Meet the team

As explained in How we do it, it’s not just our groundbreaking technology that makes our collaboration platforms the solution of choice for major global brands -  it’s our people.

Where we are uncompromisingly selective with our world-class program managers, the same applies to our executives. The 2degrees Management Team and Advisory Board is comprised of savvy entrepreneurs and industry experts, bringing years of experience to a young and dynamic company. They cultivate our strong culture, and work tirelessly to help our business scale, grow, and meet the needs of our clients

  • Martin Chilcott

    Founder & CEO

    Martin’s experience in launching and running successful internet businesses in the late 1990s, convinced him that the global community was once more at the brink of systemic change – driven by the need to become sustainable. Having witnessed the power of enterprise to drive change once already, Martin...read more

  • Martin Chilcott

    Founder & CEO

    Martin’s experience in launching and running successful internet businesses in the late 1990s, convinced him that the global community was once more at the brink of systemic change – driven by the need to become sustainable. Having witnessed the power of enterprise to drive change once already, Martin was convinced business had to be at the heart of the 4th economic revolution, and that web technologies would play a major role in accelerating the process. Unsurprisingly, 2degrees was born.

  • James Tarin

    Founder & COO

    James is a Founding Director of 2degrees and is accountable for a number of strategic projects to develop the company, its supporting infrastructure and its business model. He also provides support to the Managing Director in the management of our day to day operations.

  • James Tarin

    Founder & COO

    James is a Founding Director of 2degrees and is accountable for a number of strategic projects to develop the company, its supporting infrastructure and its business model. He also provides support to the Managing Director in the management of our day to day operations.

  • Mark Griffiths

    Managing Director

    Mark is an expert in linking technology, business strategy and sustainability, with over 15 years spent developing innovative products & services in multinationals & start-ups. Most recently, before joining 2degrees in 2015, Mark was Vice President at thinkstep, a German based software and services company, where he managed the global consumer goods...read more

  • Mark Griffiths

    Managing Director

    Mark is an expert in linking technology, business strategy and sustainability, with over 15 years spent developing innovative products & services in multinationals & start-ups. Most recently, before joining 2degrees in 2015, Mark was Vice President at thinkstep, a German based software and services company, where he managed the global consumer goods business unit.

  • Aoife Connaughton

    Executive Director: Delivery

    Aoife joined the team in 2013 to lead the delivery of our collaboration programs. Before this she previously worked as a management consultant with Deloitte specialising in FMCG sector supply chain strategy and operations, and with Business in the Community as a sustainability consultant. Aoife has strong expertise in sustainability strategy...read more

  • Aoife Connaughton

    Executive Director: Delivery

    Aoife joined the team in 2013 to lead the delivery of our collaboration programs. Before this she previously worked as a management consultant with Deloitte specialising in FMCG sector supply chain strategy and operations, and with Business in the Community as a sustainability consultant. Aoife has strong expertise in sustainability strategy development and delivery, and has worked with clients including Britvic, Coca-Cola, O2 Telefonica, Greencore, Aviva Europe, AIG, eBay, Pfizer and Yahoo!.

  • Allen Shaw

    Executive Director: Product

    Allen has 20+ years’ experience building complex enterprise technology solutions for global businesses. He has been with 2degrees since it launched in 2008. He worked as Operations Director from 2010-2012. Since then he has taken accountability for all product development. He is responsible for product strategy, roadmap and product implementation....read more

  • Allen Shaw

    Executive Director: Product

    Allen has 20+ years’ experience building complex enterprise technology solutions for global businesses. He has been with 2degrees since it launched in 2008. He worked as Operations Director from 2010-2012. Since then he has taken accountability for all product development. He is responsible for product strategy, roadmap and product implementation. He works closely with 2degrees management and client teams to ensure 2degrees’ products support the ambitious plans of clients.

  • Oliver Hurrey

    Executive Director: Sales

    Oliver has spent his career building businesses that connect people - from world-leading events to online thought-leadership and stakeholder engagement programmes. Joining 2degrees in its infancy in 2008, his role is to ensure we work together with the clients that have the most to gain from collaborating with their value chain...read more

  • Oliver Hurrey

    Executive Director: Sales

    Oliver has spent his career building businesses that connect people - from world-leading events to online thought-leadership and stakeholder engagement programmes. Joining 2degrees in its infancy in 2008, his role is to ensure we work together with the clients that have the most to gain from collaborating with their value chain and to ensure the shared value business case is clearly defined. He also likes golf. A lot.

  • Lucia Gunn

    Executive Director: Finance, HR

    Lucia joined 2degrees in 2010 and is responsible for controlling the finances, HR policy and payroll, financial reporting, corporate governance and tax. Lucia has worked in a range of finance roles since graduating from Oxford University. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in 1999, where she worked in...read more

  • Lucia Gunn

    Executive Director: Finance, HR

    Lucia joined 2degrees in 2010 and is responsible for controlling the finances, HR policy and payroll, financial reporting, corporate governance and tax. Lucia has worked in a range of finance roles since graduating from Oxford University. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in 1999, where she worked in both audit and corporation tax departments. Other roles include Product Controller for Barclays Capital and Business Analyst for a large provider of residential and community aged care in Australia.

  • The RT Hon. John Gummer Lord Deben

    Lord Deben served for sixteen years as a minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Employment Minister, Paymaster General in HM Treasury, Minister for London and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, before moving in 1992 to the Department of the Environment. As Secretary of State for...read more

  • The RT Hon. John Gummer Lord Deben

    Lord Deben served for sixteen years as a minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Employment Minister, Paymaster General in HM Treasury, Minister for London and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, before moving in 1992 to the Department of the Environment.

