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 clients 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 company that redefines the value of service in the industry. Through his singular commitment to client 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 clients; 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 Sales Officer
As our Chief Sales Officer, James heads up our sales and marketing teams, finding new clients and managing existing ones. He is committed to delivering Acora’s business goals by making strategic improvements in our approach to the market delivering true business value to our clients.
Since joining the company James has gained much experiencing working in the IT arena in both technical and commercial roles.
As part of the original MBO team, he has been influential in building a strong base of loyal clients and has helped Acora meet its financial and growth objectives to date. In recent years James’s role has expanded leading to his promotion to CSO.