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Meet the board

Karen Slatford, Chairman

Karen Slatford, was appointed Chairman in June 2009. She is currently Chairman of Volex plc and e-conomic international and is Non-Executive Director of Micro Focus and Intelliflo Ltd.  Karen has also served on the board of several other technology companies in the UK and internationally.

Prior to 2001, Karen worked for Hewlett Packard in a variety of sales and marketing roles. Her final position was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing and Chairman of Hewlett Packard UK Ltd.

Bill Collis, CEO

Bill joined The Foundry in 2001 as an Algorithms Engineer and was soon promoted to Head of Research. In this role he managed 7 DTI and EU funded research projects and led the development of The Foundry’s Furnace image processing plug-ins receiving a Sci-Tech Award® from AMPAS® in 2007. Bill became Commercial Director in 2006 and CEO in 2007. In 2013, he was recognized as the UK Technology winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.  

Prior to The Foundry, Bill worked for Snell & Wilcox where he contributed to the development of the famous ‘bullet time’ effects on the Matrix film. He received a PhD in non-linear Signal Processing from The Institute of Sound & Vibration Research at the University of Southampton in 1995 and is currently an Associate Fellow there. He has published over 50 papers, a book entitled ‘Heart Sounds Made Easy’, and holds 5 patents.

Michael Wand, Non-Executive Director

Michael Wand joined Carlyle in 2001 and is a Managing Director and Head of the Europe Technology advising group, a team of dedicated investment professionals who advise on European growth capital and buyout opportunities in a variety of sectors including digital media, software, telecom, healthcare and technology.

Prior to that he worked for approximately 10 years in investment banking, the last seven years in the technology sector. As a Managing Director, he was responsible for the European software and internet research team at Deutsche Bank in London. He has also worked as a European Software Analyst for Paribas in London and BHF-Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. During his banking career, Michael was the underwriting analyst for technology innovators such as SAP, Autonomy, SurfControl, Utimaco and nCipher. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Holding AG, vwd AG and ADA Cosmetics GmbH.

Doreen Lorenzo, Non-Executive Director

Doreen Lorenzo is the president of community invention platform Quirky. She joined Quirky in October 2013 from frog design where she enjoyed an illustrious 16 year career. Doreen joined frog in 1997 and served as its President for seven years. She drove frog’s strategy, oversaw its worldwide operations, and was instrumental in taking it from a traditional design boutique to one of the world’s foremost global innovation firms.

Doreen has also served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, and has become an internationally recognized thought leader on innovation and design.

She holds a Master of Science degree in communications and media studies from Boston University, and is a member of the Global Agenda Council for Emerging Multinationals for the World Economic Forum.

Charlotte Lawrence, Non-Executive Director

Charlotte Lawrence is an Investment Professional in The Carlyle Group’s European Technology fund, advising on European buyout and growth investments.

Since joining Carlyle in early 2010, Charlotte has been actively involved in Carlyle’s investments in FRS Global, The Foundry and Nature Delivered. FRS Global was exited in September 2010 when it was sold to Wolters Kluwer.

Prior to joining Carlyle, she worked in the Investment Banking Divisions at Merrill Lynch and UBS in London. She received her MPhysPhil in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University and is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Nature Delivered and Gabriel Securities.