Picsolve is wholly owned by Eight Roads, the proprietary investment firm which manages the proprietary capital of Fidelity International Limited. Inspired by Fidelity’s near 50-year history of investing, Eight Roads’ 110 investment professionals focus on building bold and meaningful businesses in Asia, Europe and the US.
Eight Roads invests with a long-time horizon and first invested in Picsolve in 2008. Their confidence in our business model and strong market position is evidenced by their ongoing commitment to fund our innovation and growth strategy. This level of backing gives us the focus and flexibility to support our partners around the world.
Head of HR, Eight Roads
Melanie is responsible for HR across Eight Road’s global business with employees based in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangalore, Mumbai, Singapore, Bermuda and London.
Melanie joined Eight Roads in 2013, transferring from Fidelity International where she had worked since 1999. In previous roles, Melanie was Senior HR Manager within FIL’s Investment HR Team and supported FIL’s UK Financial Services business. In 2010, Melanie headed up the European Investment HR team before transferring into the role of Head of HR, UK Financial Services where she was a member of the executive committee of the UK business Strategy review.
Head of Portfolio Management, Eight Roads
John joined Eight Roads in an advisory capacity in January 2013 working with the energy portfolio before becoming Head of Portfolio Management in March 2015.
With a background in finance, the majority of John’s career has been spent in the tech sector where he has operated in CFO, COO and CEO positions. In his early years, John trained and worked with General Motors for nine years before moving into the technology division of McDonnell Douglas. He subsequently exited two venture backed fabless chip businesses in the last decade; Alphamosaic Limited in 2004, and Frontier Silicon Limited in 2012. John currently sits on the Boards of Picsolve, Optegra, Romax, Medvivo Group and Doctorlink.
Colin was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Picsolve in March 2014. Colin is a seasoned and very successful CEO, Chairman and non-executive director who has a proven track record in building consensus in teams to achieve business transformation and sustained growth in the most challenging high tech business environments. In addition to Picsolve , Colin is non Exec Chairman at Addison Lee Group, Wowcher and Auction Technology Group.
Colin is extensively experienced in leading public and private companies, with a strong background of successful acquisitions and developing organic growth strategies in businesses that have reworked fund raising, managing public and private shareholders . Colin’s areas of expertise are primarily in technology including Infrastructure software, operating systems, application technology, SaaS and digital data services and more recently cloud based business and digital market models.
Chief Executive Officer
David joined the Picsolve board in February 2016, originally joining as Chief Financial Officer and then becoming Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. David is responsible for managing global high-level partner relationships and in his current role leads various strategic initiatives at Picsolve, including the acquisition of Freeze Frame and the strategic investment in Panora.me.
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC, before working within the media, entertainment and technology industry. This included working with the Financial Times Group and Channel 5. As CFO, David was responsible for international M & A which involved acquisitions in Asia and the sale of Channel 5. Subsequent roles have included business refinancing and integration of acquired businesses. David is also a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of Make a Wish UK and The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.