Executive Board

Richard Nicol
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Graeme St John
Chief Financial Officer

Graeme qualified as a CA with Ernst & Young and joined Commsworld in 2000 from the Clydesdale Bank and has been a key figure in the development and growth of the company. Graeme has been instrumental in developing Commsworld from a telephone system supplier in 2000 into an ICT Services organisation with strong contractual recurring revenues.

Ian Blackford MP
Non Executive Chairman

After retiring from investment banking in 2002, Ian has subsequently worked as an independent consultant under the company name First Seer, he engages in strategic and financial consultancy both in Scotland and The Netherlands and is a Trustee and Director of Golden Charter Trust.  Ian was elected as MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber in May 2015

John Bennett
Non Executive Director

John is Director, European Equities at Janus Henderson Investors and Fund Manager on the Janus Henderson Continental European and Pan-European long-only and long/short strategies.  John has been an interested and supportive Commsworld investor since 2005 and is now delighted to be joining the Board as a Non Exec to help build the company direction.  John is also an investor and Non Exec in Rangers Football Club.

Steve Langmead
Non Executive Director

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.

Joan Nicol
Company Secretary

Joan is a founding member of Commsworld and is in charge of office administration, credit control and payroll amongst other duties. With a background in administration, Joan has helped grow the company from the early tough days of 5 staff at the outset to circa 100 staff today.

Andy Arkle
Commercial Director

Andy joined Commsworld in 1998 from Xerox where he spent 15 years working in several senior positions within the organisation throughout the UK.  Andy is responsible for the Commercial Strategy and Development of the company.  This covers PreSales, Marketing, Product Development, Pricing and Quality to ensure that the company objectives and deliverables are aligned to our client requirements.  This cross functional role requires a combination of Technical, Marketing and Business skills and experience to support the business achieve its long term goals.

Mark Wright
Sales Director

Mark joined Commsworld in 1999 following  a successful career in corporate telecom sales  with Lucent Technologies (now Avaya) and Cable & Wireless. Mark leads a team of tech savvy sales professionals to take Commsworld’s message out into the market and grow our market share.  Mark also heads up Commsworld’s Partner Channel which is driving growth of Commsworld’s Fluency network; Scotlands fastest growing next generation business network, through a channel of the best IT and network driven companies in Scotland. 

Martin Davidson
Director of Engineering

Martin was Technical Director of Scotia Telecom and took on the same position with Commsworld in 2000 following the merger of the two organisations.  Martin is responsible for all of the services and projects delivered by the company and heads up a dedicated team of ICT Engineers and Service Personnel.

John McDermott
Chief Operating Officer

John cut his teeth in the IT support industry with Scottish Power, Computacenter and the $4 billion Technology and Engineering US business - SAIC (and its initial foray into the UK with Scottish Power in their Joint Venture business Calanais).  Building his IT support and Service Delivery experience over a period of Twelve years within that Scottish Power / SAIC environment, John gained a reputation for focussed customer service excellence and subsequently took that experience into the Telecommunications industry in 2008 when he joined THUS.  From THUS John joined Commsworld in 2011 and via various roles within the business since then, John is now responsible for all Operational aspects of the Commsworld business.

Charlie Boisseau
Chief Technology Officer

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.

Willie Fairhurst

Willie joins the Commsworld Board following the recent acquisition of ECS.  He will continue to run this operation whilst we blend the portfolios together. Willie has over 27 years of experience in the IT and Cloud Solutions marketplace and will guide Commsworld deeper into that marketplace. Willie has been an associate of Commsworld’s for many years taking our solutions to his client base as well as having bought his first phone system from Commsworld in 1995!

Bruce Strang
Executive Director of Operations

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.