The Tagsmart journey began when globally renowned frame-maker and art fabricator Mark Darbyshire and product designer Steve Cooke got together to explore a solution for authenticating art and creating a truly secure provenance history for individual works.
Joined by CEO Lawrence Merritt and with the backing of a highly committed Board, this collaboration then expanded to include some of the UK's foremost security, art conservation, software and materials science experts.
Tom Toumazis MBE
Highly experienced media executive and avid art collector, ex-Endemol, Disney, and Yahoo!.
Proven history of developing high growth businesses for companies including PhotoBox, Yahoo! & Expedia.
Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder
30 years tech and product innovation including the 1st ‘app store’ and products for Mattel, Yahoo! and BBC.
Software developer with 30 years' experience in websites, multimedia, games and systems programming.
Former MD of Goldman Sachs, active art collector and Trustee of the Royal Academy of the Arts.
Globally renowned frame-maker, with over 20 years’ experience working with artists, galleries and collectors.
Dr Matthew Baker
World leading synthetic DNA pioneer, CSO at Abzena and Co-Founder of Antitope, Matthew combines work on targeted immunotherapy for cancer and autoimmune diseases with DNA-security applications.
Formerly Product Development Manager at Avery Dennison, Mike combines a scientific academic training with over 40 years experience of pressure-sensitive adhesive product development.
Professor John Watts
Leading authority on surface chemistry focused on adhesive bonding and nano-materials for paints and adhesives, John is currently Director of Research and Professor of Materials Science at the University of Surrey.
Dr Melanie Bailey
Pioneering developer of ion beam and ambient mass spectrometry analysis of paints and other materials, Melanie's work has been widely featured in the national and scientific press, on BBC Radio, Sky News and ITV.
Leading conservator and art printer, Graham set up his first studio in 1981 and is responsible for conservation of works by leading contemporary and classical artists from Picasso to Hirst and Hockney.
Professor Bill Redman-White
Currently Professor of IC Design at the University of Southampton, with over 30 years experience of pioneering academic and industrial semiconductor product design at NXP, GEC and British Telecom.
NY-based art collector and active angel investor with a portfolio of over 90 companies including several art-related businesses.
With over 12 years in the art world and the expertise in the area of both online and physical art market, Aino has held senior roles in Christie's and Paddle8.
Amy Todd Middleton
Served as the Global Director of Strategic Marketing at Sotheby’s, where she spent a total of 18 years in various leadership roles.
Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights a consultancy dedicated to art fraud-related lectures, training, and specialised investigation of artworks.
Executive Chairman of Digital Animal and entrepreneur with a 25-year track record of founding, building and selling analytical technology businesses.