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OUR TEAM

The team helping you uncover your city

Tom Charman

Tom Charman

Co-Founder and CEO

Tom is a serial entrepreneur with a knowledge in machine learning, having given a TEDx talk on the subject in 2016. He’s spoken about the development of AI at events including MWC and Visa Futures, and was named the Future Face of Innovation and Technology by the Chamber of Commerce in 2017. Tom has the long term vision of solving problems around homelessness.

Olivia Higgs

Olivia Higgs

Co-Founder and COO

Olivia is an award-winning entrepreneur and has lived in different countries across the world. She gave a TEDx talk on the wider impacts of A.I. and was recognised by both JCI UK and The Tab as one of the top female entrepreneurs in the UK. Her passion for languages and culture, is what drives her to create long-term sustainable solutions to global problems.

Kurt Henderson

Kurt Henderson

Co-Founder and CPO

Kurt started his first business at 14, picking up a knack for design and creative functions. He's previously managed a record label, and growing tech blog, Rootnotion. He mentors for Young Enterprise, and was named as one of 20 young entrepreneurs under 25 by Startups in 2017. Kurt is passionate about giving back, and inspiring young people into becoming leaders.

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Kory Mathewson

Chief Scientist, Ph.D.

Kory is currently finishing a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence at the University of Alberta as part of the Reinforcement Learning group, and is a scientist at CDL, Toronto. He has a background in biomedical engineering and enjoys exploring the intersection between human and machine, focusing specifically on how we train machines through the means of human interaction.

Damien Gallagher

Damien Gallagher

Senior Software Engineer

Damien is a back-end engineer, with a strong understanding of system architecture and server architecture. He has worked for a number of prestigious companies over the past few years, and has continued to hone his cloud deployment expertise. He’s someone that will help us deploy our product to the wider market, and help product stability as the company scales.

Anna Beddow

Anna Beddow

Full Stack Developer

Anna has developed a strong understanding of Javascript, allowing her to work as a versatile full-stack developer with a knowledge in React Native and Node. Before KOMPAS, she worked with clients in brand advertising such as Nike and Warner Bros. Anna is a fantastic developer, a genuine person, and has helped KOMPAS get to a position where we can scale quickly.

Sam McKay

Sam McKay

Full Stack Developer

After graduating, Sam spent time as a researcher at Toscafund before joining Aberdeen Asset Management. He spent 4 years analysing the opportunity for technological improvement, before becoming someone that would create that change as a full-stack developer. Sam is inquisitive about new technologies and is always looking for ways to improve KOMPAS.

Dylan Rhodius

Dylan Rhodius

Full Stack Developer

Dylan graduated from LSE with an MSc in MISDI. With a passion for innovation and the opportunity created by startups, his love for design and mobile development meant a courier in full-stack development was on the cards. He’s passionate about exploring the opportunity created at the intersection of software development and product design.

Mark Kiner

Mark Kiner

Strategic Business Development

Mark studied Economics at the University of Exeter and has previously worked at Havas Worldwide, assisting a move into a new business model. He’s passionate about data and travel, and how the two can be combined, and spends time understanding insights created through data analysis. He’s pursuing a courier in business development with data science.

Emilie Coalson

Emilie Coalson

Growth Marketing

Emilie studied Psychology at the University of Bristol, and enjoys exploring how people interact with companies. Having previously worked at both large and small companies, she’s developed a passion for innovative and experimental marketing, and in particular content marketing, and has continued to build a strong, and enjoyable content strategy at KOMPAS.

Our Board and Our Advisors

Neil Rafferty KOMPAS

David Solomides

Non-Executive Director

Specialised in Business Development and Innovation, David has a proven track record of success, winning corporate and customer commitment, improving revenue and margin, implementing change and thinking "outside the box". He's worked in executive positions for Deutsche Bank and Misys.

Marie Kluth KOMPAS

Marie Kluth

Non-Executive Director

Marie's career has been heavily focused in the M&A realm, specialising specifically in Technology, Media and TMT Industries. She has a $3B+ deal track record and an extensive network across the US and Europe, and has worked in various roles including MD for EY and VP for Credit Suisse.

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Dr. Heiko Schilling

Technology Advisor

Having completed a Ph.D in route optimisation, Heiko worked his way up the ladder at TomTom, and is now both a Fellow, and the Head of Navigation for the company. He’s passionate about technology, and helping exciting startups. He has also completed an MBA at Cambridge University.

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Derek Southall

Legal & Digital Advisor

Derek is a seasoned legal professional, focusing specifically on innovation. As a partner and head of innovation for Gowling WLG, Derek was recognised by the FT as one of the top two lawyers in the UK for innovation. He's frequently quoted in a range of leading publications such as the Economist.

Stephen Shortt KOMPAS

Stephen Shortt

Marketing Advisor

Stephen is a natural born entrepreneur having achieved success through multiple ventures. He specialises in online marketing, website creation, SEO and social marketing. He sits on the board for a few high-growth startups, and is the European Director for the GSEA Award, hosted by the Entrepreneurs Organisation.