CMS Team

Lord Hodgson

Chairman

Lord Hodgson
Chairman

Lord Hodgson has had a wide-ranging business and political career. He currently chairs RFIB Group and Nova Capital Management and is the former Chairman and founder of Granville Baird Group Limited, and until recently was Senior Independent Director of Marstons PLC, the quoted brewery and pub group.

From 1976-9 Lord Hodgson was Member of Parliament for Walsall North. He then worked for the Conservative Party in a voluntary capacity, becoming Deputy Chairman 1996-2000. In 2000, he was made a Life Peer. Lord Hodgson has also served as Conservative Front Bench spokesman on Trade and Industry and Home Affairs 2002-2006 – leading on the Charities Act 2006 and Companies Act 2006.

His charitable activities include Chairman of The Armed Forces Charities Advisory Company and President of National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

In 2011, Lord Hodgson was chosen as the Official Reviewer of the Charities Act 2006 and in 2012 laid his report before Parliament, entitled “Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities.” He also recently chaired a Task Force which produced the “Unshackling Good Neighbours” Report which made recommendations to reduce the regulatory and other burdens which are impeding the growth of the charity and voluntary sector.

Brendan Doyle

CEO

Brendan Doyle
CEO

Brendan founded CMS in 1991 following his MBA at Manchester Business School and a career at RBS. Since then he has over 20 years’ experience of consultancy.

Brendan introduced ‘Just in Time’ cash deliveries into UK Retail Banking, developed cash optimization software used by the majority of the top 100 UK retailers and also developed a specialist, unique cash management solution now used by financial institutions in over 20 countries globally.

Brendan is also a regular guest speaker at conferences related to cash and payments.

Dr Andrea Brooks

President

Dr Andrea Brooks
President

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have been with CMS for 15 years now so have been working with a lot of different clients (retailers, travel money companies, FI’s, IADs) designing tailored solutions for them. Before that, I completed my Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics and Computer Programming. Going back further in time I have a BSc (Hons) First Class in Mathematics and Psychology.

What do you love about data?

I love trying to find patterns in data. I do tend to get excited when clients send us detailed data to see what we can do with it and how we can use it to benefit them. I honestly think I am lucky that I found a role where I can ‘play with data.’

What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was young I wanted to be a vet (due to my teddy bears) then a lawyer (I still am obsessed with crime shows) to a teacher. In fact, I still wanted to become a teacher until I went to university and realized how exciting it would be to apply mathematical knowledge and techniques to my working life.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

I think I would use it to promote Computer Science/Mathematics to women. They are disciplines that need more women in, and they would significantly benefit from the skills that women can bring. I’d like to make it a computerized billboard and very eye-catching, next to as many schools as possible – the message and look of it though I would leave to my marketing department!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

I’d have to be a bit corny and say spending time with my husband, kids, and family. One of the highlights of my day is walking our dog and reflecting on things.

What don’t we know about you?

I once sang “Spirit in the Sky” live on stage with the 80s band Doctor and the Medics. Those who have heard me sing will realize how shocking this is.

Andrew Golding

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Golding
Non-Executive Director

Andrew Golding began his career at Continental Illinois in corporate banking. In 1990 he moved to the debt structuring and syndications at Samuel Montagu and helped build its leveraged finance platform. He then served in a number of senior banking roles as Head of Leveraged Loans and Head of Leverage Finance for Continental Europe at Barclays Capital and Head of European Financial Sponsor Coverage at Bank of America.

Upon leaving banking, Andrew became 3i’s first Banking Partner and in 2007 established 3i Debt Management, acquiring Mizuho Investment Management in 2011. He is currently a non-executive director of a number of businesses, including Alcentra Limited and BIRA Bank Limited. Andrew holds an MA in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford.

Jonathan Steele

SVP, Finance

Jonathan Steele
SVP, Finance

What qualifies you to do this job?

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Maths Accounting and Financial Management from Loughborough University and am a chartered accountant with ICAS.

I joined CMSpi as Financial Controller after previously working for six years in practice. I worked for Ernst and Young UK in Assurance for four years at their Manchester and Melbourne offices, and while there, I trained with ICAS to become a Charted Accountant. Following this, I spent two years in Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton UK.

