Board of Directors

John Johnston, Non-Executive Chairman
John Johnston was most recently Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Nomura Code from 2011 to 2013. He was previously Director of Sales and Trading at Seymour Pierce from 2008 to 2011. In 2003, he founded Revera Asset Management, where he oversaw an investment trust, a unit trust and a hedge fund, which he ran until 2007. He joined Legg Mason Investors for three years as Director of Small Companies Technology and Venture Capital Trusts, from 2000 to 2003, having previously spent two years as Head of Small Companies with Murray Johnstone. From 1992 to 1997, John was Head of Small Companies at Scottish Amicable, before spending a year at Ivory and Sime, again as Head of Small Companies from 1997 to 1998.He began his investment career at the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1981, working in the Trustee and Investment department, before moving to General Accident in 1985, holding the position of Head of Retail Funds before his move to Scottish Amicable.
Tony Stiff, Group Chief Executive Officer
Tony was Commercial Director of Bglobal plc (“Bglobal”), the AIM-listed smart-metering company. At Bglobal Tony helped prove the concept of their smart-metering products and was responsible for securing commercial contracts with leading energy suppliers which ultimately brought the business into profitability and set down the foundations for future growth opportunities. In 2000 Tony founded Atlantic Electric and Gas Limited, a business backed by US-based Sempra Energy inc. The business quickly became one of the UK’s leading independent energy suppliers, with over 300,000 customers. Tony then oversaw the shareholders’ exit strategy and in conjunction with the administrative receivers of the company the business was sold to Scottish & Southern Energy. In 1994 Tony founded Webbins Limited (“Webbins”), in order to exploit the gap in the market for a software product that customers could use to evaluate energy contracts. Having grown Webbins into a company with over 100 staff and £10m turnover, Tony negotiated the sale of the company to MMT Computing plc, and continued to manage the business for three years afterwards. Tony initially trained as an electrical engineer and has held various positions with the Central Electricity Generating Board, Eastern Electricity plc and Powergen plc.
Nigel Canham, Chief Financial Officer
From 2002 to 2014 Nigel held senior leadership positions within Danaher Corporation, the $20B revenue NYSE listed global science and technology company. Before joining Flow he was Finance Director of Fluke Corporation’s emerging markets group, helping drive revenue growth, increased profitability and improved working capital. Previous to that Nigel was Finance Director and EU Accounting Director for Gilbarco Veeder‐Root, the manufacturer of fuel dispensers and fuelling solutions.

From 2007 to 2009, Nigel was based in California as Finance Director for Kerr Corporation, Danaher’s leading dental consumables business. From 2002 to 2007 he was Financial Controller of Linx Printing Technologies, a Danaher business in the coding, marking and industrial printing market.

Prior to Danaher, Nigel held positions with several UK companies including Dialight Plc and Strand Lighting, businesses supported by investment from Permira, the international private equity firm. Nigel is a Chartered Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Andrew Beasley, Managing Director, Flow Energy

Andrew has held a number of senior roles in a range of energy businesses. From 2001 – 2004 he was Commercial Director of Atlantic Electric and Gas. Between 2004 and 2009 he worked in a range of companies on systems provision for use in the energy industry. From 2009 – 2011, he was Director of Technology and Procurement at Utilita, the ground-breaking energy supply and smart metering business. From 2011 – 2012 he was Principal Consultant at Engage Consulting, the leading utilities consultancy. From 2012 – 2014 he was Managing Director of Flow Energy before moving to be Group Energy Services Director at EIC. He returned to Flow as Group Commercial Director later in 2014 and is now Managing Director of Flow Energy. Andrew stays active in national and regulatory energy forums and is an alternate to a Director at Energy UK. He is a member of the IET.

David Grundy, Non-Executive Director
David joined Grant Thornton in 1989 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. In 2000 David was appointed a Partner, one of the youngest partners in the firm, at the age of 31. David worked primarily in the Corporate Finance team but also acquired secondary audit responsibilities. David was integral to the flotation of Energetix (now Flowgroup) in 2006 as lead partner and Reporting Accountant for the IPO.In 2006, David was appointed National Head of Transaction Services, including the oversight of the development of Transaction Services offering across Grant Thornton International. David was then appointed in 2009, as Managing Partner for the North West practice of Grant Thornton, encompassing offices in Liverpool and Manchester which employs in excess of 300 staff. David brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board.
Brian F Carroll, Non-Executive Director
Brian F Carroll is the Managing Partner of Carroll Capital LLC. He was, through 2016, a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., a global alternative asset management firm. He joined KKR in 1995 and was most recently the Head of the Consumer and Retail teams in Europe. He was also a member of the European Investment Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Laureate Education, Inc. and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of AEP Industries, Afriflora Holdings, The Boyds Collection, Ltd., Cognita Ltd., Harman International Industries, Borden Inc., Northgate Information Solutions, Pets at Home Group Plc, Rockwood Holdings, Inc., Sealy Corporation, and SMCP Groupe. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Carroll was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he worked on a broad range of high yield financing, corporate finance and merchant banking transactions. He earned a B.S. and B.A.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Brad Tirpak, Non-Executive Director
Brad Tirpak is a Managing Director at Palm Ventures where he focuses on small cap public companies. He was, through 2016, the founder of Locke Partners and managed various investment partnerships that focused on engaging public companies to improve corporate governance and improve shareholder returns. From 1996 through 2008, he worked as a portfolio manager at Credit Suisse First Boston, Caxton Associates, and Sigma Capital Management.  Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Tirpak founded Access Telecom, Inc., an international telecommunications company based in Mexico City. He has served on the Board of Directors of USA Technologies, Inc. Applied Minerals, Inc. and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Full House Resorts, Inc. Bradley Tirpak earned Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
Jamie Brooke, Non-Executive Director
Jamie Brooke is a fund manager at Lombard Odier and is founder and Lead Portfolio Manager for the 1798 Volantis Catalyst Funds I & II and also leads the team’s active engagement capability. Jamie has over ten years of quoted small-cap experience alongside ten years of private equity and venture capital experience at 3i and Quester. Mr. Brooke is an ACA Chartered Accountant, has a Mathematics degree from Oxford University and an Internet & Telecommunications MSC from UCL.

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