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The perfect team to change the way industry research works


John Zieminak, Chairman

John is a private equity investor and founder/joint founder of a number of companies in technology and engineering. John began his career in I.T. and spent 10 years with ICL (now part of Fujitsu) where he became General Manager of Large Mainframes, which was the main profit generator of the ICL Group. In the mid 1980's John joined Plessey where he took on the directorship of Plessey's Public Telecoms Developments and when Plessey merged with GEC, John became Group Managing Director of the Network Systems Group.

This group of UK and International companies were focussed on Telecoms transmission systems and cable. From GPT (now part of Ericsson), John spent 2 years with BT with responsibility for BT's network across the UK. After BT, John was Managing Partner of Mentor International a $30m revenue consultancy focussed on Telecoms and IT where clients included major Telco’s, banks, venture capital companies and other high tech organisations.

John was one of two equity owners in Mentor and sold his equity to a VC backed MBO. John is now an investor in 5 other businesses ranging from software, telecoms, manufacturing and engineering as well as advising a number of private equity firms.



Andrew Sheehy, Managing Director and Chief Analyst

Andrew's main responsibilities at Nakono are to define and lead the company’s research activities and manage Nakono’s various product programmes. He has been a full time professional technology analyst since 2003.

Mr Sheehy's professional repertoire also includes over 15 years operational experience in the technology sector, mainly in the fields of RF & microwave electronics design and telecoms product management.

During this time, Andrew held the positions of Principal Engineer at Nortel Networks, Senior Product Manager at Telstra New Zealand and Director of Product Management at the WiMax vendor, PipingHot Networks, which became Orthogon Systems and, having been acquired by Motorola in 2007 was subsequently divested to become what is now Cambium Networks.

Mr Sheehy holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electronics from Salford University and an MBA degree from London Business School.



Rich Jeffery, Senior Software Developer

Rich is responsible for the software infrastructure at Nakono.

His remit encompasses design and development of proprietary software used for business-to-business communication, ensuring the smooth daily running of the company's IT systems and research and development on software in the field of information retrieval.

Rich joined the team in 2008 after receiving a Bachelors’ degree in Computing from Plymouth University. He also holds a Diploma in Engineering Pathways. Prior to joining Nakono, Rich worked in Systems Deployment & Special Projects for Plymouth City Council in the United Kingdom.



Mark Hardy, Senior Software Engineer

Mark's professional web development career started in the late 90's after studying for his HND in Computing & IT. Already a seasoned web designer in his spare time, he started his web development career by working on a project to build one of the UK's first, major Online Real Estate portals, funded by TownPages.

He has since worked as lead developer on several large projects for the travel industry (Gold Medal Travel) and beauty market, and as development consultant for many Internet startups.

A specialist in PHP, MySQL, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, Mark creates bespoke web applications and content management systems.



Dr. Dave Taylor, Research Analyst

Dr. Dave Taylor has been a professional researcher and writer for 20 years. With skills gained in the analysis of environmental policy while working towards his PhD thesis, he worked for environmental Non Governmental Organisations for several years.

Subsequently, Dr Taylor has pursued broader fields of research and has worked for a Select Committee in the House of Commons and been Editor of a Financial Times newsletter. In recent years Dave has combined his passion for small-scale farming with a career supporting policy development in local government.

Following a very belated "gap year" spent travelling the world in 2010, Dr Taylor has returned to the UK and is now further developing his knowledge of digital technology and the internet with Nakono.



Anju Nair, Research Analyst

Anju has been involved in business research for over 11 years.

She completed her MBA in finance in 2007 and has extensive experience across financial analysis, forecasting, business & competitive intelligence, data management and analysis. Anju has had exposure across various industries including, amongst others, mobile, telecoms and media.