Board of Directors
Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
Craig is the founder and inventor of Bluechain. Craig has an impressive track record of innovation in secure payment technologies in the Australian and international banking industries. During his 25 years in the international payments industry, Craig has been responsible for some of the most important innovations in secure payment technologies, including development of the first Australian dial-up POS terminal, design of BPAY’s bill payment system, and invention of Visa’s payWave technology.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Mike is responsible for defining and directing the company’s worldwide strategic direction, including development of key partnerships. Mike has an impressive track record in bringing new technologies to market, having built Create!form International from the ground up and being instrumental in the transformation of the HiSoftware suite of solutions. In 2015, Mike teamed up with technology inventor Craig Glendenning to commercialise his latest invention in secure payment technology.
Over the past thirty years, through his consulting firm Vision Method Outcome Pty Ltd, John has worked with the owners, directors, CEOs and management teams of more than 800 organisations, including ASX top-200 companies, government departments, medium and small businesses, and the not-for-profit sector. In the boardroom, John strives to assist in building an inspiring company known for leadership in industry transformation whilst protecting the interests of shareholders and developing enduring value.
With more than 15 years experience as a Chief Executive Officer, Kristin Michaels holds qualifications in Arts, Organisational Leadership, Governance and Health Service Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and accredited as an International Partnership Broker. In addition to her current CEO role at the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Kristin is a seasoned board director in both the primary and acute sectors, chair of a hospital board, governor of a philanthropic trust, and director of a professional body.
Bernard Weatherill QC
Bernard is a UK resident barrister and Queen’s Counsel with over 40 years experience practising mainly company, property and commercial law. He has gained wide commercial experience both in the course of advising clients in relation to business dispute and as a director of companies, through which he has gained an in depth knowledge of shareholder rights, directors’ duties and corporate governance.
Michael is a practicing neurosurgeon. Over the past 15 years he has held executive positions in both public and private organisations. These positions have exposed him to many aspects of management and clinical governance. He has also been an advisor to both state and federal governments on a number of different issues. He has a major interest in new and innovative technology and has been the principal recipient of over $1.5m in grants related to this area. Michael has held several board positions over the last fifteen years, including chairman. He is currently a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgery Board of Neurosurgery and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Senior Management Team
Chief Financial Officer
Robin is an experienced finance professional and Chartered Accountant with long experience as CFO/Finance Director of both public and private companies, with experience in mobile, software, IT services, adtech, telecoms, financial services, and technology in general. Robin has led two IPOs, one on AIM (a sub-market of the LSE) and one a full LSE listing and has considerable M&A and fundraising experience in both private equity and public markets. He has significant international exposure in Europe and the USA involving starting, growing and managing internationally dispersed businesses and detailed knowledge of international accounting and reporting standards, including IFRS and GAAP. As an experienced manager of back office functions (HR, IT, legal, company secretary, tax, treasury) Robin has been closely involved in all aspects of customer and supplier contract negotiations and general operational management.
Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director Australia & New Zealand
Over his 20 years in the payments industry, Uli has developed valuable insights into what it takes to successfully deliver new technologies and drive consumer uptake. During his time as Group Vice President and Managing Director of G&D Australasia, his team helped deliver Australia’s first mobile banking app in 1999, the Melbourne Myki transport ticketing system (the largest in the world by geography), ANZ’s first mobile-based NFC pilot, Australia’s first Paypass projects with the Commonwealth Bank, and roll-outs of several other leading-edge technologies. Uli is passionate about mobile payments and delivering a seamless, trustworthy and rewarding consumer experience.
Chief Strategy Officer
Nick is responsible for setting the corporate strategy direction of Bluechain. He has spent the best part of 25 years establishing and expanding the operations of fintech consulting and products companies, such as SunGard and Bravura Solutions in key geographies. Nick brings to Bluechain solid corporate strategy, M&A and new market entry skills. His primary focus is on emerging markets and global technology partnerships.
Vice President Research & Development and Customer Success
Rod has held senior roles at several international IT companies over the past 20 years. Before joining Bluechain, Rod led the Australian development team for Cryptzone’s (formerly HiSoftware) Sheriff web compliance and SharePoint security product range. As VP Product Development at Bluechain, Rod is responsible for the app and server development teams, market trials, and partner engagement. Rod’s product management expertise is particularly valuable as Bluechain works to bring these products to market.
Vice President Marketing
Chris is responsible for marketing, brand and internal and external communications at Bluechain. He has 20 years of frontline experience building go-to-market strategies with niche market technology companies. Chris’s ability to develop clear and simple messages on technical subjects is critical when entering new markets and for communicating effectively with prospective customers and partners.
Head of Product Management
Stephen has been responsible for defining commercial strategies and consumer propositions to drive the convergence across banking and mobile for 14 years. His technical background and strong analytical, communication and leadership skills bridge the gap between technology and business teams. Stephen’s human-centred design approach helps align propositions with brand values enabling the delivery of great customer experiences.
Managing Director UK
Sonny Sood has worked in regulated financial services for nearly 20 years. Sonny started as a capital markets trader, and then consulted as an advisor to early stage technology companies. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Managing Director Asia
Scott is based in Singapore and has been involved in the payments and financial services technology space for the past 20 years. Scott is responsible for developing Bluechain Asia sales and marketing strategy.
General Manager East Africa
Vincent is a business and information technology executive with over 15 years experience in business strategy, business development, product management, and software development. He was a consultant with CTP, Novell, and he worked at America Online as Director of Video Product. He was previously with IBM as a Managing Consultant, leading teams in providing advisory services and developing solutions for Fortune 100 companies in industries ranging from financial services, manufacturing, and oil & gas services.
General Manager West Africa
Yoku Korsah has been involved in the payments industry for 25 years. Yoku was Chief Operating Officer of the Ghana Interbank Payments and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS), which he helped set up and run on behalf of the Bank of Ghana. GhIPSS consolidated the country’s major retail payment systems under the control of the Bank of Ghana. Yoku started his career with KPMG, where he became a partner and head of the Advisory Practice in Ghana. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA, CGMA), holds an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University.