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 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.

 

Simon Goodenough

CEO

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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 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 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.

John Hawkins

Chairman

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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. He has a very broad range of expertise having Chaired Technology businesses in software (both Enterprise and SaaS), Hardware technologies, IOT (Internet of things), in addition to technology enabled businesses in Retail, Genetics and B2B areas. 

He has successfully built and sold businesses for both Private Equity Partners & Public companies.

Tuhel Alom

Finance Director

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Tuhel joined DSP in 2009 and has since been committed to helping DSP achieve its goals by providing senior level counsel, executing strategy and ensuring financial stability. 

Tuhel has been involved in a number of projects within DSP ranging from company acquisitions, financial audits and system implementation to employee engagement projects. A valued member of the board, Tuhel’s deep understanding of DSP makes him a primary point of contact in all decisions. The ability to have a holistic view of the business allows Tuhel to enhance the DSP brand and value.

Prior to DSP Tuhel spent 6 years at MS&L, part of the Publicis Groupe, as a Financial Analyst helping the business gain deep insight to key performance drivers.

Phil Brown

Head of Cloud Services

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My role at DSP 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 organisation make the best choices when it comes to Cloud.

It’s exciting to be part of an organisation which is defining itself as ‘data driven’.  The work we are doing around Analytics; Machine Learning and data is helping us redefine what clients expect from a MSP.

Chris Jones

Microsoft Practice Director

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Chris joined DSP in 2017 following the acquisition of Nymad where he was a founding director and driving force. Chris has found DSP 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.

Chris is Practice Director for DSP’s Microsoft Practice and is driven by using technology to bring service improvement, business process optimisation and cost reduction opportunities to his clients.

Outside of work, Chris volunteers with Young Enterprise and is passionate about giving business opportunities to young people.

Lee Walker

Oracle Practice Director

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Lee joined DSP in August 2015 having worked for 15 years within the Partner community. The mission on joining was to drive DSP’s efforts in the Oracle and Cloud marketplace through sales, Alliances, and Practice Directorship. The aim was clear: to bring focus and insight to an already successful and market-leading Managed Services provider.

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’s Oracle Practice.  As the market moves apace through transformational changes, the team’s focus is to look at IT and Data from a business perspective. They aim to identify risks, ramifications and arising opportunities for our customers.

Dev Nayak

CTO

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I joined DSP 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. 

It is a privilege to create a business where our staff are continually challenged to master the innovation in IT and to craft services that can be used simply by our customers. 

I am actively involved in the UK Oracle User Group and help to organise regular meet ups as well as presenting regularly at the Annual conference. I also love to attend the Microsoft and Open source cloud meet up events that happen regularly.

Lee Spowart

Head of Technology

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Lee joined DSP in 2016 to head up the technical teams, he is a driven and professional Head of Technology with extensive experience in databases, Cloud and company strategy / products across both MSP and public sector. A highly organised and efficient individual, whose thorough and knowledgeable approach has resulted in quick improvement for both internal and customer facing areas of businesses.

With Lee’s skills in various database technologies and Public Cloud we are looking forward to growing our customer base, skillset and to drive innovation for our customers in all areas of technology.

Jonathan Cowling

Head of Marketing

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After running his own Marketing Agency for 7 years, Jonathan joined DSP in 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience in helping SME’s deliver successful business generation GTM solutions. Before this, he was Marketing Manager at Quantix working alongside Oracle and Microsoft with the aim of implementing new business development strategies. 

As a specialist in B2B marketing practices, Jonathan has successfully built a data-driven inbound marketing practice at DSP - focused on helping companies realise the benefits of Data Management and Cloud Platform consultancy and support services from DSP.

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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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