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Max Carruthers

Max Carruthers

Non-Executive Chairman

Since graduating in Computer Science, Max’s career has spanned over 40 years in the insurance industry, with a large proportion in board level positions for insurance companies, brokers, loss adjusters and software companies.

He has targeted highly entrepreneurial organisations, often backed by private equity and more recently has held posts at Towergate, as Group Operations Director and Axa UK, as COO of the Intermediary Division. Subsequent to leaving Axa, Max set up his own consultancy providing advice to insurance related businesses, as well as technology and private equity firms.

As Non-Executive Chairman for Absolute, Max provides guidance and advice, as well as providing strategic direction across the business and particularly within our technology offering.

David Beardsworth

David Beardsworth

CEO

Following a career in the Police and Specialist Operations at Scotland Yard, David formed insurance investigation firm, Vincent Sherman Associates in 1989. By the use of modern technologies Vincent Sherman Associates grew to be an industry leader until its sale to Capcon PLC in 2003.

Absolute Partnership was founded by David in 2004 and has followed a similar pattern in the use of technology to provide its clients with counter fraud solutions. Having designed and implemented industry award winning smart data solutions, David continues to apply advanced big data technologies to the counter fraud and security arenas.

He is a consultant for Interpol and the Security Services.

Colin Hawes

Colin Hawes

Insurance Services Director

Colin began his Insurance career at Guardian Royal Exchange and qualified as an ACII in 1981. He then went on to work at Lombard Continental before taking up a role at Independent Insurance, where he held various claims roles, eventually becoming London Market Claims Manager. Upon leaving Independent, Colin was one of the founders of Fusion Insurance Services and was UK Claims Manager until 2006, when he established his own insurance claims consultancy HMA Ltd.

Colin has had a longstanding relationship with David Beardsworth and Nigel Strongitharm, which led to HMA being integrated with Absolute and Colin becoming a Director. Colin is responsible for our overall Insurance Services business.

Nigel Strongitharm

Nigel Strongitharm

Counter-Fraud Director

Nigel is a former Metropolitan police detective, expert in the investigation of complex fraud. In 1989, Nigel co-founded Vincent Sherman Associates as a specialist insurance investigation firm and continued to work with David Beardsworth through to the formation of Absolute Partnership in 2004.

Nigel is responsible for motor investigations, particularly concerning staged/contrived collisions and deals with our key partner accounts.

Jill Battley

Jill Battley

Operations Director

Jill was Head of Intelligence at New Scotland Yard for the Serious Crime Directorate and has a broad range of experience as a Senior Investigating Officer. Her extensive UK and international investigative expertise has been at strategic and operational levels including latterly working abroad in a high-risk environment.

Since returning to London her focus is on supporting corporate clients across the public and private sector to prevent and reduce the vulnerabilities and cost of fraud by using the right technologies.

Mark Ryder

Mark Ryder

Finance Director

Mark graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Economics and Accounting. After a traditional start with Price Waterhouse in audit, he then moved into Industry, where he took up his first Finance Director role at the age of 29. A number of senior roles culminated in his appointment as FD of Misys Financial Systems in 2000.

Following the merging of the management of MFS and Countrywide, his role expanded to take in responsibility for insurer relationships and the Countrywide Network. He played a major part in the MBO, re-branding to Open GI, and subsequent sale of the business to Towergate for £276 million.

Marie-Claire Poitras

Marie-Claire Poitras

Director Europe e-Witness

Currently Europe Director e-Witness, Marie-Claire Poitras is responsible for the growth of e-Witness in Europe. In that capacity she oversees the marketing, strategic planning, operation, and business development for the e-Witness business.

Over the last 30 years, she has acquired a wide experience in the software industry having worked in different countries such as France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany and United States. CEO and founder of different software companies in Europe: Emplaza (joint venture between Telefonica and Meta4HR, General Manager of the Meta4 HR products, EMEA Vice-President of Crossworlds (now IBM), Director for Europe and Asia for Dun and Bradstreet Software, and Senior Manager at Accenture. She is also co-founder of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Spain and Board member of the American Navy League in Madrid.

Poitras received a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Finance from HEC Business School de Montreal, Canada.