Shantha Ruban

Entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in Software research and development, the last 10 years of which has been spent in developing ground breaking software solutions for the "Sports & Leisure" and "Telecommunication" industries. Inventor and co-owner of a European patent for 'Product Catalog Production' software system, which attracted a multimillion pound investment from Intel Corporation and 3I Venture Capital in 1999/2000.

Richard Phillips

Over 30 years experience in the sport and leisure sector and investor in high performance technology. Highly regarded as a proven business leader and strategic thinker. Responsible for restructuring, diversifying and de-risking the world famous Silverstone Racing Circuit and co-negotiator of the longest Grand Prix contract with Formula One Management to date. Responsible for the Silverstone Master Plan and upgrading Silverstones Grand Prix Circuit making it amongst the fastest, most challenging and yet safest in the world for both bike and car racing. Former Chairman of a High Performance Technology group of six Local Enterprise Partnerships based in the Midlands, working with government and focussing on developing cutting edge technology businesses in Motorsport Valley. Co-founder of the Silverstone UTC specialising in the vocational education of 14 to 19 year olds with a focus on High Performance Technology and Event Management. Advisor and investor in a software company offering modular solutions for multiple venue caterers, local government, venues and events. High-level management experience in the delivery of UK, European and World sporting events.

Jon Gustafsson

OPTIMO Chief Technical Officer. Has been with OPTIMO for the last 15 years and has overseen the implementation of numerous projects including FIFA World Cup. London Olympics and Meydan. Qualified with MSc in Computer Science and worked for large corporates including Cap Gemini as a consultant and has extensive experience in delivering Hospitality, Leisure and Events technology solutions.

Nadith Kudagama

Having over 20 years of proven experience in Information Technology & Business Management, Nadith is responsible for internal operations and core delivery framework, and is the COO of Programus. Nadith is involved in leading innovative Software Product Development, Client Management and has overseen the successful implementation of numerous projects in the Telecommunications, Event & Venue Management and Hospitality sectors. Nadith has extensive experience in General Management related to Research & Development Centres from setting up, optimisation and ensuring operational security to delivery, as well as expertise in Research Development Methodologies including Agile. Graduated from University of Colombo, Nadith also holds an MBA from the University of Leicester and has worked for large Corporates including John Keells and JBA International.

Peter Harris

Peter has had circa 30 years experience in delivering Information Technology focused business solutions across multiple sectors including Sport and Leisure, Retail, Public Sector and NFP. Peter has a reputation for delivering projects on time and to budget against immovable deadlines for multiple events including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics, Rugby World Cup, and flagship shopping destinations such as Westfield and the Arndale Center in Manchester. A lifetime of exposure across multiple disciplines requiring a full spectrum of skills has provided Peter with a comprehensive approach to analysis and collaborative design in order to provide appropriate solutions to meet client goals.

Chris Ransom

Solutions Director with extensive sales, marketing & operations experience gained in both client & agency environments working on high profile blue chip brands in UK, Europe, APAC & North American marketplaces. Good sports and venue management knowledge gained in sponsor, supplier and hospitality environments. Passionate about the customer journey and customer experience and the driving force in recent OPTIMO ticketing advances around real time intelligence and social. Reputation as innovator and creative thinker having won number of marketing industry awards.

Ganesh Uthara

Head of Technical Services and Key member of the implementation team with 15 years experience in providing technical services for numerous projects in the Telecommunications, Event & Venue Management sectors. Ganesh has 20+ years’ experience in delivering Information Technology focused business solutions across multiple sectors including Media, Telecoms and Sport & Leisure. Associate Member of Institute of Data Processing Management and also holds an MBA.