Meet the Team
We get you. We get your business. Our experience in the benefits sector gives us unrivaled insight into what you and your customers need – and their employees.
Here’s who we are. If you ever want to pop in, our HQ is in Bristol, where most of us are based. But as you’d expect from a digitally-focused business, we can meet you anywhere online.
Ian is a well-respected industry expert with over 20 years’ experience. He has enabled small and mid-tier businesses to achieve success through increased employee engagement. He is the visionary behind the fast-paced life at Cloud8 and has set out our mission to bring digital benefits to the masses.
When he’s not leading us in the right direction, he’s on the hockey and football pitches, supporting his favourite team and most importantly, performing dad duties!
Dipa Mistry Kandola
Dipa has been a buyer and user of employee benefits software, with extensive experience of collaborative working with advisory firms, HR and the ultimate end user – employees. This gives her a unique perspective on our technology development, our clients’ business challenges and the ins and outs of running a business. Dipa has a keen focus on ROI, while also wanting to improve employee engagement.
Ric set up and ran his own large and successful software development house before establishing himself as a CTO. He uses this experience at Cloud8 to put the technology in context and keep it goal-oriented; helping guide and direct our ‘bunch of brilliant minds’ to do all sorts of clever stuff that makes everything work and keep working. Ric has three young children but somehow still finds time to train for triathlons where he’s semi-competitive up to full Ironman level!
David is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with a wealth of experience in the Employee Benefits Consultancy and General Insurance Financial Services sectors. He is an active participant in the evolution from pure broker to the wide-ranging provision of employee benefits consultancy, facilitated through developments in FinTech/InsurTech. He has a proven track record in raising finance and maximising business value through people, technology and data having previously worked with RSA, Barclays, AON and Towergate.
Having a coffee with Ian, our CEO, is a great way to find inspiration, have a nice natter, or bounce around ideas on a knotty problem that’s been holding you back. For Sam, it was all it took to convince her to leave a carefree freelance existence behind (!) and become the driver of our product portfolio. Responsible for ensuring a seamless end-user experience on products both established and new means she needs to be constantly on her toes as the environment is fast-paced with plenty of curveballs. She keeps a similar outlook when not in work, enjoying a busy family life spending as much time outside as possible.
Sam’s marketing background stemmed from the healthcare industry, through to hospitality and in recent years, Fintech – giving him experience and understanding of what marketing means to different businesses.
Sam and the team look after all things new business with events, editorial, social media & branding. They’re also always on hand to help out clients promote their BEAM at Work™ solutions – making them successful digital benefits advisors.