He is an experienced CEO with over 25 years’ management experience gained in industries such as oil & gas, tourism, technology outsourcing, local authorities and health. Steve has managed large technology/digital businesses such as Atos and Capita, as well as start-ups such as visitscotland.com and joins Commsworld as a Non Exec to support our growth. Steve currently has investments in ten Scottish businesses and is on the Board of National Trust of Scotland.
A highly experienced CIO with over 30 years’ experience in IT, Management and Networking. Bruce has led in his field for major organisations in both the public and private sector. He has delivered significant milestones across many key areas, including UK National Network, the first MPLS network to carrier broadcast radio and delivered the SWAN network. Bruce has a breadth of experience in delivery, service and growth of customer base. He is looking forward to leading Commsworld’s growth aspirations and supporting the business to achieve this.
Charlie founded Fluency Communications, a start-up network operator in 2010 which was acquired by Commsworld in 2012. Since acquisition Charlie has developed the Fluency network making Commsworld Scotland’s biggest indigenous network operator. Responsibilities include the day-to-day operation and strategic expansion of the network as well as developing future Commsworld products and services. Charlie is active in the UK Network community, acting as Chair of the IXScotland Steering Committee and sits on the UKNOF Programme Committee.
Commercially Focused Group Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated history of working successfully across industries in multi site International Businesses (Semiconductors , Aerospace , Industrial Products) and in Private Equity Markets. Skilled in Improving Financial/Board Reporting, Factory, Product and Customer margin analysis, Forecasting, Partnering Operations and Management Teams, Cash Management, Executing Business Strategy with significant Transaction Experience on Acquisitions, Refinancing and Disposals/Exits. Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
John is a telecommunications industry professional with a 30-year history and has held a variety of posts in both listed Telecommunications companies as well as Private Equity backed businesses. Historically he has held executive posts in Cable & Wireless, THUS plc and Scottish Telecom.
In 2018 John was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary as Commissioner of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland with a particular expertise in digital infrastructure. Until recently he was a non-exec member of the Advisory Committee for Scotland at Ofcom the telecommunications regulator and was a policy advisor to The Scottish Government both directly as an individual and also via Scottish Futures Trust for a number of years.
Richard Co-founded Commsworld in 1994 following several years in telecom sales and engineering. Since then he has grown Commsworld, organically and via acquisition, into one of the UK’s most successful and profitable ICT Services organisations. Richard is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and key client relationships along with ensuring Commsworld meet their financial and growth targets.
John is focused on LDC’s new business efforts nationally, he plays an integral role in the delivery of LDC’s pledge to invest £1.2billion over the next three years. He is also a member of LDC’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.
Since joining the firm in 2006, he has supported a broad range of fast-growing businesses across multiple regions, investing over £500million in 30 mid-market businesses.
Investments of note in recent years include: the minority investment and subsequent IPO of Team17; the MBO of NBS from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the MBO of Dimensions from US-listed parent Tailored Brands, the minority investment into iamproperty, the MBO of Mosaic Fulfilment Solutions and the MBO of Commsworld.
John has been a leading figure in the private equity and M&A community for more than two decades, working across a wide variety of sectors, including technology, consumer goods, business services, healthcare and manufacturing.
He started out in an advisory role, qualifying as an accountant at KPMG in 1998 and subsequently spent nine years as a Corporate Finance Advisor.
Martyn is responsible for supporting LDC’s national portfolio of businesses and helping them to realise their growth ambitions.
He joined LDC in 2018.
Martyn has hands-on industry experience in a number of areas including establishing international operations, disposing of non-core assets, completing mergers and integration, buy and build strategies, contract wins and product development. All of this experience underpins his partnerships with the management teams of LDC portfolio companies.
With more than 12 years’ experience in senior business leadership roles, Martyn joined the firm from LDC-backed business Eley Group and having previously worked alongside LDC at United Living Group and Cable Management Group. Martyn is a keen sports fan and especially enjoys watching cricket, football and rugby.