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Meet The UKFast Directors

Who's at the helm of UKFast?

Meet our board of directors, a group of experienced professionals who have lived the UKFast experience and are now leading the the way with the future of the business.

Gail Jones

Joint Managing Director

Jonathan Bowers

Joint Managing Director

William Pullman

Sales Director

Nicola Frost

Head of Legal and Company Secretary

Charlotte Bentley-Crane

Account Management Director

Catherine Greening

Chief Financial Officer

Darren Taylor

Research and Development Director

Kristina McGuirk

Marketing Director

Lawrence Jones MBE

Lawrence Jones MBE

CEO

Lawrence Jones MBE is the CEO and co-founder of UKFast. With more than 30 years of doing things differently in business, Lawrence Jones MBE is a truly unique and driven entrepreneur.

As UKFast CEO, Jones drives the sales and marketing functions whilst empowering teams across the business to continue UKFast’s phenomenal growth trajectory.

Having set up UKFast with cofounder and wife Gail in 1999, Jones has led the firm’s evolution from web development and outsourced dedicated servers to the cloud infrastructure and colocation provider it is today.

Jones’ passion for creativity can be seen throughout the extraordinary UKFast Campus. His design ideas continue to come to fruition through the firm’s construction arm, UKFast Space.

He has received a number of business awards throughout his career in recognition of his unique approach to growing UKFast. In 2015, Lawrence Jones was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to the digital economy.

Find out more about Lawrence Jones in his blog and in his top ten iTunes business podcast.Mind Your Own Business Podcast Series

Gail Jones

Gail Jones

Joint Managing Director

Gail Jones is the joint-managing director and co-founder of UKFast. With more than 18 years’ experience in technology, Gail’s role sits within the software at the core of UKFast.

Managing UKFast's relationships with suppliers and continuously assessing our best practice, Gail drives the creation of software to streamline internal processes and increase functionality for clients.

Gail has been instrumental in the business since its inception, taking on roles, including administrator, finance manager and support manager as the business has grown. Prior to starting UKFast with Lawrence, Gail attended and graduated from Newcastle University's prestigious Sciences Faculty.

Jonathan Bowers

Jonathan Bowers

Joint Managing Director

Jonathan Bowers is the joint managing director at UKFast. Having spent more than a decade working operationally with small and medium enterprises, Jonathan recently moved into working with some of the UK’s biggest brands to help them find growth areas on the internet.

As well as holding open feedback panels which include webinars and roundtables, Jonathan also heads up workshop opportunities for clients to help us develop our products.

Jonathan’s remit includes helping clients transform from small hosting solutions into enterprise-level requirements, and to accelerate the pace of change in areas like government and public sector.

Alongside his work with the client base, Jonathan also has responsibility for managing UKFast’s growth by leading the recruitment of technical employees at all levels. His commitment and passion for building an incredible working environment at UKFast has seen the firm named as a Sunday Times Best Company to Work For and a Great Place to Work for more than eight years, as well as being named Employer of the Year at National Business Awards.

Neil Lathwood

Neil Lathwood

Chief Technology Officer

Neil Lathwood is the CTO at UKFast. With more than 20 years’ experience leading technical teams and growing hosting infrastructure, Neil now heads up UKFast’s DevOpps department, linking the research and development team with the technical division.

Having run and grown teams in Linux, data centres and networks, Neil was the natural choice to step into DevOps leadership role. This role centres on growing a team that cements hardware and software across the business, connecting the day-to-day business of supporting our clients with the delivery of new products and features to help them grow.

As a Linux sysadmin at heart, Neil contributes to a number of open source projects in his spare time.

William Pullman

William Pullman

Sales Director

William Pullman is the Sales Director at UKFast. As Sales Director, William is the key link between our product and our sales team, and leading forward-thinking commercial operations at UKFast. Working closely with clients, Will drives innovation across the business from internal systems and pricing strategy to product development and launches.

