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…

Operations

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. Read More

Paul House
Strategic Partnerships Director

Paul has 34 years of creating significant media partnerships across the UK, US and Canada. As head of the winning teams of the IPA’s Best Technology Award, Mobile Marketing Awards and Trinity Mirrors Excellence Awards, he is a self-confessed digital geek. He has devised and delivered many digital change strategies for not only some of the largest news brands but has also worked with many of the worlds largest clients including - Lloyds Banking Group, Genting Resorts/Casinos, Johnson & Johnson, Camelot’s National Lottery and Unilever. In his downtime, Paul has run 3 marathons and is an accredited travel writer.

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. Read More

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.

Editorial

Darren Parkin
Partnerships 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. Read More

Helen Bennicke
Features Editor

Helen Bennicke 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. Read More

Scott Thompson
Weekend Editor

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. Read More

Paul Hindle
News & Guides Editor

Paul has over 5 years' publishing experience for two market-leading academic and IT publishing houses. In this time, he has personally overseen the production and publication of over 500 books, working with a number of award-winning and bestselling authors. When not immersed in the fast-paced world of cryptocurrency, he can be found performing on the stages of Birmingham’s pubs with his covers band, Black Rose. Read More

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!”. Read More

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”. Read More

Pedro Febrero
Senior Writer

Pedro Febrero is a technologist with hands-on blockchain experience. He's the founder of Bityond, a skills-matching platform between candidates and jobs, a Blockchain Consultant for multiple projects and an Op-Ed writer for ccn.com. Read More

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. Read More

Jordan Heal
Writer

Jordan is an English Literature graduate fresh out of Lancaster University with a keen passion for writing. Whilst not having a wealth of background into the world of cryptocurrency, he’s extremely motivated to learn the ropes and become apart of the movement. In general, he’s a huge fan of narratives, whether it be books, t.v., films or games. Read More

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. Read More

Emily Perryman
Writer

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. Read More

Christina Comben
Writer

Christina is a fintech and cryptocurrency writer with a passion for technology and starting important conversations. She draws on her years of experience as a business reporter and interviewer to bring you the most salient issues and latest developments in the cryptosphere. Read More

Marketing

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. Read More

Shannon Greaney
Content and Social Media Manager

Shannon has five years’ experience delivering content strategies for B2B clients including Microsoft, IBM, BP, Tech Data, and Centrica. Having spent this time writing, editing, and leading a team of journalists, she loves delivering content that solves problems and outlines the latest industry trends. Specialising in everything from blogs to email campaigns, she’ll be managing the content production at Coin Rivet. Outside of work, she has a real love for reading and eating.

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. Read More

Billy Jackson
Video Content Director

18 years experience in TV and Film. Created commercial content for brands such as ASDA, Morrisons, Co-Op group, Virgin, Moneysupermarket and Astrazenica. Corporate and training content for Police Mutual, CIPS, Variety Club, Children in Need, BNVA, Red Cross and NHS. Lighting and camera work for the BBC, BBC3, Channel4, E4 and independent feature film companies. Has a BA(Hons) and Masters in film production BTEC PDC Interactive Media (HEFCE) B-TEC Level 3 Audio Engineering. Also works in postproduction video and audio editing, image manipulation, 3D modelling and animation.