Team

The Strategic Blue team behind Cloud Options…

JohnJohn Woodley – Co-founder & Board Advisor

John is an investor and board advisor at Strategic Blue.  He is a former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he was co-Head of non-oil commodities for EMEA.  He was the first person to be hired by a Wall Street bank from a power utility, becoming a founder member of the Morgan Stanley electricity trading desk.  John is one of the world’s foremost authorities on commodity market development and the pricing of non-standard pseudo-commodity products.

SamSam Kingston – Board Advisor

Sam, a former CIO for East Midlands Electricity has held a series of senior international roles at SAIC, Oracle, EDS, Unisys and Deutsche Telekom (T-Systems International) across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australasia. His broad management experience includes growing and restructuring Consulting Services, IT Services and Process Outsourcing businesses with a strong emphasis on building sustainability and staff development. Sam holds an honours degree in Chemistry, Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Polymer Science and has co-authored several scientific publications in addition holding a number of technology/process patents.

JamesDr James Mitchell – Co-founder & CEO

James was hired into Morgan Stanley’s commodities division by John Woodley, who mentored James through over $500 million of structured commodities deals, each of which was a first of its kind at Morgan Stanley requiring sign off from the Global Head of Commodities. These included major off-takes of power from credit-constrained generators, long-term shaped electricity sales to independent suppliers, and a major investment in Atlantis, a renewable energy company.James holds a 1st class M.Sci. in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and a D.Phil. in DNA Nanotechnology from Oxford University.

ChrisChris Darnell – CFO

Chris is Strategic Blue’s Chief Financial Officer. He has a rare combination of expertise across technology, media and energy. He has been CFO and a member of several Boards of Directors of many exciting new start-up and high growth ventures at Southern Company, a Fortune 500 utility company, and Microsoft, in the businesses that evolved into Azure, Office 365 and Xbox Music & Video among others. Chris is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and an Executive in Residence at The University of Chicago. He holds a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago and an IMBA from the University of Southern California.

RichardRichard Griffin – Head of Trading Operations

Richard is responsible for the trading systems at Strategic Blue. He joins us from the commodities trading desk at Morgan Stanley where he was Head of Trading for power, gas and related commodities in Europe. His background is as a developer of regulatory trading systems at Morgan Stanley and before that at the Bank of England.

PaulPaul Wilson – Engineering

Paul manages the databases and billing engines that collect our client’s usage data from the cloud providers and generates the tailored invoices showing our client’s usage for each of their clouds. He formerly led a team of developers at a leading pensions software company.Paul holds a M.Sci. in Physics from Imperial College London.

AledaAleda Kay – Operations

Aleda runs back office and manages client identification and approach. She was previously Senior Commercial Strategy Analyst and Multinational Sales Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways. She has also worked at KPMG and as a Research Assistant at Loughborough University.Aleda holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Loughborough University.