Barney Quinn, Chief Executive
Barney is behind the transformation of Workplace into the leading cloud-based workforce management provider it is today. In his role as CEO, Barney defines the strategy and direction of Workplace and works closely with the management team to deliver this vision. Since joining Workplace Systems in 2007 he has led the business successfully through the recent recession as well as playing an instrumental role in the management buyout in 2011.
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 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.
Alex Davis, Chief Technology Officer
Alex joined Workplace in early 2009 and is responsible for the software development team and the day-to-day running of the cloud WFM service provided to Workplace Online customers.
With experience spanning 30 years, Alex has previously worked in a variety of roles developing and deploying application software. He spent 14 years working with Sherwood International plc, seven of those in the role of development director. He has also worked with New York Life International where he developed multi-national applications as well as with Equifax, as programme director.
Ian Mills, 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.
Steven Elsham, General Manager (UK and EMEA)
Steven joined Workplace in 2012 as the UK and EMEA director of sales. With over 20 years’ experience in the consulting and the enterprise application software industries, Steven has held senior leadership positions at Oracle, SAP and SAS Institute. He has led industry-specialised teams focused on the delivery of ERP, HCM, business analytics and workforce management solutions, and cross-industry CRM applications businesses. Whilst Steve served on the board of the Association for Service Management International (AFSMI), he was a regular chairman, expert panellist and speaker at CRM industry conferences.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Manchester with a BSc in Physics.
Lisa Bentham, Director of Professional Services
Lisa joined Workplace in 1993, in her role as Director of Professional Services; she is responsible for project management and implementation of client solutions within EMEA. Lisa is also responsible for the global project and implementation best practice ensuring the quality of service delivered to clients around the world. Prior to running the Professional Services team Lisa ran the Customer Services department within Workplace for over 10 years.
Lisa has a BSc in Computing with Business, and Diploma in payroll management from the CIPP.
Nigel Garrett, Business Development Director
Nigel is responsible for strategic customer acquisitions at Workplace, as well as being involved in delivering solutions to some of the UK and Europe’s largest companies.
Nigel joined Workplace in 1993 and has been responsible since 1998 for the sales and marketing of products in the UK and Internationally. He graduated with a BSc in mechanical engineering in 1985 and gained an MBA in 1992.
Tony Knight, Business Development Director
As Business Development Director, Tony is responsible for the overall management of strategic and operational Customer relationship activities with a number of our Company’s largest Customers and is the executive sponsor for these Clients.
Tony has over 30 years’ experience within the software and services industry in which time he has held director level positions within both quoted and privately held companies within the disciplines of sales, marketing, operations and customer care. For 6 years prior to joining Workplace in 2006 as Director of Client Services, Tony was the Managing Director of a provider of software and services within the unified communications market. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath.
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.
Patrick De Smedt, Non-Executive Chairman
Patrick De Smedt joined Microsoft in 1983 and enjoyed a 23-year career in various senior executive roles including managing director (founder) of Benelux, vice president of Western Europe and chairman of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Since his retirement from Microsoft in 2006, he has served as non-executive director on the boards of a number of public and private European companies. He is currently a non-executive director of Victrex Plc, Morgan Sindall Group Plc, CPP Group plc, Easynet Global Services Ltd and also serves on the advisory board of the corporate finance division at ING Bank N.V.
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 programme.
Mark Wells, Non-Executive Director
Mark is an experienced senior software executive having rapidly grown several major software companies in his earlier career. He then became a successful software entrepreneur, building and successfully exiting two software businesses. Mark now focuses on non-executive roles.
He is non-executive chairman of ExecView Limited and Qubit Digital Limited, and non-executive director of Kofax Plc and INVU Plc . Previously Mark was non-executive deputy chairman of CODA Plc before its sale to Unit 4 Agresso in 2008 for £160m. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University.
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.
Kunal Dasgupta, Investment Director at LDC
Kunal joined LDC in 2010 and was previously with Apax Partners in London where his transaction experience encompassed growth equity and leveraged buy-out transactions in the technology and telecoms sector. His transaction experience at LDC includes the MBO of the UK2 Group, the MBO of the ComplEAT Food Group, the take private of WorkPlace Systems and a development capital investment into OnApp.
Previously Kunal worked in equity research for J.P. Morgan and Jefferies, covering the European software and IT services sector, and started his professional life as a corporate finance analyst with J.P. Morgan H&Q. He has a Bachelors degree in PPE from Corpus Christi College, Oxford and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.