EVR Holdings benefits from a highly experienced board with top level sector experience, as well as having spent significant time advising some of the UK’s most exciting listed TMT companies.
Chief Executive Officer
As Group CEO, Anthony is the visionary behind MelodyVR. Having had early access to Virtual Reality, Anthony swiftly identified its commercial potential and the opportunity it presented to unlock new ways for music fans and artists to connect. Before conceiving MelodyVR in 2014, Anthony capitalised on his previous experience as an audio engineer to build a new division for the advertising industry’s most respected sound studio: Wave. He opened new revenue streams for the business, bringing in world-class clients including Microsoft Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, King.com and Ubisoft. It is this entrepreneurial spirit that has allowed Anthony to transform MelodyVR from a revolutionary concept into a powerful business reality, securing partnerships with some of the world’s biggest record labels and VR leaders along the way.
Chief Operations Officer
MelodyVR’s Chief Operations Officer has an unwavering commitment to realising great ideas and a belief in the power of personal relationships; a belief that helped him build events management company, Zest Hospitality Group, from scratch. The experience saw Steven work with FTSE 100 companies, while generating new revenue streams for stately homes. After selling the business in 2011, Steven joined Ibiza Rocks as Commercial Manager, overseeing sales and marketing and helping to build the business into one of Europe’s fastest growing youth lifestyle brands. This widened Steven’s exposure to the music industry and has been invaluable in securing MelodyVR’s partnerships with major labels. A true advocate for MelodyVR’s ability to benefits fans, artists and labels alike, Steven further raises the company’s profile through regular appearances on industry speaker panels.
Chief Financial Officer
Group CFO, Sebastian Theron, joined MelodyVR in 2016 after recognising VR as an untapped market with enormous commercial potential. As Finance Director of predictive advertising startup, Affectv Ltd, Sebastian restructured the business and assisted in raising significant funding for Affectv, ranking it number 11 in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 (2015). In 2011, as Group Financial Controller and Board Secretary at retail stockbroker and investor news portal, Interactive Investor Plc, Sebastian used data-driven insights and systems to assist in transforming II Plc into one of the UK’s largest retail stock brokers. A chartered accountant, who puts as much emphasis on business development as on smooth financial function, Sebastian uses his retail, high volume, data-driven experience to drive results for all MelodyVR’s shareholders.
Sean is Operations Director at e-Therapeutics plc, an AIM quoted drug discovery and development company. He has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate finance lawyer and was previously an equity partner in the corporate team of Bond Dickinson. Sean has many years’ experience of advising companies in the media, technology and healthcare sectors on flotations, venture capital and private equity fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures and corporate governance matters.
Following spells at the BBC and at Piccadilly Radio, where he helped establish PPM Radiowaves, an independent production company, Simon founded The Unique Broadcasting Company (Unique). Unique became a market leader in both the production of network radio programmes for commercial radio throughout the UK and BBC Radio. In 2000, Unique floated on the London Stock Exchange as part of UBC Media Group PLC (UBC) (now called 7digital Group PLC), with Simon as Chief Executive. UBC were leaders in content production and software development for the global radio and online communities. Simon has overseen the acquisition of several production companies in both London and Manchester and driven UBC’s move into new online platforms. He was formerly a non-executive director of AIM quoted Audioboom Holdings PLC.
Ian has a wealth of operational experience in the media and entertainment sector. He is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Global, one of the UK’s leading media and radio entertainment companies. Ian previously spent six years at Daily Mail Group Trust, as both Group Operations Director of DMG Media and, more recently, as CEO of Evenbase, their portfolio of Digital recruitment businesses. Ian has an extensive background in the music industry, having worked for EMI in a series of senior roles, culminating in his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of EMI Music Worldwide in 2007.
The board has adopted a formal schedule of matters reserved for decision by it.
The board has an audit committee and a remuneration committee, the memberships of which are set out below. Each committee has clear terms of reference.
The remuneration committee comprises Simon Cole as chairman, Sean Nicolson and Ian Hanson. It will meet not less than twice each year. The committee will be responsible for the review and recommendation of the scale and structure of remuneration for senior management, including any bonus arrangements or the award of share options with due regard to the interests of the shareholders and the performance of the group.
The audit committee comprises Ian Hanson as chairman and Simon Cole. It will meet not less than twice a year. The committee will be responsible for making recommendations to the board on the appointment of auditors and the audit fee and for ensuring that the financial performance of the group is properly monitored and reported. In addition, the audit committee will receive and review reports from management and the auditors relating to the interim report, the annual report and accounts and the internal control systems of the group.