Board of Directors

Robert S Webb QC

Robert Webb, is Chairman of Darktrace, Chairman of Luminance and a Director of Holdingham Group Ltd (formerly Hakluyt) as well as a Senior Advisor at Brunswick LLP. He is a Door Tenant of Brick Court Chambers. Until 1998, Robert was a practicing Barrister, a Recorder and Head of Chambers at 5 Bell Yard, London. His field of practice was commercial law, aviation law and mass disaster litigation. From 1998 to 2009 he was General Counsel of British Airways. He is also a past Chairman of BBC Worldwide and of Autonomy plc, a former Senior Independent Director of the London Stock Exchange and a former Director of Argent Ltd and of Air Mauritius. He was General Counsel of Rolls-Royce Plc (2012-16). He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a former Trustee of Comic Relief and a former Fellow of UNICEF.

Gordon Hurst

Gordon joined Darktrace’s board in August 2019. He has been on the board of Featurespace since November 2014, and prior to that, he joined Capita in 1988 and was first appointed to the Board as Commercial Director in February 1996. Through a combination of acquisitions and ground-breaking white collar outsourcing deals — initially in the public sector — the company continued its rapid growth and entered the FTSE 100 in 2001. Through this period Gordon was instrumental in managing acquisitions, large outsourcing deals, and building a team of commercially-focused Finance Directors to enable continued development of the business. Capita plc has a turnover of c£4.5bn, employs 65,000 people, and spans numerous markets and sectors including Financial Services and Banking. Gordon also is Non Executive Chair of the PE funded services business, Marston Holdings, and a Non-Executive Director of Motorpoint Plc.

Han Sikkens

Han joined Summit Partners in 2004 and today manages the firm’s London office. He focuses primarily on investments in the technology sector in Europe. Han is currently a director at Darktrace, Flow Traders (Euronext: FLOW), Masternaut, OnRobot, Red Points, RELEX Solutions, Siteimprove and Syncron, and he is actively involved in the firm’s investment in Avast (LON: AVST). His previous board and investment experience includes 360T Group (acquired by Deutsche Börse), Acturis Limited (acquired by Astorg), Multifonds (acquired by Temenos), SafeBoot (acquired by McAfee) and Welltec International (acquired by Exor and 7 Industries).

Prior to Summit, Han worked for Scotia Capital and IBM Corporation. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Groningen, an MSc in international business from the University of Groningen, and an MSc in international finance from the CERAM Graduate School of Management & Technology.

Stephen Shanley

Stephen Shanley joined KKR in 2014 and is head of KKR’s Technology Growth Equity business in Europe. He is actively involved with KKR’s investments in Darktrace, OutSystems, KnowBe4, GetYourGuide, Ivalua, Trainline, ClickTale, Optimal+, and Travelopia. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Shanley was with Technology Crossover Ventures in Palo Alto, California and subsequently London. Prior to TCV, Mr. Shanley was with the TMT investment banking group of Needham & Company and started his career in the transaction services group of KPMG. Mr. Shanley holds a BS and a BSC from Santa Clara University.

Mark Hatfield

Mark is the founder and general partner at Ten Eleven Ventures and has led investments in early stage technology companies in a variety of roles since 2003. He was appointed to Darktrace’s board of Directors in 2020. Prior to his appointment he was a partner at Fairhaven Capital, where he led investments in a number of well-known technology companies. He has held board positions with over a dozen technology firms including Co3 Systems and Digital Guardian. Prior to Fairhaven Capital, Mark was a Managing Director for Motorola Ventures, and ran the West Coast Operations in Sunnyvale. Mark has also previously headed up Strategy and Business Development for Motorola’s CIO and IT organization, as well as held various Corporate Business Development and IT roles at Bell Canada Enterprises and the Bank of Montreal in Canada.

