Our History

At Digital Barriers, we are dedicated to creating a stronger, safer, more secure world through innovative solutions that create richer digital experiences. Our Edge-AI and IOT surveillance solutions have led the way for defense, security and counter-terrorism organizations across the world and have become integral to the effectiveness of operations, providing vital insight that puts decision-makers in control.

In an increasingly connected world, our goal is to empower organizations, when they need it most and in the most challenging operational environments. With a philosophy built on delivering world-class solutions through better technology and a shared commitment to producing cutting-edge solutions, we continue to redefine the art of edge intelligence.

Established in 2009 through an IPO on the UK Alternative Investment Market (AIM), Digital Barriers secured an MBO of the business with backing from Volpi Capital, a UK private equity investor, in 2017.

Headquartered in the UK with regional offices in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific the business has developed a trusted global customer-base spanning industries such as defense and national security, law enforcement, border security, first responders, critical national infrastructure, transportation agencies, automotive and mobility and private security in over 60 over countries.

INNOVATION

20 years of
technology

Dynamic, bold and pioneering, we are exceptionally proud of our technology and its makers who are still with the business today. With over 20 years of innovation, the commitment of our people to their work means we are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible, challenging the world and questioning the status quo to deliver unrivalled capability.

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our people the board

Neville Davis

Non-Executive Chairman
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Neville Davis

Neville Davis is an experienced Chairman and Non-Executive Director, having chaired 13 companies over the last decade, with a particular focus on PE backed technology businesses.

Previously an entrepreneurial leader in the IT sector, with 24 years as a Chief Executive (including 12 years when the company was quoted) driving the growth of the business from revenue of £5m to £300m. Professional background as a Chartered Accountant.


Zak Doffman

CEO & Founder
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Zak Doffman

Zak Doffman is the Founder and CEO of Digital Barriers, responsible for the overall management and operations of the company. Zak founded the business in 2009 to capitalise on commercial opportunities within the security, defence and law enforcement markets. Zak began his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), before becoming Group Strategy and Development Director at Detica (now part of BAE Systems).

Since forming Digital Barriers, Zak has led a redefinition of the market for real-time surveillance utilising IoT connectivity and Edge-AI technologies, delivering game-changing disruptive technology, driving the business from strength to strength whilst solidifying its leading position in the marketplace.

Zak is a key influencer in the emergence of edge-intelligence, AI surveillance and the public safety vs privacy debate - championing the appropriate and proportionate use of advanced security technologies in the real world. He is the primary spokesperson for the business and is regularly featured on global news and media outlets, including BBC News, Sky News, NPR, NBC News and Channel 4 News. Zak also covers security and surveillance for Forbes.

Stuart Purves

Chief Financial Officer
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Stuart Purves

Stuart Purves is the Chief Financial Officer at Digital Barriers and brings invaluable leadership and operational experience in addition to the management of finance and accounting. Having previously worked as the Corporate Development Manager at the company in 2011, Stuart re-joined Digital Barriers in 2017 following the MBO to help drive the long-term business objectives and financial planning. With over 16 years in the finance industry, Stuart’s previous roles include Finance Director for Barratt London Aldgate, European Finance Director for Laing O’Rourke and Assistant Director in EY’s Private Equity Transaction Services team in London. Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge including business planning, FP&A, corporate finance and operational restructuring.

Stuart has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Crevan O'Grady

Non-Executive Director
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Crevan O'Grady

Crevan has over 20 years investing experience in the UK, continental Europe and the USA. Before founding Volpi Capital, Crevan was a partner at 3i and head of TMT, where he focused on investing in service businesses with international ambitions. Crevan previously served on the boards of directors of numerous private companies across Europe and the USA including Touchtunes, Malmberg, VNU Media and Sparrowhawk Media.

Crevan has a degree in Business and Accounting from Dundee University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and was born and raised in Ireland.


Marco Sodi

Non-Executive Director
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Marco Sodi

Marco has over 30 years’ private equity experience in Europe and the US in information and technology companies. He led the European investing activities of Veronis Suhler (VSS) from their inception in 1999, until 2010. He was a General Partner and member of the Firmwide Investment Committee and has served on numerous portfolio companies boards. Marco joined VSS in the USA in 1988. Prior to this, he spent 5 years in operating roles in the technology industry and 3 years in venture technology investing. Between 2010 and 2016 he was an investor in, and chaired or served on the boards of ITE Group plc, EDSA, Autovista, Metro SA, The Racing Post, Antenna Group and Data Centrum.

Marco has a BS from Cornell University and was born and raised in Florence, Italy.

our people leadership team

Mark Patrick

Chief Technology Officer
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Mark Patrick

Mark Patrick is the Chief Technology Officer at Digital Barriers, a position he has held since April 2010. In addition to establishing a technological vision for the business, Mark also leads the research and development for the company's analytics team, steering the product roadmap to meet both current and future needs. More importantly, Marks vast knowledge of the ever-changing technology landscape, innovation and creativity ensures the business is able to increase market reach and improve its USP.

