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Meet the Team

We're a hard-working, dedicated and entrepreneurial group of people who are passionate about the sharing and collaborative economy. Our young and energetic team is full of passion and committed to opening up underused Spaces and making brilliant things happen in brilliant Spaces. We have a broad range of valuable experience and skills, drawn from software and technology, UX, design, product development, brand marketing and sales backgrounds. We’re a small team, but a mighty one.

Key team members

Andrew Needham, CEO & Chief HeadBoxer

Andrew has successfully set up and managed companies across the fields of publishing, social technology and consumer research working as both an entrepreneur and a corporate leader within blue chip business environments. More recently he was the CEO of Face & Pulsar a global tech driven insight consultancy with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong that he built to annual sales of over £8M that he sold to Cello Group Plc in 2012. As part of Face, Andrew launched Pulsar, a global social data analytics platform, to an enterprise level that in 2014, its first year delivered £2.5M in SaaS sales and over 100 clients.

Board of Directors

Ralph Kugler, Chairman

Ralph Kugler is Chairman of two companies: Cognita Schools, a global schools operator, and AFG Media, an international costume business, both privately owned. He is advisor on the main board of Mars, Incorporated, the global consumer goods business. He is also Chairman of Leeds University Business School International Advisory Board, and a Board Trustee of the David Rattray Memorial Trust, a charity helping to improve education for underprivileged children in South Africa.Previously, Ralph was Chairman of two other businesses, and Board Director of a number of Companies. Between 2005-08, he was Executive Director on the main Board of Unilever, and Global President of Unilever's £19 billion Home and Personal Care business. He spent over 25 years at Unilever.He was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Direkgunaborn, a Thai royal honour, in 1999.

Aaron Simpson

Aaron is the Co-Founder and Group Executive Chairman of Quintessentially and an instrumental figure in the Quintessentially Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting charities around the globe. His strong entrepreneurial edge has been the driving force in establishing Quintessentially as a truly global, influential British brand with offices in over 65 cities worldwide. Aaron is the Group Executive Chairman of over 32 companies and is an advisor and board member to several private businesses. These include board member of The Entrepreneurs Exchange, board member of Wordeo Ltd, Velocity, Non-Executive Director of The Moon Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Idris Ltd, as well as a number of other privately owned businesses.

Martin McCourt

Martin has spent over 35 years working at the heart of British-based manufacturing, design and marketing for quality brands such as Dyson, Mars, Duracell, Toshiba and Pelikan.Martin was the CEO of Dyson for 15 years. As CEO, he devised and implemented a strategy that transformed the company from a single product, single market producer into one where 80% of the business comes from 52 markets around the world. In that time he increased UK skilled jobs, grew profits tenfold and enabled James Dyson to keep on inventing. In 2011 Dyson hit £1bn revenue for the first time. Martin was directly responsible for the establishment of Dyson subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. In total, he took Dyson into over 50 markets, achieving market leadership in the majority, including the USA.

In 2010 Martin was named Orange Business Leader of the Year. Martin was Chairman of CAP from 2012 until its sale in 2014. He is currently Chairman of CliniSys Group (CliniSys), , D.O.R.C (Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center) and Equatex.

Dominic Collier

Dominic’s career has spanned a wide portfolio of financial and industrial roles. He is currently Chairman of the holding company for Armit Wines, a private equity controlled international distributor of wines. Since 2010, he has been Vice Chairman of Cheltenham Festivals, a not-for-profit operator of arts and science festivals. He also owns and operates a gastro pub in Shropshire. Until 2012, he chaired The Headland Consultancy, a City corporate and financial communications consultancy, which doubled in size during his tenure. He was a senior partner at AAC Capital Partners, the private equity spin-out from ABN Amro, for eight years until 2008, where he was the board representative for investments in the Consumer, Retail, Leisure and Industrial sectors. His responsibilities included investment, development, acquisition and exit strategy. He is a trustee of the Cornell Foundation in the UK and was a trustee of the English National Ballet School until 2010.