Simon is an entrepreneur and highly experienced director who has built, developed and sold a number of successful companies in both the private and the public arenas. He has specialist knowledge of acquiring and turning around companies or assets, often under distressed circumstances. Businesses that he has built and sold include Serve Logic plc, Business Serve plc, RDP Ltd and Dalehart Ltd.
Prior to setting out on his own, Simon worked in the City for Bailey Shatkin, in the field of derivatives. He was educated in the UK and studied Chemistry.
Paul is an accountant and company director with 18 years experience in the technology and technology services sector, having worked previously for IBM, ECsoft Group plc and, most recently, Ciber where he was the Group Financial Controller and interim CFO of the International Division. In addition to this, Paul has recently spent time working in Dubai as CFO for Columbus Middle East.
During his time at Ciber, Paul was instrumental in supporting the growth of the company, and was directly involved in multiple acquisitions and start-ups. He also achieved Sarbanes-Oxley compliance across multiple countries, successfully implemented several company-wide ERP systems, controlled audit and external reporting, and also played a key role in the creation of a new IT outsourcing service line.
Paul has a great deal of experience working with blue chip technology firms and in particular building and developing the financial management and control platforms required to support sustainable growth.
Peter Simmonds is a Chartered Certified Accountant, who recently stood down as CEO of dotdigital Group plc where he worked for over 8 years, 6 of which were as CEO. He brings with him over 20 years of experience at senior management and board level, principally in the areas of banking, insurance, finance, information technology and outsourcing.
He has considerable business entrepreneurial experience having been involved at startup or early stage of a number of companies in various industry sectors including consultancy services, vehicle leasing, computer software and internet solutions sectors.
Gary has substantial experience and expertise in the recruitment sector, having held the role of CEO at Penna Consulting plc for more than ten years. During his time at Penna, Gary was responsible for developing the business into three distinct but highly complementary divisions – talent, recruitment, career services.
Graham has a background in the telecoms and software industry. He has corporate experience as a finance director of a mobile phone manufacturer, Motorola Europe and has been a managing director of mobile phone service providers, Motorola Telco, Vodafone Corporate and Genesis.
He has many years of experience of working with early stage software companies as a non-executive director, helping develop those companies and raising funds. He has also worked on divestments by listed companies and on the sale of a listed company, Legend Communications plc. He is currently chairman of CMS Supatrak Limited, chairman of Dynmark International Limited and a non-executive director of VQ Communications Ltd.
Sophie Tomkins is an experienced corporate adviser with approximately 20 years’ experience in equity research and sales gained with Cazenove & Co, Collins Stewart Ltd and latterly Fairfax I.S. PLC, where she was Head of Equities from 2009 to 2012. She has advised an extensive range of public companies on investor relations and strategy. Prior to her career in investment banking she qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen.
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