David Farquhar, Executive Chairman
As Executive Chairman of Workplace, David contributes a wealth of experience gained through his background as a serial entrepreneur, turned angel investor, turned venture capitalist. As an independent entrepreneur David has co-founded or invested in several innovative companies that brought to market a range of solutions and products from mobile applications, 3G wireless infrastructure technologies to drinks brand management, an on-line recruitment service for the film industry and a brew pub chain.
The early 1990′s saw David grow and sell innovative companies in Scandinavia before founding the Idesta Group in 2001; which grew to become the largest provider of mobile enterprise applications in EMEA in just 18 months. David led Interactive University from 2003 to 2005, a global higher education e-Learning developer and distributor. He then founded 2in10 in late 2005 advising over 100 companies, helping them achieve the skills and the necessary investment to drive international sales growth. At present David chairs the Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing where he is also an Honorary Lecturer in Product Management & Marketing. He has also helped grow a number of international technology companies based in Scotland such as HoundDog Technology and Embedded Technology Solutions.
On the rare occasion David manages to acquire some spare time, he enjoys mountaineering, village cricket and real ale.
Ian Mills, Product Design Director
Ian is responsible for the incubation and development of new products and major additional features to the impressive Workplace product portfolio. Having been with Workplace for more than 20 years, Ian has fulfilled a number of roles in the design and implementation of innovative workforce management solutions for a wide range of clients across a number of sectors. In his role as design director, Ian has been heavily involved in the Workplace initiatives in cloud-based workforce management.
Ian joined Workplace in 1988 and he holds a first-class honours degree in computer science from Staffordshire University.
Britt Davies, Chief Marketing Officer
Britt joined Workplace in 2012 as chief marketing officer. Previously Britt worked at Satmetrix, a cloud-based software solution provider for driving customer loyalty, where she was responsible for the strategy, leadership and management of field marketing globally. Britt’s main objectives at Workplace are to increase awareness of the brand in target markets, build a robust sales pipeline and increase market share.
Britt earned a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Indiana University, Bloomington and a post-graduate diploma in marketing from CIM.
James Freshwater, President, North America
In his role as president, James is accountable for all aspects of the North American business, having established its new base in Chicago in early 2010. James has been instrumental in the creation of the new Workplace ‘rapid implementation’ approach which was pioneered in partnership with a large US retailer. This innovative approach accelerates the speed in which customers can implement and receive the benefits of Workplace Online, Workplace’s Cloud-based workforce management solution.
James joined Workplace as a junior implementation consultant in 2001 having completed his bachelor’s degree in Business & Computing as well as a three year management development program with one of the UK’s leading hospitality retailers. James is a recent winner of the ‘Pioneer Award’ for ground breaking leadership and also sits on the Institute of Human Resources (IHR) Workforce Management Advisory Board.
Brett Ashcroft, CEO Australia
Brett’s remit is to grow the Australian operation of Workplace with a view to it supporting our Asian expansion. Brett joined WorkPlace in 2012 and brings 25 years of senior retail experience.
Brett is a Chartered Accountant by training – moving to a client, Supré, as General Manager before taking up a similar role in the then listed retailer Angus and Coote. Having overseen the systems functions in both these positions it was a natural progression into the retail IT community where he established the Australasian operation of the leading German retail software – Futura. The success of Futura led him to be dealing with some of Australia’s leading merchants as well as sitting on the parent company’s advisory board.
Barney Quinn, Non-Executive Director
Barney has more than 30 years’ experience in the application software market. He began his career with Burroughs Machines after graduating from Leeds University and from there moved to Sherwood International plc. – a provider of software and services to the insurance industry – where he spent 13 years on the main board. Barney joined Workplace in 2007 as CEO and led the business successfully through the recent recession as well as playing an instrumental role in the management buyout in 2011.
Barney was a non-executive director of SSP Holdings plc. in the insurance software sector which was sold to Hellman & Friedman in September 2008. Past non-executive roles include Becrypt, Raft International and Guardian Computer Services.
Today Barney has investments in the creative company Voyage Design as well as Parago, an asset management software company.
Archie Norman, Non-Executive Director
Archie Norman is one of Britain’s leading businessmen with a long term track record of business change and value creation. He has led transformations of major British businesses, served on the boards of several others, and built over time very strong management teams who are now in leading positions in several major British companies.
Archie was a member of a three-strong team that established and built Kingfisher plc in the 1980s to become Britain’s leading general merchandise retailer. In 1991 he took over as chief executive of Asda. Over the subsequent eight years the business was transformed into the second largest supermarket group before being sold to Wal-Mart. In 2003 Archie Norman was appointed as senior advisor to Lazard. In 2007 he was appointed deputy chairman of Coles Group, the second largest retailer in Australia and he is an advisor to the board of Wesfarmers Limited.
Archie took over as chairman of ITV in January 2010 to recruit a new leadership team to lead a five-year transformation program.
Daniel Sasaki, Managing Director at LDC
Daniel runs the investment effort of LDC’s London team. He joined LDC in 2008 from Hemisphere Capital, where he was a co-founder and managing partner, and has over 17 years of private equity experience at the Private Equity Division of Credit Suisse First Boston and SOFTBANK Inc. Other technology company boards on which Daniel sits include Avelo, Easynet UK2 and OnApp.
Daniel has invested across a broad range of transactions and sectors, from early stage growth capital to large leveraged buy-outs. Representative exits include ESAT Telecom (Irish mobile operator listed on NASDAQ) and Gala Coral Group (UK diversified gambling company). Raised in the US, Daniel graduated from Cornell University and has a law degree from Stanford University.
Ken is head of the Value Enhancement Group and supports a number of LDC’s portfolio businesses at senior board level.
Ken joined LDC in September 2008. Prior to joining LDC, Ken was CEO of TSC, Scotland’s largest call centre business, which he sold to Hero Group in 2007. Prior to TSC, Ken sat on the management board of Thus plc and he was Managing Director of Scottish Telecom Services, a £50million turnover telecoms business.
Ken’s experience is focused on managing and leading technology orientated businesses.
Ken enjoys scuba diving, his boat and anything that gets him outdoors.