Leadership Team

Rick Haythornthwaite

Co-Founder & Chairman

Rick is a highly seasoned industrial leader with a career spanning nearly 40 years in the hydrocarbon, cement, industrial controls, network payments, chemicals, electronics and glass sectors. He was CEO of Blue Circle and Invensys, now part of Schneider; and is currently non-executive chairman of the Boards of MasterCard International and Centrica.

Baz Khuti

Co-Founder & CEO

A technology and business visionary, Baz has held executive leadership positions at GE (CTO Cloud), Emerson Electric (EVP, Emerson Network Power; Chief Architect, Emerson Electric) and Invensys, now part of Schneider (Chief Architect). Baz has brought to market leading software products from idea to industry standard, with six industrial software patents and winning a number of prestigious industry awards.

With over 30 years of technology experience across the UK, US and Asia Baz has a proven track-record of developing software platforms and industrial applications at scale through the architecture and design of pioneering technologies. Baz holds a MSc in computer science.

Ed Birch

Finance Director

Ed is responsible for all aspects of finance and acts as the performance conscience of the business with end-to-end profitability and cash management accountability. Ed was ‘Big 4’ trained at KPMG with a background in corporate turnaround having worked in the firm’s Restructuring advisory practice throughout the global financial crisis.

Previously, as Head of FP&A at Experian plc, Ed led the delivery of all financial planning and analysis for the dynamic EMEA region of the FTSE100 software, data and analytics business. He qualified as an accountant whilst at KPMG and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Gary Chandler

Commercial Director

Gary joined QiO from Rolls-Royce, having spent 25 years developing real-time safety-critical control systems for aero-engines. As a keen strategist and innovator, Gary was a key leader in the adoption of ‘Lean Product Development’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ within Rolls-Royce, deeply engaging with the associated culture change.

Gary is responsible for all commercial aspects of software deployments where he utilises his deep domain expertise to unlock customer value through advanced analytics and AI-infused software.

Fouad Omri

Head of AI

Fouad is responsible for the product engineering of AI-infused applications at scale. Managing a global team of engineers to develop AI expertise that provides our customers and partners with self-learning applications that are not limited by static slices of point-in-time views but become smarter with each deployment.

Fouad holds a PhD in computer science and applied mathematics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He was a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology specialising in Statistical Modelling, Machine Learning, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning.

Louise White

Head of HR

Louise leads the HR function and development of people, acting as the people conscience for the business. She brings a wealth of international experience, cross cultural understanding and leadership development. Having worked in a wide range of industries and global companies such as Nokia, Samsung, and Centrica, she has a passion and respect for technology and innovation, whilst keeping people and commercials at the forefront.


Qualified as a CIPD HR Professional, with various psychometric and behavioural tools, Louise has led a number of transformational projects.


Sergey Shcherbakov

Senior Product Architect

Sergey is responsible for the application development and embedding of advanced analytical models into QiO’s applications. He works with a global team of Software and AI Engineers to ensure the interoperability of QiO’s Foresight Applications with partners and leading B2B marketplaces.