What do you love about data?

I love that data can be in a simple form (e.g., a list of numbers) but with experience, this can be transformed into a message that can revolutionize a business.

What did you want to be when you were little?

An engineer as I loved building things with Lego.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“Get busy living or get busy dying” in Time Square.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Watching, playing and talking about sport.

What don’t we know about you?

I’ve played cricket at Lords for Marylebone Cricket Club.

Ian Clarkson

Technical Director

Ian Clarkson
Technical Director

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology and am a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist. I also have several years’ experience as a Software Developer and Professional Services IT Consultant.

What do you love about data?

I love how data can be used to integrate disparate systems and automate business processes.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a fireman, but self-preservation won through.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

I’d quote “Become an outlier” as it helps me focus on self-improvement, creating opportunities and learning new skills. I’d put it alongside all other billboards for everyone to enjoy!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Fitness. I really enjoy long-distance running and training outdoors not just because of the health benefits, but also because it challenges me and demands mental toughness.

What don’t we know about you?

I love watching any live combat sports events such as boxing or mixed martial arts. The combination of unpredictability and risk provides a real adrenaline rush!

Grant Hatton

VP, Consultancy

Grant Hatton
VP, Consultancy

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a BSc (Hons) First Class in Mathematics with Economics, over 12 years’ experience working in the industry and a natural predisposition to always want to find a better way.

What do you love about data?

It can be the key to insight when used wisely.

What did you want to be when you were little?

Older – I have an older brother and growing up I was told too many times that I couldn’t join in as I was too young.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“Advertise here at the best possible rates, just call….”    in Times Square, New York City. I would like to say it would help people get their message out but as one of the most expensive advertising locations in the world, there would be a financial element to my motive.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Something to write a note or reminder on. I like to keep on top of things, and I often have notes stuck to my phone or car keys.

What don’t we know about you?

I was submitted for and may feature in, a medical journal after I broke a bone in my hand, elbow and collarbone all on the same arm at the same time, which is apparently very rare. The doctor did not believe the x-ray at first, as I was still able to beat him at a game of thumb war on my broken side.

Lee Williamson

VP, Business Development

Lee Williamson
VP, Business Development

What qualifies you to do this job?

I graduated from Lancaster University in 2012 with First Class Honors. During my four-year degree, I spent one year studying abroad at McGill University in Montreal, Canada as well as a 14-month placement with UBS Global Asset Management in London working on real estate investment funds.

What do you love about data?

I love that data can add new dimensions to subjects and helps you to increase your understanding around it – an example being with politics in the run-up to or just following an election.

I also love clever data visualizations and recommend the site FiveThirtyEight for political and sports visualizations.

What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor, until I realized how long I’d have to be doing chemistry at high school!

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

I would place it in a prime position in Times Square, New York and on it would be “Your message can go here” along with my phone number. Easy money!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Ashamedly, my iPhone. I hate being out of contact and I’m a news addict, so it keeps me up to date!

What don’t we know about you?

I’m a huge foodie, but I’m not a fan of the traditional British Sunday roast dinner, up to the point where I try to limit it to once a year at Christmas… something the office (and potentially the rest of the UK) can’t comprehend.

Tracy Jeffries

VP, Global Delivery

Tracy Jeffries
VP, Global Delivery

What qualifies you to do this job?

I studied Mathematics and Computer Science which is of benefit with designing and running simulations, and also with analyzing the results. I love mathematical modeling, it’s fascinating.

What do you love about data?

Data analytics is advancing at pace, and with the rise of ‘big data,’ we can make more informed decisions, especially regarding trade-off decisions.

I own a Fitbit and loved watching my resting heart rate reduce as I became healthier over time. Data analysis can give powerful results.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a violinist. I love playing the violin; unfortunately, it has been many years since I last performed.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I think it’s important to keep a grounded perspective regarding what is important in life. I’d put it up in Piccadilly Circus, London for maximum impact.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Diet Coke. I was not interested in fizzy drinks as a child but around five years ago (I have worked at CMS for five years!) I became a Diet Coke enthusiast.

