Our Team

A gathering of some of the greatest talent in their chosen field, carefully assembled to make Coin Rivet the very best news and information website serving the global blockchain and cryptocurrency community. This is our team…

Sheba Karamat
Chief Executive Officer

Sheba has 20 years’ experience in growing and running recruitment businesses, placing executives with financial and digital tech backgrounds into organisations such as Disney, Aviva, BBC, Barclays, News UK and Penguin Random House. Heavily involved in the sale of her previous recruitment business to James Caan CBE, the Dragons Den entrepreneur. Founder and CEO of Coin Rivet and mother to four amazing children.
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Darren Parkin
Editorial Director

Editorial Director Darren is a former daily newspaper editor and award-winning journalist with a media career spanning three decades. He previously worked for Trinity Mirror. From becoming the UK’s youngest newspaper editor at the age of 24 he has most recently held positions as Editorial Director and Non-Executive Director at several international business and economics publications.
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Jonathon Bright
Chief Marketing Officer

Jonathon is a qualified marketing professional (CIM DipM, MA Marketing) with 30 years experience. 10 years financial services marketing experience. He’s worked for global brands such as NatWest, The Financial Times, Haymarket Media, The Wellcome Trust & The Department of Health and managed agency accounts for AXA, Credit Suisse, HSBC Offshore & Canon Professional Print.
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Scott Thompson
Editor in Chief

Scott has been working in technology and business journalism for nearly 20 years, with a focus on FinTech, retail, payments and disruptive technology. He has been Editor of such titles as FStech, Retail Systems and IBS Journal and also contributed to the likes of Retail Technology Innovation Hub, PaymentEye, bobsguide, Essential Retail, Open Banking Hub, TechHQ and Internet of Business.
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James Stanley
Chief Technology Officer

James has over 12 years’ experience developing websites and software applications. Having spent the last 5 years working in a leading web development agency, heading up a front end development team of 15, producing work for some of the largest lifestyle and hospitality brands across the US and UK. With a solid background in PHP, mostly specialising in WordPress and Drupal, James now heads up the technology team at Coin Rivet.
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Olivier Acuna
Senior Writer

Olivier has been writing for over 30 years. He has been based in six countries working for major news outlets including the Guardian, UPI & AP. He has covered massive earthquakes, presidential elections, immigration, and taken photos standing in the middle of shootouts between drug cartels, gone undercover to investigate organised crime, interviewed presidents, former presidents, heads of international organisations.
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Helen Carter
Senior Writer

Helen Carter is a multi-award winning journalist who cut her teeth in journalism at the age of 18 straight out of school. She went on to work for regional newspapers including the Coventry Evening Telegraph and Lincolnshire Echo before joining the News of the World as a feature writer, covering stories about domestic violence and miscarriages of justice as well as the usual celebrity fare. She finds crypto currency fascinating and bewildering in equal measure.
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Oliver Knight
Crypto Writer

Londoner ‘Ollie’ graduated from Birmingham City University with a journalism degree in 2016. He combines his writing with his love of crypto and blockchain here at Coin Rivet, saying “It disrupts well-established institutions (banks) while giving an avenue to the less fortunate to achieve financial freedom.” Like all true Londoners, his pet hate is… “People standing on the left-hand side of the escalators on the Tube!”.
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Nawaz Sulemanji
Crypto Writer

Nawaz has been a student of crypto since buying his first Bitcoin in 2013, and he’s been hooked ever since. But the self-confessed food lover has always had an affection for tech and confesses that, in 2007, he owned a watch with a 32-colour screen, camera and infra-red. He’s a fan of blockchain because “it enables self-sovereignty”.
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Ross Chalmers
Community Manager

Ross first discovered Bitcoin as an undergraduate at the University of Sussex in 2013. Since then, the self-confessed Game of Thrones superfan has travelled extensively before returning to academic studies with Leiden University in the Netherlands to complete his MA. His focus was on the philosophies and groups underpinning the Bitcoin movement, Crypto Anarchy and the CypherPunks. As a child, Ross set his heart on one day becoming an F1 driver but nowadays focuses his passion on the high-speed nature of crypto.

Kate OFlaherty
Senior Writer

Kate is a freelance journalist with over a decade’s experience reporting on business and IT. She has held Editor and News Reporter positions on titles including: The Inquirer, Marketing Week, and Mobile Magazine, and has written articles for the Guardian, the Times, the Economist, SC UK Magazine, and Wired UK. She is also a Forbes contributor covering European cyber security.
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Emily Perryman

Emily is an award-winning financial journalist with over a decade of experience writing for consumer, trade and national publications. She writes about FinTech, investments, pensions, property and healthcare. Her work has appeared in titles such as The Financial Times, The Independent and Shares magazine.
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Lisa Hutchins
Operations Manager

Lisa’s successful work in building and maintaining communications networks throughout the UK and across Europe and Asia allow her to bring a high level of international experience to Coin Rivet as she enjoys the challenge of working across multiple time zones and helping people work towards a common goal. A real ‘people person’, she admits that she gets the most professional satisfaction from seeing teams merging, working together and developing as they forge successful relations and a positive working environment.

Emma Thompson
Digital Marketing Executive

Equestrian fan Emma originally studied and qualified as a nanny before her passion for design led her to take a career path into marketing, which is quite some contrast to her early ambitions (Emma set her heart on being a popstar not long after starting school). In her spare time, Emma is an international competitor in the sport of ‘mounted games’ with her two horses. She views with suspicion anyone who doesn’t like dogs.
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Sarka Seborova
Social Media Executive

Has more than four years of experience with social media management in various organisations. Previously lead a social media department of WorcTV and worked as a social media consultant for Lingua Rumburk. Also held a position as a trainee journalist and new media consultant at Czech Television. Achieved a BA in Media/Cultural Studies and MA from University of Birmingham in Language, Culture and Communications. If she isn’t on Twitter you can be sure she is reading the latest John Green novel!