Chief Executive Officer, age 59
Tony Fabrizi qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1986 and joined James Capel (later HSBC Investment Bank) in 1987. He worked in corporate finance and spent eight years undertaking UK transactions, becoming a director in 1993. During his last three years at HSBC he was responsible for the other financial and fund management activities within corporate broking.
Tony joined RP&C, a US Investment Bank, as a partner in 1998 to help develop its UK business.
In 2002 he established Ghaliston Limited as a corporate finance advisory business. Over the next 4 years Ghaliston acted as financial advisor to 10 companies listing on AIM and raised capital for a number of private companies. In May 2006, Ghaliston Limited acquired Merchant Securities Limited, a private client stockbroking business and the enlarged company listed on AIM in November 2006. Tony resigned as CEO of that company in June 2008.
Tony joined the board of Blue Star Capital in April 2011, initially as a non executive director, before taking on the role of CEO in July 2012.
Non-Executive Chairman, age 51
Derek has advised, started and invested in technology companies for over 20 years. An active member of the technology community in Vancouver, he is President and CEO of venture capital fund manager GrowthWorks Capital Ltd and past-Chair of Innovate BC (formerly the British Columbia Innovation Council), the crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia mandated to accelerate technology commercialisation. Derek is a Partner with Initio Group, a Vancouver, BC based early-stage angel investment firm.
Non Executive Director, age 56
Sean King has over 20 years’ experience in publishing and digital content, having set up Square One Group in 1994, which was one of the fastest growing independent content agencies in the UK. In 2007, Square One Group was acquired by rival Seven Publishing (backed by Guardian Media Group and Caledonia Investment Trust) with Sean acting as CEO for the enlarged group until stepping down in April 2018. Seven was in turn acquired by German content agency C3 (part of Hubert Burda Media) in 2016.
After stepping down as CEO of SevenC3, Sean now acts as an independent advisor to a number of brands including Captify, (a fast growing pioneer in Search Intelligence); Octaive (an ad:tech start-up based in London and New York); DADI (a blockchain-powered decentralised global cloud computing network); and Liberty AIM (a new blockchain-powered ethical search engine).