Board Team

Kobus Paulsen

Founder and CEO

Kobus provides overall leadership and strategy for the UC Group. He led a management buyout of Brainware Europe and founded UC Group, successfully transitioning it into a multi-tiered ecommerce conglomerate. He previously served as senior executive at Mirror Group in London, where he led the TV, digital and interactive strategies.

Patrick Boylan

Executive Director

Patrick has more than 25 years of senior level experience in international financial services. Before his involvement with UC Group, he served as chief executive of card services and e-ventures at Natwest. He has also served as a member of the global board of MasterCard, chairman of MasterCard and EuroPay UK, chairman of ClearCommerce International and group general manager at HSBC Holdings, responsible for global banking services.

Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Non-executive Director

David has been Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. He served as Secretary of State for Education and Employment between 1997 and 2001; Home Secretary between 2001 and 2004; and Secretary of State for Work and Pension in 2005.

David continues to take a direct interest in cyber security – including as Honorary Chair of the ISSA-UK Advisory Board, to undertake work on welfare reform on an international basis, on internet security and data processing, and maintains his long-standing interest in education, skills and training. David is involved with a large number of local, national and international charities, and is a regular contributor to the British media.

Daniel Holden

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel is responsible for all financial and commercial aspects of the UC Group. He previously held senior positions at Deloitte and Capita, and was involved in a number of venture capital-backed companies.

Gerald Kitchen


Gerald as President of Secure Trading Group provides overall the strategy to follow to maximise the operational synergies between Secure Trading (Gateway) and ST Financial Services (Acquiring).

He has spent a significant period of time leading large payment companies across Europe, working with regulators, processors and customers of processors. He has also been leading and contributing to some of the most relevant PE led transactions in the payment sector in recent years, undertaking pre-sales advisory and contributing significantly to full CDD programs.
Previous positions include MD for Barclaycard Merchant Acquiring Business and SVP for WorldPay to name a few.

Ian Hughes

Chief Technical Officer

Ian is responsible for all aspects of Secure Trading’s IT infrastructure and application development, support and maintenance, including information service delivery and security. With over 16 years of technical and IT management experience, Ian has held a wide variety of information technology roles within Secure Trading. He previously worked for British Aerospace developing flight simulator software as well as Racal Radar Defence Systems and Euro DPC.