This is the MD2MD new members page. As MD2MD continue to expand our diverse range of fantastic members, we would like to say a warm welcome to all of our new members who have joined us recently. We look forward to seeing you at your next group meeting or one of our events!
September / October / November 2023
Rohit Thakral - Target Integration
Rohit is CEO at Target Integration, a certified company that helps businesses to automate their business processes.
Rohit is an Entrepreneur & Business Automation Consultant experienced in working for businesses from Manufacturing to Finance and from Retail to Distribution. He has been running Target Integration since 2008 and has been successful in converting it to a mid-size CRM spread in 4 countries. Rohit has experience in managing large CRM and ERP Implementation projects & Software Development projects. At Target Integration, he has successfully delivered a number of projects to clients from around the world (literally from Japan to West Coast in the US) and has been consulting their CRM & ERP implementations on a regular basis. Rohit has delivered a number of training courses on various business & software-related topics and has lectured as a guest lecturer for Dublin Business School & Technological University Dublin.
Grant Allaway - AudienceQ
After 17 years of owning and running ad2one – overseeing its expansion from the UK into Europe and Asia-Pac – Grant now works with and invests in a number of brilliant companies, mainly in the digital world. He is currently CEO at AudienceQ, the UK sales division of Near – one of the world’s largest data platforms powered by Geo-Location. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of a leading world-wide location business.
Scott Horne - Lakeside Group
Founder and Managing Director of Lakeside group, established suppliers of high-quality reflective products for use within the traffic and safety, vehicle safety, graphics and road stud markets. Partnering with leading manufacturers such as Avery Dennison & Aura Optical Systems they supply the full range of reflective products including traditional glass bead and cutting edge microprismatic self-adhesive reflective vinyl. By listening to feedback from their customers, they innovate and develop product designs to reduce safety and environmental concerns, whether that’s vehicle markings, signage or conventional road studs. Through their sister company, Solareye, they make roads, cycleways, pedestrian walkways, and public amenities safer through their range of innovative solar ground lighting.
Zahid Bhatti - EMBS Community College
Zahid is a multifaceted professional with substantial experience in leading and implementing innovative initiatives to drive community growth and engagement. He is adept at developing and executing comprehensive development plans, driving revenue growth, securing funding and delivering exceptional outcomes through effective project management and team leadership. He has expertise in designing and implementing learning and programmes for disadvantaged communities, diversity initiatives, and staff training sessions, whilst promoting a collaborative and inclusive work culture. At EMBS Community College, Zahid steers the full spectrum of operations associated with organisational and board development initiatives, including devising and implementing strategic plans, optimising organisational structures and delivering targeted staff training and recruitment programmes to drive growth and performance.
Lee Wilmshurst - Steel Build
Steel Build improves working structures to ensure they’re safe and reliable, keeping up to date with ever changing laws and legislation. Our team of highly skilled, knowledgeable and professional staff complete work to the highest possible standard.
Liam Roberts - The Edwin Group
CEO at Edwin Group – Recruitment, Retention & Wellbeing for Schools
Helping to transform the education sector by empowering school leaders to create a happier and more supportive learning environment. At the Edwin Group, we are dedicated to supporting schools to find comprehensive solutions that address the critical challenges of recruitment and retention, with a specific focus on staff well-being.
With 14 years of experience in the education industry, I have gained invaluable insights into the unique needs and demands of school leaders. I understand the immense pressures they face and the importance of having a strong support system to help them navigate the complexities of their roles.
Ivan Patten - EPPH Ltd.
A hard-working, driven individual striving to increase use of renewable energy in the UK Ivan is a mechanical engineer with a proven track record of installation, maintenance and design He is a strong interpersonal skills and an effective team player that builds commitment and trust & strong professional relationships with Customers, Suppliers and Partners. Ivan has drive and ambition, sets high standards and goals & takes personal responsibility and accountability for quality and workmanship. He is exceptionally hard working, reliable & presentable with a strong work ethic Capable of designing detailed mechanical drawings using AutoCad.
Mark Alexander - AirTanker
Mark is an experienced business leader with a demonstrated history of working in the security, defence and aerospace industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Programme Management, Team Leadership, and Product Development. He is a strong communications and information technology professional. Mark joined as CEO of AirTanker in June 2023.
May / June 2023
James Campbell - City Rooms
James is Managing Director of City Rooms, one of London’s largest shared accommodation providers. Founded in 2009, City Rooms manages almost 2000 live tenancies, employs more than 80 staff at its east London headquarters, and James leads the businesses mission to expand City Room’s presence across the capital and beyond, through the combination of excellent value accommodation for our clients, and industry-leading best practises.
Naomi Macey - Homes In Sedgemoor
Naomi joined Homes in Sedgemoor in 2019 and is responsible for all property related services including responsive repairs, void management and planned investment. A key part of her role is ensuring that homes are safe, warm and meet all regulatory requirements.
