Mark Bate

Chief Financial Officer

Mark commenced his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) having obtained a First-Class degree in Accountancy from Cardiff University. At PwC, he became a charted accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and spent the next 10 years advising companies of all sizes across the UK on a range of financial matters. Seeking a new challenge, he left to join the University of South Wales, which had recently formed from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. It was there that he initially worked on a variety of projects, then more formally took up the position of Head of Business Partnering, to roll out a business partnering approach to the organisation. In that role, Mark managed a budget of over £200m and was involved in a range of projects, from new campuses in Dubai to large scale staff restructures.

Mark left the University after four and a half years to become the CFO of a growing technology business, OpenGenius Limited. Over the next two and a half years, he took the company through a VC-backed equity funding round, and helped successfully launch and grow a new product to the international market. Mark managed a range of departments in this role, including customer support, finance, and data. From there, he joined Jehu Group as Group Finance Director, leading all financial matters across the £80m turnover group. In his time there, he secured significant external funding to ensure the ongoing financial future of the business.

Mark is currently the Chief Financial Officer for CatSci, leading on all financial matters. Mark is passionate about making finance easily understood and accessible to all individuals within the company and is committed to helping CatSci continue to grow to meet the needs of its customers.

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