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Management team.

The Beacon team is lead by its founders and senior staff, all committed to the principles of transparency, honesty and integrity in the digital sector. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any time for a conversation.

Nigel Bridges

Nigel Bridges

Founding CEO

Nigel is an experienced executive and advisor with a successful track record of growing technology businesses internationally. His key focus is on the Scale-Up stage of Software and Services businesses, transforming them through a clear agreed strategy, designing and delivering robust sales, delivery and operational processes to provide the platform for transformation and growth.

Nigel has worked at senior leadership level in both larger corporates and SMEs; and has been the CEO of a number of high-growth technology and services companies including Brains Direct / Endava, DTM, and Whitespace before co-founding Beaconsoft.

Stewart Boutcher

Founding CTO & Data Lead

Stewart has been engaged in the technology sector since 1995 at a senior project manager & board level across organisations from entrepreneurial to PLC.

Complementary to his position as Chief Technology Officer and Data Lead at Beacon, Stewart is a member of DMA North Council, leading their “Artificial Engagement” project. He is also Digital Project Lead for the nationally important UK Police Memorial, where Beacon provide technology and data support.

Based and living in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Stewart is an avid rock climber and mountaineer, and passionate advocate in technology leading to measurable, positive differences to the world.

Stewart Boutcher
Mike Townend

Mike Townend FRSA

Founding CMO

Mike’s focus is on the strategic marketing and business development aspects of technology-focused businesses.

He has held senior management roles with software and professional services organisations globally, with the common themes of industry marketing strategy, proposition building, and developing and managing networks of business partners.

Although based in Berkshire, Mike remains a long-standing fan of his home football club, Leicester City. He is also a keen golfer and has acted as a marshal at the PGA Championship at Wentworth for the last six years. Mike is proud to be an Ambassador for two national charities: the UK Police Memorial and The Children’s Air Ambulance.

John Farthing

Director & CFO

Before and during university John freelanced in computer programming for small businesses which is where his mix of business and technology started. John then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 following which he moved across to stockbroking, gaining significant experience with start-ups and smaller company PLCs.

Highly connected in the City and with experience acting for both UK listed as well as private companies, John is responsible for all financial aspects of Beacon and contributes to strategy. John is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.

John Farthing
Suzanne Trainer

Suzanne Trainer

Head of Marketing

Suzanne joined Beacon after having run a digital marketing agency for 10 years.

A passionate and dedicated Chartered Marketer, Suzanne achieved a CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Oxford College of Marketing in 2014 and continually updates her skills with more recent qualifications in Content Marketing, Google Analytics and Email Marketing.

Located on the South Coast in sunny Brighton, Suzanne never misses a Brighton SEO conference. She loves running half marathons, her favourites being the London Landmarks and Brighton half marathon and enjoys walks on the beach and the South Downs National Park.

Pippa Perrin

Head of Customer Service

Pippa began her career in the Royal Navy where she joined HMS Ocean (the largest ship in the fleet at the time) and travelled around the world. From Barbados and the USA to Sierra Leone and France to name a few.

With 10 years experience in project and customer management, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience in SaaS, Manufacturing, and Implementation.

Pippa enjoys walking, going to the gym and spending time with her family.

Pippa Perrin