Gary Bunney - CEO

Gary Bunney – Chief Executive Officer

Gary has been leading software companies focused on the telecoms market for almost 20 years. Early in his career he established a new telecoms software division within ICL/Fujitsu which he ran for five years before going on to be a leader of Intec Telecoms. Here he played a pivotal role in growing the business to over £100m turnover in an eight year period.

Gary has extensive experience in all aspects of software and services business spanning sales, engineering and M&A. However, throughout his career, Gary has kept close to the market – always conscious that his overriding responsibility is to make sure our customers are delighted with the products and services we deliver.

Russell Hunt - CFO

Russell Hunt – Chief Financial Officer

Russell heads up our financial operations. He is the conscience of the business, ensuring we take commercially viable decisions. A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience across a variety of sectors, Russell joined MDS Global from Agrivert Group Ltd where he was Group Finance Director. Prior to working at Agrivert, he was Group Finance Director at Sorex Holdings Ltd, where he helped the group deliver an impressive track record of profitable growth before subsequently being acquired by BASF Plc in 2008.

Outside of work, Russell is a keen sportsman and regularly participates in a wide range of sports including football, running and table tennis.

Barry Dowd – SVP Managed Service

Barry is responsible for the overall commercial service relationship with our customers. He has gained over 25 years’ extensive leadership experience in managing customer care and experience teams in the telecommunications and IT service provision industries. Today Barry leads the MDS Global Managed Service operation, which supports customers 24/7, 365 days a year.

Between 1983 and 1993 Barry was also a professional Rugby League player for Widnes RLFC, during which time they became World Club Champions and he collected many honours within the game. The commitment and experience gained from involvement in top-flight sport is now focused entirely on our customers!

Ben McCafferty - VP Sales and Alliances

Ben McCafferty – SVP Sales and Alliances

Ben heads up the global Sales and Alliances team. He is responsible for driving company revenue growth, and leads the sales, strategic accounts and alliances worldwide. Ben has over 25 years’ telecoms experience in enabling global technology providers in the telecommunications sector, both large, multi-national integrators, and small, dynamic start-ups. Ben specialises in building driven, global sales teams to execute SaaS/complex sales, and his personal passion is challenging and enabling customers to execute disruptive digital transformation strategies.

Ben spends his free time with his family and children, and enjoys completing biking challenges and swimming.

Amanda Williams - HR Director

Amanda Williams – HR Director

Amanda leads the Human Resources and Development department and has over 20 years’ experience within the retail, pharmacy and IT industries. Her key areas of specialism include management development and leadership, change management, organizational development, project management, employment law and relations, reward and recognition, and recruitment. Amanda is also a qualified Executive Coach.

Amanda is focused on continuous improvement and believes that people are key to building a high-performance organization. Amanda is keen to encourage corporate responsibility, so MDS Global supports a number of local charities.

Martin Hamilton - VP Engineering

Martin Hamilton – VP Engineering

Martin oversees MDS Global’s UK and Ireland based engineering organisation, ensuring quality, efficiency and innovation in day-to-day operations. Martin’s responsibilities include solution design, architecture, QA, development and technical delivery.

Martin brings a wealth of technical and business experience developed through his 19 years in the telecoms industry. He has worked for both software houses and network operators. Prior to joining MDS Global, Martin held roles within operations, management, solution design and enterprise architecture for companies such as Telefonica UK and TalkTalk Technology.

Martin is enthusiastic about new technologies and strives for innovation. He has an innate ability to cross the divide between business and technical discussions and vision.

Stephen Randall - VP of Product Management

Stephen Randall – VP Product Management

Stephen is responsible for the product strategy and roadmap. He also leads product development, ensuring that MDS Global takes the most appropriate technical direction and delivers best in class product software. Stephen has over 20 years’ experience working for major software vendors defining, building and implementing a range of market leading software products for the telecommunications industry.

From the start of his career as a programmer, Stephen has always had a passion for the detail of software development. He still enjoys understanding new technologies and actively experimenting with them.

Miles Bennett - VP Programmes

Miles Bennett – VP Programmes

Miles is accountable for programme execution and, through unleashing the capability of our existing Project Management experts, building a world class programmes and delivery organisation. Miles has extensive programme management experience after a twenty year career with telco software companies spanning CSG, Volubill, Convergys and Geneva. For the last sixteen years he has led professional services teams, been responsible for directing multiple parallel projects and personally managed large, complex project implementations as well as developing and managing relationships with key delivery partners.

Miles is passionate about the multi-faceted discipline of programme and project delivery and recognises that it is people that deliver projects and not necessarily process alone. With that in mind he is a strong advocate of people development with the overall aim of delighting our customers. When not up north, Miles spends his time living in Northamptonshire with his wife and family.

Andy Peers - VP of Strategy and Innovation

Andy Peers – VP Strategy and Innovation

Andy has 25 years’ experience in the telecoms industry with a broad background in IT, finance, revenue assurance and service management. He is responsible for defining the company’s strategy and future direction. Through his work in Australia, the US and Europe, he has extensive international telecoms experience, working on major projects with operators, service providers and MVNOs.

Andy is a keen advocate of lifelong learning, so he spends his free time acquiring as many new skills as possible. He is currently learning full-stack web development.

The Board

Martin Dawes – Founder and Chairman

Founder of the Martin Dawes Group of Companies, and Chairman of MDS Global, Martin has played a pivotal role in pioneering the UK’s mobile industry. He has retained an active involvement in the industry for over three decades. Martin is one of the UK’s few telecoms entrepreneurs to achieve such a high level of consistent success across the whole spectrum of the sector.

Dewi Thomas – Vice Chairman

Dewi first joined the Group in 1987 as finance director of Martin Dawes Telecommunications (acquired by BT Cellnet). He led the formation of Martin Dawes Systems (now MDS Global) in 1999 and has developed the brand into a strong business solutions company through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Simon Blagden, MBE – Non-Executive Director

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in the UK telecoms and IT industry and since 2004 has been Non-Executive Chairman of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited and is a member of Fujitsu UK’s leadership team.

In 1995 he joined the main board of The Quante Group as International CEO and led the sale of the company to 3M in 2000. In 1997, Simon was appointed Member of The Order of The British Empire for Services to UK Business and Export.

Andrew Taylor – Non-Executive Director

Andrew has over 23 years’ experience across multiple industries and sectors, and is currently the Group CEO of Nomad Digital.

In 2003, as CEO at Intec Telecom, a publicly listed software and services business with operations in over 45 countries, Andrew led the transformation of the business into a major global player, delivering significant stakeholder value through the sale of the business to CSG Systems for $380m

Gary Bunney and Russell Hunt are also members of the Board