Board of Directors

Our team is strategy-focused and experienced across a broad industry base. Working alongside private and public companies, we build upon the power of stock compensation. We’ve created a team culture that embodies employee ownership, thus helping its growth worldwide.
Public Companies

CEO Tim Houstoun joined Global Shares in 2008. His stewardship has resulted in Global Shares building a global technology platform and has allowed us to transition to a company that is a leading global provider of stock plan management solutions. Tim has led Global Shares through a comprehensive software development phase, numerous rounds of fundraising, securing MiFID and FINRA/SEC regulation and, more importantly, growing our business into a multi-million dollar firm with 15 offices, 300+ staff, $5Bn in client assets and participants in 100+ countries worldwide. Prior to joining Global Shares, he worked in the service sector for 20 years, including positions as CEO of Business Direct Group Plc and Chairman of Fast Track 100 Special Mail Services Plc. Tim is a Board Member of the American Coalition of Stock Plan Administrators (ACSPA) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Tim Houstoun

CEO Global Shares

During his career, Andy Stewart from Motive Partners has built and led alternative investment businesses in some of the world’s most renowned international asset management firms and banks. Prior to joining Motive, Andy co-led Blackrock’s Alternative Investment Platform (BAI). He helped grow the business to over $120 billion in assets and more than $1.2 billion in revenues. Andy chaired BAI’s Executive Committee and was a member of the BAI Investment Committee as well as Blackrock’s Global Operating and Human Capital committees. At Credit Suisse, he helped build the alternatives business into a core driver of profitability. Before joining Credit Suisse, Andy was COO and part of the leadership team that built Man Investments into one of the largest publicly traded alternative asset management firms in the world, with over £5 billion in market capitalisation. He is a CAIA charter-holder.

Andy Stewart

Chairman of the Board
of Directors

Gerard has an extensive background in corporate finance. He was a Partner in KPMG Ireland for 25 years and Chairman of its Corporate Finance division. Throughout his career, he has guided organisations in merger and acquisition activity, fund raising, project finance, corporate and financial structuring and strategy determination. In addition to his role with Global Shares, he also serves as director of various private and public companies.

Gerard Flood

Non-Executive Director
of Global Shares

John Meehan joined Global Shares as Managing Director in 2015, bringing 20 years’ industry experience. Through this expertise, he has been responsible for advancing our international footprint in Europe and Asia and in 2019 he was appointed as CEO of Global Shares Japan. John has held numerous Senior Client Management and Business Development positions across the equity industry and before joining Global Shares, he worked with Computershare. There, he managed their Executive Investment Services business and was responsible for business development for companies conducting IPOs. He was also Head of Client Management for Morgan Stanley’s International Stock Plans business.

John Meehan

CEO Global Shares Japan

Mark Purcell has been part of the board since 2016 as an executive director. Having joined Global Shares in 2007, Mark has a unique understanding of our company’s journey, and has been a key driver of our development and growth. He has held a number of roles within the operations and IT teams and played an integral role in transitioning Global Shares from a service-based company to a Fintech company. He is currently responsible for ensuring all IT, operations and execution services are working smoothly and are setup in a way to allow the company to scale in these areas to ensure optimal service delivery.

Mark Purcell

Chief Operating Officer,
Global Shares

Richard was chairman of Global Shares plc for ten years until June 2019 and led the numerous funding rounds in that period. He was formerly founder and CEO for seventeen years of IFG Group plc. He is currently Chairman of Assure Hedge ltd and The Prusik Asia Funds and a director of Findlay Park Funds plc.

Richard Hayes

Non-Executive Director of Global Shares

Neil Cochrane is an investment professional with a highly regarded reputation for value creation within the Financial Services industry. He joined Motive Partners from AnaCap Financial Partners LLP, where he served as an Investment Director. In that role he was responsible for various investments, including AnaCap’s investment in Aldermore – a UK Challenger bank focused on SME lending, mortgages and deposits. He also led due diligence engagements focused on commercial, IT/Operations, and management on investment targets across Europe covering digital banking, consumer finance, foreign exchange payments, custody/fund administration and insurance. He started his career as a consultant at Oliver Wyman Financial Services where he was involved in a broad range of banking and insurance projects.

Neil Cochrane

Principal, Motive Partners

Christophe Bouhon

Chief Information Officer (CIO)