul has been involved in eSports since 1996, as both a top level gamer and team owner.  He established the Warped Gaming League in 2009, which grew within 3 years to be the Europe’s largest Xbox Live on-line league with over 13 million page visits.

Paul has responsibility for web and production technology and also for setting the rules and tournament structures for all Gfinity competitions.

Philip Shuldham-Legh

Non-Executive Director

Philip Shuldham-Legh

Philip has held a number of Sales & Marketing positions for large BPO businesses and Direct Marketing agencies including SITEL (1993-1998) and WWAV Rapp Collins (1998-2004) until joining Neville Upton at The Listening Company as Managing Director of Consulting in 2004. Over the next few years, he took over responsibility for new business, marketing and product development and was Group Sales and Marketing Director when Serco acquired the business in March 2011.

David Yarnton

Non-Executive Director

David Yarnton

David has over 30 years’ experience in the Games industry; first in Australia followed by 9 years as Managing Director of Nintendo UK & Ireland. He has spent many years developing business in Asia and the Pacific Rim and has strong experience working with Chinese business partners.  Currently he is a Director of Equinox Talent and Eyes on Athletes both companies involved with sport in the digital space and is Co-Chairman of the eSports Sub Group of the UK Interactive Entertainment Association an organisation on which he was a Board Member and Vice Chairman for 7 years.

Jon Varney

Non-Executive Director

Jon Varney

Jon Varney is a Founder Partner of Pitch International Commercial LLP (“Pitch”) and has been involved with the Company since Pitch were appointed to sell commercial rights on the Company’s behalf in December 2014. Prior to Pitch, Jon Varney was a commercial director of Premiership Rugby, the umbrella organisation responsible for the development of elite professional club rugby in England. Previous roles prior to 2003 all revolved around the sports media sector including roles at Octagon UK, Movie and Media Sports, Coca-Cola Football and the RFU.