Meet Our Team
Founder & CEO
Sarah is an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning filmmaker turned digital distribution specialist. She was previously Head of Content at global ed-tech VOD platform Twig, and founder of broadcast television production company Clarity Productions. Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of BAFTA and the British Screen Advisory Council, and was named in the British Interactive Media Association's "Hot 100" 2014.
Richard has been leading the development of online applications for 16 years. He has broad experience across many sectors, including building content management systems for Coca-Cola and Channel 4, innovative scientific search databases for Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, and video distribution platforms for the BBC and Shine Group. Richard was voted in the British Interactive Media Association's "Hot 100" 2016.
Head of Product & Front-end Development
Patrick has 13 years of agency and freelance experience, and was previously based in New York as front-end SME at digital agency Barrel where he worked with clients including General Electric, KIND, New York Genome Center, and Columbia University. His work has won multiple awards and has been featured in Web Designer and NET magazine. He has produced developer tools used by companies including IBM, Campaign Monitor, Hootsuite, and Salesforce.
Lead Full-stack Developer
Andrew started out at Think Money and Barclays Capital, before moving to online fashion company Cocosa building customer and in-house web applications.
Jonathan Simmons (Chair)
Chief Strategy Officer, Zone
Jonathan is Chief Strategy Officer at Zone, helping clients focus on the best digital opportunities for their business. He has led mission critical projects for Barratt Homes, University of the Arts London (UAL) and Maersk, all delivering genuine business benefits through redefining the relationship between brands and their customers. In addition, Jonathan is an industry-leading expert on social purpose, helping brands such as Unilever and Nike deliver on their promises and charities, such as British Red Cross and RSPB, develop and thrive in a digital world. Jonathan joined Zone following its acquisition of Public Zone, a business he founded with Amanda McKenna in 2006, that grew into the largest social purpose digital agency in the UK working with 50 of the UK’s top 100 charities. Jonathan began his career in print, developing and launching new products for the Guardian and Observer.
Founder and Chair, Archer Gray
Founder and President, Anthemis
Amy Nauiokas is Founder and Chair of Archer Gray, a media production, financing and venture investment company, and Founder and President of Anthemis, the leading digital financial services investment and advisory firm. She is a visionary executive, venture capitalist, and producer; a recognized leader in innovation, strategic management, and results across a variety of markets and industries. Amy was previously CEO and Managing Director of Barclays Stockbrokers and Head of Electronic Sales & Trading at the Investment Bank.
Private Equity Investor, GVAdvisors SA
Through Essex Innovation, Eduardo is currently co-investing in tech companies in the UK and Europe. He is also co-investing and on the Board of a fund that directly invests in IT in Israel. Eduardo is also a Board member at Biotins-Energia (Renewables), Essex Energy (Oil and Gas), Essex Resorts (Leisure) and a Partner at Saudibras (Real Estate development in Brazil). In the last year, the management of his, and his brother's, portfolio of activities was consolidated in GVAdvisors, a multi-family office that is based in Geneva.
Head of Partnerships, Movement Capital
Dan began his career in Bahrain working for Citibank. He later moved to London, Zurich, Sydney and Hong Kong where he became involved in Mezzanine Finance and Emerging Market Equity. He ran Sales and Distribution for Frontier and Emerging Market Equities for UBS, Lehman and Deutsche Bank (DB) before being responsible for DB's Asset Management business in the Middle East. He helped start Algebra Capital, the first independent Fund Management firm in the Middle East. He is a Partner at Movement Capital, a Global EM and Frontier Market Crowd Funding firm where he is Head of Partnerships. Dan sits on the Board of Lakson Investments, an Asset Management firm in Pakistan as well as Rejuvenation.
Sarah Tierney is one of the best entrepreneurs that I have seen come out of Europe…. Colony has a real shot at transforming the media marketplace.Amy Nauiokas – Founder & CEO, Archer Gray
We were thrilled to invest and did so based on product, team and go-to-market strategy. Colony is uniquely positioned to deliver on early and exclusive film content to global audiences.Reshma Sohoni – Partner & co-founder, Seedcamp
Colony connects super-passionate fans of film with the content they desire the most. We think that they are going to be awesomely successful.Richard Muirhead – Co-Founder, Firestartr