Born in 2009, Arkk Solutions brought its first iXBRL tax solution to the UK market. With a strong start behind us, we soon expanded in 2010 setting up offices in Dublin. Then over 2014 and 2015 we took our CRD IV, AIFMD, Form PF and Solvency II product to market. Continuing our ambitious growth plans, 2016 saw us head to the States, launching our New York office.
Arkk was first to market with a Country by Country Reporting tool to support global firms with their OECD requirements. Our latest venture sees us building a digital platform, helping address clients responding to the HMRC ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative. Over the years, we have gained a strong reputation in the industry for providing simple solutions to complex regulations. Arkk has been recognised as one of the fastest growing RegTech firms in the UK, with 37% growth in 2017.
At the 2016 Custody Risk Global awards, Arkk won FinTech company of the year and in 2017 took the prize for HFM Technology’s European Technology award. Here at Arkk, we’re proud to be working with 25% of FTSE 250, helping over 700 clients globally to simplify their reporting. Looking ahead, we’re building a cloud platform to prepare finance and leadership teams for a digital future.
Meet the Team
Richard Metcalfe – CEO and Founder
As Arkk’s founder, Richard leads the strategy for Arkk’s continued success, driving the company forward to the next ambitious phase of growth. Passionate about the culture of in the workplace, he is a firm believer in getting the right people in the right roles to build on Arkk’s success. Richard is also the President of Entrepreneurs' Organization, and partners with various charities to develop the next generation of business leaders.
Richard lives and breathes Arkk’s core values, and his positivity and authenticity is contagious. A true believer that the best is yet to come for Arkk Solutions, Richard is totally committed to further evolving the business. He hopes to switch his reading list from business books to novels (or at least strike up a better balance) and is an avid supporter of England’s fine cricket team.
Kendra Stewart - Administration Manager & EA to the CEO
With a company that values culture as much as Arkk, Kendra’s role is vital in ensuring that we all have a positive working experience. Armed with her expert organisation skills and a Level 5 CIPD Certificate in Human Resources Management, Kendra empowers Arkk employees to bring positivity and openness into everything we do. Kendra relishes working in an environment where each individual has the opportunity to share their ideas, and genuinely looks forward to coming to work and getting stuck into the next challenge on a Monday morning.
Joining us from Canada, Kendra is an exceptionally keen traveller and has seen more of Europe than anyone else in the office! Asia is next on her list, but Kendra’s also a fan of exploring London on foot. She can often be found with her husband checking out the latest brunch venues, and working off her frequent dairy-free bakery visits with a boxing class.
Roi Lustik Cohen – Chief Technology Officer
With a background firmly in software architecture, Roi launched Arkk Solutions in 2009 injecting the technical expertise needed to launch our first iXBRL tax product for HMRC filers. Fast forward to the present, and Roi’s primary goal is to produce market-leading technology for the business and to create a robust development strategy, paving the way for continued success. Roi’s eyes are keenly seeking out ways in which Arkk can leverage new technologies, the end goal - to offer a superior client service, and oversees the entire development function at Arkk.
When he’s not solving technology challenges or working with clients on new product developments, Roi is kept busy by his lively young daughter. His holidays are spent skiing his way around the globe, which he compliments closer to home with a strict spinning routine.
Andy Gent - Non-Executive Director
As one of Arkk’s trio of founders, Andy now focuses on the strategic direction of Arkk, and ensuring that we’re ready for the next phase of growth. Since launching Arkk Solutions in 2009, Andy is most proud of the company’s ambitious vision and world-class clients. As motivating for him is that Arkk can still make quick, agile decisions and maintain a culture where everyone is empowered to put forward their ideas.
Andy was instrumental in Arkk’s move into the regulatory reporting sector, where we now support over 400 clients. Between developing Arkk’s growth strategy and keeping up with his two girls, Andy enjoys cooking, keeping fit and fulfilling his role as the company wine expert, dreaming of one day owning his own vineyard.
Danielle Cyrus – Director of Sales and Business Development
Taking the lead for the commercial strategy at Arkk, Danielle manages our growth into new product lines and territories. Her high-performing team of Account Managers and Sales Execs promote Arkk’s growth and continued success. The powerful dynamic is part of what drives Danielle’s passion, and she thrives working with a group of people who are totally invested in driving the business forward.
Danielle’s positivity and enthusiasm is contagious both inside and out of the office. She’s always on the hunt for the next challenge, and has a bucket list of around 50 experiences to push her outside of her comfort zone. Her complimentary passions of food and fitness means that she’s the first to organise our fundraising activities and office lunches – in line with her South African heritage, this often means a mountain of meat is on the menu!
