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Simon Goodenough

Simon Goodenough

Simon is an experienced, hands-on Chairman & CEO that works with PE backed Enterprise Cloud and IT Managed Services organisations. He has a demonstrable track record of growing small-to-medium sized IT businesses and aligning them with the demands of their client base. Simon became CEO of DSP-Explorer in 2018, having led a Management Buy-Out supported by YFM Equity Partners. He has been with the business since 2013, initially as Non-Executive Director and then Investor Chairman. 

Prior to joining DSP-Explorer Simon was Co-Founder of Quantix, a LivingBridge backed business that transformed the remote Oracle and Microsoft DBA support services landscape in the late 2000s.

Professionally Simon enjoys harnessing new technologies and investing in youth; at present this means innovating new managed services that are built on Machine Learning, Data Science and Automation, as well as offering internships and training to support this. Personally Simon is a passionate family man, a keen runner and supporter-cum-sponsor of his local amateur rugby club.

Meet our leadership team

Our leadership team is made up of a variety people from different backgrounds and industries. They have come together to offer their varied wealth of experience, boundless enthusiasm and technical knowledge from their specific areas of specialty. 


Some of these industry leaders have been within the IT solutions industry for as much as 30+ years and have passed down their knowledge to the next generation of DSP-Explorer staff, creating a strong and well educated team.

Although we are an IT solutions company we still have plenty of personality and human connection, it’s how we relate to our customers and help their businesses grow to their full potential.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins


John Hawkins is a well-respected and successful serial Chairman of both Private Equity backed and Public companies, with an excellent track record in creating value & achieving excellent returns for Investors. 

John has extensive experience of strategic growth and implementation, particularly expansion of global markets, drawing on his experience as a CEO where he lived and worked in the US, Far East & North America. 
Tracy Westall

Tracy Westall

Non-Executive Director

Tracy is a highly respected figure in the UK digital technology sector, having operated as a board-level executive for over 30 years.

She has a strong commercial background and a high-profile portfolio of non-executive directorships and board memberships including the Department for Transport, WM5G Ltd, Birmingham Tech Week and as a Governor at Birmingham City University.

David Chislett

David Chislett

Chief Financial Officer

An entrepreneurial Finance Professional with over 20 years’ board level experience in both public and private equity backed technology businesses as an executive and non-executive director.

Adept at successfully shaping and implementing high-level strategy and helping businesses to grow. 

Experience in working with both VC/PE investors and management teams has enabled a deep understanding of the inter-dependency between investors and entrepreneurs.

Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Chief Technology Officer

My role at DSP-Explorer is to help clients embrace Cloud technology; I work with organisations of all sizes, from the toe dippers to the large scale migrations. 

Each engagement provides interesting challenges; but more importantly great opportunities for organisation to redefine how they utilise and consume IT.  It’s my primary objective to help the organisation make the best choices when it comes to Cloud.

Lee Walker

Lee Walker

Chief Revenue Officer

Lee joined DSP-Explorer in August 2015 having worked for 15 years within the Partner community. The mission on joining was to drive DSP-Explorer’s efforts in the Oracle and Cloud marketplace through sales, Alliances, and Practice Directorship.  

His experiences of working within the Oracle Partner community and beyond, through Quantix and Interoute (GTT), have provided the perfect platform for Lee to head the next stage of DSP-Explorer’s sales activities.

Dev Nayak

Dev Nayak

Director of Innovation

I joined DSP-Explorer back in 2000 to help our clients realise the competitive advantage of database technology and make business sense of the complexity of IT. 

This opportunity is even greater today. The pace of change in IT is phenomenal and managing a company during these times is incredibly exciting. 
Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Cloud Solutions Director

Chris joined DSP-Explorer in 2017 following the acquisition of Nymad where he was a founding director and driving force. Chris has found DSP-Explorer to be a natural home and is impressed by the top down focus on growth whilst maintaining the “customer first” ethos that Chris promoted through Nymad.

Chris brings experience as a business intelligence consultant, global account director and entrepreneur setting up Nymad’s database and managed service practice from scratch.


Jonathan Cowling

Director of Marketing

Jonathan joined DSP-Explorer in 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience in helping SME’s deliver successful business generation and GTM solutions.

Recognised as an authority on digital B2B marketing practices, Jonathan continues to build and implement best practice data-driven inbound marketing strategies - focused on helping companies realise the benefits of Data Management and Cloud Platform consultancy and support services from DSP-Explorer.

Kevin Orr

Kevin Orr

Head of Professional Services

Kevin joined DSP-Explorer in 2017 to build and lead a new Project Management capability. Now as Head of Professional Services he brings a high degree of professionalism, organisation and customer focus to the Professional Services function.

He is a highly motivated and service driven individual, bringing to bear many years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications sectors, now leading a team of exceptional talent to deliver best in class services to our customers.

Neil Symons

Neil Symons

Head of Managed Services

Neil joined DSP-Explorer in 2020 following the acquisition of Explorer where he established a well-respected Technical Services practice within the industry. With over 20 years of experience providing database services to a broad range of customers, Neil brings a wealth of knowledge to DSP-Explorer.

Now leading a team of highly talented Service Management and Technical consultants, who are responsible for the implementation and delivery of DSP-Explorer’s Managed Service solutions, Neil strives to exceed the high standards expected by all DSP-Explorer customers by delivering an industry leading Managed Service solution.

Simon Greenwood

Simon Greenwood

Head of Development

Simon is a well-respected subject matter expert on Oracle Development technologies and leads our team of APEX developers.

As the co-chair of the UK OUG APEX SIG, an active OUG APEX speaker and a member of the APEX advisory board, Simon is often seen on the circuit or in customer meetings provoking insightful discussion about Oracle Application Express.

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Koby Dankwah

Group Financial Controller

Koby joined DSP-Explorer in June 2021 to lead the Finance team. Koby is responsible for the financial operations including; financial reporting, budgeting, treasury management and maintaining systems of internal controls, in accordance with legislative requirements and organisational policies and strategies. Koby has extensive experience ranging from FTSE100 companies to PE-backed businesses.

Prior to DSP-Explorer, Koby had previously held a variety of senior financial management roles with The Up Group, Globe Business Media Group and Kantar TNS (WPP plc). Prior to moving into industry and commerce, Koby was an auditor with Ernst & Young.

Emma Jarvis

Emma Jarvis

Head of Talent

Emma joined DSP-Explorer in 2021 to spearhead the talent team. Emma is a highly experienced HR specialist having worked in a range of diverse organisations and industries.

Her role at DSP-Explorer covers all areas of HR, including recruitment an talent management.

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Andy Cartledge

Monitoring Lead and Service Excellence

Andy joined DSP-Explorer in 2021, having already worked with us for many years as part of his own monitoring business.

Andy is responsible for ensuring we maintain our consistently high standards of customer service throughout the business.

Who we are

Our leadership team are completely committed to working with your business to bring it to a whole new level of success. Between us we represent a diverse host of different and unique skills sets. Aside from our leadership team we also have numerous other staff members who work together tirelessly to help us achieve the best possible results.

We believe that we can not only propose effective business solutions to your company but that our own business is an accurate representation of how to run a business with efficiency and panache. Here at DSP we are immensely proud of our staff who are the driving force behind our success.

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