Chairman & Chief Executive
Richard Wolfe co-founded Trace with his friend and business partner Colin Clarke in December 1974.
Before that, Richard was a Systems Analyst at Unisys, where he worked for 5 years. It was there he developed his lifelong belief that exceptional service is the best guarantee of healthy sales.
At Trace, he has been managing director of both Trace Isys and Trace Financial; CEO since 2000; and most recently Chairman and CEO following the management buyout which he led and helped fund.
Richard's strong ethical stance continues to permeate all aspects of the Group's operations.
Peter Stolerman became Trace's first Financial Director in November 1988, when he played a key role in the Group's flotation.
Before Trace he spent many years as a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co, a role which included a secondement to the Department of Transport.
Peter's wide experience in areas such as property, retail, manufacturing and management consultancy have proved invaluable to Trace, where he now controls all financial and administrative affairs.
Andrew joined the Trace Group in 2003 as Managing Director of Trace Payroll Services. He has been in the payroll business for most of his working life, starting out with Centrefile (now Ceridian) in 1974. His experience in customer services, sales, implementation, product development and marketing in this sector is incomparable.
In his time with the company, the business has grown considerably and is now a real alternative to the 'big 3' payroll providers. This Andrew attributes to Trace's obsession with customer service.
Mick Flynn joined Trace in 1976 as a programmer and was immediately involved in the development of the company's first property management system. He became a director of Trace Solutions in 1980 and its Managing Director in 1999.
Few men have as much experience of property management, or the software that helps run it: Mick has been deeply involved in the development of all Trace's flagship property management products and has guided the company to its dominant position in that market.
His expertise is highly valued throughout the industry. For some years, for example, he has been a director of OSCRE, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate. OSCRE is shaping the way property business will be conducted in the future.
Julian Mancell Smith
Julian joined Trace in 1985 as a business analyst in the Trace insurance team, rising to become a Director of the newly-formed Trace Isys in 1992.
Julian is passionate about driving technological change in the insurance/reinsurance industry, and is recognised as one of the industry's most innovative figures. He has ensured that Isys plays a key role in all London insurance market initiatives.
Under his guidance the company has made a huge investment in Model Driven Architecture, a strategy which will allow Isys to retain its dominance of this complex business area, whatever new technology emerges.
A mathematician by training, John came to Trace when his company Image Software was acquired in 1986. A new company called Trace Financial was created, with a specific brief to focus on financial transactions and simplify the complex world of financial message standards. John was appointed Managing Director of the new company in 2000, joining the Group's board in 2007.
A popular speaker on the subject of financial messaging at industry seminars, John believes that technology is only worthwhile when it adds value to specific business applications. He is convinced that financial messaging will continue to evolve in complexity and importance, and is determined to maintain the company's position as a leader in its field. His success is evident: Trace Financial remain the only company in the world to secure both SWIFT integration accreditations.