Since his appointment as Sales Director, William has more than doubled the size of the commercial team at UKFast, driving organic growth across all areas of the business. His passion for innovating the commercial side of UKFast saw the business named in the Financial Times - 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies 2017.

As an early adopter of technology in all areas of his life, William keeps us at the cutting edge of the industry.

Nicola Frost

Nicola Frost

Head of Legal and Company Secretary

Nicola Frost is UKFast’s Head of Legal and Company Secretary. Having spent more than a decade specialising in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, Nicola joined UKFast to provide expert legal and administrational knowledge as the business continues to grow.

Nicola was promoted to partner at age 32 at national law firm Cobbetts and latterly DWF. When in practice, she was ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leading individual in the Manchester area and held a coveted place in the Legal 500.

In her role as Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Nicola plays a key role in ensuring UKFast’s compliance to data security and GDPR regulations.

Charlotte Bentley-Crane

Charlotte Bentley-Crane

Account Management Director

Charlotte Bentley-Crane is the Account Management Director at UKFast. Charlotte is UKFast’s true client champion, building relationships and gathering feedback from our client base to help their businesses to grow strategically.

Having spent time in each team within the commercial arm of the business since 2009, Charlotte brings experience of every level of the customer journey to her role. Charlotte's main focus is to drive the UKFast Account Management team to consistently meet customer demand and exceed their expectations through amazing customer service. The account management team play a vital role in recognising market changes and feeding these back to our marketing, tech and product teams. This allows us to offer the most relevant new technology and service innovation to our client base. By putting clients first, UKFast is able to ensure an industry-high client retention rate and a industry-leading NPS score. .

Charlotte played an instrumental role in UKFast's achievement of multiple customer service awards, including a 2018 nomination for the National Business Awards for Customer Focus of the Year.

Catherine Greening

Catherine Greening

Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Greening is the CFO at UKFast. Catherine works across the management layer at UKFast to drive value in the business above and beyond its extraordinary existing organic growth.

A chartered accountant, Catherine brings extensive experience of corporate finance to UKFast. Before joining UKFast, Catherine drove the £45m kidsunlimited exit to US public company Bright Horizons, as Commercial Director and shareholder.

Catherine also spent time at PwC as a director in their M&A team advising management teams and private equity houses on management buyouts before moving into an investment director role with LDC – the UK’s leading private equity house and part of Lloyd’s bank.

As part of her remit driving growth, Catherine recently led the £40m fund raising from RBS to create a war chest for future acquisitions. In 2017, Catherine led the acquisition of Public Sector hosting business Secure Information Assurance. Catherine also sits on the board of related companies, Secarma and Farinet.

Darren Taylor

Darren Taylor

Research & Development Director

Darren Taylor is the Research and Development Director at UKFast. Darren plays an intrinsic role at UKFast developing internal software systems and automation to streamline processes and increase efficiency across every area of the business.

The Research and Development department builds the foundation of business operations at UKFast, creating intelligent, purpose-built built software to boost efficiency across all facets of service delivery. This in-house approach to software enables UKFast to be agile and responsive to both market changes and customer need.

Darren’s passion for software creation sees him continue to drive growth in the research and development team, driving innovation throughout the business.

Kristina McGuirk

Kristina McGuirk

Marketing Director

Kristina McGuirk is the Marketing Director at UKFast. Kristina overseas the brand, content and creative strategy across the business, establishing new ways to communicate effectively with both new and existing customers.

Kristina brings extensive experience of operating in agencies for three major media and marketing groups: Publicis, WPP and Dentsu Aegis. Kristina has led marketing for clients across a range of industries, including retail, fashion, health and beauty.

Within her role at UKFast, Kristina drives creativity, connecting all areas of the business, client base and vendor partnerships. Her work played a key role in UKFast nomination for Computing’s Tech Marketing & Innovation Awards Overall Marketing Campaign of the Year, and for VMware Partner Awards Cloud Provider Partner of the Year.

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