Board of Directors
Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Sharon Daniels is a member of the shareholder group that founded Arria NLG. She has over 20 years’ experience in branding and strategic business development. She also has extensive international experience with technology and financial service companies and has consulted to global giants including AIG, ConAgra and Flextronics.
Sharon is a founder of Diligent (NZX:DIL), and served on the Diligent board through 2010, where she also held an executive position as Chief Marketing Officer responsible for creating and maintaining the Diligent global brand and the Diligent Boardbooks graphical user interface. She was instrumental in developing and managing the strategic direct mail programme that substantially impacted the global expansion of Diligent. Prior to joining the Diligent Partners Consulting Group, Sharon was a vice president at the US-based company PaperDirect, Inc. where she was instrumental in growing sales from US$5 million to US$120 million within a 3-year period. This growth led to Deluxe Corporation acquiring PaperDirect for US$100 million. Sharon Daniels lives in New Jersey, USA.
Chief Financial Officer
Wayne Thornhill has extensive experience managing UK and international businesses, both public and private, through periods of rapid growth. He has experience of corporate transactions including preparing companies for flotation, relisting, reverse-takeover and mergers and acquisitions, and has handled both debt and equity fundraisings and refinancings. Wayne has been Chief Financial Officer at Arria since September 2012 and oversaw its listing on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market in December 2013. He obtained his B.A. (Hons) in American History and Politics from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Wayne is based in the United Kingdom.
Independent Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Board
Falcon Clouston has over 30 years experience in the financial service industry as a merchant banker and share broker. During this time he was a partner and/or director at Jarden’s/CSFB and a member of the NZSX. For the past 10 years Falcon has served as a professional company director. Falcon’s past Government appointments included; membership of the New Zealand Securities Commission, membership of the Todd Superannuation Taskforce, and Chair of the New Zealand Fast Forward Fund Limited. Falcon’s past regulatory roles included; the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and, the ICANZ Appeals Council. His past directorships include: Tower Trust Limited, Tower Managed Funds Limited, and Landcorp Farming Limited. His present directorships include: Chair of NZX listed Kirkcaldie & Stains Limited, Chair of Titan Group and Titan Cranes Limited, Chair of Results.Com Limited, Director of Perpetual Capital Funds Management Limited, and Director of NZX listed Colonial Motors Limited. Falcon is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. Falcon is Chair of the Audit Committe and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Falcon is based in New Zealand.
Paul Kidney is an entrepreneur involved in the payment processing industry. He has established pre-paid mobile payment operations in Ireland, South Africa and Algeria.
Paul graduated from University College Dublin with an B.Comm Hons degree. He worked for the Irish Industrial Development Authority in Dublin and California, where his role was to target high growth companies in Silicon Valley and persuade them to establish European HQ’s in Ireland. After that he founded one of the earliest campus companies at Trinity College Dublin specialising in satellite image processing and digital mapping. In the late 1990s he formed a joint venture with Eason & Co Ltd to migrate mobile phone top-ups from scratch card to electronic vouchers. In 2004 Paul established a similar operation in South Africa that went on to process pre-paid electricity transactions. He currently operates a significant payments network in Algeria. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.