Russell Backhouse - Finance Director
Russell was appointed to the board in May 2013. Russell is an experienced finance director and corporate financier and has served on a number of company boards, both listed and private, with a particular focus on the TMT sector. Russell was finance director at Transcomm Plc (AIM Listed) prior to its disposal to British Telecom, and more recently has been a director of United Wireless Holdings Limited (a privately held technology company) and Swindon Town Football Company Limited.
Mark Horrocks - Non-Executive Director
Mark was appointed to the board in March 2014. Mark began his career in the City in 1983 as a financial analyst at Guardian Royal Exchange Group plc and went on to manage the UK equity portfolios of the main pension and life funds, which had assets of over £2 billion, until leaving in 1997 to pursue his own interests in the small company marketplace. In 1999, he co-founded and launched the small company investment trust Intrinsic Value plc and is currently a Partner in Intrinsic Capital LLP. He has also served on the boards of numerous quoted small companies and is currently a non-executive director of AIM-quoted Immedia Group plc, a company which provides bespoke audio digital networks and music strategies. Mark gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester Polytechnic in Business Studies.
Peter Read FCA - Non-Executive Director
Peter was appointed to the board in September 2014. Peter began his career with KPMG in 1976, becoming a Partner in 1990 and Head of Transaction Services for the Telecoms, Media, Technology ("TMT") Practice in 1998 and Head of the TMT Practice in 2003.
In 2008, Peter was appointed Chairman of KPMG's TMT Practice and Chairman (EMA) of the global Japanese Practice. He held these positions until retiring from KPMG in 2013. Over this six year period he was also the lead Partner for key TMT clients including WPP, IBM, Informa and DMGT and European sub-groups of Japanese clients, including Sony, Sumitomo, Mazda and Hitachi.
Peter's current non-executive roles include Quayle Munro Holdings, the Professional Cricketers' Association, The Royal Automobile Club where he is also Chairman of the Audit Committee and The Motor Sports Association.