Richard Atkins brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to Acora, having spent the majority of his career within the IT services industry.
Previously, he was a Director at Data Sciences where he led its MBO from Thorn EMI in 1991 and then managed its successful sale to IBM in 1996. His final role at IBM was as General Manager for IBM Global Services Northern Europe, where he was also a member of the IBM worldwide Senior Leadership Team. Since leaving IBM in 2005 he has acted as a non-executive director for several public and private equity backed companies including Compel, Message Labs, Morse and Easynet.
As well as being Chairman at Entanet and Miles 33 and a non-executive director at MicroFocus plc and Aon in the UK, we are proud to have him as Chairman of Acora.
Chief Executive Officer
David leads Acora with the vision, drive and commitment he expects from every member of the business. He believes in being accessible to both staff and customers in equal measure, leading by example and challenging himself to constant improvement every day.
Since leading the MBO in 2006, he has been committed to building a high performance, values-led culture with people at its heart. David’s vision has always been to create a game-changing organisation that redefines the value of service in the industry. Through his singular commitment to customer focus, he has driven change through every level of our business to transform our culture, processes and service delivery.
The board he has handpicked to accompany him on his journey are testament to the quality Acora will pioneer and the standards we will set as we continue to challenge expectation and deliver excellence for the most dynamic and ambitious businesses in the mid-market today.
Chief People Officer
David brings 25 years of business expertise to Acora. Initially between 2008 and 2012, alongside the rest of the board (as Non-Executive Director), he helped drive the company’s early transformation – providing perspective, objectivity and guidance.
Joining the Board in an Executive capacity in May 2012, he now focuses on our People and the underlying delivery, communication and alignment of the company’s core strategy.
With a background in Corporate Finance, Banking and business Consultancy, David spent over 20 years helping businesses like Acora create and implement their plans. Having been involved with many dynamic businesses, he is well placed to support Acora to succeed with its growth and acquisition plans.
Chief Financial Officer
As our Chief Financial Officer, Gary has been instrumental in the company transformation that began in 2006. He brings strong leadership and financial acumen, keeping Acora on course to achieve our company vision.
Through his excellent leadership, the business has become a robust partner for our customers; we have increased profits year on year even as many businesses around us have continued to suffer the effects of recession. He is committed to the values of the business he has helped to build, and looks forward to its continued evolution and success over the next few years.
Chief Information Officer
As our chief technology strategist at Acora, Lee sets the standards for the technology we deliver to our customers and continually supports the board in shaping the strategy of our business.
His experience, understanding and business focus mean that our services remain in tune with the most significant market developments and technical innovations. Because of this, Acora’s range of services and mix of technologies are the right fit for the ever-changing needs of the dynamic mid-market.
As the pace of change in the IT industry accelerates, Lee’s skill in mediating between the latest technology trends and the business-focussed IT services we deliver to our customers has proven invaluable. His passion for the potential of technology to create intelligent, productive and empowered businesses ensures that, as we grow, he will continue to be a driving force, both within Acora and the industry as a whole.
Chief Sales Officer
As our Chief Sales Officer, James heads up our sales and marketing teams, responsible for originating new clients and also managing existing customers. He is committed to delivering on Acora’s business goals by making strategic improvements to our approach to the market, through a better understanding and focus on its target market and presenting how our propositions can deliver true business value to our clients.
Since joining the company in 2001 as a management accountant, James has gained much experiencing working in the IT arena in both technical and commercial roles. As part of the original MBO team in 2006, he has been influential in building a strong base of loyal customers and has helped Acora meet its financial and growth objectives to date. In recent years James’s role has expanded to lead both new business and customer teams and his success in hitting or exceeding sales targets, together with a strong business acumen built on effective data analysis led to his promotion to CSO in February 2015.