IT executive with international experience – business information, media and publishing, industrial/engineering, IoT, open data, digital scale-up. Oxford Saïd prizewinner (strategy & innovation); ranked in Information Age Data 50 in 2015; shortlisted for Civil Service Awards – Digital.
Executive experience across private, public listed and government organisations; with non-executive experience in a mid-sized social enterprise. Roles include Digital Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer.
Post-graduate qualifications in Strategy & Innovation (Oxford Saïd), Law (LPC) and Accountancy (ACA); coupled with management across a range of functions: technology, product, project, marketing, customer service, sales, new ventures. Focused on digital transformation of business models, business units and technology solutions; with M&A experience: investor-readiness, due diligence and post-merger integration.
Interim Group Chief Information Officer, Next 15 Communications Group plc
Next 15 is a global marketing and communications group, delivering technology and data‑based growth consultancy to its customers, which include some of the largest and most prestigious brands in the world. It has 24 business units turning over £500m, operating in 4 sectors: customer insight, engagement, delivery and transformation.
Chief Digital & Information Officer, Loxam Powered Access (formerly Lavendon Group plc) 2016-2022
Loxam Powered Access is a self-contained division within the Loxam Group that specialises in the rental of powered access equipment. We are the largest rental company in Europe and 3rd largest globally. Our division has operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, France, Italy, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. We enable users to work safely at height, using our fleet of 50,000 access platforms. As CIO, I lead the UK and international technology and transformation teams, in service delivery, digital transformation, information security, and programme management. We’re doing exciting work on IoT / telematics, digital commerce and cloud, as well as transitioning to more agile and mobile ways of working.
Chief Digital Officer, Companies House (2014-2016)
Chief Digital Officer (aka Chief Information Officer) and Main Board member, implementing the government’s open data and digital by default agendas in the world’s leading corporate registry, an executive agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Led the release of 170m company records as open data, resulting in an increase in searches (corporate transparency) from 12m per day.
Non Executive Director, Curo (2013-2016)
Main Board Director and Finance Committee Member. Curo is a dynamic and innovative social housing provider, with interests in commercial housing development and care and support. The group is one of the largest landlords in the West of England, owning more than 12,000 homes in South West England.
Director of Operations & Product – Digital Classifieds, Trinity Mirror Digital (2008 – 2013)
One of the largest classified technology groups in the UK, powering market-leading vertical brands and mass-market generalist brands, in the recruitment and property sectors. As COO (Director of Operations and Product), I led the company’s back office operations including technology, product, project and some customer service teams, as well as strategy and new ventures.
Chief Operating Officer – Financial Times Exec-Appointments (2007 – 2008)
Bath and London
Hired by the founders to help scale up this SME digital recruitment business in preparation for a trade sale. We delivered high revenue growth and a successful exit to the Financial Times within 12 months. I ran the corporate services functions, focusing on revenue enhancement, building operational excellence into a fast-growing business, investor readiness and post-merger integration.
Director of Technology and Business Strategy – Adcorp Australia (2005 – 2007)
ASX-listed Australasian advertising agency, with 12 offices across Australia and New Zealand. My role as CIO, and as part of the head office executive, was digital transformation of the agency including new products and services.
Director – Deloitte Australia (1999 – 2005)
London and Sydney
- GrowthPLUS Project Director, Sydney.
- Senior Manager – TMT Strategy Consulting, London.
- Venture Capital – Business Coach, Sydney.
- Growth Solutions Director, Sydney.
- Project manager for Tech Fast 50 programme.
Corporate Services Manager – Grant Thornton (1994 – 1999)
Sydney and Sheffield
Chartered Accountant, working in Sheffield UK and then Sydney Australia.
2013 University of Oxford Said Business School: Masters Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (Distinction, and Dean’s Award for Best Overall Mark)
1997 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales: ACA
1994 York College of Law: Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Merit)
1993 University of Leicester: Bachelor of Laws LL.B (Hons)