Prior to joining Homes in Sedgemoor, Naomi worked for Charter Housing Association (part of the Pobl Group) in Wales for around 20 years covering various roles including housing management, lettings, customer services and asset management. Naomi has a Law Degree, holds a level 7 in Strategic Management & Leadership and is a Chartered Construction Manager with the Chartered Institute of Builders.
March / April 2023
Robert Hawley - SIS Global
Robert is founder and CEO of SIS Global, a business that has always been about change and changing with the times. SIS has been instrumental in assisting both small and large multinational companies overcome strategic organisational transformations brought on by a significant change in process and technology. Operating across the globe, they specialise in global solution delivery, international rollouts and worldwide support.
Malcolm Knott - Industrial Technology Systems
Malcolm Knott started his career at ICI in 1971 and spent almost 20 years specialising in Fibres and Engineering.
Malcolm recognised that there was a gap in the marketplace for a high quality solution provider that could offer a full range of industrial control and computing services. In 1991 he left ICI to set up his own company – Industrial Technology Systems. ITS has grown into an award winning company with extensive pharmaceutical experience, offering a wide range of services from small upgrades through to full turnkey projects and support.
Francois Leprêtre - Smart Connect Research
Francois was the first employee of SCR and initially built and led their operations team in London. He began his career in market research as a telephone interviewer, progressing to positions in recruitment and training, human resources, and fieldwork management. He is now in charge of SCR and leads teams around the globe.
Stephen Davis - United College Group
Stephen Davis is an experienced senior manager and leader. He has worked in and for colleges in England, Scotland and the United States. In addition to his considerable experience of senior leadership in curriculum and quality, he has held responsibility for enterprise and innovation. Stephen has carried out innovative work in the development of college business processes and has a sound grasp of budgetary and utilisation issues and effective business operation.
January / February 2023
Debbie Fox - R2C Online
Debbie is a General Manager/Director with extensive experience in the Automotive sector spanning over 30 years in data and technology solutions. She is adept at strategic planning, building strong successful teams, understanding market trends and opportunities to deliver on corporate goals and revenue growth. Debbie is very much a people person and put’s huge value on empowering her employees to be the best they can be.
Alex Wares - Transmission
Alex is an experienced leader, entrepreneur and digital veteran with broad marketing and business strategy skills gained in a wide range of sectors over two decades and with the grey hair to prove it! He has a track record of building agency propositions based on the most progressive tactics and leading-edge technology then applying these to clients who benefit as early adopters in their niche. Recently embarking on a side career as a white collar boxer to raise money for charity and keep middle aged spread at bay!
Jason Hibbs - Jet Environmental Systems
Jena Mukina - Little Ashford Preschool
Jena, Founder of The Little Ashford Preschool (The LAP), is a keen observer of learning environments and her interest lies in early childhood pedagogy.
Currently, Jena runs fifteen (15) operational preschools, together with her team of over 200 employees, servicing over 1000 children and growing, with a conviction to invest in continued skills development and training.
Steve Breen - Vitra
A highly motivated and successful leader with 10+ years at senior level in Plc’s and Private Equity owned organisations, possessing the vision and drive to deliver business growth within both domestic and global organisations. Steve has held multiple roles in the capacity as a Sales Director / Managing Director where he has driven top line growth, cost to serve benefits, product and price mix development and bottom line growth. He has managed and led teams of up to 150 reports across geographic boundaries.
Simon Coombes- Capula
Simon started as a control & power engineer for nuclear; then management consulting roles; business development of an automation and real-time IT system integrator; then leadership team at Accenture for Industry X.0 before becoming MD of a leading automation control and digital integrator focused on energy, nuclear and defence markets.
Andrea Millington - Preedy Glass
Preedy Glass is a family run business which was established in 1913. Andrea has extensive experience in HR, H&S, finance and internal operational processes, software etc. She excels at problem solving, planning and driving the change. Preedy Glass’s mission is to exceed clients expectations by mirroring quality products with outstanding customer service.
Andrea’s love for nature, animals and helping others led her to become a service dogs trainer and also dog support to rescue services.
Anil Kumar - Pharma Targeting
Anil is an entrepreneur who has built a number of successful enterprises and is the Managing Director of The Targeting Group of companies (Pharma Targeting, Partner identifier etc). He is known in the industry as ‘The Super Connector’ because he makes sure his clients get to the right person, with the money at the right time and are first to market. Having started his career in science as an immunologist he felt the pull of the commercial side was too strong for him. A people’s person at heart he felt the best way to give back and build was helping scientists concentrate on the science whilst he took care of everything else. Whether it’s service providers, or pharma or biotech Anil’s companies have helped seed companies of all types grow in to highly profitable entities. The Targeting group are an established partner of the Leading institutes including UCL, KCL University of Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) are committed to developing and providing a successful career route for students for their students. For the last 6 months Anil has been focused on setting up an orphanage in Mumbai and is focused on education for anyone from an under privileged backgrounds with sponsorship and grants.
