“…from a team with a background in the insurance sector with proven efficient delivery of solutions”

Our primary focus is on decentralised solutions for commercial and specialty (re)insurance to which each of the core team brings Subject Matter Expertise in individual areas. Having worked within the insurance markets we understand the needs of insurance companies and how their processes work.  All of our team has experience in the commercial and specialty (re) insurance sector and we also have wider experience in the general insurance and life and pensions sectors.  A number of us also have experience in the wider financial services (retail and investment banking) and other commercial sectors.  

This means that when we engage on a project with clients, we already understand how the sector operates and a good deal about the underlying business processes within our clients.  We know where many of the operating problems exist and what causes them.  We know where there are opportunities to improve and, specifically, where we believe our Blockchain solutions can make a significant impact.  Therefore, when we run the initial workshops for scope and design we are able to make rapid progress and our clients are not faced with the task of ‘educating another bunch of consultants’ in what they do.  In contrast our workshops quickly get into critical questions of understanding specific problem areas, constructive prioritization of scope and surfacing new ideas about how our clients can and want to change the way they operate.

Core Team

David Edwards (Founder)

David Edwards Founder & Product lead

David has proven his industry leading experience repeatedly during his work with large enterprises and start-ups alike over the past 20 years. His wide-ranging technical skill spanning the provision of high-level architecture design & strategy down to detailed, low-level technical solutions.  He has been working with architecting Blockchain and smart contracts based solutions for (re)insurance since 2014 and is skilled across a multitude of Blockchain platforms and technologies.  David has a hands on technical approach during delivery of Blockchain projects to ensure the applications meet the requirements. 

Prior to ChainThat, David held the role of Enterprise Infrastructure Architect for London’s leading insurance services provider. In this role he provided cloud strategy, complex data migration planning, cyber security guidance, total cost of ownership modelling for applications / services and infrastructure / storage strategy. Previously David held senior architecture positions at Capita, ATOS & Siemens.  He was also involved in the London Market CSRP project to deliver applications for the handling of ECOT and EBOT messages.

Working with start-ups, he has held the role of Platform & Systems Architect for a high throughput text messaging gateway systems (SMS gateways), which have been delivered to large mobile operators around the globe.  He has taken on the role as the Head of Architecture and Product Management for eD3P, a disruptive technology company tackling storage security and mainframe data.   He provided engineering services to a mobile start-up covering both infrastructure architecture design and the delivery of system against the architecture.

 
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Vikas Acharya Co-Founder

Vikas is an experienced technologist with 14+ years of rich experience designing, developing and selling technology focused solutions in diverse industry settings such as financial services, insurance and telecoms.  He has nice blend of experience of both software development and technology strategy.  He has Masters in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology (India) and Executive MBA from University of Cambridge (UK). He is professionally certified on ITIL and TOGAF foundations. 

With strong leadership skills, he has led the teams in Australia, Sri-Lanka, Oman, Indonesia and US in the design and delivery of enterprise client solutions. Integration patterns, Database management, Server designs, architectural strategy, benefit realisation, project/data governance and process re-engineering are some of the core areas that Vikas has led in his client engagements.  Recently, he has been involved in designing and architecting commercial insurance enterprise solutions such as Data Capture Services, ECF WriteBack, Post Bind Submission (PbS) and CSRP.  Some of these have used ACORD data standards and have won industry awards. He has rich experience in building solutions across the insurance value chain - placing, claims, accounting, settlement and reporting. He has a proven expertise of developing a blockchain powered solutions that include Ethereum platform, JavaScript development, SmartContract based workflows and decentralised Meteor applications.

Vikas is a visiting fellow of Cambridge Digital Innovation, an initiative that bridges academic research to corporate practical insights. He is also a guest speaker in University of Cambridge where he shares his experience about digital innovation and outsourcing strategies. He is also a seasoned digital executive and a strategist following a strong belief of “Technology for Business Sake” - every technology project should focus on delivering tangible business benefits. 

 
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Richard Walsh Co-Founder

Richard has over 25 years’ experience formulating and delivering organisation-wide IT and business change. After starting out on HSBC’s graduate programme he has remained hands-on technical on a career progression through programming, analysis, project and programme delivery and senior management roles in a range of global insurers and insurance service providers. He has a detailed knowledge and deep experience of all aspects of solution delivery and operational support for insurance solutions in the reinsurance, commercial & specialty, SME and personal lines domains.

Richard has hard-earned experience working at the sharp end of the IMR, eAccounts, ECF/2 and CSRP London Market initiatives and understands the practical challenges of transformation and value delivery into the Broker and Carrier community. After leading multiple large programme recoveries, Richard now specialises in practical swift delivery of targeted business benefits.

Richard has an MSc in Information Management and a BA in History from the University of Sheffield. He has worked at a range of organisations across Europe, US and Africa including HSBC, Aviva, RSA, Lloyd’s of London, Xchanging, Old Mutual and Computer Science Corporation.  

 
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Richard Boreham Insurance Architect

Richard is a practical and pragmatic technology leader with over 25 years of experience.  He now specialises in the financial sector, particularly insurance, but has also worked with broad range of organisations in the commercial and public sectors.

