Directors' Biographies

Gavin Lyons

Executive Chairman

Gavin Lyons, Executive Chairman, is responsible for the planning, setting and execution of the company’s strategy. Gavin has had a distinguished career in the TMT sector, most recently as CEO of Accumuli PLC, a successful buy and build in the IT security sector sold to NCC Group plc for £55m. Prior to Accumuli PLC, Gavin was Head of Telecoms & Utilities UK&I at SAP, the global market and technology leader in business management software. Prior to SAP, Gavin had considerable executive-level experience derived from his role as Vice President of Sales and Alliances with Identum and three subsequent director positions with Trend Micro. Identum was a venture capitalist backed email encryption business that was successfully sold to IT security giant Trend Micro in 2008 for a multimillion dollar sum.

Gavin has also worked at Xerox, Compuware and The Caudwell Group - during his career Gavin has been involved in three exits generating close to £100m in value as well as completing several acquisitions and integrations. Gavin is a Partner at MXC Capital Limited, the AIM quoted technology focused merchant bank appointed by Pinnacle to advise on the Company’s strategy and identify acquisition opportunities. Gavin holds a MBA from Henley Management College, awarded in 2005.

Ian Winn

Finance Director and COO

Ian is Finance Director and COO. Ian joined on 1 February 2016 from Mobica Limited, a software development and integration services company where he was Finance Director. From 2006 to 2015, Ian worked at Accumuli plc, one of the UK's leading independent providers of IT Security and risk management which was successfully sold to NCC Group plc for £55m. Prior to this he held a number of senior financial board positions in a number of successful high growth service and finance related businesses. Ian is a Chartered Accountant qualifying with KPMG LLP in 1993.

Dr Tom Black

Non-Executive Director

Tom is co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Digital Barriers plc, an AIM-listed business focused on the surveillance sector and which operates in the global Homeland Security Market. Prior to setting-up Digital Barriers in 2009, Tom spent over 20 years with Detica Group plc, following studies at the Universities of Strathclyde and Oxford. He joined the business in 1984 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1995.

Tom then led the £12m management buyout of Detica in 1997 and the Group's flotation on the London Stock Exchange in April 2002. He then oversaw the acquisition of Detica by BAE Systems in 2008 for £538m. Tom is also a Non-Executive Director of Herald Investment Trust plc and a Trustee of the Black Family Charitable Trust.

 

Simon Duckworth

Non-Executive Director

Simon Duckworth, OBE DL, holds a number of non-executive positions in the public and private sectors and is currently Chairman of Barings Targeted Return Fund and the senior non-executive Board Member at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). He was a non-executive Director of Fidelity's flagship European Investment Trust, Fidelity European Values plc, for a decade, and has sat of the Boards of a number of AIM listed companies as a non-executive director. Simon was a non-executive director of Accumuli plc from 2010 until its sale to NCC plc in 2015.

A Cambridge University graduate, Simon is a former Chairman of the City of London Police Authority and currently chairs the Economic Crime Board of the City of London Police. He worked closely with the Home Office as Chairman of the National Olympics Security Oversight Group and is a non-executive director of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Simon is one of HM's Lieutenants for the City of London and Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London. He is also the Honorary Colonel of the Royal Military Police and holds a number of other public and charitable appointments.

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