The Team

Find out more about the PoT team

Dean Armstrong QC

Dean Armstrong QC

Chief Executive Officer

Dean Armstrong QC is a highly experienced practitioner who has been involved in some of the highest-profile cases of the past decade. He has been a regular commentator on legal matters for both Sky and BBC TV, as well as on the radio. Dean is a specialist in City and financial regulation and in international data matters.

Commander David Johnston QPM

Commander David Johnston QPM

Chief Operating Officer

A seasoned leader with strategic experience in complex investigations, national security operations, cyber security service delivery, and technology start-ups. As a change manager David has recent experience in heading technology start-ups and developing and building inclusive teams. As a negotiator and influencer he has considerable experience working globally on cross government and C suite negotiations to achieve successful outcomes.

RT.HON. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

RT.HON. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

Head of Intellectual Property

Sir Robin Jacob is a former senior patent judge in the United Kingdom and is one of the rare IP judicial experts in Europe. His judgments have been highly influential and among his major achievements in the English courts has been to streamline procedures in patent cases, which has resulted in a considerable procedure acceleration and cost-reduction. As a result, Sir Robin has helped maintain the UK based courts as the preeminent in Europe, and arguably the world, for settling patent and other IP- related matters.

Rose Schindler

Rose Schindler

Legal Advisor

Rose M. Schindler is of counsel at Greenspoon Marder. She concentrates her practice in the areas of securities regulation, compliance and defense, with specialized knowledge of the investment advisor and securities transactional rules and regulations.

Simon Hudd

Simon Hudd

Legal and Strategic Consultant

A highly experienced executive providing outstanding legal, strategic and commercial advice to blockchain projects. Simon has 18 years experience as a corporate lawyer and partner in some of the world's largest international law firms. Simon started his career at CMS in London and spent 6 years at Walkers in the British Virgin Islands and the Channel Islands. Most recently, Simon spent 8 years at Harneys as Global Head of their Russia department.

Steve Gill

Steve Gill

Chief Financial Officer

Steve is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants “FCCA” and holds the Certified Internal Auditor “CIA” qualification in addition to a qualifying law degree. During the course of his career he has been involved in a wide range of financial and legal sectors, developing an extensive knowledge base and level of expertise.

Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard

Head of Tax Planning

Mark has over 33 years of experience working for HMRC as a fully technically trained inspector and has gained invaluable and unique experience across HMRC’s lines of business.

Kevin Humphreys

Kevin Humphreys

Regulatory and Tax Advisor

He is a vastly experienced senior tax and financial investigator and team leader. Kevin was Principal Officer, Financial Investigations in the Economic Crime Command of the National Crime Agency (“NCA” and formerly the Assets Recovery Agency, and Serious Organised Crime Agency) and was part of NCA Command. At the NCA he specialised for 10 years in Proceeds of Crime Act (“POCA”) Civil Recovery and Tax investigations.

Sakhib Waseem

Sakhib Waseem

Chief Innovation Officer

Sakhib Waseem joins the Proof of Trust team, lending his expertise from his years as an executive-level technology expert in the finance sector. Sakhib has consulted a number of top-tier financial institutions, designing and implementing transformative technology-driven solutions from inception.

Dr. Sam Kelly

Dr. Sam Kelly

Head of Research & Development

Sam is an accomplished nuclear physics PhD and mathematics graduate, with multiple publications on the topics of nuclear structure and technical development. During Sam’s career in nuclear physics, he made the very first measurements in history of unexpected relative production yields of nuclear isomeric states, within the ytterbium isotope chain.

Fraser Wright

Fraser Wright

Head of Business Development

Fraser brings to the team over fourteen years of experience in International Trade and Dispute Resolution. Internationally Fraser spent a number of years negotiating contracts in Africa and The Middle East, dealing with Government Agencies, NGOs and Multinational Companies. His holistic approach to innovation in Dispute Resolution means he is well regarded by the legal industry in the UK.

Saif Siddiqui

Saif Siddiqui

Head of Marketing

Dutch born, Saif Siddiqui joins the Proof of Trust team as Head of Marketing, Saif owns various patents and licenses within the tech, entertainment and fashion space. Having spent 10+years in the tech and entertainment industry managing some of the worlds biggest celebrities, Saif constructed multimillion sponsorship deals for renowned athletes and sporting clubs. Saif worked with International Management Group (IMG/WME) for most of these years before launching a handful of businesses, Saif made world news with a privacy driven patented product reaching 2.1billion people in 2016 named ISHU; a technology that gives people back their privacy and security by making them invisible in unwanted pictures and videos.