Michael Paul - Michael Paul Holidays
CEO of Caravan Sitefinder, CEO of Michael Paul Holidays, and director at Michael Paul Consultancy with over 40 years experience in the UK holiday park sector. Michael Paul Holidays is an online holiday lettings channel working to provide holiday home owners with bookings without the need for allocation. They use API integration to pull real time availability and tariff information to their website. The in-house digital team ensures visibility for properties and the opportunity to sell those hard to fill off-season breaks. Caravan Sitefinder is the UK’s largest and most popular online directory of holiday parks and campsites.
Paul Sheedy - Unifi ID
Paul is a serial entrepreneur in innovative technology, experienced in loyalty data solutions globally, digital comms, design and detection systems. Previously, Paul was the co-founder of EYC. Their cutting edge RF platforms have been developed to enable rapid deployment, real time analysis and a huge variety of communication options that result from the Smartcard detections. Whether focused on security, hospitality, grocery or mall loyalty programs, university engagement, enhanced bank cards, membership clubs or fire evacuation systems, Unifi.id deliver inclusive logical deployments that maximise engagement.
Nick Shore - Multithread
Nick has wide experience in providing IT based solutions across a variety of business types and sizes. Improving business processes using the best relevant technology. He’s particularly experienced in ‘Internet core technologies’, IP networks, Routing, Firewalls, DNS, Email, web servers – the nuts and bolts which make the whole thing work. Specialities: IP Networking, Fixed Wireless, Process Design, E-commerce integration, Systems security. Nick sets the technology strategy for http://linitx.com, which is the UK Distributor for Ubiquiti and Mikrotik products. Multithread also provide WISP network consultancy, design and implementation.
Dr Tazeen Rizvi - Xeven Health
Healthcare digital technology leader with more than 15 years of experience in strategy, HIS implementation, market growth, and optimization of digital technologies for integrated healthcare delivery systems. Invaluable experience in multi-disciplinary team management, strategic client development, clinical project management, health insurance, and business development across vars platforms. Dr. Rizvi has been instrumental in accelerating digital transformation in collaboration with customers, and partners across institutions in the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Her career as a strategist has focused on expanding growth and profitability by pushing for new businesses and forging new paths using emerging technologies leading to breakthroughs in the healthcare landscape.
Gavin Sheppard - MGV productions
MGV productions, based in Devon, produces stunning film content for broadcast, online and social media which best represents brands across all platforms. With a proven track record of successful sales and business development spanning over 3 decades and differing industries, Gavin became one of the founder members of MGV Productions in 2010, and is responsible for running the business, corporate strategy and development of new products and marketplaces.
Habitech is a Value-Added Distributor of Home Automation products. They strongly believe that home entertainment and automation should be easier to use and more affordable. Therefore they believe ‘value’ means the best combination of performance, simplicity and reliability. Habitech aims to achieve this by offering the highest levels of support, information, and training to the best value product lines in each category of Home Automation. Whether it be Cinema, Audio or Lighting, they bring innovation and reliable high performances to custom installers in simple to use, value propositions.
Vicki Gilman - Social Return
Vicki discovered an interest in leadership and entrepreneurial activities alongside her clinical professional background and has been able to combine both aspects as the founder of three successful healthcare businesses and to experience exits from two of them. Vicki had the good fortune to be surrounded by happy teams of outstanding people at Neural Pathways, Sleep Unlimited and Social Return where 2-way knowledge sharing was firmly embedded. As a BABICM Advanced Case Manager, Vicki works with a small number of highly complex cases and continue to retain her registration as a Chartered Physiotherapist. Vicki is also chair of The British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM)
Vierka Hiscock - Care Horizons
Care Horizons, based in South Gloucestershire is a key provider of both day care & 24/7 care for a range of individuals. Vierka is ‘people person’ – a team player with leadership ability. Capable of producing consistent results with excellent client facing skills, a ‘People Person’. She is also fluent in several languages.
Chris Higgs - FHP
Chris joined FHP in 2016 as a Regional Sales Manager, after 2 years of helping increase their year-on-year sales. In 2018, Chris was offered the position of Sales Director, taking on board sales and all their proactive marketing efforts.
With a keen eye for detail, Chris tends to specialise in larger scale or high value projects.
Niël Malan - Tangent Solutions Ltd
Tangent Solutions Ltd, based in the Johannesburg area, South Africa strategically redefines and implements business solutions utilising technologies, methodologies, practices, and processes to structure a digital organisation. Niël has a wide range of experience and is always looking for new or untapped markets and opportunities.