Our team based in the UK and in South Africa, has over 100 years of collective experience in custom IT projects.
Our Board has worked together for over 15 years and bring a diverse range of industry knowledge, experience, entrepreneurship and track record of building high performance teams and running successful global software businesses.
A successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in IT and business, specialising in business growth in the UK and South Africa. Responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the business, networking and building relationships with investors, customers and partners. Derives satisfaction from taking a hand in development and improvement, mentoring high performance teams and advising Boards.
Kali’s Dream: To spend more time with his ever-growing family and to become an investor to help fund and mentor innovative start-ups.
BCom Computer Science with more than 30 years of experience in programming and database management. Responsible for our product strategy, direction and development centre in South Africa. Involved in delivering numerous mission critical systems for each and every client. Continuously shares his knowledge to help our programmers learn and grow through our Young Minds initiative.
Hendrik’s Dream: Invest in numerous beach properties all over Thailand where he can live, work and relax simultaneously.
An Electronics Engineer with a Post-Graduate degree in Business Management and a track record in delivering IT solutions across a range of global businesses. Responsible for client relationships, the successful delivery of their projects and business operations. His role is to bring out the best in the team, ultimately assisting clients in maximising their business value through digital transformation by adopting innovative technologies.
Aju’s Dream: to build a social enterprise enabling homeless re-integrate into society by providing a safe home and job prospects.
BA(Hons) in Accounting, ACA, PGcert, with 21 years of experience in corporate Finance as a financial consultant and auditor and 14 years of experience as a University Principal Lecturer for Accounting. As Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary is responsible for business planning, financial modelling, accounting, contracts management and payments.
Jas’s Dream: To travel the world and give more time and money to charity.
Our Advisors bring in-depth knowledge and a network of contacts in sectors such as Insurance and Construction, to support The Data Company with its products, sales and marketing strategies.
Gartner and NatWest Accelerator Hub are Industry leading analysts, alongside our memberships with ILAG and SAICB which are supporting the growth and coaching of our business.
With over 30 years’ experience of working in the insurance space is highly regarded as an industry thought leader and one of the pioneers of the InsurTech movement. As a leading pioneer in this field, he has led the charge for informing and educating traditional, well-established players to remain relevant by helping to shape new propositions that are more compelling and relevant in a constantly connected, fiercely competitive, radically changing market.
Dr. Tirath Virdee
Data Technology Executive, Director of Artificial Intelligence, Data Evangelist, and co-author of Data Alchemy: The Genesis of Intelligence.
Data is leading to every network being connected, linking users, applications, and ecosystems across blockchain networks using multiple trust layers to facilitate interactions and value creation. However, for businesses undertaking this digital journey, there are significant data, technological and people challenges to address, especially if they are seeking to reinvent existing capabilities. This is the space I operate in. The space that enables the parameterisation, exchange, and monetisation of data.
Bob has been working in Construction Software since 1983. He brings a wealth of knowledge of both construction industry software & construction companies in the UK. Bob has held board level positions with Causeway, Coins & Red Sky & is now working with three specialist software companies to take their business to the next level.
Matt is one of our advisors for the Construction sector having worked all his career in Construction from on site to Executive level. This has given Matt has a unique view of this sector from both a production and back office operations perspective. Seen as a change agent who guides and drives teams through the process of breaking down the traditional “silo” mentality and working towards seamless knowledge sharing via innovative data driven solutions . Currently a member of various product steering and advisory groups across the industry. Always looking for the next question that needs an answer.
Our Management Team
Our Management team have years of experience in sales, marketing and project delivery.
Erik StrydomVP Service Delivery
Bachelor in Electronic Engineering, worked as Project Manager at Telecommunication Companies for 35 years. In his current role as VP Service Delivery, he ensures that projects are delivered within agreed timelines and that sufficient resources are allocated to projects.
Erik’s Dream: Fly around the world with his family and tour as many countries as possible.
Paul HendersonVP Strategic Accounts
International experienced Business Transformation Specialist, PMO, Programme and Senior Project Manager with over 15 years of experience working across the financial services and telecoms sector. In his current Strategic Account Management and Project Delivery role Paul assists strategic clients with the successful delivery of business improvement projects and programmes that aid with the transformation of business units.
Paul’s Dream: To spend the time travelling around the globe with his family stopping off to play some of the most famous golf courses in the world.
Germaine HennopVP Business Development
BSc in Actuarial Science with a background in financial services working for some of the biggest Financial Services companies in South Africa. Germaine is currently responsible for the development and growth of The Data Company’s business in South Africa with new and existing clients. Germaine believes that through the building of strong relationships with open communication we can achieve mutual success.
Germaine’s Dream: As an artist and appreciator of art she would love to either paint or curate an art gallery.
Jags DhillonHead of Data Practice
Having 15 years of experience in various IT Project Management in the financial services sector, Jags is responsible for the day-to-day management of application development and data warehousing projects for key clients. He advises on project management methodology, data analytics and machine learning; with a focus on both open source and proprietary tools with domain knowledge to be able to extract value quickly.
Jags’s Dream: To become a race car driver
Liesl BowettHead of Marketing & HR(SA)
Over 25 years ‘people’ experience in Corporate Banking, IT, and Marketing.
Liesl’s Dream: To (without ANY interruption) be able to enjoy her ever-growing ‘to-read’ list which, at this stage, could probably take the rest of her life! (Preferably on a beach)
David ElliottHead of Compliance
26 years experience in business development and engineering standards compliance; operations, processes, productivity, efficiency and project management. Being a driven and motivated professional with high integrity and broad based business and industrial experience, David ensures that The Data Company maintains its business culture professionalism, business integrity, legal compliance and customer satisfaction facilitating a business competitive edge with formal ISO 27001 certification.
From developers & testers to business analysts and project leaders. Our team provides extensive knowledge of project sizes, functionalities and business domains.