Our Team

TiPJAR was founded by hospitality leaders, passionate about the sector and the amazing, diverse teams who receive tips as thanks for providing a great service. As word spread about our innovative and world-leading product, our team grew and now we have passionate group committed to helping tipped workers earn more and making it easier for the world to say… ‘Thanks!’.

Ben Thomas

Co-Founder & CEO

Ben leads the team to bring the code, ideas and concept alive for our users and customers. Previously Ben was co-founder and MD of consultancy Coachmatch (now Wonderous People) and was GM for one of the UK's largest film extras' agencies.

Dan Hawkie


As the former Managing Director of UK hospitality technology leader Feed It Back, Dan brings with him a vast network of enterprise clients as he embarks on the journey to propel our business to its next stage of growth. With his extensive experience and connections within the industry, Dan is poised to leverage his expertise to drive significant expansion and success for TiPJAR.

Henry Seddon

Board Advisor

Henry's expertise lies in growing, launching, and restructuring businesses within the technology industry. He has recently retired from Access Hospitality after leading it to become the UK's largest hospitality software provider with revenues exceeding £125m.

James Brown


James is currently the global Managing Director at BrewDog Bars and has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As our founder, he’s the original creator of TiPJAR and is on a mission to revolutionise the world of tipping for everyone, forever.

Henry Allen


Having spent 7 years at Octopus Investments, Henry has a massive passion for startups, and currently acts as an adviser, non-exec director, or fractional CFO with a number of other early-stage businesses in fintech and beyond.

Ann Elliot

Board Advisor

Ann is a dynamic hospitality strategist, known for her keen ability to forge connections and provide strategic guidance. With a track record of success spanning various roles in the hospitality industry, including as Marketing Director at Beefeater and Business Development Director at Pizza Hut, Ann brings a wealth of experience.

Julian Ross

Board Advisor

Having been the CEO of Wireless Social over the last decade, Julian brings with him a wealth of knowledge and industry know-how.

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Paul Stancer

Co-Founder & CTO

Paul is our resident geek and the brains of the operation. Years of experience working for World Remit (Head of Global Integration) and large scale payment concepts for blue chip companies, including ASOS, Barclays and Hitachi.

Gary Dolman

Board Advisor

Gary is the co-founder of the app-based bank Monzo and played a key role of getting them a market valuation of £1.2bn. Prior to his time with Monzo, he was CFO and COO for ABN AMRO Global Transaction Banking, a business with a turnover of more than €5bn handling payments across 40 countries.

Mark Elborn

Board Advisor

A key investor, Mark is a founder at Silver Investment Partners, and was a Partner at Cognetas – formerly Electra Partners – a private equity firm with an equity volume of €2.25bn, focused on European midcap companies. He has extensive experience in helping young startups achieve success.

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