Directors & Responsibilities

Peter Kear ‡

Chief Executive Officer

Peter co-founded D4t4 Solutions with John Lythall in 1985. Prior to this he was Divisional Director for Hawke Electronics, then a subsidiary of Lex Service Plc. Peter became CEO in 2016, having been responsible until then for both the sales and business development aspects of the company. His position as CEO involves overall responsibility for the management of the group’s activities and he works closely with the other executive directors on the determination of the group’s overall strategy

Jim Dodkins

Chief Technology Officer

Jim Dodkins joined D4t4 Solutions in 1991 and was appointed to the ~Board in May 1997. He has a background in software development and has spent over 30 years in the computer services industry. He is responsible for the Company’s strategic direction in technology, specializing in solution architecture for D4t4 Solutions and its clients. Prior to joining D4t4 Solutions he worked for Logica plc in various roles, where he gained wide industry experience and later managed the division responsible for projects in the Broadcast and Media sector.

Carmel Warren

Chief Financial Officer

Carmel joined the Group in 2015 following the acquisition of Speed-Trap Holdings Limited, parent company to Celebrus Technologies, where she held the position of CFO and played a key role managing the sale process to D4t4 Solutions. Carmel is an experienced financial director with over 20 years’ experience across multiple industries. Her operational and board level experience ranges from start-ups to blue chip companies and, prior to joining Celebrus, she held senior positions with UK insurance broker and financial services provider Brightside Group Plc (as Director of Education) and at business services company Marshall Keen Limited (as Finance Director).

Mark Boxall

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Boxall has over 20 years of experience of the IT industry. He has considerable operational, sales and financial experience having been both board director and senior manager at technology consultancies and product based technology companies such as rbase, Morse, PTC and Siemens. Mark has also been involved with both start-ups and global corporations, most recently as Senior Manager at EMC, where he was responsible for managing sales engagements to transform IT for the largest global investment banks. Prior to EMC, Mark also gained valuable experience in corporate finance transactions, both as principal and advisor and, before that, was a founding director of Chapter26 Ltd which was acquired by D4t4 Solutions in 2008. Mark was subsequently responsible for the continued success and integration of the two organizations.

Matthew Tod

Chief Data Officer

Matthew joined D4t4 in April 2016, to head up its new Data Insight practice. This division is successfully working with clients to overcome the "data everywhere but no insight" problem, enabling them to gain competitive advantage from their information assets. The practice delivers an end to end consulting and insight service, helping the Company's clients to create value from their customer information and better react to changing market conditions. Matthew has over 25 years' experience in digital technologies, focused on customer analytics. Prior to joining D4t4 Matthew had established himself as a digital data expert within the key sectors of retail, e-commerce, mail-order, media, consumer goods and insurance. In 2002 Matthew founded Logan Tod & Company Limited, a leading European digital analytics consultancy with global blue-chip clients from retail and leisure to UK banks. Logan Tod & Company Limited was acquired in March 2012 by PwC and Matthew became a partner within PwC's Customer Consulting Group, where he helped build PwC's analytics and digital transformation strategy capabilities within retail and consumer sectors.

Peter Simmonds *†‡

Non-executive Chairman

Peter Simmonds was Chief Executive Officer of dotDigital Group plc for eight years and a major contributor to dotDigital’s success prior to stepping down into the role of non-executive director. Peter commenced his career in 1976 as a trainee accountant with Unilever Plc and has over 30 years of experience at senior management and board level, principally in the areas of banking, insurance, finance, IT and outsourcing. He has considerable business entrepreneurial experience having been involved at start-up or early stage of a number of companies in various industry sectors including consultancy services, vehicle leasing, computer software and Internet solutions sectors. In addition, Peter has experience of business acquisition and post-acquisition. Peter is also on the board of CloudCall Group plc as chairman and recently joined Eckoh plc as non-executive director.

James Thorne

Company Secretary

James Thorne was appointed Company Secretary in July 2017 and is a practicing solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in corporate transactional work.

John Lythall *†

Non-executive Director

John has a background in computer engineering and systems distribution having worked in this sector since the early 70’s. He co-founded the company in 1985 prior to which he was Managing Director of Hawke Electronics plc a business where he and others had undertaken a management buyout and subsequently sold to Lex Service Plc. John was Managing Director of D4t4 Solutions from 1985 to 2016 before handing over to long-term business partner Peter Kear.

Peter Whiting *‡

Non-executive Director

Over a 30-year career, Peter has gained extensive financial and commercial experience. His core skills are centered around the financial services and technology industries; he has the proven ability to quickly understand complex technologies and their applications and at the same time successfully developed strong inter-personal and management skills which have enabled him to build a technology-led NED portfolio. He is currently a Non-executive Director of TruFin plc, Keystone Law, FDM Group plc and Microgen plc and also a Director of a number of private companies

* Member of the Remuneration Committee
† Member of the Audit Committee
‡ Member of the Nomination Committee


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