The Team

Gary Bunney | Chief Executive Officer

Gary has been leading software companies focussed in the telecoms market for almost 20 years. Early in his career he established a new telecoms software division within ICL/Fujitsu which he ran for five years before going on to be a leader of Intec Telecoms. Here he played a pivotal role in growing the business to over £100m turnover in an eight year period.

Gary has extensive experience in all aspects of software and services business spanning sales, engineering and M&A. However throughout his career Gary has kept close to the market – always conscious that his overriding responsibility is to make sure our customers are delighted with the products and services we deliver.

Gary Bunney

Russell Hunt | Chief Financial Officer

Russell heads up our financial operations. He is the conscience of the business, ensuring we take commercially viable decisions.

A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience across a variety of sectors, Russell joins MDS from Agrivert Group Ltd where he was Group Finance Director. Prior to working at Agrivert, he was Group Finance Director at Sorex Holdings Ltd, where he helped the group deliver an impressive track record of profitable growth before subsequently being acquired by BASF Plc in 2008.

Russell Hunt

Barry Dowd | SVP of Managed Service

Barry is responsible for the overall commercial service relationship with our customers. He has gained over 25 years' extensive leadership experience in managing customer care and experience teams in the telecommunications and IT service provision industries. Today Barry leads the MDS Managed Service operation, which supports customers 24/7, 365 days a year.

Between 1983 and 1993 Barry was also a professional Rugby League player for Widnes RLFC, during which time they became World Club Champions and he collected many honours within the game. The commitment and experience gained from involvement in top-flight sport is now focused entirely on our customers!

Barry Dowd

Ben McCafferty | SVP of Sales & Alliances

Ben heads up the global Sales teams and brings over 20 years' experience in sales, supporting global technology providers in the telecommunication sector. To ensure MDS deliverd the very best in quality and satisfaction, he also leads the Account teams that focus on developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our customers and partners.

Ben’s passion is challenging service providers in thinking about how they will approach digital transformation, including focussing on the increased demand for Managed Service and cloud. Partners are also be a key area of focus, to deliver even more value to MDS customers

Ben McCafferty

Glenn Fishwick | VP of Engineering

Glenn brings a wealth of experience in software & technology roles across a range of industries giving him an excellent insight into how to deliver quality software on time and to budget. Glenn has spent the first part of his career working in software organisations with a focus on product development, before moving into technology consulting where he helped some of the UK’s largest organisations improve their technology strategy and delivery capability. In the last few years Glenn specialised on agile transformation from more traditional delivery models.

glenn fishwick

Stephen Randall | VP of Product Management

Stephen has over twenty years of experience working for a range of software vendors defining, building and implementing market leading BSS systems. At MDS, Stephen leads Product Management and ensures that the MDS product portfolio is continually evolved to give maximum benefit to MVNOs and MNOs alike as they address the Digital Experience.

stephen randall

Miles Bennett | VP of Programmes

Miles is accountable for programme execution and, through unleashing the capability of our existing Project Management experts, building a world class programmes and delivery organisation.

Miles joins MDS with extensive programme management experience after a twenty year career with telco software companies spanning CSG, Volubill, Convergys, Geneva and CSC. For the last sixteen years he has led professional services teams, been responsible for directing multiple parallel projects and personally managed large, complex project implementations as well as developing and managing relationships with key delivery partners.

Miles Bennett

Andy Peers | VP Strategy and Innovation

Andy has 25 years’ experience in the telecoms industry with a broad background in IT, finance, revenue assurance and service management. He is responsible for defining the company strategy and future direction. Through his work in Australia, the US and Europe, he has extensive international telecoms experience, working on major projects with operators, service providers and MVNOs.

Andy Peers

The Board

Martin Dawes | Founder and Chairman

Founder of the Martin Dawes Group of Companies, and Chairman of MDS, Martin has played a pivotal role in pioneering the UK's mobile industry. He has retained an active involvement in the industry for over three decades. Martin is one of the UK's few telecoms entrepreneurs to achieve such a high level of consistent success across the whole spectrum of the sector.

Dewi Thomas | Vice Chairman

Dewi first joined the Group in 1987 as finance director of Martin Dawes Telecommunications (acquired by BT Cellnet). He led the formation of Martin Dawes Systems (now MDS) in 1999 and has developed the brand into a strong business solutions company through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

Simon Blagden, MBE | Non-Executive Director

Simon has over 20 years' experience in the UK telecoms and IT industry and since 2004 has been Non-Executive Chairman of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited and is a member of Fujitsu UK's leadership team.

In 1995 he joined the main board of The Quante Group as International CEO and led the sale of the company to 3M in 2000.

In 1997, Simon was appointed Member of The Order of The British Empire for Services to UK Business and Export.

William J. Kelly | Non-Executive Director

Bill Kelly has been a Non-Executive Director of MDS since 2007, and this is one of a number of executive positions held across several organisations. He is Non-Executive Director of Lavastorm, a data analytics company based in Boston, MA USA and part of Martin Dawes Holdings. Bill was also a board director is SAIC.

Andrew Taylor | Non-Executive Director

Andrew has over 23 years' experience across multiple industries and sectors, and is currently the Group CEO of Nomad Digital.

In 2003 as CEO at Intec Telecom, a publicly listed software and services business with operations in over 45 countries, Andrew led the transformation of the business into a major global player, delivering significant stakeholder value through the sale of the business to CSG Systems for $380m.

Gary Bunney and Russell Hunt are also members of The Board