We’re nice people. Seriously! In a market with lots of organisations selling similar things, we think being a pleasure to work with helps to set us apart from our competition.
We hire grown-ups. That’s not an age thing; it’s an attitude. Our people will ask you about your business, your customers and your goals before they’ll ask about what you want to buy. It’s what grown-ups do.
We like to be challenged and to challenge the thinking of our customers. What’s important to us is delivering for our customers – the right solution, every time.
We are shareholders in our company and our success and therefore yours. That sense of ownership means that all of our people have a long-term stake in making our business and our customers’ businesses brilliant.
Our Exec Team
In the technology sector a strong leadership team is essential to ensure clarity of vision and focus to navigate what is a fast moving industry.
But we are slightly different; we do not surround our boardroom table with years of experience in the telecoms sector – that would just make us like everyone else.
We think the telecoms sector is about to undergo rapid change – from a sector obsessed with hardware and upfront costs to one where subscription pricing and the cloud are making service an imperative. You will find our exec team unique in the fact that they have all worked in sectors where the needs of the customer have transformed the customer/supplier dynamic. This means we don’t have baggage; we think differently and we put the customer first.
Matt is the boss. His role is to “point everyone in the right direction and then remove the obstacles to them getting there.”
Matt brings a great mix of entrepreneurial experience combined with rapid scaling. Prior to IP Solutions Matt led the talent management business of StepStone from start-up and grew a team of over 600 people who generated global revenues of more than $100m. He was part of the leadership that led the sale of StepStone to Axel Springer in 2009 and subsequently, as CEO, led the MBO of the B2B software business (now called Lumesse) in an MBO backed by Hg Capital.
Matt also serves on the board of PETROTECHNICS and undertakes insane bike rides across the UK and Europe.
Olly describes his responsibilities as “Finance, data & analysis; strategy & planning; efficiency and process; supplier management, contract and legal, acquisitions….and mopping up after the dishwasher waste pipe popped off.”
Olly has an impressive track-record having previously been CFO & CEO at Direct Wines where he helped to grow it from £100m to £340m and “tasted a lot of wine.” Prior to IPS he was COO at Infracast, the UK’s leader in enterprise SMS. He’s also Chairman of CountingLab, a cutting edge Big Data consultancy and a non-Exec with a US wine business.
Outside of work Olly’s a coach who helps prepare start-up and early stage companies to present to potential investors through his local Angel Investor networks TVIN and oion.
Jeremy heads up Marketing. He’s responsible for driving demand for IP Solutions through brand development, campaign execution and developing our overall Go-To-Market plan. His background is senior sales and marketing leadership roles in fast-growth global SaaS organisations including Lumesse. He’s a sales driven marketer with an obsession for demand waterfalls and funnels.
When not at work Jeremy is a Trustee of a charity that builds children’s homes and trains teachers in Nepal (Our Sansar) or you can find him pulling wallpaper off a house he is restoring.
As CTO Andy is tasked with ensuring we have a coherent product strategy and is responsible for our wider operational and delivery teams. We think he’s an unusual combination of ‘honest-to-goodness geek’ and ‘business-savvy entrepreneur,’ a combination that has produced a significant track record of business success.
When not at work Andy is involved in a number of social enterprises and organisations that aim to use technology to benefit those who don’t always receive the benefits of innovation including NoPC, Regenerate and Ashoka.