A blend of experience and passion to deliver excellence

The AISTEMOS team includes highly regarded IP strategists and world class engineers. We maintain a startup mentality where fresh thinking and curiosity are the default decision-making tools.


  • Nigel Swycher


    Nigel is the founder of AISTEMOS, having previously established Tangential Solutions, an IP Strategy consultancy. Before that Nigel had a long career in the law, first with Slaughter and May and later with Olswang LLP. Throughout this period, Nigel has focused on the creation, defence and exploitation of IP assets, with specific focus on M&A, joint ventures and other commercial transactions where substantial value is associated with intangible assets.

  • Steve Harris


    Steve is responsible for the design and development of Cipher. Previously Steve was CTO of Garlik, delivering their consumer anti-fraud products. Prior to that, Steve was an academic at the University of Southampton, specialising in Information Extraction, Graph Databases, and Analytics. Steve also advises the UK Government and European Commission on issues of information security and data science, and contributed to Graph Database standards at the W3C.

  • Moni Mannings


    Moni is responsible for AISTEMOS' operations focussing in particular on sales and marketing. Previously, Moni had a long career as a finance lawyer with Clifford Chance, then later as Head of Banking and Board member at Olswang LLP where she founded and led the Banking Department for 15 years. Moni is also a non-executive director on the Boards of Polypipe Group PLC and Investec Bank PLC as well as a Council Member of Cranfield University which specialises in applied sciences and management.

  • Scott Bell

    Non-Executive Director

    Scott Bell is Head of UK Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank. He is also global co-Head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking. Scott qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and has spent his subsequent career in London and New York with Schroders, Goldman Sachs and HSBC. Scott has an MA from Cambridge University, and is a native of Scotland.

Advisory Board

  • Ewan Stradling

    Prior to founding BMS Finance, Ewan worked with a range of companies, as Group CFO for the Netdecisions Group, including Agilisys a high growth IT outsourcer. He was responsible for the group's commercial, legal and finance functions. His experience included numerous corporate transactions, a substantial turnaround and restructuring, following the dotcom crash, and board positions as an investor director. Prior to joining the Netdecisions Group, Ewan worked for Investec in the corporate finance department. He specialised in M&A within the small and mid-cap TMT sector. Ewan is authorised by the FCA.

  • Sir Nigel Shadbolt

    Sir Nigel Shadbolt is a Professor at the University of Southampton, leading the Web and Internet Science Group, and is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute. Launched in 2012, the ODI focuses on unlocking supply and stimulating demand for Open Data. It promotes the creation of economic, environment and societal value from Open Data releases. He currently advises the Coalition Government on Open Data, Chairs the Local Public Data Panel for the Department of Community and Local Government, is a member of the Information Economy and is leading the UK's midata programme aimed at giving individuals control of their data.

  • Jeremy Phillips

    Professor Jeremy Phillips is one of the world's most respected IP academics. Jeremy is founding editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice; creator and blogmeister of the best read IP blog, IPKAT; Social Media Coordinator of MARQUES, an international organization that encompasses some of the world's leading trade mark owners and Professorial Fellow, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute.

  • Stephen Halliday

    Steve was appointed CEO for Wood Mackenzie in August 2007, having been part of the business since 1989 and Executive Director of Wood Mackenzie's Energy business covering all of the research and consulting activities for 8 years previously. He was part of the management team that led the management and employee buy-out in 2001 and instrumental in the 2012 private equity recapitalisation deal, which valued the business at £1.1bn. During his 28 years of energy industry experience, Steve has worked for BP in the downstream oil sector and TOTAL in its downstream gas business.