Board and Special Advisors

  • Chris Smart

    Chris Smart


    Chris Smart is a founder and General Partner of Acacia Capital Partners a venture capital company which invests in technology companies across Europe.

    He has been active in venture investing for more than 20 years and before founding Acacia ran the early stage funds Cambridge Research and Innovation and IDG Ventures Europe. In this time he has been actively involved with numerous companies with board roles in Shazam, Cambridge Display Technology, Solarflare, Mirics, Skinkers, European Microelectronics Academy and Cambridge Positioning Systems; and is also Chairman of Yakatak, See Change Films and Datasift, a Governor of St Mary’s school in Cambridge, an advisor to Aptivate and an Honorary Member of Magdalene College Cambridge.

  • Rick Wagoner

    Rick Wagoner

    Special Advisor

    George Richard "Rick" Wagoner, Jr is an American businessman and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors.

    He received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University in 1975. He then attended Harvard Business School from which he received an MBA in 1977. Mr Wagoner is a trustee of Duke University, Detroit Country Day School, the Board of Dean's Advisors of the Harvard Business School, and the Board of Directors of Catalyst. He is a member of The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, Detroit Renaissance Executive Committee and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. 

  • James Davies

    James Davies


    Set up We Predict in 2009
    General Insurance Actuarial Analyst
    BSc in Economics from Swansea University

    He set up We Predict in January 2009 and since then has worked tirelessly to make sure that the talents and capabilities of the team have the greatest impact in the World. James has the ability to combine his creative and analytic skills to the benefit of the business, and perhaps most importantly he is optimistic and persistent. 

  • Stuart Clarke

    Stuart Clarke

    Non-executive CFO

    Stuart Clarke joined Admiral Group PLC in 1995 after training as a chartered accountant and was Head of Finance during the Group's management buyout in 1999, before becoming the Group Company Secretary in 2004 when Admiral floated on the London Stock Exchange.

    After semi-retiring in 2009 Stuart continues to work with Admiral and is a Board member of a number of their subsidiaries

  • Lord Hollick

    Lord Hollick

    Lord Hollick is a businessman, founder of the IPPR think tank and has been a member of the House of Lords since 1991 where he sits on the Economic Affairs Committee.

    He served as the Group Chief Executive of UBM PLC and its predecessor companies from 1974 to 2005. He was a Managing Director and Partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. between 2005 and 2010. He is a director of Honeywell Inc, Pro Sieben and BMG Music Rights Management. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Jefferies Inc, Bertelsman and The Royal Society and a partner at GP Bullhound.

    He was an advisor to several successive UK Labour Party leaders, including Prime Minister Tony Blair and acted as a Special Adviser at the DTI in 1997 and 1998.

  • Prof. Tim Davis

    Prof. Tim Davis


    Tim is an honorary professor in the Department of statistics at the University of Warwick and has a PhD in statistical scince from the University of Birmingham

    From 2001-2008 he was the Henry Ford Technical Fellow for Quality Engineering at the Ford Motor Company and most recently Director of Quality and Automotive Safety at Jaguar Land Rover until 2010.

    He is a Chartered Statistician (CStat) and fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) London and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), London. He has previously been a Vice President of the RSS.

  • Lori Sherer

    Lori Sherer

    Special Advisor

    Lori Sherer is a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office. She is a leader in Bain's Advanced Analytics and Digital practices.

    As an expert in the field of applying advanced analytics to address business challenges, Lori brings a global perspective on state-of-the-art analytical methodologies and opportunities.

    Lori has more than 20 years of experience in the field of advanced analytics and decision science as an adviser, practitioner and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Bain in 2014, Lori co-founded and led McKinsey’s Insurance Solutions which designs, builds and deploys analytics solutions across the customer value chain. Lori honed her decision science experience as General Manager of the Enterprise Management division at FICO, a global analytics software and services company, and as Chief Strategy and New Applications Development Officer at RMS, a leading catastrophe risk modeling company