Company History

Ed White and the late Dara Clarke, two successful and highly accomplished management consultants with complementary skill sets

Long history of leadership

Ed White

After gaining a first in physics at St Catherine’s College Oxford, followed by a doctorate in theoretical physics, Ed moved into consultancy and became a director of Andersen Consulting, with special responsibility for their work in information technology and advising banking and asset finance clients.

Ed has lectured widely on emerging trends in the financial services sector and acts as consultant to a number of institutions, banks and multi nationals on strategic information technology strategies. He is also the author of the leasing industry’s annual review, the Global Leasing Report.

Dara Clarke

Before founding White Clarke Group in 1992, Dara had many years’ experience within captive finance, banking and the asset finance sector. This included senior positions within organizations such as Barclays Bank, 3I Group and TSB subsidiaries. He has acted as an advisor to many international groups on business transformation using leading edge technology and process re-engineering; assisting in new asset finance set ups, reconstructions, mergers and acquisitions.

Together with his business partner, Dr Ed White, he has been an active investor in many technological start-ups, automotive service companies and specialist financial service companies under the umbrella of the White Clarke Group where he acted as CEO for 22 years.

Dara passed away on Sunday, 25th May 2014.

Company milestones

  • 2016 Significant investment from Five Arrows Principal Investments (Rothschild)
  • 2015 Second office in Germany – Stuttgart office
  • 2014 CALMS social and mobile enhancements
  • 2013 India – Mysuru office
  • 2013 China – Beijing office
  • 2010 Nexus Business Solutions/White Clarke Automotive Solutions (UK) became part of White Clarke Group
  • 2010 USA – Alpharetta office
  • 2009 Austria– Vienna office
  • 2008 Germany– Munich office
  • 2007 Asia Pacific entry – Sydney office
  • 2004 Investing in security technologies
  • 2003 Investing in CRM and web hosting
  • 2002 North American entry
  • 2002 Captive finance start-up project in Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • 2000 Award-winning hand-held development with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard
  • 1999 First Java enterprise system established in Europe
  • 1997 First 100% web-based POS launched in Europe
  • 1994 Office move to Milton Keynes
  • 1994 Fleet and contract hire partnering with Volkswagen Financial Services
  • 1992 UK office established in the City of London
  • 1992 Leading asset finance consultancy
  • 1992 White Clarke Consultancy founded

Awards and Accreditations

  • International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Best Use of Technology 2017
  • International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Commended : Best Point of Sale – Motor Finance 2017
  • Digital Innovation of the Year 2017 (Motor Finance Europe Awards)
  • Best New Technology Finalist, Car Finance Awards 2016
  • Best Automotive Finance and Leasing Software Provider 2016 (Leasing Committee of China Chamber of International Commerce)
  • Ranked 72nd in the 17th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 league table
  • International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Best Use of Technology 2016
  • International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Best Point-of-Sale Innovation – Motor Finance 2016
  • Best Automotive Finance and Leasing Software Provider 2015 (Leasing Committee of China Chamber of International Commerce)
  • International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Personality of the Year 2015 (Ed White)
  • International Auto Finance Network (IAFN) Best Point-of-Sale Product or Service Innovation – Motor Finance 2015
  • IT Service Provider of the Year 2015 (Motor Finance Europe Awards)
  • Contribution to the Leasing Industry 2015 (Leasing World Award)
  • SSAE 16/SOC 1 Type II
  • Best Automotive Finance and Leasing Software Provider 2014 (Leasing Committee of China Chamber of International Commerce)
  • Most Popular Automotive Finance and Leasing Solution Provider 2013 (Leasing Committee of China Chamber of International Commerce)
  • INMA award for Dealer Point-of-Sale
  • Most Innovative Investment Banking Application
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Irish National Marketing Award for Dealer Point-of-Sale System
  • European Institute of Transport Management’s (EITM) Award Best Point-of-Sale
  • President’s Point-of-Sale Award (GM)
  • Dresdner Wireless Innovative Award