Board of Directors
Andrew James Hollingworth, Chief Executive Officer, aged 49
Mr. Hollingworth has worked in the Telecoms Industry for the past 25 years, operating at senior levels across multiple roles and boards, including Sales, Marketing and Operations. The majority of his work has been driving organic and acquisition growth strategies to achieve revenue and EBIT growth. Mr. Hollingworth has held a number of senior positions including Director of Wholesale, Director of Small and Corporate segments, Head of CRM, Head of Distribution, Head of Sales Operations and Head of Loyalty and Retention.
As Director of Wholesale at TalkTalk Plc he lead a growth strategy in the UK reseller market from sub £50m turnover to £250m turnover (£150m net profit with around 30 staff). Mr. Hollingworth then moved into an underperforming area of TalkTalk, the small business and corporate segment, and whilst there moved it from 18% customer loss into growth of over 3000 customers per month within 3 years. Andy was appointed to the board of the Company on 2 March 2016 having worked with the Group for several months prior to this.
Kevin Brian Lawrence, Chief Financial Officer, aged 56
Mr. Lawrence qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC)
where he spend 14 years before moving to Grant Thornton. He has subsequently held senior
financial positions in a wide range of businesses including Group Finance Director of Lighthouse
Group plc, an AIM-quoted financial services business that he joined at IPO and is now the largest listed Independent Financial Advice business in the UK, and CFO of Cybit Holdings PLC between 2002 and 2010 when the business was taken private by a US based private equity firm.
In 2011 Mr Lawrence led the Cybit business through a reverse takeover of Masternaut Group to
become the pan-European leader in telematics with revenues of EUR100m and 500 employees.
Most recently, Mr Lawrence was CFO of Atego Group, a software development company which
was acquired by PTC Inc in 2014 and currently holds the position of CFO at Gardien Group, a
private equity backed business specialising in the testing of PCB boards that are fabricated for
clients supplying the automotive, defense, telecommunications, aerospace, medical and computer markets worldwide. He joined Toople in June 2018.
Richard John Horsman, Non-Executive Chairman, aged 58
Mr. Horsman was senior independent non-executive director of Plethora Solutions Holdings Plc between early 2011 and mid-2013 and previously CEO of Cybit Holdings plc, both admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. During his tenure at Cybit the company grew, from inception, to revenues of £25 million and went through multiple acquisitions. In January 2010, Cybit was acquired in a deal with a US based private equity firm which returned £24 million to shareholders at over a 100% premium to the prevailing market price. Prior to this he held a number of senior roles in the IT industry including with Global Telematics PLC and The Baan Company.
Most recently (from 2011 to the end of 2014) Mr. Horsman was Chairman/CEO of Atego Group – A privately held Company providing Mission and Safety critical software and consulting services to Global Aerospace, Military and Automotive sectors. Atego was sold to PTC in who are listed on the US NASDAQ market.
Geoffrey Paul Wilson, Non-Executive Director, aged 57
Mr. Wilson has significant experience in the telecoms industry and has held a number of senior positions in different organisations. He studied Law at Birmingham Polytechnic & he qualified as a Management Accountant in 1991 whilst working for Grand Metropolitan PLC in their licenced retail business, Chef & Brewer. He first joined the telecoms industry in 1993 with Mercury Communications where he held a number of finance roles, becoming financial controller for the customer systems division in 1995. He gained wider experience of the industry as Commercial Manager with Siemens Communications Systems and then as Commercial Director for Your Communications, a subsidiary of United Utilities, which he joined in 1999. Whilst there he led the corporate acquisition & integration programme increasing customer base & product range.
Following a strategic review of the Utility business, Mr. Wilson led the disposal process for Your Communications resulting in the successful sale of the business to Thus in 2006. Most recently he was employed as chief operations officer for TalkTalk business where, over a 4 year period, overall operational costs reduced by 9% whilst supporting revenue growth of 33%. For two years prior to this he held the position of Finance Director for TalkTalk Business.