Rob Brighouse, Chairman
Rob is the former Managing Director of Chiltern Railways and a transport and infrastructure development expert. He and Thomas have always worked successfully as a team until now. And it still sort of works, except when Thomas recites the “Now, I am the Master” speech from Star Wars. His best coach trip ever was the six-hour journey from Cusco to Puno, in Peru, where he visited Lake Titicaca with his wife – a stunning trip!
Thomas Ableman, CEO
Thomas is the former Commercial Director of Britain’s fastest growing rail franchise, Chiltern Railways. Previously Product Development Director for National Express, he came up with the idea for Sn-ap and quickly recognised its huge potential to transform the way we all do Intercity Leisure Travel. Thomas romanced his wife Helen on-board trips between London and Oxford, where they both studied, on the Oxford Tube coach service. He likes sitting second row back, left hand side. You’re surrounded by huge windows and get an amazing view.
Christy Stewart-Smith, Sales & Marketing Director
Christy worked in PR & Advertising (J. Walter Thompson & Abbott Mead Vickers/BBDO), before joining insurance giant Aviva plc as Head of Group Marketing Strategy and Group Internal Engagement Director. For the last four years he has been Managing Director of The Gate London, a full-service marketing and advertising agency. He jumps out of aeroplanes for fun, so he’ll sit anywhere he’s told, as long as he’s by a window.
Tom Moreton, Product Director
Tom is the founder and owner of digital agency Fat Beehive in Shoreditch. He learned to love travelling by coach on a US trip – coast-to-coast and back again on the Greyhounds – a fantastic time viewing great American landscapes, reading about the USA and snoozing. He likes somewhere towards the back – undisturbed and cosy, away from the ‘business’ end of the coach
Paul Adcock, Operations Director
Paul joins Sn-ap after fifteen short years with transport giant Arriva. Latterly Area MD of Arriva London (Dec 2015 until Jul 2017) responsible for over 5,000 drivers and previous Area MD of Arriva the Shires (Jul 2009 until Dec 2016) Paul brings unrivalled operations expertise to the Sn-ap team. He has no favourite seat: “All the seats on our coaches are perfect, once I’ve finished with them”, he says.
Leila Zegna, Investor Director, Kindred Capital
Leila is a founding partner at Kindred Capital, an early stage venture capital fund based in London. Leila is both an investor and an entrepreneur, with over a decade of operating experience in technology businesses across three continents. She trained with Bain & Company before moving to Silicon Valley to be the General Manager of Kleiner Perkins backed consumer internet business Plum District, and then onto cofound a health technology business that spun out of Stanford called GenapSys for which she raised $50M in venture capital funding and built a 70 person team before moving back to London. Leila is a mathematician by training with a first class degree from Yale University and a Harvard MBA.
Simon Healey, Investor Director
Simon has fifteen years of experience working with early stage, high growth technology businesses. He is currently CFO of LoopUp, a SaaS business specialising in remote business meetings which successfully floated on AIM in 2016. Prior to this, Simon was part of the team which grew Streetcar into London’s largest car-sharing company, and oversaw its successful sale to Zipcar in 2010, prior to that business listing on NASDAQ. Simon was also involved in the successful AIM floatation of Research Now, the online market research business, in 2005. Simon is a Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG and has a degree in Accountancy from the University of Birmingham.
Ben Whitaker, Non-Executive Director
Ben Whitaker has been founder and CEO of several technology, payments and transit related companies including Masabi.com, the global digital ticketing provider innovating to save money for public transit agencies, and improving daily life for passengers in cities from Australia to Alaska including major cities like New York and LA. Ben holds an Engineering degree from Cambridge University, has worked at IBM, Xerox, Raytheon and has a background in electronics and cryptography, as well as being one of the key authors of interoperation and security frameworks for digital train tickets in the UK.
Ross Tweedie, Technical Lead
Ross handles all the technical and web stuff. His serene, phlegmatic exterior conceals a unique talent for bringing order to complex systems and an ability to see both the wood and the trees at the same time. Nothing seems to faze him. “Everything is possible”, as he always says.
Pawel Trauth, Senior Full Stack PHP Developer
Pawel has lived in the UK for 9 years, but comes originally from Łowicz, Poland. He has a masters degree in IT from the department of Maths & Computer Science in Łódź. He enjoys bouldering and general travelling and is currently going through a list of ~200 sights to see in London and documenting them on his tumblr. He remembers a favourite coach journey: 3 days through the Polish mountainside, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, where he experienced his first hangover! He likes to sit at the front; to keep an eye on the road ahead.
Barney Laurance, PHP Developer
Barney previously worked on the website of VFX Software maker Foundry, and at web development cooperative Netuxo, after completing a computer science degree and about half of a physics degree.
Silvia Chiappalone, UX/UI Designer
Silvia has a masters degree in Digital & Visual Communications and more than 15 years experience of working in media and creative agencies, e-commerce companies and web and marketing consultancies. She loves movies, yoga and backpacking, but her real passion is music and dj-ing. As a hobby, she presented an indie radio show for 5 years. Both at gigs and on coaches she likes to be in the front row, in with the action.
Marcus Standish, General Manager, Bristol
Marcus is former President of Aston University Student Union. He’s a keen skier, so he’s done a lot of travelling by coach. He’s pleased England’s roads have fewer hairpin bends and steep, mountainous drops. He likes to sit anywhere peaceful, where you can get a bit of kip.
Hannah Northridge, Operations Manager, East Midlands
Hannah graduated from Aston University with a degree in Economics, before joining Sn-ap in 2017. She spent a lot of time on coaches growing up as an active Girlguiding member, travelling to exotic lands like Sheffield and Wigan. Her dream coach trip is to Tottenham Hotspur away, when Derby finally get promoted back to the Premier League.
Justine Livingstone, People & Process Manager
Formerly a Tax and Reward Specialist with Citigroup, Pilates Obsessive Justine leads our brilliant team of Trip Builders. Her favourite coach trip was to see New Kids on the Block, at Docklands Arena circa 1990. Music just isn’t what it used be! She likes a quiet and peaceful seat several rows away from her children.
Steven Hoy, Financial Controller
Steve has previously worked at Baker Tilly and Deloitte completing both his AAT and ACCA qualifications, before moving away from Practice and starting at Zopa, the peer-to-peer lending company. He loves to travel and met his wife in South East Asia in Laos, not on a coach, but on a boat. Now travelling with two small children (and their baggage), he loves the extra storage space a coach provides.
Anna di Donato, Lead Trip Controller
Anna is a multilingual graduate with more than 4 years of experience in Broadcasting Journalism, Interpreting and Translations. She started as a Freelance Journalist for an Italian regional magazine called Val Vibrata Life and became their foreign correspondent covering news and events connected to the Italian Community, working with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in UK.
She has a strong track record in the Travel industry, Retail and Customer service.
Angelo Boccato, Trip Controller
Angelo is a journalist and blogger specialising in geopolitics, EU affairs , labour issues, human rights , social movements, economics, environment, finance and on-demand Intercity coach travel.
Joe Banfi, Trip Controller
Joe lives a double life as a philosophy and law graduate from the University of Sheffield by day, and as a singer-songwriter signed to Communion Records by night. His gigs take him on the road so often that any coach journey makes him feel at home.
Haseena Obarey, Trip Controller
Haseena is a people person. She enjoys challenges and finds it rewarding helping others – all perfect attributes for a member of the Sn-ap Trip Controller team, working with our brilliant operators and helping Sn-ap customers.