What don’t we know about you?

I used to host dog-training classes and have competed with my dog at Crufts.

Stephen Bretherton

Senior Operations Manager

Stephen Bretherton
Senior Operations Manager

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have over 12 years’ experience in various analytical roles. My experience spans a variety of different industries from healthcare to oil and gas. This has allowed me to build up a wide range of skills that are perfect for working at CMS.

What do you love about data?

Data is everywhere, and many useful things can be extracted from it if we have the right tools in our hands.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a footballer when I was younger. I would like to tell you that I realized this wasn’t going to happen very early on but I’m still trying to work out how to get signed up at the ripe old age of 34.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

I would write, “You can work hard, but if you don’t work smarter, you’ll work hard for the rest of your life.” This would be next to my desk to remind everyone in the office to think smart.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Laughter. Even when you are having a terrible day, laughter can make it all seem better.

What don’t we know about you?

I have a man crush on Tom Hardy.

Jo Lawrence

Portfolio Analyst

Jo Lawrence
Portfolio Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I love numbers! I have 18 years’ experience working in data analysis positions in a variety of industry types and have a natural love for all things mathematical.

What do you love about data?

I love scrutinizing data, discovering patterns/trends and reporting on things that would not be initially obvious when just faced with a mass of numbers. I also enjoy how the same data can be manipulated to tell different stories.

What did you want to be when you were little?

Initially, I wanted to be one of the Muppets as I had a bit of a crush on Miss Piggy and amassed a large collection of pig-related items in her honor… Once that dream died, I wanted to be a musician or a sports reporter.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

It would say “Billboard for sale” and I would put it on eBay because nothing stays still in my house for longer than few days without being sold.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

A satnav! I feel lost once I am more than 1 mile outside of my hometown Runcorn. I have no idea how anybody managed to find their way anywhere before satnavs were invented.

What don’t we know about you?

I was once given a guided tour of 10 Downing Street by Margaret Thatcher.

Calum Robinson

Economist

Calum Robinson
Economist

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a BSc in Economics from the University of Leeds.

What do you love about data?

I love using data to provide quantifiable solutions to problems. Accurate data analysis speaks volumes, so I find data to be a much more coherent way of getting your point across.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon up until the point I realized I was squeamish.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

My “To Do” list. I would leave it at my desk.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Food. I love a good meal.

What don’t we know about you?

I was born on the 11/11 at 11 am.

Oliver Aspinall

Portfolio Analyst

Oliver Aspinall
Portfolio Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of Liverpool and have always had an analytical and determined mindset, which makes me ideally suited for my role here.

What do you love about data?

I’ve always loved analyzing data and trying to find patterns from sets of numbers and seeing the interesting facts and pieces of information hidden inside it. (I think analyzing stats comes from my love of football manager).

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a train driver due to my love of Thomas the Tank Engine, and because I always got overly excited every time I saw one chugging along.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“If you’re going to limit your dreams, at least tend them to infinity” because who doesn’t love a good inspirational maths quote? I’d plonk it right outside my house.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My TV. Nothing is better than getting home and relaxing while watching another episode of my favorite show or some strange and weird film I’ve found on Netflix.

What don’t we know about you?

That I played for a football team that got beat 15-1 in their first ever match. We celebrated the one goal like we had won the league!

Team Member

Mike Caris

Portfolio Analyst

Team Member

Mike Caris
Portfolio Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a first-class degree in Business Economics, specializing in applying macro theory to real business cases. I have a background in accounts receivable performance analytics, and have had the opportunity to lead several wide-reaching projects and develop global KPIs for a large organization.

What do you love about data?

I love when data drives action and tangible results. However, it’s easy to get lost in an abundance of metrics; when data it is presented in a format that provides commercial insight, it’s hard to not appreciate the value it can bring.

What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was younger I wanted to be an astronaut. I would still love to see the world from a difference perspective, but don’t think I could endure the G force testing!

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

I would find a prime spot in Times Square with the message“Look up more.” We are becoming increasingly addicted to technology and need reminding that spending some time disconnected isn’t all that bad.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My Apple Watch. Who knew 5 years ago that I couldn’t survive a day without having all my notifications, news alerts and activity tracker on my wrist?

