Andrew (Andy) James Hollingworth,
Chief Executive Officer
Andy has worked in the telecoms industry for the past 25 years, operating at senior levels across multiple functions and boards, including sales, marketing and operations. Most of his work has been driving organic and acquisitive growth strategies to achieve revenue growth. Andy has held a number of senior positions including director of wholesale, director of small business and corporate, head of CRM, head of distribution, head of sales operations and head of loyalty and retention.
As director of wholesale at TalkTalk plc he lead a growth strategy in the UK reseller market that took the business from having below £50m in turnover to £250m in turnover, which translated into £150m in net profit and around 30 members of staff. Based on his successes, he was moved to an underperforming area of TalkTalk; the small business and corporate segment. He turned that division of the business around from a 18% customer loss, into growth of over 3,000 new customers per month within three years. Andy was appointed to the Board of Toople on 2 March 2016 having worked with the company for several months prior to this.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul qualified as a chartered management accountant in 2000 whilst working for Opus Energy Group Limited, where he had a long and successful tenure. During his time at the company, Opus Energy grew to be the largest independent SME B2B energy supplier in the UK. Paul helped to build the finance team, which supported transformational growth of Opus Energy from £70m to over £600m in turnover over ten years. He was also involved in the £384m sale of Opus Energy to Drax Plc in February 2017.
Subsequently, Paul worked for Summit Therapeutics Plc, a NASDAQ listed clinical stage drug discovery company, where he provided business partnering and financial support. At Summit Therapeutics, Paul also contributed to the £6m acquisition of Discuva Limited, integrating their people, systems, and processes into Summit Therapeutics.
Paul joined Toople as its Financial Controller in June 2020 and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in October 2020.
Richard John Horsman,
Richard was senior independent non-executive director of Plethora Solutions Holdings plc between early 2011 and mid-2013 and previously CEO of Cybit Holdings plc, both admitted to trading on the AIM market. During his tenure at Cybit the company grew, from inception, to revenues of £25 million and went through multiple acquisitions. In January 2010, Cybit was acquired in a deal with a US based private equity firm, which returned £24 million to shareholders at over a 100% premium to the prevailing market price. Prior to this he held several senior roles in the IT industry including with Global Telematics plc and The Baan Company.
Most recently (from 2011 to the end of 2014) Richard was Chairman and CEO of Atego Group – a private company providing mission and safety critical software and consulting services to the aerospace, military and automotive sectors. Atego was sold to PTC Inc, which is listed on NASDAQ.
Kevin Brian Lawrence,
Kevin qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) where he spent 14 years before moving to Grant Thornton. He has subsequently held senior financial positions in a wide range of businesses including group finance director of Lighthouse Group plc, an AIM quoted financial services business that he joined at IPO and is now the largest listed independent financial advice business in the UK, and CFO of Cybit Holdings plc from 2002 to 2010 when the business was bought out by a US private equity firm.
In 2011 Kevin led Cybit through a reverse takeover of Masternaut Group to become the pan-European leader in telematics, with revenues of EUR100m and 500 employees. More recently, Kevin was CFO of Atego Group, a software development company which was acquired by PTC Inc, a NASDAQ listed company, in 2014. Kevin currently holds the position of CFO at Gardien Group, a private equity backed business specialising in the testing of PCB boards that are fabricated for clients supplying global automotive, defence, telecoms, aerospace, medical and computer hardware markets. He joined Toople in June 2018.
Financial Advisors / Brokers
Novum Securities Limited
Tel: 020 7399 9400
John West / Llew Angus
Tel: 020 3687 2754
PKF Littlejohn LLP
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