Active Risk is about three things: Enterprise Risk Management, amazing technology and spectacular people.


Our company’s growth and success is led by a team of some of the best and brightest executives in the technology world today. Our leaders bring a unique combination of backgrounds from high-growth enterprise software firms, world-class consulting firms, and talented sales and marketing organizations.



Nick Scully

Chief Operating Officer

Nick has overall responsibility for all of Sword Active Risk’s operational activities. Nick has over 25 years Industry experience having worked in senior roles at such companies as Computer Associates, SAP, and Lawson Software. He has a BA in History from the University of Wales.

Keith Ricketts

Vice President of Marketing

Keith joined Sword Active Risk in 2013 and is focussed on the company marketing strategy, customer experience and go to market approach. Prior to Sword Active Risk, Keith held various senior management and marketing positions within leading US and European software vendors. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies and Master of Arts in Marketing. Keith is also a published author of many articles and whitepapers and a keen press commentator.

Mark Brown

Vice President of Software Solutions and Services

Mark joined Active Risk in April 2000 from SunGard. Prior to that Mark held senior management and consulting roles with Coopers & Lybrand and Lazard Brothers in London. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Information Systems and Finance and is an Associate Chartered Accountant with the New Zealand Society of Accountants. He has held several executive roles within the company as both a founding director involved in the launch of Active Risk Manager in 2000, the IPO of the company in 2005 and is now the member of the Management team with responsibility for Product Management, Pre-sales and Consulting Services.

John Frain

Vice President of Global Support

John joined Sword Active Risk in 2011, working as a Business Analyst in the Development Team. Prior to Sword Active Risk, John worked in software development for 18 years, predominantly in Retail Finance, Logistics, and Supply Chain environments. John has a BSc from the University of York, in Information Technology, Business Management, and Language.

Matt Sharpe

Vice President of Development

Matt is the VP of Development at Sword Active Risk and drives the technical strategy and implementation of the product. Matt joined the company in 2007 after completing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Warwick. His career began in consultancy before moving to the ARM team where he now heads up the product development department.