Poppy Gustafsson OBE

Poppy is the CEO of Darktrace, which under her leadership has grown to 1,300 employees with over 40 offices around the world. Poppy has led Darktrace to achieve a variety of accolades, such as being named Europe’s 9th ‘Fastest Growing European Company’ by The Financial Times, as well as ‘Fastest Growing Super Scale-up’ by Tech Tour. Poppy is a qualified chartered accountant and previously served as the company’s CFO. She was the winner of the ‘Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards 2019,’ and recognized in Management Today’s ‘35 Women Under 35’ list in 2018, whose alumnae include Martha Lane Fox and Karen Blackett. Poppy was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2019 in recognition of her services to cyber security.

Andrew Kanter

Andrew Kanter served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Autonomy for twelve years, where he led its global legal and operations divisions and oversaw all major acquisitions and transactions. A qualified lawyer, Andrew was previously an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and London, specialising in venture capital, international M&A and corporate finance. Andrew also served as Clerk to Hon. Christine Miller of the US Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C. He holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Phil Pearson

Phil has spent the majority of his career investing in publicly-listed global technology, media and telecom companies. He was a Portfolio Manager for leading fund manager GLG Partners and most recently at UBS O’Connor. In his role at Invoke Capital, Phil is responsible for the discovery, due diligence and development of new business opportunities, as well as overseeing the go-to-market strategy for Invoke’s portfolio companies. He is on the board of Darktrace and Featurespace. Phil has a First-Class MA in Natural Sciences from Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Vanessa Colomar

Vanessa’s expertise is in PR and communications, having held senior positions at agency Edelman and Burston Marsteller in Madrid and New York. She served as SVP of Communications at Autonomy, then the UK’s largest technology company, which sold to HP for $11 billion in 2011. Vanessa is a Partner and Co-Founder of Invoke Capital. At Invoke, Vanessa is responsible for Communications and Investor Relations and oversees these functions for portfolio companies including Darktrace and Luminance. She sits on the Board of Directors for Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber security company, and Luminance, the leading AI platform for the legal industry.

Vanessa holds a First-Class BA in Modern European Languages from Durham University, and an MA in Journalism from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and conversational in Italian and French.

Robert Webb, is Chairman of Darktrace, Chairman of Luminance and a Director of Holdingham Group Ltd (formerly Hakluyt) as well as a Senior Advisor at Brunswick LLP. He is a Door Tenant of Brick Court Chambers. Until 1998, Robert was a practicing Barrister, a Recorder and Head of Chambers at 5 Bell Yard, London. His field of practice was commercial law, aviation law and mass disaster litigation. From 1998 to 2009 he was General Counsel of British Airways. He is also a past Chairman of BBC Worldwide and of Autonomy plc, a former Senior Independent Director of the London Stock Exchange and a former Director of Argent Ltd and of Air Mauritius. He was General Counsel of Rolls-Royce Plc (2012-16). He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a former Trustee of Comic Relief and a former Fellow of UNICEF.

Robert S Webb QC

Gordon joined Darktrace’s board in August 2019. He has been on the board of Featurespace since November 2014, and prior to that, he joined Capita in 1988 and was first appointed to the Board as Commercial Director in February 1996. Through a combination of acquisitions and ground-breaking white collar outsourcing deals — initially in the public sector — the company continued its rapid growth and entered the FTSE 100 in 2001. Through this period Gordon was instrumental in managing acquisitions, large outsourcing deals, and building a team of commercially-focused Finance Directors to enable continued development of the business. Capita plc has a turnover of c£4.5bn, employs 65,000 people, and spans numerous markets and sectors including Financial Services and Banking. Gordon also is Non Executive Chair of the PE funded services business, Marston Holdings, and a Non-Executive Director of Motorpoint Plc.

Gordon Hurst

Han joined Summit Partners in 2004 and today manages the firm’s London office. He focuses primarily on investments in the technology sector in Europe. Han is currently a director at Darktrace, Flow Traders (Euronext: FLOW), Masternaut, OnRobot, Red Points, RELEX Solutions, Siteimprove and Syncron, and he is actively involved in the firm’s investment in Avast (LON: AVST). His previous board and investment experience includes 360T Group (acquired by Deutsche Börse), Acturis Limited (acquired by Astorg), Multifonds (acquired by Temenos), SafeBoot (acquired by McAfee) and Welltec International (acquired by Exor and 7 Industries).

