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BARNABY KENT

My Skills & Experience

ABOUT ME

Up Close & Personal

I began my professional journey in 1999 and spent a short time climbing the corporate ladder, before jumping off and running my own companies.

 

It started with a small technology company based in an old village abattoir, that grew and became part of a leading global software provider, trading on the London Stock Exchange with offices around the World. The growth was incredible, all consuming, rewarding, and exhausting.

 

The success of Ideagen plc has now given me immense freedom for which I'm eternally grateful, and in December 2021 I pulled back from being COO to pursue other interests, give a little back, and restore balance.

Since then I'm proud to have joined the Board of two AIM listed technology organisations - Sopheon plc and Journeo plc, and joined Equals Trust, a leading multi academy educational trust, as a Board Trustee. In addition I've set up Plumtree Consultants, a private investment fund supporting exciting organisations; do a little consulting in private equity, and become a Magistrate within the Nottinghamshire courts.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

1999 - 2002

CORUS GROUP

My first job! An exciting graduate programme that equipped me with the skills and gave me the confidence to rapidly grow my professional career.

2002 -2012

PLUMTREE GROUP

Growing an SME and employing a team of 30+ people was a period of time which gives me huge pride. I lost count of the number times everything was risked pursuing the vision for Plumtree!

2012 - 2022

IDEAGEN

Plumtree Group was acquired by Ideagen to form a company of ~80 people, but what followed then was the stuff of dreams! Ideagen grew relentlessly and was sold in 2022 for £1.05 billion. An unbelievable journey, supported by amazing family and friends, and the incredible 1,000+ colleagues.

2021 - Present

EQUALS TRUST

A Board Trustee at this leading educational trust, with a focus on ensuring every young person is given the best opportunity

2022 - Present

PLUMTREE CONSULTANTS

CEO of a private investment fund and management consultancy, supporting amazing organisations around the World.

February 2023 - Present

SOPHEON PLC

A NED at AIM listed technology company recognised as the market leader within innovation management software

March 2023 - Present

JOURNEO PLC

A NED at high growth AIM listed technology company leading the way on integrated transport systems

EDUCATION

My Schooling

80s and 90s

GREAT SCHOOLS

Lots of GCSEs and A-levels which I thought at the time were the most important thing in the World... they're not.

1996 - 1999

BSC HONS GEOLOGY

A degree in rocks and volcanoes! Fantastic years and gave me the analytical skills I still use today.

2004 - 2009

MBA

Undoutedly adding huge depth and breadth to my business skills. Hard work for sure, but hugely rewarding.

MY SKILLSET

Track record of success over 20+ years

  • Positive attitude and confidently motivates, mobilizes and coaches all company stakeholders.

  • People focused - productivity and engagement

  • Proven expertise in change management at multi-site, multi-product organisations, on a global basis.

  • Successful leadership through change, growth, and then disposal.

  • Exceptional financial acumen at a hands-on operational level.

  • Confident and decisive decision maker, happy to take responsibility and accountability.

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MERGER & ACQUISITIONS

With over 25 M&A transactions completed. A comprehensive understanding of the full cycle from both a buyers and sellers perspective, plus experience of 20+ integrations following M&A

PEOPLE STRUCTURE

A company's most important asset. Demonstrable experience on organisational structure and the drive for high productivity with strong employee engagement

C-SUITE / BOARD EXPERIENCE

The entire spectrum of senior management positions - CEO, COO, Board Trustee, and Full Board member of publicly traded company on LSE with a MC of $1 Billion+

"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" - Dr Seuss

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas" - Chemist Linus Pauling

"If the path before you is clear, you're probably on somebody else's path" - Joseph Campbell 

Thank you

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