He has led many strategy and transformation engagements for FTSE100 organisations including the construction of business strategies, operating models and change programmes, IT strategies, and many performance improvement programmes across the IT function including significant innovative sourcing deals.  He is best known for designing and setting the technology enabled strategies that drive business change.  He then creates the business case and plan for change, establish the delivery capability and leads the resulting delivery programmes - working closely with business leaders - to deliver that change. 

Since 2014 he has been consulting to Lloyd’s of London and the London Market group where he led the development and delivery of the Target Operating Model for the use of ACORD Ruschlikon EBOT/ECOT in the London Market.  He has also been deeply involved on the subsequent delivery programme: Post-bind Submission (PbS).  Consequently, he has industry leading experience in working with Ruschlikon members on commercial specialty insurance.  Prior to this he was a Director at KPMG where he built and led the Technology Strategy and Performance team and, latterly, the Insurance IT Advisory team.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science (BSC hons) in Chemical Engineering and a MBA from the Open University.  He is a Member of the British Computer Society and an independent non-executive director with a specific board interest in digital communications for British Canoeing.

 
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Praveen Nagpal - Head of Development

Praveen has over 16 years of experience in complex software design, development and delivery. He has deep hands-on technical development skills and experience in a wide range of platforms, technologies and languages spanning all major DBMS, application servers, integration platforms, enterprise content management systems, business process management and business intelligence technologies.

His technical skills on Blockchain technology include Smart Contracts construction & orchestration, Distributed Ledger management, and peer to peer messaging leveraging the capabilities of the Ethereum platform. His expertise on Blockchain is on Solidity language used in building Smart contracts, Go Ethereum Client and core Ethereum, Whisper peer to peer messaging, Ethereum development frameworks like Truffle. He is skilled in building decentralised applications leveraging technologies such as Java, Javascript, Meteor, Node JS, Mongo DB and AWS cloud service offerings.  In addition, Praveen has vast experience in Enterprise Integration Technologies such as JBoss Fuse Enterprise Service Bus, Active MQ, Enterprise Content Management products such as FileNet, Alfresco and Robotics Process Automation tools such as Blue Prism.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) professional degree from Delhi College of Engineering. He is a certified TOGAF practitioner and holds professional certifications in AWS cloud services,  NoSQL databases such as Mongo DB. He is also an ACORD Certified Expert. 

 
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Rick Huckstep - Advisor

Rick is an advisor, speaker and commentator on digital innovation in insurance, aka, the emerging world of InsurTech. After 35 years of corporate experience in technology sales and solutions, Rick joined the ranks of the entrepreneur and now works with technology startups.  This involves mentoring, strategic business planning and fund-raising. Rick is an angel investor himself and provides advisory services and deal flow to organisations with business and investment interests in InsurTech. He is on the advisory board of Swisscubator, the Zurich based incubator for InsurTech startups and several startups.
Each week, Rick interviews the founder/CEOs of InsurTechs from around the world and across all lines of business. He then tells their story of digital innovation in insurance in articles for The Digital Insurer called InsurTech Weekly.

He has an insatiable appetite for new technology, new business models, digital disruption & the modernization of out-moded corporate management techniques. 

 
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Ben Huckel - Associate

Ben is an application and integration architect with over 15 years experience in java and application development, application architecture and integration of complex heterogeneous systems. He has a 1st Class BSc(hons) in Computer Science and after leaving University worked for IBM Global Services for a number of years delivering J2EE applications supporting massive transaction volumes and integrating with a number of diverse systems.  

Ben is an extremely well grounded technologist with extensive experience in development process definition, development of software and environments, software architecture, build, deployment and delivery. He has designed and delivered award winning software and has run extremely successful development teams delivering against challenging and aggressive timescales with outstanding results.

He has been working in the insurance sector for the past 8 years and has accumulated a wealth of general and commercial insurance experience, with the last 4 years working in the London Insurance Market. He held key roles in the architecture, design and delivery of the Post-bind Submission programme run by London’s leading Insurance Services Provider gaining expertise in EBOT/ECOT standards, as well as Rushlikon.

Ben has tried and tested knowledge of distributed application development with front end technologies such as Meteor and AngularJS and has worked extensively with Ethereum and Smart Contracts in the Blockchain arena. He is also an expert in Java. In addition, he is fully conversant in many of the underlying Enterprise Level Integration Technologies such as Mule, ActiveMQ, WebSphere, JBoss. 

 

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Alistair Dawson - Developer

Alistair has over 17 years experience as an established core software developer primarily focusing on Java J2EE technologies and frameworks.
He has worked across a variety of sectors ranging from Insurance, Interactive Gaming, Telecommunications and Pharmaceuticals. 

Over this time he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and development best practices which coupled with his innovative and pro-active approach and top-rate analytic skills make him a key member in any development team to deliver robust solutions.

In the last 3 years Alistair has moved his focus to front end design and GUI development using Javascript, JQuery, HTML5 and CSS which now makes him a highly skilled and experienced developer across the full GUI and server side technology stack. 

Alistair has a joint 1st Class (BEng hons) in Mathematics and Electronic Engineering as well as a MSc in Information Technology specialising in software development. He has a real appetite for knowledge and always has his finger on the pulse surrounding the latest and greatest technologies and is already accustomed with BlockChain and the Ethereum platform.