Artclear provides the infrastructure to address long-standing challenges in the art world concerning the identification and authentication of artworks

The Team

Angus Scott Artclear CEO and Founder


Angus Scott

Angus has a background in strategy, product and change management in capital markets infrastructure and securities services.

He was Head of Product at CLS, a specialist institution that settles over US$6 trillion of foreign exchange transactions every day. Prior to that he was Head of Product Strategy and Innovation at Euroclear Group, which settles international bond and equity transactions. He has been working on the application of blockchain technology to settle payments and securities transactions since 2013.

Previously: Strategic Change Manager at HSBC Securities Services, consultant at Accenture and Strategy Manager at the London Stock Exchange.

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Charlotte Black Artclear CBO and Founder


Charlotte Black

Experience in retail investment management and financial services infrastructure, as a former Director of Brewin Dolphin and the Euroclear Group. 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and was appointed Non-Executive Director of Abrdn Asia Focus PLC in 2018.

Previously: Non-Exec Director of Euroclear Group; the CISI and WMA variously between 1996–2016 and on the senior management team of Brewin Dolphin (leading investment manager with £65 billion AUM) for 28 years and Chairman of its Stewardship Committee.

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Sanjeev Kumar Artclear Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev brings extensive leadership experience in scaling up organisations and adding value in new technologies, compliance, business transformation and complex M&As.

Former Group CIO and member of founding team of SFH (Send For Help) Group, a leading provider of IoT data driven personal safety solutions. Sanjeev has innovated industry known patents and was pivotal to SFH winning various industry awards and raising £100m+ investment for the SFH group.

Previously: Co-founder, Operations Director, product strategist and business consultant across several large corporates, start-ups and Private Equity backed companies.

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Tim Howell Artclear Chairman


Tim Howell

Former Chief Executive Officer of Euroclear (a global provider of financial Market Infrastructure, helping to settle domestic and cross-border securities transactions with a total value of €791 trillion per annum). CEO for 6 years and their former risk committee chairman.

Previously: Group Treasurer at HSBC and formerly head of HSBC’s Securities division.

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Richard Little Artclear Director


Richard Little

Angel investor and entrepreneurial non-executive director in software and services businesses.

Richard brings expertise in navigating the challenges of growing technology businesses from seed investment to £50 million revenues.

Previously: Non-Exec Director of fintech, insurtech and cybersecurity businesses. Founder and CEO of Braid Systems, now a part of IBM.

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Malcolm Keys Artclear Director


Malcolm Keys

Group Business Development Director at BAI Communications, Malcolm has over 20 years of management and consulting experience.

He recently led a successful bid to secure a £2.2 billion contract with Transport for London as their Telecommunications Commercialisation Partner, building 4G/5G services in the London Underground and a new fibre network for London.

Previously: Held executive positions across leading telecommunications and ICT companies, including Airwave Solutions, Broadcast Australia and Crown Castle International.

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Chris Kneale Artclear Art Market Advisor and Director

Art Market Advisor

Christopher Kneale

Art industry consultant with forty years of experience in technical operations.

Previously: Manager of an international contemporary gallery; former Managing Director of Martinspeed and Associate Director of Constantine Ltd, both companies are leading fine art service providers.

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Sam Adams Artclear Product Design Consultant

Product Design Consultant 

Samuel Adams

Artist and highly experienced fine art technician, having studied at the Royal Academy of Art in London and exhibited in London and internationally. With over 15 years’ experience in and around the art world, working with international galleries and supporting services for shippers, museums and dealers.

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Grace MacKeith Artclear Business Development

Business Development Lead

Grace MacKeith

Grace previously worked for an international contemporary gallery, having completed her Masters degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art and a technical internship at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Alongside this experience in the art world, Grace brings knowledge of digital business and marketing – subjects she teaches at the University of Westminster.

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Throughout its development Artclear has been supported by Market and Technical advisory committees. Members provide strategic and operational advice and design input to the development of the Artclear scanner and registry. They sit on the committees in a personal capacity.

Market Advisory Committee

Formed of 14 advisors from leading galleries, museums, logistics specialists, lawyers, collectors and insurers

Technical Advisory Committee

Members are expert technologists from leading technology companies and academia

The Artclear Market Advisory Committee


“To increase trust in the art world to expand its commercial boundaries”

We see a better way of working and collaborating for all participants in the global art market arising from the provision of verifiable data, indelibly linked to individual artworks.

Improving connectivity and increasing certainty in transactions will ultimately reduce the costs and risks of owning, buying and selling art, and open up new opportunities for commercial growth. 

Artclear global infrastructure for the art world ecosystem


The Artclear concept developed when founders Charlotte and Angus met at Euroclear.

They shared the idea of creating a robust infrastructure for the art world, to provide the same security and reliability as in the financial services industry.


Artclear becomes the sole worldwide licensee of HP Inc’s forensic imaging technology in the field of art and high value physical objects. This forms the basis of the Artclear scanner and digital fingerprinting process.

Market and Technical Advisory Committees formed.

Artclear core team and office established in London, UK.


First application of the Artclear service, with ACoAs issued for artworks at an exhibition in London.

First production version of the Artclear scanner built and integrated with the platform to enable artists, galleries and collectors to access Artclear services.


ACoAs and platform available to UK based galleries and artists.

Live trialling with galleries in London.

Over 220 works 'Artcleared' so far.

AI Authentication linked to 2 physical artworks.

The Artclear story in pictures