Ant believes his primary objective as the Chief Executive of Saltare is to do his bit in making the lives of as many people as possible better. Achieved by reducing the stress and anxiety that can come with running a business through improved payment performance and ease of access to cash…on a global scale!
Ant has over 20 years experience in credit management and business finance and recognises the importance of cash to businesses. He’s held a number of executive level positions and has worked with thousands of businesses in numerous markets.
His two proudest business accomplishments to date are his role as CEO of Optimum Finance that supports many incredible businesses with their cash flow needs on a daily basis. Secondly the launch and delivery of Saltare, which he believes can change the way businesses transact for the better.
Ant treasures time spent with his family and has a personal goal of being a great Dad to his two beautiful daughters. He loves walking the dog and partaking in unusual activities e.g. skydiving, bungee jumping, coasteering, etc. He also once starred in a promotional video for a Welsh Goldmine at Comprehensive school.
Ant is passionate about all organisations and businesses in general and It never fails to amaze him how incredible businesses are. However, he is particularly passionate about SMEs, who account for a significant proportion of turnover and employment, which in turn returns wealth and wellbeing to any economy. After working with thousands of businesses throughout his career he has an acute awareness for the importance of cash. Businesses don’t fail because they aren’t profitable, they fail because they run out of cash. So, doing our part in improving cash management and unlocking cash trapped in unpaid invoices is incredibly important to him.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Vicky’s key objective is to ensure that the company is financially healthy and to contribute to the success and growth through improvements to company structure, cash management and driving efficiencies throughout the business.
Vicky is a Chartered Accountant with over 18 years experience of working within the finance industry, 6 of those at Senior Leadership level. During her career she has gained broad experience across multiple sectors: manufacturing, distribution and financial services.
Vicky has a strong commercial focus and is proud of having helped to drive high growth within multiple SMEs during her career. Her previous experiences have challenged her to successfully work across complex group structures and multiple territories and has overseen several acquisitions.
Outside of work Vicky likes to swim, swim, swim and, if she can, she likes to fit in a bit more swimming!! She spends a large part of her weekends ferrying her two young children around from one club to another. She also likes to run a bit but describes herself very much as a fun runner.
Vicky is really proud to be a part of the team at Saltare and believes if you have a good team you can achieve anything and she fully believes in the team at Saltare. She is excited about the opportunity to impact and influence strategic decision making within the business.
Peter has 40 year’s experience of working within financial markets through both booms and busts, including seeing UK interest rates at 15%. He spent 25 years working for large enterprises before setting up his own business with friends at the age of 48. During his career, Peter has held Director roles in a variety of sectors including financial services, manufacturing and social media.
Peter is a proud husband, father and grandfather. And rigorous about at least one day a week of digital detox to spend time with the family. He’s an avid reader (60+ books a year) and a fan of Australian Aboriginal Art. He once tried hitchhiking in Patagonia but gave up after only 5 cars passed him in 48 hours, none of which stopped!
Peter understands that cash flow is critical. And knows from experience that even large or fast-growing companies can fail if they run out of cash as he once lost his job when a company that had been worth over £25bn a year earlier, became insolvent.
Peter believes that enterprises don’t have to choose between maximising profits and paying suppliers early. There are ways for them to achieve both, and we want to show them how through solutions from Saltare.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Gordon’s role has a couple of key objectives: 1) To ensure that the experiences we deliver to our clients and customers are the best that they can be and 2) To ensure we stay ahead in a rapidly evolving business sector, delivering innovation to ensure that Saltare’s product offerings are the cream of the crop.
Gordon has held or managed pretty much every role in IT, from starting as a developer, through managing development, test and UX teams, through to being the single point of accountability on large scale programmes for Microsoft Volume Licensing at their HQ in the United States.
Whilst at Microsoft Gordon became known for turning around large, complex programmes that were struggling to launch. One of his proudest achievements was a V1 launch of a huge $50M programme to refresh the aging Volume Licensing infrastructure.
Gordon is a keen runner, although Saltare keeps him pretty busy right now!
Gordon is passionate about facilitating early payments, and believes they are a no brainer that can make a real difference to SMEs. He’s driven about making the process as simple as possible for users.
As NED, Philip’s role is to support the Board and management team to deliver a successful solution that effectively supports small businesses.
Philip has over 40 year’s experience of working in credit management, and a spell as Small Business Commissioner, which has helped him understand the importance of cashflow management, and the need for small businesses to be adequately supported with positive, practical solutions. He has held senior credit management roles in the high-tech and communication sectors, in distribution and retail. Most recently, he held the role of interim Small Business Commissioner through most of the Covid crisis, working with large and small businesses to achieve positive outcomes. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM).
Philip authored the Managing Cashflow Guides for government, and was the architect of the Prompt Payment Code which the CICM administered on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Philip loves spending time with his family, particularly his six grandsons, watching football as a Spurs season ticket holder, watching cricket, and enjoying his slightly niche interest in brass band music and contesting.
He knows only too well how crucial cash is to the survival of small businesses, and how crucial small businesses are to the economy. Having spent much of the last 15 years working with successive governments on the late payment agenda, he believes we now need to shift the conversation to the benefits of early payment. That’s why he’s so excited to be involved in the work of Saltare in delivering a simple, quick and flexible solution.