Prior to Summit, Han worked for Scotia Capital and IBM Corporation. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Groningen, an MSc in international business from the University of Groningen, and an MSc in international finance from the CERAM Graduate School of Management & Technology.

Han Sikkens

Stephen Shanley joined KKR in 2014 and is head of KKR’s Technology Growth Equity business in Europe. He is actively involved with KKR’s investments in Darktrace, OutSystems, KnowBe4, GetYourGuide, Ivalua, Trainline, ClickTale, Optimal+, and Travelopia. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Shanley was with Technology Crossover Ventures in Palo Alto, California and subsequently London. Prior to TCV, Mr. Shanley was with the TMT investment banking group of Needham & Company and started his career in the transaction services group of KPMG. Mr. Shanley holds a BS and a BSC from Santa Clara University.

Stephen Shanley

Mark is the founder and general partner at Ten Eleven Ventures and has led investments in early stage technology companies in a variety of roles since 2003. He was appointed to Darktrace’s board of Directors in 2020. Prior to his appointment he was a partner at Fairhaven Capital, where he led investments in a number of well-known technology companies. He has held board positions with over a dozen technology firms including Co3 Systems and Digital Guardian. Prior to Fairhaven Capital, Mark was a Managing Director for Motorola Ventures, and ran the West Coast Operations in Sunnyvale. Mark has also previously headed up Strategy and Business Development for Motorola’s CIO and IT organization, as well as held various Corporate Business Development and IT roles at Bell Canada Enterprises and the Bank of Montreal in Canada.

Mark Hatfield

Poppy is the CEO of Darktrace, which under her leadership has grown to 1,300 employees with over 40 offices around the world. Poppy has led Darktrace to achieve a variety of accolades, such as being named Europe’s 9th ‘Fastest Growing European Company’ by The Financial Times, as well as ‘Fastest Growing Super Scale-up’ by Tech Tour. Poppy is a qualified chartered accountant and previously served as the company’s CFO. She was the winner of the ‘Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards 2019,’ and recognized in Management Today’s ‘35 Women Under 35’ list in 2018, whose alumnae include Martha Lane Fox and Karen Blackett. Poppy was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2019 in recognition of her services to cyber security.

Poppy Gustafsson OBE

Andrew Kanter served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Autonomy for twelve years, where he led its global legal and operations divisions and oversaw all major acquisitions and transactions. A qualified lawyer, Andrew was previously an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and London, specialising in venture capital, international M&A and corporate finance. Andrew also served as Clerk to Hon. Christine Miller of the US Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C. He holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Andrew Kanter

Phil has spent the majority of his career investing in publicly-listed global technology, media and telecom companies. He was a Portfolio Manager for leading fund manager GLG Partners and most recently at UBS O’Connor. In his role at Invoke Capital, Phil is responsible for the discovery, due diligence and development of new business opportunities, as well as overseeing the go-to-market strategy for Invoke’s portfolio companies. He is on the board of Darktrace and Featurespace. Phil has a First-Class MA in Natural Sciences from Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Phil Pearson

Vanessa’s expertise is in PR and communications, having held senior positions at agency Edelman and Burston Marsteller in Madrid and New York. She served as SVP of Communications at Autonomy, then the UK’s largest technology company, which sold to HP for $11 billion in 2011. Vanessa is a Partner and Co-Founder of Invoke Capital. At Invoke, Vanessa is responsible for Communications and Investor Relations and oversees these functions for portfolio companies including Darktrace and Luminance. She sits on the Board of Directors for Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber security company, and Luminance, the leading AI platform for the legal industry.

Vanessa holds a First-Class BA in Modern European Languages from Durham University, and an MA in Journalism from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and conversational in Italian and French.

Vanessa Colomar