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.
Account Management Director
Chief Financial Officer
Research and Development Director
Ian Brown joined UKFast as CEO in 2020. He spent the previous 5+ years as CEO of Rentalcars.com and of Booking.com's Transport Business Unit. Rentalcars.com is the world’s largest online car hire platform, helping customers in over 200 countries book over 10 million cars each year. Booking.com is the world’s largest travel business, helping over 250 million customers explore our amazing planet each year. Within Booking.com, the Transport Business Unit connects these customers to local car hire, airport transfer, taxi, and public transport options wherever they travel in the world and provides them with insurance options for total peace of mind.
Before joining Rentalcars.com, Ian was a senior partner at Oliver Wyman Consulting where he led the three of the firm’s practice areas globally: Travel & Hospitality, Distribution & Wholesale, and Pricing, Sales & Marketing. Ian was also one of the founding partners of OW Labs: the firm's digital practice. In his 16 years at Oliver Wyman, Ian helped many companies find ways to grow more profitably including the likes of Boots, Sainsbury’s, Four Seasons Hotels, Tui, Shell, and Rentalcars.com!
Ian holds a Masters in Engineering from The Queen’s College, Oxford where he studied Engineering, Economics & Management. He lives near Wilmslow with his wife and two boys.
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 DevOps 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 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.
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 is the CFO for UKFast and sits on the Group board, working with the directors and private equity shareholders to drive both organic and inorganic value across the business.
From a UKFast perspective, Catherine led the 2017 acquisition of Public Sector hosting business Secure Information Assurance, the 2018 minority investment by Inflexion, followed by the 2020 transaction which saw them take a majority stake.
Catherine is a qualified chartered accountant by background, with extensive experience of M&A and private equity, having spent a number of years as an investment director role with LDC Private Equity. Before joining UKFast, Catherine drove the £45m exit of LDC backed kidsunlimited to US public company Bright Horizons, as Commercial Director and shareholder.
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 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.
Richard brings 30 years’ experience working with fast-growing businesses both as a private equity investor and as a chairman. Richard spent 22 years at 3i before becoming Head of Investments at the Business Growth Fund in 2011.
Irina joined Inflexion in 2018 as a Partner leading investments in digital, technology and tech-enabled businesses in Europe. Before Inflexion, she was a Partner at Apax Partners for 13 years.
While at Apax she led digital and media transactions in Europe, North America and China, and was a board director of Auto Trader Group, Trader Corporation, Ascential, Incisive/ALM, WRC, Sulo and listed Tele2AB. She left Apax to set up and lead Principal Investing at Eight Roads, the proprietary investing arm of Fidelity International, a private equity fund launched to partner with mid-market specialist services businesses in healthcare and financial services. Irina started her career at McKinsey & Company advising media and financial services clients.
Carl is a member of the Investment Committee and is responsible for running the Manchester Inflexion office. He focuses on meeting ambitious, entrepreneurial management teams and executing buyout opportunities, principally in northern England and Scotland.
Carl works across a wide range of sectors. He joined Inflexion in 2015, his twentieth year in the private equity industry.
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