Our Partner Network

Our Partner Network

Our Partner Network

At Definia, everything we do is underpinned by the strength of our relationships. Leading professionals in their fields, our close community of external partners are a crucial source of knowledge, frequently hosting networking events to share advice and insights.

Asad Shah

Asad Shah

Financial Crime Compliance

Asad is a senior compliance professional with 20 years of financial crime compliance experience within the financial services and oil and gas industries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and US. He’s worked as a Global KYC Compliance Lead at Shell, Head of AML Advisory at Barclays, Head of Financial Crime Operations at Santander Bank and Programme Director Financial Crime at Commerzbank. Commended by the FCA, he has extensive experience of implementing new policies, procedures and training, plus accelerating execution plans to financial crime frameworks.

Alistair Copeland

Alistair Copeland

SmartDev CEO

Alistair has an established history of building new global technology and software development businesses with considerable market presence in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Northern Europe. He’s adept at delivering projects in cloud, blockchain, AI, embedded technology, .NET and Java, building systems and solutions for SaaS product companies and end clients such as Ford, Google, Barclays and National Geographic. He combines award-winning quality with an expert agile capability.

Dave Wood

Dave Wood

Associate partner

Dave is an experienced and influential leader with a proven track record of negotiating effective contracts with significant cost reduction. He is highly adept at delivering programme management, change management, sourcing strategy and end to end procurement solutions. Dave has worked with the Investigo Group for more than a decade and has delivered consistent and significant results for our customers. He is now integral to the success of a Definia separation project and is one of our most valued associate partners.

Kevin Carrick

Kevin Carrick

Data Clarity CEO & Co-founder

Kevin is a highly experienced business and technology-focused CIO with over 35 years’ experience at board level in large enterprises (£800m). He has significant experience of global programme and project delivery at director level for major shipping, retail, wholesale and media businesses. Possessing an MBA in Business and Organisation Transformation, Kevin has considerable experience of M&A, due diligence, right sizing and consolidation of business functions, cost reduction and supplier management.

Kiran Rao

Kiran Rao

Business/IT Strategy Associate Partner

Kiran is the CEO and founder of Xirocco, which provides board-orientated intelligent software that empowers CIOs and executive leadership teams to create, maintain and communicate a continuously relevant, business-linked IT strategy. Having spent 24 years at FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies like Accenture, General Electric and AT&T, Kiran is a domain expert in business and IT strategy and IT operating models.

Nick Folkes

Nick Folkes

Group CIO & Digital Transformation Director

Nick is a highly successful global CIO, business transformation expert and innovator in digital technologies. He has over 25 years of transformation experience across multiple sectors, from high growth to turnaround, delivering significant profit and revenue growth through digital transformation. He’s worked for the likes of G4S, MSCI and Tesco.

Nick Jenkinson

Nick Jenkinson

Chief Procurement Officer at Santander UK

Nick is a transformative procurement and business leader with significant experience across seven industries, covering a wide scope of direct and indirect materials and services. He has a passion for driving significant change, most recently witnessed through an award-winning procurement programme which evolved to wider leadership of corporate real estate and a newly formed business services function. With a track record of delivering significant, sustainable value across a wide range of business areas through a focus on efficiency, commercial excellence and innovation, he is one of Definia’s most valued associate partners. Nick is currently leading Definia’s largest procurement transformation at Santander.

Pana Lepeniotis

Pana Lepeniotis

Data Clarity CDO & Co-founder

Pana has 18 years of commercial and academic experience in building data driven solutions, enabling businesses to understand the real value of their data assets by setting up data strategy, governance and visualisation with data storytelling. Pana is in charge of data strategy on multiple business transformation programmes and helped Clarity Omnivue win the National Retail Systems Awar for Omni-Channel Solution of the Year 2018.

Zak Meziane CEC, CTC

Zak Meziane CEC, CTC

Agile Transformation and Leadership Coach

Zak is an organisational agility and leadership specialist with 15 years’ experience in helping organisations and their leaders thrive in a complex and changing economy by transforming the way they think and work. He has a proven track record in the design and leadership of tailored agile transformation programmes for large established organisations, such as bp, Bank of Ireland UK, Hargreaves Lansdown and Direct Line Group.

Zak is also actively involved in the international agile community as a thought leader, mentor and speaker. His articles on agile leadership and culture have been selected in the global publications ‘Best Agile Articles 2019’ and ‘Best Agile Articles 2020’. Zak is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and is the lead facilitator for Investigo's forum for leading UK insurance heads of change from across our network.

Darren Gent

Darren Gent

Data Clarity Director Of Operations

Darren is a customer facing technical manager with 38 years’ experience working in multinational blue chip corporate organisations and SMEs on both turnkey projects and frame contracts, always at the leading edge of technology. He is passionate about continuous improvement and the application of sound business practices using tried and trusted tools and methodologies.