High growth tech firm welcomes savvy chair as new role created

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Jan 2018

A rapidly growing Hull tech business has appointed an experienced leader in northern England’s technology sector as its first chairman.  

Ash TV has appointed Richard Gregory into the role. Executive chair of Tech North’s advisory board, he brings a wealth of management and tech-savvy experience to the young and growing company, based at C4DI, which has opened offices in France, Germany and the Netherlands in the past 12 months. 

Set up by 21-year-old Hull entrepreneur Ash Lewis in 2016, Ash TV uses unique, patented technology to run auto-playing video advertising for major publishers, particularly for mobile users. 

Some of Mr Gregory’s career highlights include 12 years at a senior level at agency Latitude Digital Marketing, with ten years as chief operating office and two years as managing director, and co-founding SAScon, the Search, Analytics and Social Conference. 

Until December last year, Mr Gregory was director of Tech North, before moving to his current and more strategic advisory role ahead of Tech North’s transition in April to Tech Nation.

Mr Lewis said: “Richard has great agency, communications, business and strategic expertise and has worked at the heart of the tech industry in the north of the country for many years while growing significant, strong, sustainable and robustly  

financed corporate assets. 

“Ash TV and our teams here in the UK and mainland Europe will benefit greatly from the experience, insights, connections and mentoring support he will be able to bring to the business as we consolidate the current phase of development and look to initiate new product launches and media partnerships.

“His involvement will also be a great addition to the Hull and Humber’s vibrant digital economy.”

While at Tech North, Mr Gregory was able to help build regional, national and international awareness of the north of England’s tech strengths and opportunities

He holds various non-executive and trustee positions, including as chairman of Liverpool-based tech start-up Ruler Analytics, and he is a member of the Manchester Digital Council.

Mr Gregory said: “Ash TV has already seen impressive growth and secured its first round of funding in a short time. 

“The business is already working with some brilliant clients and partners and I’m excited to dive in to help Ash and the team secure a huge chunk of the growing mobile video advertising market.” 

In its launch year, Ash TV was named as one of ten of the fastest growing companies in the North to win Northern Stars, a Tech North Award for tech and digital start-ups. 

In the last year it has secured a round of investment finance from Mercia Technologies through Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance’s Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and has struck a mobile video advert placement deal with Immediate Media.

Its unique, patented technology is supported by artificial intelligence software to target adverts using location and social media data.

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