Meet the Aveni Team

A dynamic team of computer scientists, engineers, designers, marketers and creatives, on a mission to disrupt the financial services sector
Colin Clark

Colin Clark


Colin’s 35-year executive career in asset and wealth management culminated in his role as executive director at Standard Life Plc. He has held non-exec roles including chair of AXA Investment Managers UK, vice chair of Rathbone Brothers and non-exec director of The Merchants Trust.

Joseph Twigg


Joseph spent 15 years working in the investment industry in Edinburgh and London, latterly as the Head of Strategy and Business Management for Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Jamie Hunter, COO, Aveni

Jamie Hunter


Jamie is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants who spent 13 years in the investment industry, latterly as Head of Business Partnering and Planning for Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Dr. Lexi Birch

Head of Aveni Labs

Co-founder and Head of Aveni Labs, Lexi is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and an internationally recognised expert in Natural Language Processing.

Dr. Barry Haddow

Head of NLP

Barry has been a researcher in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics since 2005. His research has been about making computers do useful things with text, such as pulling important information out of it, or translating the text into other languages.

David Naylor CTO

Dave Naylor


Dave has over two decades of IT leadership experience in scaling start-ups and PE-funded organisations. He has driven the successful growth of IT services and SaaS solutions by focusing on customer-centric engineering and lean agile practices. David champions security and compliance with standards like ISO27001, PCI DSS, and GDPR and is also an IronMan triathlete!

Nicola Wee


Nicola has spent over 19 years specialising in marketing to drive growth of both start-up and enterprise businesses within the tech sector. She brings extensive consulting experience having supported +30 start-ups across the UK.

Robbie Homer-Plews

Robbie Homer Plews


Robbie has over 7 years experience working in the investment industry focusing on delivering value across the financial advice chain, latterly as a Solution Design Lead at wrap platform Nucleus Financial.

Chloe Poulter

Chloe Poulter

Head of Product

Chloe is an enterprise software designer whose work at IBM was awarded three global design and communication prizes. She shares design, collaboration and strategy innovations with the international community via writing, speaking, mentoring and guest-lecturing.

Edward Asquith

Edward Asquith

Principal Engineer

Edward is an experienced Technical Architect – with a career spanning Serverless architectures, Telemetry, Machine Learning, and low-level services for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and most recently McLaren Applied Technologies. 

Andy Johnston

Andy Johnston


Andy has +30 years experience in the financial services industry across Wealth, Investments, Retail Pensions & Savings. Laterally he was the CMO and Head of Strategic partnerships at Standard Life ABRDN. 

Iria Del Rio

Iria Del Rio

Lead NLP Engineer

Iria holds a PHD in Linguistics, Natural Language Processing from the University of Santiago De Compostela.  She has led multiple research projects in computational linguistics and held a range of roles applying this technology in industry.

Sam Faulls

Sam Faulls

Lead Platform Engineer

Sam is an experienced Cloud platform and data engineer. Following a degree in Physics, Sam began his career working in satellite & space industry, most recently coming from McLaren where he worked on a variety of data-drive engineering projects.  

Ziga Vertovsek

Lead UI Engineer

Ziga is a highly skilled and experienced software engineer with over 20 years of expertise in building user-facing web interfaces. With a passion for creating seamless and intuitive user experiences, Ziga has played a pivotal role in developing numerous successful web applications throughout his career.  

Gavin Anderson - Backend Software Engineer

Gavin Anderson

Head of Strategic Delivery

Gavin has over 12 years experience in the investment industry driving innovation and  leading strategic change in the ever-changing Wealth platform sector. His expertise spans key leadership roles, including serving as the Head of Change at Nucleus Financial and latterly into the role of Head of Delivery Performance at FNZ.

Sara Ahmad - Client Account Manager

Sara Ahmad

Client Account Manager

Julian Aguis NLP Engineer

Julian Aguis

NLP Engineer

Ben Calver Business Development Manager

Ben Calver

Business Development Manager

Nikolai Debono - NLP Engineer

Nikolai Debono

NLP Engineer

Archie Farquharson - Client Delivery

Archie Farquharson

Strategic Account Manager

Elliot Glaze - Senior Software Engineer

Elliot Glaze

Senior Software Engineer

Kimberly Grant-Thomson - Marketing Executive

Kimberly Grant-Thomson

Marketing Executive

Katie Hunter Marketing Manager

Katie Hunter

Snr. Marketing Manager

Aleks Liauska - Client Delivery

Aleks Liauska

Client Delivery

Amy Marcowich - Product Manager

Amy Marcowich

Head of Product Delivery

Chisimdi Nzotta - Marketing Executive

Chisimdi Nzotta

Software Engineer

Vladimirs Pavlicenko Senior Software Engineer

Vladimirs Pavlicenko

Senior Software Engineer

Khalid Salman NLP Engineer

Khalid Salman

NLP Engineer

Gemma Smith - UX Design

Gemma Smith

UX Design

Ben Trevett - NLP Engineer

Ben Trevett

NLP Engineer

Ellie Yong - Software Engineer

Ellie Yong

Software Engineer

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