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 certificating art and creating a truly secure provenance history for individual works.
Led by Executive Chairman Tom Toumazis MBE and with the backing of a highly committed Board, this collaboration 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.
Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder
30 years tech and product innovation including the 1st ‘app store’ and products for Mattel, Yahoo! and BBC.
Globally renowned frame-maker, with over 20 years’ experience working with artists, galleries and collectors.
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.
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.
Founder of LPP independent photography dealership, agency and advisory bureau for clients and collectors, with 20 years of experience working in the Photo industry and at Magnum Photo along side Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold and Josef Koudelka.