Having previously worked as a Director at both EY and Detica PLC Mark has extensive skills in program management and is well-versed in delivering projects to vast audiences.

Mark holds a degree in Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham and is currently based in Washington D.C.

Robert Lambert

Chief Scientist
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Robert Lambert

Robert Lambert is the Chief Scientist at Digital Barriers and has been with the company since 2012. Before this he worked as the Chief Technology Officer at a computer software company, and as a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. During his time at the University of Strathclyde, Robert was a part of the team that developed the Orange Videophone, a forerunner of todays’ smartphones. Robert has a BSc in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Strathclyde.

Marie-Claude Frasson

Head of Engineering, Video Analytics
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Marie-Claude Frasson

Marie-Claude is head of Engineering at Digital Barriers and manages the analytics team based in Nice, France. Passionate about innovation, Marie-Claude brings over more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer image and professional software design and development. Trained as a computer science engineer, she has previously held various software developer & researcher positions in France & Canada, notably within the Softimage 3D software company (now Autodesk (ADSK), previously Microsoft).

Half French, half Canadian, Marie-Claude holds a PhD in 3D Computer Graphics from INRIA (France) and a Master’s degree from University of Montreal (Canada).

John Sharpe

Group Operations Director & MD of Digital Barriers Luxembourg
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John Sharpe

John Sharpe is Group Operations Director and MD of Digital Barriers Luxembourg. Responsible for overseeing the operations of the business and translating the company’s strategic objectives into defined operational plans, John has been instrumental in delivering Digital Barriers products and services to customers across the world. More recently, John has taken the role of MD of Digital Barriers Luxembourg, as a centre for development of leading edge technology innovation for the telecoms and adjacent markets.

John’s ability to undertake rapid change and build effective teams makes him a leading figure within the business.

John has previously worked at BAE Systems managing highly complex real-time defence programmes, and within the financial services sector at Evolution as COO, and Detica as Business Unit Director.

Steve Wood

Vice President APAC
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Steve Wood

Steve Wood is Vice President - Asia Pacific at Digital Barriers. He joined the company in April 2016 following nearly 20 years working for the British Government, where he worked in the Ministry of Defence in the UK, US and Germany, as well as on loan to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for more than 10 years in Asia, based in South Korea and Malaysia.

Steve currently works out of the Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Neil Hendry

Vice President EMEA
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Neil Hendry

Neil Hendry is Vice President – EMEA at Digital Barriers, previously working at the company as a Technical Director. He has over 25 years of extensive engineering experience and was a member of the British Army for more than 20 of those years, achieving the position of Chief Technical Officer. Neil co-founded telecommunications and surveillance company, Enterprise Technologies (UK) in 2010.

Neil graduated from Cranfield University with a degree in Telecommunications Systems Engineering.



Richard Revis

Director, Group Product Management
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Richard Revis

Richard Revis is the Director of Group Product Management at Digital Barriers and leads a team responsible for the full product lifecycle, from research to marketing. He is involved in every part of the business, but has particular experience in automation of complex problems. He has accrued an incredibly wide skill set over his 19-year career, ranging from engineering to the commercial and financial industries in a number of large organisations ranging from PwC to BAE Systems.

Richard has a Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Management Accountant.

Events

DSEI 2019

Join is at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 aswe showcase a range of...

10/09/19

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Intersec Dubai 2020

Join us at Intersec, one of the worlds leading trade fairs for Security, Safety & Fire...

19/01/20

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International Security Expo 2019

International Security Expo (ISE) is the only flagship event bringing Government, Industry,...

03/12/19

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Our partners

Digital Barriers is a 'Vodafone Business 5G Dig Top 100’ company.

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portfolio company

Digital Barriers is global
technology partner

EXPERTISE

True market disruptors

Digital Barriers brings a new level of value that displaces current trends by improving efficiency and opportunity. Disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors, which means, we harness our power, ingenuity and creativity to unlock new possibilities that revolutionize the world in which we live.

Career Opportunities

Join the team!

At Digital Barriers every role matters and only through our team of brilliant, visionary and like-minded individuals are we able to deliver products, solutions and a culture we can truly be proud off. We pride ourselves on building and environment of learning, collaboration and innovation that challenges our staff and other key stakeholders to think beyond the immediate, but to a bright and fearless future.

We are always looking for talented, passionate and inspiring individuals to join our growing team, and with roles in Engineering & Design, Project Management, Finance & Commercial, Sales, Marketing & Communications and Human Resources across three continents – you may find the perfect career opportunity.

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