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 1996 and has developed the brand into a strong business solutions company through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
Sir Julian Horn-Smith | Non-Executive Director
Sir Julian Horn-Smith was a member of the founding management team of Vodafone Group Plc and is considered to be one of the principal architects in the development of Vodafone's International Strategy. He retired from the Vodafone Board in July 2006, where he held the title Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
Sir Julian remains in the global telecom sector as a Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank, in London, Senior Advisor to CVC (Telecoms and Media), a Member of the Board of Digicel (the leading Caribbean and Pacific Operator) and Etisalat Group (a member of the Board and Advisor to the Chairman). Sir Julian is on the board of Acer Inc (Taiwan) and Vimplecom Ltd.
In 2004 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to international telecommunications.
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.
Mark Edwards | Chief Executive Officer
Mark joined the business as CEO in 2013, taking us into an exciting future as we enter new global markets. His blue-chip technology experience and reputation as 'growth CEO' have become established over the last 14 years, as he has led the rapid growth of a number of mobile businesses. Most recently, this includes Mformation, a company that Mark grew from a start-up to a global leader in mobile device management, supplying Tier 1 customers, and Aylus Networks, a leader in mobile video technology.
As CEO, Mark enables us to consolidate our current leadership status in BSS and managed services while moving into new industries to address the challenges of a rapidly converging telecoms sector.
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, MS 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.