    As Secretary of State for the Environment, the NGO community called him “the best Environment Secretary we ever had”. In 1997 he returned to his business roots, founding a sustainability consultancy, Sancroft, to advise companies on their corporate responsibility strategy. Sancroft helps some of world's biggest brands improve their environmental, social and ethical impact, including The Coca-Cola Company, Nestle, Tesco, Primark and John Lewis. In addition to his role at Sancroft, John is also Chairman of the UK Government's Committee on Climate Change.

  • Tim Smith

    Group Technical Director – Tesco

    Tim is Group Technical Director for Tesco, having joined in 2012. Prior to Tesco, Tim was Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency (2008-2012), Chief Executive of Arla Foods UK plc (2005-2008), Deputy CEO Express Dairies (2000-2004) and President Sara Lee UK (1994-1999). He also sits on the Improve Board, the...read more

  • Tim Smith

    Group Technical Director – Tesco

    Tim is Group Technical Director for Tesco, having joined in 2012. Prior to Tesco, Tim was Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency (2008-2012), Chief Executive of Arla Foods UK plc (2005-2008), Deputy CEO Express Dairies (2000-2004) and President Sara Lee UK (1994-1999). He also sits on the Improve Board, the Sector Skills Council for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry in the UK, and was on the UK Government's Council of Food Policy Advisors.

  • Geoff MacDonald

    Global VP HR Marketing, Communications, Sustainability, Water and Talent – Unilever

    Geoff has spent the last 25 years with Unilever in various human resources roles. In 2005, he became the Vice President of Leadership and Talent Development, and in May 2007, he was appointed Global Vice President of Human Resources (HPC categories) where he played an active part in the transformation of Unilever's...read more

  • Geoff MacDonald

    Global VP HR Marketing, Communications, Sustainability, Water and Talent – Unilever

    Geoff has spent the last 25 years with Unilever in various human resources roles. In 2005, he became the Vice President of Leadership and Talent Development, and in May 2007, he was appointed Global Vice President of Human Resources (HPC categories) where he played an active part in the transformation of Unilever's Global Laundry business.

    His current role, Global VP HR Marketing, Communications, Sustainability, Water and Talent, to which he was appointed in April 2010, integrates marketing, communications, and sustainability bringing this central to the business strategy.

  • Jens Tholstrup

    Managing Director – Oxford Economics

    Before joining Oxford Economics in 2009, Jens was Executive Director of Oxford Analytica. Previously he worked in Investment Banking in London and Tokyo for over 20 years. From 1983-2000 he was Executive Director, SG Warburg/UBS Warburg. He is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a governor of...read more

  • Jens Tholstrup

    Managing Director – Oxford Economics

    Before joining Oxford Economics in 2009, Jens was Executive Director of Oxford Analytica. Previously he worked in Investment Banking in London and Tokyo for over 20 years. From 1983-2000 he was Executive Director, SG Warburg/UBS Warburg. He is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a governor of St Clare's, Oxford.

  • René Olivieri

    Chairman of the Wildlife Trusts

    René is currently the Chair of the Wildlife Trusts which is the largest UK voluntary organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places. He is also the Chair of Blikbook a social media company which encourages student engagement and has served on the Board of the Higher Education Funding...read more

  • René Olivieri

    Chairman of the Wildlife Trusts

    René is currently the Chair of the Wildlife Trusts which is the largest UK voluntary organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places. He is also the Chair of Blikbook a social media company which encourages student engagement and has served on the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the past six years. He was the CEO of Blackwell Publishing, a global scientific medical and technical publisher for more than 15 years. Blackwell was the first global publishing company to go carbon neutral.

  • Nikki Crumpton

    Regional Planning Director EMEA, and Head of McCann Pioneers at McCann Worldgroup

    After studying Geography at Oxford Nikki started her career in planning at BMPDDB, followed by a stint at Fallon before arriving at McCann London 8 years ago.A chance invitation to the World's Toughest Brief (how to make sustainability sexy for the millions), led to her meeting Jamie Burdett –...read more

  • Nikki Crumpton

    Regional Planning Director EMEA, and Head of McCann Pioneers at McCann Worldgroup

    After studying Geography at Oxford Nikki started her career in planning at BMPDDB, followed by a stint at Fallon before arriving at McCann London 8 years ago.A chance invitation to the World's Toughest Brief (how to make sustainability sexy for the millions), led to her meeting Jamie Burdett – and so McCann Pioneers was born.

  • David Wild

    Chief Executive of Dominos Pizza Group, Non-Executive Director of Premier Foods

    David has had a long career as a business leader in Retail and Consumer organisations. He held Senior positions in Tesco and Wal-Mart, including Divisional CEO roles within both. He has been Chief Executive of 2 different FTSE250 businesses, Halfords and Domino's Pizza, his current role. He is also an...read more

  • David Wild

    Chief Executive of Dominos Pizza Group, Non-Executive Director of Premier Foods

    David has had a long career as a business leader in Retail and Consumer organisations. He held Senior positions in Tesco and Wal-Mart, including Divisional CEO roles within both. He has been Chief Executive of 2 different FTSE250 businesses, Halfords and Domino's Pizza, his current role. He is also an experienced Non Executive Director and advises Retail Consultancies.