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Mark Smith-Halvorsen

Chief Executive Officer

Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Global Reach Partners having been one of the company’s original founders in 2001.

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in commercial foreign exchange businesses and financial services having worked for a number of large organisations including Liverpool Victoria where he was a successful Regional Sales Manager.

In March 2016 Mark steered Global Reach Partners through a successful management buyout with Inflexion Private Equity Partners. This led to the acquisition of FC Exchange in August 2016 to build the company’s footprint supporting private and corporate clients. He leads the business as it continues to grow and increase market share.

His specialties lie within hedging private and commercial foreign currency exposures, investments, managing financial risks and understanding the business needs of companies of all sizes.

His vision is to continue with a buy and build strategy to grow GRP into a leading international foreign exchange and payment business.

Mark actively participates in motorsports having been Team Principal at GB Moto Racing, a factory backed motorsports team. He competed in bike racing from the age of 16 and won the British Endurance bike championships three times.

Mark has been actively involved in a number of charities having worked for Beanstalk’s ‘Get London Reading ’ scheme as a  Reading Volunteer and cycled the London to Paris bike ride raising over £10k for Help the Heroes. 

He lives in Sussex with his family.  

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Martyn Hindley

Chief Financial Officer

Martyn is the CFO at GRP and responsible for finance, risk and integration. He is an experienced CFO with strong commercial record of delivering value, driving change and transformation through performance improvement and restructuring. He has had experience in international, multi-sector businesses, encompassing FTSE 250, growth & turnaround, private equity and has trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.

He recently left Equiniti (PE – Advent) which specialises in providing complex administration, processing and payment services, supported by leading technology, to FTSE 100 and 250 clients, their shareholders, employees, pensioners and customers, paying c£90bn of pensions, share dividends and salaries each year as well as performing administrative functions that involve regulation and high volumes of data.

His previous role was CFO for Top Right Group (previously called Emap another PE backed business: APAX) who organise exhibitions, conferences, is a publisher of on-line products and business magazines. He also served as interim CEO for six months at TRG.

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Akash Gharu

Chief Information Officer

Akash joins us as CIO, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in technology-led financial services.

After reading Engineering at University, Akash went on to gain a breadth of experiences within high growth, customer-centric businesses and has led an array of complex modernisation and disruptive technology programmes.

He is passionate about the rise of Fintech and is busy with plans to challenge the tradition and advance Global Reach Partners’ technology offering with cutting edge principals In the world outside of work, he is married with two young boys and lives in London. Akash loves the great outdoors and any kind of gadget.

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Daniel Biggs

Chief Revenue Officer

Daniel Biggs is the CRO for Global Reach Partners, overseeing the output of the corporate business. Daniel has been with GRP for over 12 years having held several senior roles within the corporate front office.

Daniel has helped shape GRP’s service proposition and is proud of what the business has been able to achieve from its humble beginnings.

Daniel thrives on high performance and his ambition and passion to succeed have been key in the company’s growth. He is heavily involved in the growth and development of the sales team, which has led to record profits for Global Reach Partners.

Daniel is an avid motorsports fan and has participated in a number of endurance events and long distance bike rides, with other members of the GRP Executive Team, while raising money for charity.
He likes to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle so he can keep up with his young and active family.

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Nicholas Fullerton

Chief Commercial Officer

Nicholas, as Chief Commercial Officer is responsible for E-commerce, partnerships and private clients for Global Reach Partners. He joined the company following the successful acquisition of FC Exchange, the business he co-founded in 2005.

Before FC Exchange, Nicholas had worked for a number of years within the foreign exchange industry. Prior to this he worked in advertising for WPP Group and his major clients included Jaguar, Nike and BP.

Nicholas recognised a gap in the market for an FX provider driven by technology, excellent customer service, with competitive exchange rates and therefore co-founded FC Exchange. Nicholas drives high standards and values to ensure strong and consistent levels of customer satisfaction.

Nicholas was one of the founding members of the Executive Committee of AFEP (The Association of Foreign Exchange and Payment Companies). He holds a Politics degree from the University of Southampton, lives in Hertfordshire and outside of work enjoys boxing, the gym and spending time with his family. Nick is also a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon for Macmillan.

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Bruce King

HR Director

Bruce is responsible for leading the Human Resources function. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field of human resources leadership. His corporate career includes Unisys, Getronics, EMC, COLT Telecom, Misys and Monitise, where Bruce held a number of pan-European and Global senior management roles.

A major emphasis for Bruce over the last two decades has been working as a trusted business partner to senior management and Executive Boards of Global technology companies. This has been whilst working in UK plcs, a Dutch listed company and American multinationals.

He has spent the past 30 years building, acquiring, transforming and reorganising fast-moving, high-growth companies and their HR teams. A native of South Africa, with experience across the globe, his global perspective is adaptable to companies facing world challenges and opportunities. He is proud to have served such diverse talent and to have facilitated global solutions helping businesses and leaders succeed in his tenure.

Bruce is married with two teenage sons and lives in London. He is an active tennis player and golfer and an avid rugby fan.

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