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Our Team

Meet the brains, brawn and beauty behind Ignite...

The Ignite Team

Ignite's core team is comprised of a small, but dedicated and hardworking group of entrepreneurs, business professionals, developers and creative types
Damon BARNARD

Damon BARNARD

CEO and Founder

Damon is a seasoned C-level executive, English-qualified lawyer, technologist and respected professional advisor in the technology start-up space. Having spent much of his life drafting contracts on paper, he transitioned his skills to the blockchain and taught himself to become a proficient smart contract developer. In 2017 he co-founded both Ignite RATINGS, the world’s first decentralised investment intelligence platform, and the Catalyst incubator for promising DLT projects.

Damon has a BA Honours degree in Business Management and Information Technology from the University of Manchester, and Postgraduate Diplomas in Law and Legal Practice from the University of Law.

Damon is most at home behind a Gibson Explorer, or the wheel of a race car.

Christopher COUSINS

Christopher COUSINS

CRO and Founder

Christopher started his career in traditional finance as a buy-side equities and futures trader with discretionary control of 8-figure sums of capital for family offices, prior to applying his skills to the technology start-up sector. He is passionate about distributed ledger technology and in 2017 he co-founded both Ignite RATINGS, the world’s first decentralised investment intelligence platform, and the Catalyst incubator for promising DLT projects.

Christopher has a BA in Accounting and Finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Christopher enjoys water sports, extreme skiing, downhill mountain biking, and other adrenaline-fueled activities. Yes, we took out life insurance…

Joannah BARNARD FCA

Joannah BARNARD FCA

CFO

Joannah is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK, Joannah then moved into the technology start-up space, establishing and heading up the entire finance function of an international group of highly profitable technology businesses headquartered in Gibraltar. Immediately prior to joining Ignite/Catalyst as a founding team member and CFO, Joannah served as COO of a large multinational law firm at its Gibraltar head office.

Joannah, affectionately known as the keeper of spreadsheets and guardian of lists, combines her extensive financial assurance and operational experience with her passion for start-ups to implement efficient and effective policies and procedures, ensuring that Ignite is a tightly-run ship.

Paul MORGAN

Paul MORGAN

Lead Systems Architect

Paul has been involved with leading edge development for over 20 years and has been an early adopter of major advances in technology during this period. Specialising in the finance and insurance sectors, Paul has played a leading role in the defining and planning of complex secure systems, not only to serve current requirements but also ensuring future-proofing as businesses continue to develop and expand.

Paul has enjoyed a variety of technical roles including Project Management, Business Analysis and currently Chief Technical Architect, supported with extensive commercial experience with Agile, Paul has been instrumental in the success of many major projects. With the ability to understand complex requirements and simplify, be proactive and communicate efficiently during projects, this has given Paul an exceptional reputation in the industry.

Sabrina FERNANDEZ

Sabrina FERNANDEZ

Finance and HR Manager

Sabrina has extensive experience in finance, HR and operations management on both sides of the pond, initially in the leisure industry before a move into the finance function of an international group of highly profitable technology businesses at their Gibraltar HQ, where she helped to ready its largest subsidiary for sale and was retained by the group to assist its growth and expansion into new products.

Sabrina has a BA Honours in Business Management and, we are led to believe, can deadlift her own bodyweight. Sabrina looks after Ignite’s numbers and makes sure that everyone gets paid on time; although given the fact she is probably the strongest person in the office, nobody tends to dispute when payday should be…

Novac FLORIN

Novac FLORIN

UI and Digital Creatives Manager

Florin is a highly-skilled and experienced photographer, videographer, graphics and web designer – basically, if we need anything creative undertaking, Florin’s our man.

At Ignite, Florin’s remit is far-reaching – from filming and editing Ignite’s regular YouTube content, to producing its infographics and newsletter images, to designing its website. Most importantly, Florin is responsible for bringing to life the Ignite RATINGS vision through his slick and eye-catching user interfaces. Being something of a perfectionist, do not expect things to remain static for too long though – as you read this, he is probably already working on the next version!

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