The UK’s largest platform of non-exec directors has added private equity veteran Stuart Marcy to its advisory board. North West-based serial entrepreneur Ian Wright launched in 2019 and has established it as the leading SaaS platform for non-exec directors, chairs, and fractional board advisors. Wright said: “With over two decades of experience in the UK’s corporate finance and private equity sectors, Stuart Marcy’s appointment is a significant coup for Virtualnonexecs. His previous roles at Deloitte, Smith & Williamson, Menzies, and BKL have equipped him with unparalleled expertise, making him a perfect fit for Virtualnonexecs’ expanding operations.” With projections forecasting revenue growth from £1m to £2.4m in the next 12 months, Virtualnonexecs is also predicting profits in excess of £1.4m.

Breathe Technologies

Warehouse integration specialists, Breathe Technologies, has appointed Ryan Missen as head of solutions. Formerly head of lean and projects at GXO Logistics, and having held operations positions at Boots, Missen brings his expertise and understanding of the UK retail and 3PL landscape to Breathe Technologies. As head of solutions, Missen joined the senior leadership team in the business and will collaborate with clients and internal stakeholders to continue the company’s strategy of innovation and expertise in automation and advanced digital processes. He said: “I am excited to join them at a time when customers are looking for a partner with the expertise and innovative technology to address their individual supply chain challenges.”

IMU Biosciences

Tim Haines has been appointed as non-executive chair of the IMU Biosciences board of directors while Dr Oliver Nussbaumer and Inga Deakin have been appointed as non-executive directors. It follows the news that MedTech IMU Biosciences has raised £11.5m to revolutionise immune-powered precision medicine. Inga Deakin, principal of Molten Ventures, said: “We are thrilled to lead this investment round and support IMU in their journey towards groundbreaking discoveries in healthcare.”

Redmoor Health

Leoni Williams has started a new position as regional manager for the London area at Redmoor Health. As part of her role she’ll continue delivering the digital healthcare services partner’s programmes that they currently deliver across the area. In 2022 Redmoor received investment from private equity firm Palatine.


Playdemic founders Paul Gouge and Alex Rigby have launched their new games studio ForthStar after bagging $10m in funding from Griffin Gaming Partners. Gouge and Rigby have a track record of success, most noticeably with the BAFTA-winning Playdemic which produced the hit game Golf Clash. The studio was subsequently sold to Electronic Arts for a record-breaking $1.4bn.


Manchester-based cybersecurity startup Zally has hired Paul Wilshaw as chief design and product officer and Prabhu Prakash Ganesh as its chief technology officer. Zally was founded by CEO Patrick Smith.

The Talent Crowd

Aisling Burke Connolly has been appointed head of people and client development at recruitment specialist The Talent Crowd.  She previously worked at law firm Slater & Gordon.


InsurTech 50 star Genasys has appointed Sharon Brown as a board advisor. Genasys provides policy, billing and claims administration software to the insurance industry via its Software-as-a-Service platform which includes more than 350 pre-configured products across the ecosystem. A respected professional in the general and Lloyd’s insurance markets, Brown holds numerous senior leadership roles including a directorship at the Managing General Agents’ Association.

Genasys – Insurance software with a difference


Accountants Hurst have promoted Sam Ryan to tax manager and Liza Whiley to associate tax manager.  The company is preparing to move to its new offices at Stockport Exchange.