About us

Decoding the financial DNA of small business

Who are we?

In a period of unprecedented digital transformation within the world’s largest financial institutions, Validis is helping add clarity to decision making by simplifying the process of understanding the financial DNA of small businesses.

Our award-winning smart data pipe extracts, standardizes and analyzes small business accounting data via robust APIs, putting it directly in the hands of those that need it so they can do their jobs faster and smarter. For more information about how Validis can help your decision making, contact us today.

Our certifications

Security is of the upmost importance to the Validis organisation.

We are both ISO 27001 and SOC 2 certified! This means that we have senior management support for information security from the CEO down. All our employees are vetted and understand their data security responsibilities and we have a qualified and experienced person dedicated to managing data security and data protection. We have created a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that are regularly reviewed and we maintain best practice in technical security. We have a robust incident reporting and incident management process, have a comprehensive and regularly tested business continuity plan and vet and review all our suppliers and their security arrangements. 

If you have any questions regarding security then you can find more information here.

ISO certificate
AICPA Certificate

Our Senior Management Team

Michael has comprehensive experience from working the consulting space, with over 13 years tenure at Oliver Wyman, before leaving his role as Partner and Head of the London office to join data analytics specialists Coalition Greenwich. It was there where he grew in his passion for data-driven insights – and the role that fintech companies play in this.

Taking a leap into the fintech world, he now leads Validis’ mission to unlock the power of financial data for the accounting and FS sectors, and the small businesses they serve.

Andrew Sanaghan, Validis

Andrew joined Validis in 2020 with over 12 years experience in Financial Services and a Top 4 consultancy firm, specialising in digital banking and lending technology solutions. Andrew has proven expertise in digitising end-to-end customer journeys in the banking sector with a track record of building, motivating and leading diverse teams to successfully deliver large and complex change programmes.

HA Validis CFO

Hardeep joined Validis in November 2019 as CFO. She has over 15 years’ experience in finance and leading financial teams and spent the last 8 years in the fintech sector focussing on growth and scaling up. She held leadership roles within the OpenPayd Group, Caxton and Smart Currency Group and currently sits on ACCA’s Financial Services network panel.

Andy Wardle, CTO, Validis

Andy has over 20 years of experience in technology across a wide range of sectors and companies. Most recently he was instrumental in building a B2B2C platform in the Gambling sector, disrupting legacy incumbents and winning large Lottery and Tier one customers across the globe. 

Jeff Gramlich

Jeff joined the team after an impressive career in the US accounting industry. Some of Jeff’s career highlights include serving as President of the Small Firm Services business unit at CCH and President of AccountantsWorld.

Ronan O'Dea, Validis

Ronan is an experienced product leader with a passion for creating data-driven products that solve real problems for customers. He’s led product strategy and innovation across SME banking, having spent his career to date at Metro Bank, Lloyds Bank and Amazon.

Our Board Members

Validis Chairman Stéphane Besson

Stéphane has been driving growth and building teams in the Financial Services Industry for more than 25 years. He is working with several FinTechs as a chairman, board member, senior advisor and/or investor as well as with a few VC/PE firms on investment opportunities.

For 10 years, Stéphane was the CEO of Coalition Greenwich, a leader in benchmarking analytics to the financial service industry. Prior to this he spent 7 years at McKinsey and worked at BNP Paribas.

Stéphane holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of Science and Executive Engineering from École des Mines de Paris.

Don Robert Validis Chairman

Don currently serves as Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group, the leading global financial markets infrastructure business. He is also Chair of Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Founder Partner of Corten Capital, a specialist information and software investment firm, and a Technology Advisor to the Bank of England.
Previously, Don was Chairman of Experian plc, a global information and analytics business, the position which he held from 2014 until July 2019. Prior to this he was Group Chief Executive Officer of Experian plc from 2005 to 2014. Don was also Non-Executive Director (and Senior Independent Director) at Compass Group plc, Non-Executive Director of the Court of Directors, Bank of England and Non-Executive Director at First Advantage Corp.

Don is a graduate of Oregon State University (Business Administration/Finance), a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and an Honorary Group Captain, Royal Air Force.

Lindsey McMurray Validis

Lindsey is the Managing Partner of Pollen Street Capital, which she founded in 2013 having previously led the team at RBS since 2005. Pollen Street Capital operates in the Financial Services sector. It has established lending businesses as well as built up portfolios of loan assets. Lindsey is a non-executive director of Shawbrook Bank and several other Pollen Street Capital portfolio companies, and was previously a non-executive director of Banca Sistema, Arrow Global plc and Intermediate Capital Group.

Elio Vitucci

Elio joined the Validis board in 2020. Elio enjoyed a long and impactful career with Experian, where he served as Global Managing Director of Decision Analytics, and more recently as founder and CEO of Experian MicroAnalytics.

Roy Hudson

Roy joined the Validis board in 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and spent most of his executive career as an audit partner at PwC. He was also a member of PwC’s Supervisory Board. Chair of Audit & Risk Committee and non-executive member of PwC’s Deals Executive. Roy is also a Director and Trustee of The Architectural Heritage Fund. Chairs their Audit & Risk Committee. He also mentors at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London.

Contact us today to learn more