Board of Directors
Caroline Brown - Non-Executive Chair
Caroline became Chair in January 2019 having joined the Board on 18 December 2018. She is a Non-Executive Director and commercially focused business leader with 20 years’ main Board experience driving strategic growth and leading high performing team in the media, professional services, energy and technology sectors.
She has delivered business strategy across EMEA, the Americas, former-CIS, India and the Far East in commercial leadership roles for FTSE 100 groups, mid-cap companies and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises.
Caroline is also a Non-Executive Director of Georgia Capital plc, Luceco plc and Earthport plc.
Her early career was in corporate finance with Merrill Lynch (New York), UBS and HSBC advising global corporations and governments. Caroline’s current portfolio is supported by a strong interdisciplinary background. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an MBA.
Russell Atkinson - Chief Executive Officer
Russell Atkinson became Chief Executive Officer of the Group, following its admission to AIM in 2014.
He joined NAH in 2012 as Managing Director and had a pivotal role in implementing its strategy following regulatory change in 2013.
His responsibilities include developing and implementing the Group-wide strategy and ensuring delivery of budgeted financial performance, promoting the Group’s values and supporting divisional strategies.
Prior to joining the Group, Russell held Managing Director roles at international firms including Lebara Mobile Limited and Blackhawk Network (UK) Limited, a division of Safeway Inc. as well as Director of E-Payments at Travelex.
Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Leicester Polytechnic and a diploma in marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
James Saralis - Group Chief Financial Officer
James Saralis is Chief Financial Officer of the Group, which he joined in January 2018.
His responsibilities include the overall management of the finance function within the Group and liaising with the Group’s investors and the banks.
James brings with him a wealth of experience both operationally and of the AIM market. Previously, he spent over 10 years in the general insurance industry, most recently as CFO of the Direct & Partnerships and Employee Benefit divisions of Jelf, part of Marsh & McLennan Companies.
James has also held various finance roles in Clearspeed Technology plc, HBOS plc and RAC plc.
He is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the ICAEW, having been a member since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bristol.
Tim Aspinall - Non-Executive Director
Tim Aspinall became Non-Executive Director in June 2016 and sits on the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Tim runs Aspinall Consultants Limited, a management consultancy business advising professional services firms on strategy, performance management and mergers and acquisitions.
Tim is also a Non-Executive Director of Premier Medical Holdings Limited which is one of the leading providers of medical reports in the UK. His senior leadership career in the legal sector includes Managing Partner of DMH Stallard LLP where he led its transformation into an award winning and highly respected mid-market law firm.
Gillian Kent - Non-Executive Director
Gillian Kent became Non-Executive Director in November 2014 and is Chair of the Group’s Remuneration Committee.
Gillian is also an independent Non-Executive Director at Pendragon plc, Ascential plc, Mothercare plc, Theo Toppco Ltd and Portswigger Ltd and Chair at No Agent Technologies Ltd. Her executive caree sectors includes Managing Director of Microsoft’s largest online business in the UK.
Gillian has also served as Chief Executive Officer and Digital Consultant at GK Associates, Chief Executive Officer at Propertyfinder.com, and Director of Strategy and Busines MSN).