Russell Gammon – Director of Project Strategy
Leading the way on Arkk’s product suite, Russell manages the overall direction of our solutions, from the high-level platform design to the detailed reporting processes. Managing the product team, Russell ensures that Arkk’s solutions are the best in the business. With over ten years’ experience in reporting technology, Russell is thrilled to apply his knowledge and enthusiasm to everything he does.
Outside of the office, Russell is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys checking out the best eateries in town and recreating his favourites dishes at home. When he’s not working his way through his 100 Michelin Star restaurant bucket list, Russell can be found playing competitive pool at his local.
Jenny Himsley - Finance Director
As Finance Director Jenny oversees her department at Arkk and ensures that we can continue developing high-quality products for our customers. As a chartered accountant (ICAEW) with a wealth of experience across highly established firms, Jenny’s drive and commitment to delivering results makes her an integral part of our Board. In the office, Jenny enjoys Arkk’s team-focused culture and working with intelligent, supportive people who appreciate each other’s hard work.
In addition to her first-class honours degree in management sciences, Jenny is one of the most active team members at Arkk with a passion for horse riding and can claim to have sailed across the Atlantic. When she’s not keeping up with her two young girls and her love for skiing, Jenny has set her sights on training to run a marathon by the end of the year.
Jaime Nogueroles - Software Development Manager
As the head of Software, Jaime’s role is to co-ordinate the developers and QA team, helping the product owners translate customer’s requirements into product. Playing a vital part of Arkk’s product creation, Jaime enjoys our office culture and the fact that we’re always driven to take on the next challenge. Instrumental in launching our COREP solution in 2014, Jaime thrived on seeing everyone at Arkk work together to develop, test, and launch our first XBRL solution.
Football and food form a strong part of Jaime’s life. When he’s not at Arkk, you’ll likely find him in Santiago Bernabeu, celebrating a Real Madrid victory with friends and family. In the future, Jaime’s goal is to plan a big trip to Asia and sample their excellent cuisine.
Clive Kenny - Finance Manager
Heading up the Finance team, Clive is dedicated to streamlining our processes and overseeing management reporting. He’s our office expert on the finance function, and joins us having been an Arkk client in a previous life! With his ACA qualification and passion for our Core Values, Clive enjoys the ambitious nature of working at Arkk, and brings this to the front of everything he does.
When time allows, Clive’s a keen cook, although with a busy sporting schedule (both playing in his five-a-side football team and cheering on Ireland in the rugby), he’ll also be found trying as many restaurants in London as possible. Clive’s an avid traveller having explored much of South America and Asia, and next he’s headed to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Andrew Mees - Customer Success Manager
Creating an effortless experience for our clients is at the core of all Arkk does, and Andrew is proud to manage our driven and knowledgeable Customer Success Department. From onboarding new clients to on-going support, Andrew and his team make sure customers can utilise our solutions to the fullest. He’s excited to be working with clients as we take our products to the next level, and enjoys working together with a highly talented team ready to take Arkk to the next level.
Andrew’s a keen musician and producer, and one of his greatest achievements to date is feeling like a kid on Christmas morning the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio! Andrew may find his gig and songwriting time limited as he’s expecting an exciting arrival, his first son, later this year.
Daphne Ash - Marketing Manager
The first to spot the latest marketing trends and develop our branding strategy, Daphne oversees the marketing department and helps to spread the word about Arkk Solutions. Working in an environment which empowers both personal and professional development drives Daphne towards achieving success. She thrives on being part of an organisation where people genuinely want to see results, not just for their own goals but to celebrate as a team.
Daphne loves living in London, and spends most of her time at checking out museum exhibitions or at various musical halls, taking in everything from Haydn to Hans Zimmer. She also spends most of her Sunday’s watching the MotoGP with family, and hopes to visit a few more circuits in person next year.
Matt North - Head of Sales Operations
Heading up our fast-paced sales team is Matt, who is dedicated to providing them with everything they need to deliver success. When not working on the day-to-day management on the team, Matt takes the lead in devising, communicating and executing our overall sales strategy to deliver what Arkk needs to continue growing. Matt is driven by the exciting new developments at Arkk Solutions, and he’s looking forward to looking back in five years’ time and celebrating everything we’ve achieved.
A self-proclaimed fitness fanatic who would argue there isn’t a single sport he wouldn’t try, Matt’s favourite past times are golf and football. For the former, he recently achieved a hole-in-one at Emirates Golf Club with a signed souvenir to prove it! He’s also successfully completed and fundraised for a number of charity runs in the past few years, so his next challenge will be raising the stakes and completing a double marathon.
