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 is CEO and co-founder at UKFast. With more than 20 years’ experience in technology, Gail has played a crucial role in leading the firm’s evolution from web development and outsourced dedicated servers to the cloud infrastructure and colocation provider it is today.
Gail has always had an active role in managing UKFast's relationships with suppliers and continuously assessing our best practice, driving the creation of software to streamline internal processes and increase functionality for clients.
Prior to starting UKFast, Gail attended and graduated from Newcastle University's prestigious Sciences Faculty.
Jonathan Bowers is the managing director at UKFast. Having spent more than a decade working operationally with small and medium enterprises, Jonathan now works with some of the UK’s biggest brands to help them find growth areas on the internet.
As well as hosting UKFast 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 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 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 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.
Your solution is only ever housed in our government and ISO-certified, ultra-secure data centres managed by security cleared personnel. And as an exclusively UK-based company, hosting with UKFast offers guaranteed data sovereignty. UKFast is a government approved supplier through the G-Cloud 11 framework.