Management Team and Board
A Board consisting of executive and non-executive independent members is responsible to shareholders and other stakeholders.
Playonpro is managed by an Executive Management Team encompassing financial, sports and digital content expertise.
CHAIRMAN: WILLIAM HILL
William has more than 30 years of experience in the global logistics, shipping and supply chain industry as Executive Group Vice President for GAC Group based in Dubai.
Previously worked in Asia and the Middle East and has a wealth of experience working with global corporations from all types of industries.
Whilst at GAC he was responsible for marketing and sports sponsorship building the GAC brand with organisations such as: Crystal Palace FC, Manchester City FC, Williams F1 racing, Volvo Ocean race, Xtreme sailing, ESPN Asia, Scotland Rugby, ISM (Golf), Raleigh cycling team and Manchester United Soccer Schools.
He holds a degree in marketing from Salford College, Manchester and is a graduate from the Institute of Freight Forwarders.
VICE CHAIRMAN AND CEO: VIV ANDERSON MBE
Viv is an English football coach and former player. Born in Nottingham, he played for England, Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday. He is also notable for being Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing at Manchester United. As of 2005, Anderson has been involved in running a successful events company called NWE Global and works as a goodwill ambassador for the Football Association, plus many other football-related charities including Kick it Out, the Arthur Wharton Foundation and many others. Viv is a Co-Founder of playonpro.
BOARD ADVISOR: EVAN MERVYN DAVIES BARON DAVIES OF ABERSOCH, CBE
Lord Davies is a Partner and the Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services. He is also the Chairman of LetterOne, the Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, the Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group, an Adviser to Teneo, and the Chairman of UK India Business Council. He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastucture from January 2009 untill May 2010. Prior to that, Lord Davies was Chairman and previously CEO, and served on the Board of standard Chartered for over 12 years. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years. Lord Davies is a JP in Hong Kong, and he is an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff Business School.
BOARD ADVISOR: PETER JODLOWSKI
Peter is a UK Chartered Accountant with many years of global multi sector experience. He has recently worked with some of the world’ largest corporations including Dubai World, Emirates Investment Authority and Kingdom Holdings. Peter specialises in fund raising, financial management, commercial and growth management. Peter is a Co-Founder of playonpro.
SENIOR MANAGER: FIONA ARMSTRONG HALL
Fiona read Jurisprudence at Pembroke College, Oxford, qualified as a chartered accountant with KMPG and worked for AstraZeneca in international finance.
IT: AHMED BHULA
After graduating in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, Ahmed went on to work for some of the leading internet marketing and development agencies in Manchester where he worked on some of the largest organisations in the UK growing their company online. He has vast experience developing large systems and marketing strategies across multiple industries including medicine, finance and security.
He now manages REM Digital Ltd., a specialist digital agency with multiple teams across design, development and marketing taking companies from strength to strength delivering results utilising the most up-to-date systems available.
ADVISOR: TREVOR STEVEN
Football talent scout and former England player who won titles in three countries with Everton, Olympique de Marselles and Rangers. He played in two of England’s most famous matches since 1966 including the world cup quarter-final against Argentina at Mexico 86 and the semi-final against Germany at Italia 90. Trevor is also recognised for his media work, particularly with BBC, BEIN Sports and RTE Sport.
Dion Croom – Chief Operations Officer
Dion is the Founder and CEO of Ovii Technology, Plc, on IOM company specialising in virtual world technologies. Over the last 20 years, he has become recognised as a social entrepreneur as well as a virtual world pioneer in avatar digital media and its use in translating virtual world branding into real world success within society at large. Dion’s proven business acumen, experience in new business development, market research and analysis expertise, key account management abilities, and collaborative communication style inspires confidence and sustains effective client relationships.
Barry Monks – Financial Director
Barry has extensive experience in the financial services sector. He held several roles in his 20 years at the Central Bank of Ireland before being headhunted by Bank of Montreal where he was Head of Alternatives, Financial Controller, and finally CEO of their alternative investment arm. Barry went on to become CFO of Hanover Investors Management LLP before becoming Managing Director of Apex Fund Services (IOM). Barry established Elbor Consulting Services, which currently provides advice to various entities across a range of sectors including healthcare, mining and asset management.
Stefan Dejanovic – CTO
Stefan is on IT professional and holds on MSc degree in computer science with a focus in the research and development of blockchain, data and system security and software optimization. He continued his academic studies, and currently he is a Ph.D. candidate with the main research topic – blockchain and user privacy. He currently has 10 published papers in cryptography, blockchain and optimization in various IEEE journals and conferences. Stefan has worked on several projects designing and implementing critical system infrastructure & decentralized platforms and is well known in the crypto space as on advisor on blockchain architecture design.