The sparesFinder Team

Who We Are

Since 1998, sparesFinder has employed people from many different geographies and cultures, seeking to offer a dynamic, inclusive and supportive environment in which our staff can grow with the company as we meet the challenges set us by our clients and shareholders.

Management Team

David is CEO of sparesFinder, which he co-founded in Jan 1999. He gained an engineering degree from Cambridge University and subsequently became a Chartered Engineer during his early career as an aircraft engineering officer in the Royal Navy. After that he worked at Citibank, firstly as an IT project manager and later as a derivatives trader based in Frankfurt and London. At sparesFinder he has led the growth of the company from its roots as an Internet start-up to its current position as a global leader in its area, steering the product development from the initial spare parts search tool to the comprehensive set of data cleaning, governance and analysis software for all materials that is available today.

Jonathan is a qualified accountant and joined sparesFinder in 2001. He has 3 degrees from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in South African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He set-up and operated a profitable small business for 2 years and developed his commercial experience in financial positions at leading blue chip companies. As Financial Controller at the Brand Union, he gained first-hand M&A experience in the merger of three companies, their subsequent sale to WPP and integration into the parent’s financial systems, and later the successful outsourcing of the entire finance department.

Stephen is a commercially oriented senior finance professional with more than 20 years of experience. He started his finance career at the world’s most recognised department store, Harrods, and progressed on to senior finance roles at large IT-related companies, including Arvato (part of Bertelsmann Group) and Itelligence, part of the NTT Data Group. Most recently he has joined the management team and board of directors at sparesFinder to help drive growth for the company in the MRO master data market. Stephen holds a Finance degree from London Metropolitan University and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (FCCA).

A licenced Professional Engineer, Richard Neidert’s formal education includes Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering from the University of Waterloo where his studies included Mechanical, Electrical, Systems and Management Engineering as well as Computer Science. The first 25 years of Richard’s career were spent designing and implementing automation and control systems to help clients improve the quality and productivity of their manufacturing operations. During that time he held positions of increasing responsibility from engineering and project management to COO and President of multi-national businesses on separate occasions. Clients spanned many industries and included all North American automotive companies and many of their suppliers, as well as major food and beverage, pharma and consumer product companies. Since 2009, Richard has developed a passion for helping clients achieve more with their existing assets through better management of MRO materials and maintenance information. Recently accredited as a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), Richard continues to pursue this passion as sparesFinder’s Director of Global Sales and Marketing.

Peter joined sparesFinder in 2014 to develop the Strategic Consulting practise. Peter’s formal education is in engineering but he has spent the majority of his 35-year career in developing and implementing Information Technology solutions, initially within the finance sector where he managed projects for clients such as Citibank and Lehman Brothers and latterly in Master Data Management for materials management.

Peter has extensive knowledge of capital and operational projects within the Oil & Gas sector having worked for Oilfield Cataloguing Services, Sharecat Solutions and Petrofac Plant Asset management. He has developed and implemented major master data management solutions, including Oilcats’ Materials Request System, Norsk Hydro’s (now Statoil) Material Master data cleansing methodology and solutions, Statoil’s MDM methodology for SAP data migration and GDF Cygnus repair and spares methodology.

In addition, Peter has held the position of Director of Project Services at Sharecat, where he was responsible for the management of all UK Greenfield projects.

Peter is experienced in developing and implementing business process modelling, information standards, and governance strategies. He is a qualified ISO9001 Lead Auditor.

Andrew joined sparesFinder in 1999 for the summer, but has somehow never left! Initially as a support person, because of his background in teaching, he has also been responsible for training, user guides and help documentation, and has also built a software testing team. He has been in this current role since 2015 and oversees all aspects of the software implementation, from data analysis to data upload to system configuration to training to customer support. In his spare time he cycles slowly, tries to get his children interested in his eclectic music taste and probably watches too much TV.

Board of Directors

Colin joined the board in Feb 2000 as a Non-Executive Director following the investment by ASCO plc, and became Chairman in May 2001. Colin was CEO of the ASCO group since 1996 after he led a £56m MBI. Under his leadership, ASCO evolved into Scotland’s largest oil services company, and one of the largest and most successful independent companies in Scotland. ASCO’s turnover has increased from £130 million prior to the MBI to over £400 million in the year 2000, and the company has expanded its operations into the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Trinidad. Colin now invests and participates in a number of Oil & Gas service companies in Aberdeen.

Ole joined sparesFinder’s board following an investment he led in 2001. He holds a Bsc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Ole began his finance career with Price Waterhouse and joined Close Brothers Group PLC in 1996 to help launch their smaller venture capital investment arm. Between 1996 and 2005 he was instrumental in building Close Venture Management (“CVM”) from an early stage to a highly successful venture investment business with some £130 million under management. During his time with CVM, Ole led investments totalling £47m in 22 ventures. He is now working at Bestport Ventures LLP, which he co-founded in 2005.

David is CEO of sparesFinder, which he co-founded in Jan 1999. He gained an engineering degree from Cambridge University and subsequently became a Chartered Engineer during his early career as an aircraft engineering officer in the Royal Navy. After that he worked at Citibank, firstly as an IT project manager and later as a derivatives trader based in Frankfurt and London. At sparesFinder he has led the growth of the company from its roots as an Internet start-up to its current position as a global leader in its area, steering the product development from the initial spare parts search tool to the comprehensive set of data cleaning, governance and analysis software for all materials that is available today.

Jonathan is a qualified accountant and joined sparesFinder in 2001. He has 3 degrees from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in South African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He set-up and operated a profitable small business for 2 years and developed his commercial experience in financial positions at leading blue chip companies. As Financial Controller at the Brand Union, he gained first-hand M&A experience in the merger of three companies, their subsequent sale to WPP and integration into the parent’s financial systems, and later the successful outsourcing of the entire finance department.

Stephen is a commercially oriented senior finance professional with more than 20 years of experience. He started his finance career at the world’s most recognised department store, Harrods, and progressed on to senior finance roles at large IT-related companies, including Arvato (part of Bertelsmann Group) and Itelligence, part of the NTT Data Group. Most recently he has joined the management team and board of directors at sparesFinder to help drive growth for the company in the MRO master data market. Stephen holds a Finance degree from London Metropolitan University and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (FCCA).