Mary Tinnelly - iXBRL Tagging Team Manager
Mary’s team is the backbone of Arkk’s iXBRL tagging operation, working with clients across the entire filing process. Providing her team with expertise and our clients with an outstanding level of service, Mary’s goal is to meet, and of course exceed, expectations for HMRC and Revenue returns. Highly passionate about motivating and leading her close-knit team, Mary’s pride in the iXBRL tagging department’s success and development is evident in everything she does.
Mary’s interest in travelling takes her around the world and she’s always looking for the next hot-spot to tick off her list. Closer to home she’s a keen fan of socialising with family and friends in Belfast and is a fitness enthusiast - her next challenge is to take on the Dublin Half-Marathon.
We’re a fast-growing team of ambitious, passionate professionals at Arkk Solutions. As the team and the birthday cake budget continues to grow, our culture remains at the heart of day-to-day life at Arkk.
At Arkk Solutions, we firmly believe that our diversity helps us strengthen our team. We have team members from all corners of the globe who’ve chosen to make their career at Arkk Solutions, and our three founders are passionate about empowering everyone to thrive in their role. From a small shared office in Shoreditch, we’ve grown to a 50-strong team across London, Belfast, Dublin and New York.
Arkk is (generally) an active team, with many of us taking part in charity runs and lunchtime personal training. For those less inclined towards cardio, we have frequent team events and nights out and will take any excuse to host a bake sale. For most of us, being part of a fast-growing team where culture is a genuine part of our every-day lives is one of the highlights of working at Arkk.
Our Core Values
Arkk Solutions began life with its three directors working above a restaurant in Shoreditch. Nine years later, our London office may have only moved a few short streets away but the business has transformed into 50 team members across three countries who help make Arkk Solutions the industry leaders we are today.
Our trio of founders formed Arkk Solutions during 2008’s Global Financial Crisis when regulatory reporting quickly became top priority and firms struggled to keep up with the new demands. With their diverse background in IT, technology and business management, they created a company based on our five core values, which still are at the heart of everything we do nearly a decade later.
The sharp rise in regulatory reporting can be attributed to one simple concept; making financial information more transparent. In line with this, authenticity is the cornerstone of Arkk’s values. Our genuine relationships with clients and partners is what makes Arkk Solutions unique. We believe openness and honesty is vital for success, which is why we’re in frequent communication with our clients about the latest deadlines and product launches. We also believe that Account Management should go further than a renewal call, which is why we host regular feedback sessions, free seminars, and of course our famous summer and Christmas client parties.
The world of regulatory reporting is incredibly fast moving, with new requirements and mandates always appearing. But being responsive isn’t just about making sure we have the latest version of the regulator’s requirements available. It means working with our clients on a daily basis, finding out new ways to make their lives simpler. We like to move quickly and take on new challenges as a team. Our support extends beyond our Customer Success Team to every person in the business – we infamously have a ‘three rings’ policy to make sure all phone calls are always answered straight away!
We’re in constant contact with our clients and regulators across Europe to understand how to support them as best as we can. Our team are empowered to educate themselves on all areas of the industry, and we have frequent whiteboard sessions to share our knowledge across the business. Being aware of our environment and the needs of our clients helps us stay one-step ahead and deliver the best experience possible.
Experiencing year-on-year growth in a fast-paced industry means that we don’t sit still at Arkk! One thing we always make time for is to celebrate our success and encourage teams to work together to deliver results. Whether it's releasing a new product, winning an award or reaching our business goals for the quarter, we know it’s important to share success stories across all departments. It’s this approach that makes Arkk a truly collaborative place to work. We also celebrate our clients’ success with frequent free seminars and parties to make sure we know how our work is helping them succeed.
At Arkk, we genuinely believe a positive attitude can make all the difference. When tackling a new challenge, you can be assured that you have a team of people around you who want to find the best solution. Our offices are open plan, and we’re all enthusiastic about helping each other reach our goals. We believe that making a place where people want to come to the office and look forward to working collaboratively is at the heart of our success, which helps us provide our clients with a positive and trustworthy partner.
We’re passionate about developing our team, and many Arkkers have taken their roles further, developing their departments and creating new areas of the business to help us thrive. If you want to progress in a fast-paced, rapidly-growing firm, Arkk want to hear from you!
At Arkk, we give our team responsibility from day one. You can step up with new ideas and approaches, and our three founders are always keen to hear what we can be doing differently.
With our morning stand-up meetings, we learn a little more about each other every day, so whether you’re in your first week or an established Arkk veteran, you’ll feel part of the team in no time.
If you want to find out more about opportunities to work for Arkk, please get in touch.