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.

Mike Hayes
Non-Executive Director

Mike has a wealth of experience in the video games industry having spent eight years at SEGA, latterly as CEO of SEGA Europe and America. During his tenure, SEGA became established as a top 10 worldwide publisher of video games.
Prior to SEGA, Mike spent five years as Sales and Marketing Director on the Board of Codemasters, the award­winning British developer and publisher of high quality racing games. For over five years, Mike was Sales and Marketing Director at Nintendo, responsible for hardware and software.
Mike is currently an Investment Director at AIM listed Mercia Technologies PLC, where he is Head of Digital and Digital Entertainment.

Derek Wise
Non-Executive Director

Derek, a highly experienced software technologist, became Chief Technology Officer of Grapeshot in January 2017 responsible for software development, product, support and operations globally. Following Oracle’s acquisition of Grapeshot in August 2018, Derek is now VP of Contextual Intelligence with Oracle Data Cloud, responsible globally for all products related to the contextual understanding of data. Starting his technical career in 2000 with Enron Broadband, in 2001 Derek founded GNi, turning it into one of the fastest growing technology companies in the US. He then held a series of Technical Director and CTO roles with CCP, TRC Family Entertainment, Jagex and Benevolent AI.