Kevin Butterworth (MSc) Chief Executive Officer Kevin leads the Athensys team and runs our operation from our offices in Penarth Marina. He has 10 years’ experience of running software companies and he has been designing, deploying, maintaining and securing computer systems in secure and cloud environments for 15 years. Kevin has worked with the MOD, BT and Thales on some of the UK’s largest tech-enabled projects over the past 10 years. Kevin is passionate about making project delivery work and genuinely improve businesses.
Ben Sissons (MSc) Chief Technology Officer Ben specialises in designing and building software that uses AI and heuristics to solve real-world problems and has been doing so for over 15 years – 12 years of which working in large tech-enabled projects. From his experience in business transformations fail time and time again, Ben is passionate about ensuring stakeholders get the benefits they need from these projects, on cost and time, through developing our technical offering to our clients.
Sophie Newbould (LLB, LLM) Chief Commercial Officer. Sophie has over 10 years’ experience as a qualified complex projects lawyer in organisations including PWC, Sharpe Pritchard, Essex Legal Services. She has 3 years’ experience of working on large tech-enabled projects with the Home Office (ESN), the Foreign Office (Brexit), the Met Office (Supercomputing) and the Police ICT Company (Tech Purchasing). Sophie has over 20 years regulatory experience in technology, competition and Government procurement. Sophie is passionate about leveraging the benefits of tech in the legal domain (LegTech) to increase the returns and reduce costs on the largest public and private sector projects.
Dr Heather Butterworth, MBBCh, MRCGP 2008, Dip in Ageing and Health, CIMA Cert BA. Director of Finance Part CIMA qualified GP Heather Butterworth is a director of finance having worked as head of finance for years in an SME with a multi-million pound turnover. She is responsible for initiating and developing policies and procedures to oversee finance, leading on the financial strategy and liaising with all other departments to ensure success. She remains a qualified GP, and thoroughly enjoys continuing to work in some of the deprived areas in the Welsh valleys.
Non Executive Director
Ian Menzies (BSc) Director Ian has over 24 years’ experience in growing, transforming and delivering complex projects in the defence, security and technological sectors. As Executive Director of General Dynamics UK, he was responsible for the delivery and support of various complex defence contracts, including UK MoD Battlefield Communication & Information System programme (Bowman); valued at 3.5Bn. Ian was also appointed at Northrop Grumann UK to define, implement and lead a new Sector global business development and delivery organisation and to develop a strategy to drive national and international market growth.
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