Well, in our case, just about everything. Ditto is close to our heart as a name that encapsulates what we’re all about.
Our focus is on capturing human knowledge and recreating human expertise perfectly. So you can be sure that any advice or recommendations you give are complete, consistent and correct every single time. Its associations with accuracy, replication and simplifying complexity mean that Ditto embodies our very essence.
We’re a dynamic, innovative company at the leading edge of the fourth industrial revolution. Pioneering and integrating new technologies, we're developing trustworthy AI for a responsible future. A future where traditional knowledge-based sectors will become increasingly automated. Where businesses will seek to engage and transact with their customers in new ways. A near future where Artificial Intelligence could well hold sway.
As with any disruptive innovation, there will be challenges and preconceptions to overcome along the way. But if AI is managed responsibly – and with a safe pair of hands such as ours at the helm – we can all ditto that vision, can’t we?
Rick is the founder and CEO of Ditto AI. Rick’s dedication to the vision of transparent and accountable Artificial Intelligence systems led him to establish Ditto AI Ltd and create its unique, patented platform technology. His mission is to apply his 25+ years’ experience in AI research and commercialisation to ensure we use technology for a fairer, more ethical and sustainable society.
As a serial entrepreneur, Rick has in the past also founded and run successful businesses in sectors as diverse as IT services, the music industry, and hospitality. He has written and produced music for film and television which is regularly broadcast both nationally and globally, and which continues to be licensed on a worldwide basis.
When not out running or gigging with his bands, Rick is kept particularly busy outside of work by a large and loving family, a wonderful wife, and the endless curiosities of a dazzling four-year-old daughter.
Shefaly Yogendra is the Group COO of Ditto AI.
Shefaly has worked in business roles in the tech industry for 25 years. She started her career in corporate venturing in the computer hardware industry transitioning to IT enabled services, followed by several years advising investors in emerging technologies. Shefaly also spent 3 years bootstrapping and building a luxury start-up where technology enhanced consumer experience was the intended strategic differentiator but the start-up did not raise external funding in time.
In addition to her role at Ditto AI, Shefaly is a lay trustee of BeyondMe, an independent governor of London Metropolitan University, and a non-executive director on the board of the LSE-listed JP Morgan US Smaller Co.s Investment Trust, where she chairs the remuneration committee. She was listed among the "100 Women To Watch" in the 2016 edition of the Female FTSE Board Report.
Shefaly’s activities outside work include reading widely, baking cakes, and her Yoga practice.
Alan is the Chairman of the board of Ditto AI. He is the Chief Executive Officer of IP Group plc, a FTSE 250 listed intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving science and technology, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. IP Group’s portfolio is valued at more than £1bn and comprises holdings in over 150 companies across life sciences and technology.
Previously, Alan was the joint founder and Chief Executive of Techtran Group Ltd, the first company in Europe to offer a complete outsourced technology transfer function to universities. Techtran was acquired by IP Group plc in 2005. From 1995-2002 Alan was a partner in KPMG where he specialised in providing advice to fast growing technology businesses.
Alan is Chairman of AIM-listed companies Ceres Power Holdings plc and Proactis Holdings plc. He is also a Non-executive Director of Avacta Group plc., Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd and Oxford Sciences Innovation plc. Alan holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leeds, an MBA with Distinction from the University of Bradford and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Heather Jackson is a non-executive director of Ditto AI.
Ditto AI benefits from Heather’s direct and open approach, and her 25 years of experience of devising and implementing successful business and cultural change for a variety of organisations from start up to major FTSE top 10 corporates.
Heather serves as a non-exec director of JD Sports Fashion plc, Ikano Bank, and Skipton Building Society. She is a member of the investment advisory board of Yorkshire Cancer Research and Co-Chair of the CIO Advisory Boards for Computacenter and DXC.
As the founder MD of the change management company Actinista, Heather has helped senior leaders across a variety of sectors including financial services, retail, higher education, public sector and manufacturing deliver change.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her three sons and anything outside from gardening to running, walking her two springer dogs and tennis.
Liz is a non-executive director of Ditto AI and the Director of Communications at IP Group plc, a FTSE 250 listed intellectual property commercialization company which focuses on evolving science and technology, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. IP Group’s portfolio is valued at more than £1bn and comprises holdings in over 150 companies across life sciences and technology.
Liz heads up corporate, financial and investor communications and has extensive experience in this field, having worked on IPOs, fund raisings and M&A transactions. Previously, Liz spent the bulk of her career as a financial journalist, writing for newspapers, magazines, websites and newswires as well as contributing to a book on investing. Liz sits on IP Group’s Disclosure Committee and holds the Certificate in IR from the Investor Relations Society.
“ The results of Ditto's ‘proof-of-concept’ demonstrator have been very encouraging. It has shown that in only 20 hours of a Tax Expert’s time significant expertise can be captured, built into a knowledge base and made available for consultation by less qualified Tax staff. ”
- RH, Director, Inland Revenue.
AI sits at the heart of future business development. It is already an integral part of how we live our daily lives. AI will only become more embedded into the fabric of our choices, actions and responses. How can you be involved?