Executive Team

The heart of Aveni is made up from a passionate team of computer scientists, engineers, designers and creatives.  We love learning about new technologies, sharing our knowledge and solving tough problems.  We pride ourselves on our individuality and bring our varied perspectives together to bring transformational change to the financial services and other regulated industry.

Joseph Twigg, CEO of Aveni

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.


Dr. Barry Haddow

Head 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.

Jamie Hunter, COO of 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.

Nicola Wee

Nicola Wee


Nicola has spent over 16 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.

Dr. Lexi Birch, Head of Aveni Labs

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.

Amit Gawali

Amit Gawali

Board Member

Amit brings his expertise from McLaren Applied, the technology solutions subsidiary of the McLaren Group and more recently from WillisTowersWatson having also held software leadership roles in travel technology firm Amadeus.