Virti Meet the Team: Claire Ormston, Finance Manager

Claire is queen of crunching numbers here at Virti. As Finance Manager, she provides invaluable support to the team and is a driving force in our mission to improve human performance.

Virti Meet the Team: Claire Ormston, Finance Manager
Virti Meet the Team: Claire Ormston, Finance Manager

Claire is queen of crunching numbers here at Virti. As Finance Manager, she provides invaluable support to the team and is a driving force in our mission to improve human performance.

Tell us a little bit about your background

I’ve been working in finance for 25 years now, predominantly in and around the Cambridge tech scene. A definite career highlight of mine was when I joined Grapeshot in 2015. It was here that I began working alongside Mark Ashworth (now COO at Virti) and Kurt Krachman (now CEO at Virti) and was able to support a growing team during a really exciting period. This included being part of Grapeshot during its acquisition by Oracle Data Cloud.

When and how did you first become interested in virtual and augmented reality

To tell the truth, virtual reality wasn’t properly on my radar until I joined Virti. Since becoming a member of this fantastic team, my eyes have been opened to the extensive possibilities it offers. I hadn’t realised how wide its potential applications were - the sky really does seem to be the limit!

When (and why) did you join the Virti team?

I joined Virti in April 2021. Having been approached by Mark Ashworth about the role, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with him again. Following a little bit of research into Virti and their company mission and goals, I was sold. I knew it was the kind of company I really wanted to work for.

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Can you describe your role at Virti? What does a ‘typical’ day look like?

Put simply, if it’s finance related, then I do it. This means the role is really diverse and certainly keeps me busy. Whether I’m improving our payroll system or supporting our clients with their billing enquiries, I find it rewarding to know that my work keeps the whole company running smoothly.  

What skills did you bring to the team?

I learnt so much during my time at Grapeshot. When I started working there I literally was the Finance Department! At the time of acquisition, there were 11 members of the team. Our turnover had multiplied several times over, and we’d gone from having one to six subsidiaries worldwide.

Being part of this rapid period of growth was a hugely exciting learning curve for me. It’s been great to transfer all the knowledge and skill that I gained to my role at Virti during an equally exciting time for them.

How does working at Virti differ from your experiences at previous jobs?

At Virti, we’re lucky enough to have a lot of flexibility in where and how we work. For me, learning to work from home has definitely been a new challenge, and one that I’ve embraced. I’ve certainly brushed up on my IT skills!

What excites you about being part of Virti?

My passion for working at Virti really stems from two things: the tech and the people. Virti’s mission to improve human performance by widening access to immersive technologies is truly inspiring. And the team are not only all incredibly talented, but foster a hugely positive company culture that encourages support, collaboration and wellbeing.

Looking ahead, what do you think the rest of the year holds for Virti? What are you particularly looking forward to?

In true Finance Manager style, I’m already looking way ahead to the next year end. There is so much in the pipeline between now and then, and I’m excited to watch both the team and technology continue to thrive and grow.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

There’s nothing I love more than walking. I’m obsessed with getting up early for a morning walk. I try to do 10k most mornings - and I leave the house at 6am! I’ve been rewarded with some truly beautiful sun rises since I started. When I’m not walking or working, you’ll find me spending time with family and friends.

What podcasts or shows are you enjoying at the moment?

I loved Pieces of Her on Netflix, and thought the BBC’s recent adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life was also fantastic.

Which individuals or organisations do you admire in the AR/VR space and why?

I’m biased, of course, but it has to be Virti.

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