Our Story

Retailers and police have been struggling to combat retail crime effectively for decades. Both have a myriad of competing priorities and demands. Crime reporting is often cumbersome and siloed information makes it hard to connect the dots on criminal activity across the retail community, particularly on profit-motivated shoplifting.

The founders were inspired to use technology to tackle this problem and
help retailers and police stop crime.

CEO and a co-founder of Auror, Phil is responsible for the business and management operations. A reformed lawyer who specialised in intellectual property and privacy law, Phil gave up the corporate dream to become part of a startup seeking to tackle the global problem of crime. 

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Phil Thomson

Founder & Co-CEO

Tom's role covers many areas including product strategy, customer success, and marketing. He left his career as a management consultant and is enjoying the challenge of building a mission-oriented company from the ground up.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

Tom Batterbury

Founder & Co-CEO

A key member of our development team, James is responsible for building the software magic that runs the Auror platform. Drawing on his invaluable experience from Xero, James and the development team work to deliver new features and software updates for our users.

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

James Corbett

Founder & Developer

Board of Advisors

Geoff Lawrie


Geoff is an independent director and advisor, specialising in the Hi-Tech sector. His previous executive roles include the New Zealand CEO of Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Kirsti Grant


Kirsti has a decade of experience in the recuitment industry and is the co-founder and CEO of Populate. She’s helping Auror find and retain the talent we need to scale and stop retail crime around the world.

Ken Lay


Ken Lay is the former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, responsible for over 18,000 law enforcement personnel. His extensive background in law enforcement guides Auror’s approach to developing partnerships with national and local Police agencies.

Danny Gilligan


Danny is a Managing Partner of Reinventure. He's worked at the intersection between startups and corporates for the most part of 20 years. He specialises in scaling disruptive data driven business models around the world, making him a great guide for Auror.

Sam Morgan


Sam was the founder of TradeMe and formerly a director of global accounting software giant, Xero. He’s an investor in Auror and serves as a great role model for the Auror Team drawing on his vast experiences in scaling businesses in the US and beyond.

Andrew Dyer


Andrew is an experienced executive, chairman and company director and serves on a number of boards. He is helping us to hit the ground running international markets.

The team dedicated to enabling retail crime heroes around the world

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