The Rainbird Team

With their unique blend of expertise in AI, digital transformation and growth strategy, the team at Rainbird has pioneered innovations that have delivered a new frontier in Decision Intelligence.

At Rainbird, we’re passionate about tackling complex challenges with innovative, technology-driven solutions. We’ve transformed the Decision Intelligence landscape through the innovation of Explainable AI, equipping businesses with the tools necessary for smarter, more informed decisions-making.

Our unwavering dedication to excellence, coupled with our clear and purposeful leadership, positions the Rainbird team as trailblazers in the realm of decision intelligence.

Executive Officers

James Duez CEO

James Duez

CEO, Co-Founder

James is a serial entrepreneur, technology innovator, and investor with over two decades of experience. James has a rich history of leadership, having served as the CTO for several businesses, including a successful automation venture. His entrepreneurial spirit is evident in his track record of successful exits and the fact that Rainbird is the fifth business he has co-founded. James is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Ben Taylor CTO

Ben Taylor

CTO, Co-Founder

Ben is a renowned authority in the field of artificial intelligence, boasting over 20 years of experience in Symbolic AI. Ben’s impressive career includes a stint as a computer scientist at Adobe and contributing to an award-winning AI insurtech business. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex, underscoring his deep expertise in the field. Ben is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI.

Johan Neethling CFO

Johan Neethling

Chief Financial Officer

Johan is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in finance and commerce. His career journey includes notable roles at Acteon Group and BAT. Johan’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through as the co-founder of a pioneering clean-tech start-up. He holds a BSc in Business Management from the University of East Anglia. Johan is a fellow of the ICAEW and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Sabu Samarnath

Chief Product and Marketing Officer

Sabu is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in B2B SaaS. His successful career spans across the UK, US, and India, where he has proven himself as a product and marketing leader. He holds an MBA from the prestigious Cranfield School of Management. Sabu’s diverse experience includes driving product and business strategy across start-ups, blue-chip companies, and local government.

Advisory Team

Wayne Churchill


A veteran CEO and Chairman, Wayne has a 40-year career building and operating high-growth technology and telecommunications companies backed by Private Equity and Public Markets.  Wayne’s experience is global, across the whole spectrum of the TMT Industry, and is combined with extensive M&A and deal experience.

Dr Lorien Pratt


American computer scientist known for inventing decision intelligence and transfer learning (ML), an entrepreneur, writer, knowledge graph evangelist, co-organiser of the Responsible AI/DI Summit, presenter of two TEDx talks, and has over 30 years of experience delivering applied AI solutions. Lorien has published over 60 academic papers.

Gilad Amir


Gilad supports the digital transformation of Pollen Street Capital’s private substantial equity portfolio. He was previously the Head of Fintech at Lloyds Banking Group and has performed CEO, CFO, and advisory board member roles in multiple fintechs. Gilad is a Chartered Accountant and an E&Y alumni (hi-tech and M&A practice).

Meet our collaborative teams


Our consultative sales team are responsible for managing key accounts, delivering workshops to potential clients, and educating companies on how powerful Rainbird can be for their business.

Product & Marketing

Our product and marketing team are responsible for all of Rainbird’s marketing, business development, partnerships, branding, communications and product development.

Delivery & Operations

The Rainbird delivery & operations team are responsible for onboarding and training new clients and helping them achieve their goals through the provision of professional services and support.


The Rainbird engineering team are the beating hearts and brains of our business. They continue to evolve our deep technology and platform updates, to ensure we are constantly improving our offering.