Board

Directors
James Draper
Chief Executive Officer

James is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of bidstack. He initiated bidstack’s move into the gaming space in 2017 and led the negotiations to secure the three year contract with SEGA’s Football Manager title. He has been responsible for the day to day management of bidstack, as well as overseeing its strategic direction. Prior to bidstack, James spent several years working within marketing and advertising with a range of clients in the sports and b2b space.

Francesco Petruzzelli
Chief Technology Officer

Francesco is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of bidstack. He created bidstack’s core artificial intelligence engine, heads its development studio and oversees its team of developers and programmers. Prior to bidstack, Francesco founded Whaleslide, a privacy conscious search engine allowing users to control all aspects of their online lives from one webpage.

Donald Stewart
Non-executive Chairman

Appointed in November 2015, Donald is a solicitor and has practiced corporate law, particularly focused on smaller quoted companies, for almost 30 years. Between April 2013 and July 2015 he was on the board of Progility Plc and, before that, had been a corporate partner in the London office of a global law firm. He is a former director (and past chairman) of the Quoted Companies Alliance, the UK not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the cause of smaller quoted companies.

John McIntosh CA
Finance Director

After qualifying with Deloitte in 1994, John worked with Sony, advertising agencies and the BBC before concentrating on online, multi-media businesses. He was CFO and COO of DCD Media plc for five years until July 2011 and CFO of Progility Plc from November 2012 to April 2015, growing the business from a £12 million to £60 million turnover. Since leaving Progility John has worked as a consultant CFO for a number of entities in UK, Europe and Hong Kong, and since October 2016 as CFO for CRS GT ltd, which is licensed to trade as McLaren GT.

John Taylor
Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

John is an adaptable business turnaround consultant with a flair for execution and motivating teams to make positive and impactful change. Since July 2015, John has worked on the turnaround of Northern Aerospace, a leading supplier of precision machined parts to the aerospace industry. Prior to that he spent over 20 years in the military, commanding attack helicopter formations and advising senior government ministers at the strategic level. Between 2013 and 2015 he was senior strategic communications officer for the Ministry of Defence responsible for Army matters. Between 2009 and 2013 he was regimental second in command and acting commanding officer of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps following 3 years as an attack helicopter squadron commander with 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.

Lindsay Mair
Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Lindsay is an experienced investment banker with extensive capital markets experience in a broad range of sectors acquired over a thirty year career in the City. He is a director of corporate finance at SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP and previously worked in the corporate finance departments of a number of City firms including Sanlam, Astaire Securities (as managing director) and Daniel Stewart and Corporate Synergy (both as head of corporate finance).