FutureOn strengthens leadership team with senior appointments

Source: press release, 13 April 2021

Katherine Taylor-Jones, CFO, and David Bartley, Head of People (photos: FutureOn)
Katherine Taylor-Jones, CFO, and David Bartley, Head of People (photos: FutureOn)

FutureOn, the global software company specialising in the energy sector and creator of the award-winning SaaS field design applications, FieldAP, and its APIcentric collaboration platform, FieldTwin, has made two key senior appointments as part of the company’s strategic growth plans.

Katherine Taylor-Jones brings significant experience and knowledge in strategic financial management and leadership to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer. Having worked predominantly for fast growth global SaaS businesses in recent years, she joins FutureOn after successfully scaling several tech businesses. She has been responsible for the finance strategy for independent businesses throughout her career.

Drawing on her experience of scaling both start-up businesses and those with a SaaS offering, Taylor-Jones will be responsible for leading FutureOn’s corporate finance strategy in-line with the company’s growth plans, as well as creating a robust financial department to support global operations.

Commenting on her appointment, Taylor-Jones says, “FutureOn has delivered impressive growth since it started and I am very pleased to join this fast moving, ambitious company. Having secured investment from the Bentley Acceleration Fund at the end of 2020, FutureOn is ideally positioned to further develop new digital solutions for asset operators that unlock value through increased efficiency, improved safety, reduced costs, risk mitigation, lower carbon footprint and increased uptime.”

“FutureOn has continued to experience demand from businesses across the world who are embracing pioneering digital twin solutions to meet their challenges. There are plenty of opportunities to grow FutureOn’s local capabilities and enhance the on-the-ground service on offer, as well as further grow our partnerships in the UK, and worldwide. I’m looking forward to supporting the company embark on this next phase of growth,” she adds.

Joining Taylor-Jones is David Bartley, who has been appointed to the role of Head of People. He brings a wealth of experience to the role having held a number of HR leadership positions, which has included establishing people focused operations to support the growth of several tech start-ups. Bartley joins FutureOn from the global software firm, Callsign, where he held the role of Head of People.

In the newly created role, David will be responsible for implementing new HR processes and policies fit for a growing global business with the aim of attracting, developing and nurturing new and existing talent, as well as driving employee engagement internationally.

Commenting on his appointment, Bartley says, “FutureOn’s people play a critical role in shaping its future, and so part of my focus will be on attracting and retaining the right skills and capabilities to move at pace to drive the business forward. During challenging times, fostering a supportive and inclusive culture is more important than ever, and it’s highly encouraging that FutureOn’s leadership team truly recognise that. It’s an exciting time to join this growing company.”

CEO of FutureOn, Paal Roppen, comments, “I am very pleased to welcome Katherine and David to our senior team, who together bring a wealth of leadership experience to their respective roles. It is highly encouraging that these high calibre professionals have chosen to join the already talented team at FutureOn. Their business acumen, experience in accelerating the growth of start-up businesses and technical expertise, will prove invaluable. I am confident that their expertise, passion and energy will see them play an important role in shaping our future growth.”

The appointments mark a key phase in the Norwegian firm’s international expansion as it grows its operations in the UK, across Europe, the USA, Middle East and Asia Pacific to meet demand for its suite of digital twin technologies.

Forming a key part of FutureOn’s growth strategy, the firm has made a number of strategic technology partnerships in recent months. This will allow the company to collaborate on joint- research and development projects, and further broaden the integration of its API digital twin solutions.