Our Team

Phil WrightCEO

Having started his career as a well-travelled professional athlete, Phil began working in technology in the mid 1990s and is Vigil’s founding partner and Chief Executive Officer. Vigil’s customers benefit from over 25 years of Phil’s international business experience gathered from across 5 continents to the technology sector.

Working for an array of global brands, from investment banks to start-ups, Phil has been instrumental in building the teams and solutions that resulted in some of the leading technology successes through and since the DotCom boom. From London to New York to Mumbai, from Berlin to Dublin and more recently Lisbon to São Paulo, Phil’s international experience benefits both Vigil and our customers. 

In 2010 Phil identified Lisbon as Europe’s next tech hub and moved with his family in 2012. Accompanied by Nigel Warren they established the first dedicated Portuguese Nearshore Technology Competence Centre focusing on Scala and Distributed Systems.

Phil splits his time between visiting customers in London, Amsterdam and Sao Paulo or the Vigil delivery teams in Lisbon, (accompanied either by an umbrella or a factor 50 skin protection).


Nigel WarrenCTA

As Chief Technology Advisor Nigel uses his 35 years of the Telecoms, Media and Technology industry experience to advise both the board and Vigil´s customers on technology approaches and tools.

He has acted as a consultant in companies ranging from large scale corporates such as the BBC, BT, Hitachi Software Europe and Tesco, through to start-ups maturing their technology for commercial scale.

He is the co-author of two books on software systems published by Addison Wesley and two patents in the Software Systems field. He is a respected speaker, presenting widely to conference venues ranging from JavaOne in San Francisco to the Oxford Union. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma from The Imperial College, London, with Distinction for his work designing and developing software to analyse multi-spectral Satellite Images.

Nigel has authored and delivered courses on behalf of Sun Microsystems, QA Training and the BBC Academy on Distributed Systems Design and Architecture as well as Java and Scala specifics. He also reviews technology books and has written many articles and presentations on the use of Java, Scala and Distributed Architectures.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Dept of Computer Science at Brunel University London and works on projects mostly in the Centre for Intelligent Data Analysis.


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Entrepreneur, polymath, award-winning creative thinker and public speaker, with a number of successful startups on his CV, some tech patents around signal processing and energy storage and a track record for getting things done.

For the past few years David has helped start-ups get to market as a Business Angel, trainer and mentor at some of the best acceleration programs in Europe (The Lisbon Challenge, EDP Energy Accelerator and the European Innovation Academy), as well as, being a disruptive business/technology evaluator for the European Commission and European investment funds and public speaker (including TEDx Talks).

As Chief Innovation Officer at Vigil he is involved with everything related to innovation, cutting-edge tech and investment.


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Robert VerhagenCOO

With roots in both the Netherlands and Brazil, Robert started his carrier in Amsterdam delivering technical support to HP customers in Portugal and Spain. Taking on management responsibility, Robert has over two decades of experience running IT organizations, building SaaS products and delivering development projects.

Prior to joining Vigil, Robert was COO at WPP’s Salmon/Wunderman Commerce where he was responsible for the delivery of complex e-commerce solutions for large retailers and B2B in Europe. Robert has built numerous offshore development teams integrating them into existing agile development structures.

He joined Vigil to set up and run Vigil’s Dutch office in Amsterdam. In 2019 Robert joined the Vigil Board as Chief Operating Officer taking on responsibility for Vigil’s delivery competences.



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Myles McDonnellTechnology Partner

Myles has over 20 years’ experience building systems across investment banking, sports betting, CAFM, retail and maritime shipping domains. 

He has extensive experience building and leading high performing development teams, establishing recruitment process, development process & tooling, system architecture, continuous integration & deployment strategy and perhaps, most importantly, team culture. 

His particular technical interest lies in highly scalable distributed systems engineering and he also stays abreast with user interface technologies for the purpose of informing integration decisions and inter-discipline communication. 

Myles values people over process, transparency, collaboration, rapid iteration and above all delivery of high quality systems into production. 



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Jonatas RossiHead of Technology

Jonatas kicked-off his carrier as a Software Engineer and helped design and build Brazil’s first digital bank.

Later on, he started a Software consultancy business with the objective to stimulate a positive transformation of society through digital product development, making use of design thinking, lean startup and agile delivery.

In 5 years’ time Jonatas successfully built a business of over 100 people delivering over 50 projects to over 20 satisfied customers.

In 2019 he joined Vigil’s Management Team as Head of Technology.



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Greg Clifford Technology Partner

Greg has 20 years experience architecting and building distributed systems across a wide variety of industries including finance, sports betting, telecoms, insurance, transport and public sector. He has extensive experience of multiple platforms and languages and is passionate about choosing the right tools and processes for the job at hand, with emphasis on reliability, scalability and fault tolerance. Greg holds a post graduate degree with distinction from Sussex University in evolutionary and adaptive systems specialising in machine learning and neural computation, is enthusiastic about cutting edge technology and is always on the look out for new ways to exceed client expectations.




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