What don’t we know about you?

I’ve proudly watched the US Office series 6 times. At 4 days, 3 hours and 30 minutes each go, I could have definitely found a more productive pass time in my first year of university!

 

Alex Doyle

Research Analyst

Alex Doyle
Research Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I studied History at Warwick University, a course based on research and writing, and achieved a 2:1, graduating in 2016.

What do you love about data?

The ability to use it in so many areas you wouldn’t normally associate with data and analysis, from travel money to football and betting.

What did you want to be when you were little?

Cliched but a footballer. I’ve always been a massive football fan, even through the tough times experienced as an Everton fan! Alas, I was cut down in my prime by a lack of coordination and general ability.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

‘Get Stuff done’ and I’d put it above my desk to keep me in the zone

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Spotify. I couldn’t get through the day without a bit of Kanye

What don’t we know about you?

I used to play a lot of poker throughout university as a method of funding my studies/paying for my drinks!

Jason Kinouchi

Design & Marketing Executive

Jason Kinouchi
Design & Marketing Executive

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a BA (Hons) First Class in Graphic Design and have enjoyed several years of experience working with design studios and companies in Liverpool, Manchester and throughout the North West.

What do you love about data?

Data can be a beautiful thing, and I love the visuals that can be created from. One of my favorite sites that I follow is the aptly titled “Information Is Beautiful.”

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

I’d write one of my favorite quotes “no more zero days” on it. It helps me commit to doing one thing every day that takes me one step closer towards my goals. I’d put it right outside my driveway so I’d see it all the time, although I don’t think my neighbors would appreciate it.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My Mac. I’m an Apple boy through-and-through, and I’m immensely annoyed every time I’m forced to use anything else.

What don’t we know about you?

I once folded a giant 6ft tall origami paper crane.

Nick Wilding

Operations Manager

Nick Wilding
Operations Manager

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have advanced IT skills from my AVCE course as well as several years’ experience in customer service and logistics environments.

What do you love about data?

Data allows us to put information into visual and useable mediums. What starts out as a list of values and figures can be used to create some very impressive things.

What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was little, I wanted to design computer games. I eventually realized I enjoyed playing them a lot more.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

It would say “Nick don’t forget to turn the iron off!” and it would be directly outside my front door.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Recently it would be my slow cooker, I have started to really enjoy how easy it is to make delicious meals that can be ready as soon as you get home.

What don’t we know about you?

I know all the lyrics to Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang.

Chris Lacey

Operations Analyst

Chris Lacey
Operations Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

The ability to adapt to constant changes and manage multiple numbers of tasks at the same time.

What do you love about data?

I love data because it provides the necessary information I require to efficiently make informed decisions required for our clients.

What did you want to be when you were little?

My dream was always to run my own business, and hopefully, I will be able to achieve this one day.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

My billboard would say “live the dream as you are only here once” and I would place this outside all schools and academies to inspire the youth of today.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Two words… Man United

What don’t we know about you?

I was born on the same day as Prince William and was given a christening gown from the Queen, however; my mom chose not to christen me in this.

Jon McCann

Operations Analyst

Jon McCann
Operations Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

A great eye for detail and a passion for analyzing data

What do you love about data?

Data allows for informed and specific decision making, providing great, accurate results

What did you want to be when you were little?

Due to a sweet tooth, it was an ice cream van man! Mr. Whippy, not scoop!

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“Vote for me for President!” I’d put it everywhere!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Oxygen

What don’t we know about you?

Despite being a huge Liverpool fan, my first ever football kit (bought for me!) was an Everton kit!

Kirsty Evans

Operations Analyst

Kirsty Evans
Operations Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a level 2 Certificate in Business and Administration and previous experience in customer service and working with IT. I am working hard towards achieving my Level 3 Diploma in Business and Administration.

What do you love about data?

I like how data helps me to make informed decisions when doing my job. Data is honest, no one can argue with facts!

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a nurse when I was little. This was until I realized blood made me squeamish!

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

HAKUNA MATATA! As a nice reminder not to worry about things in Disney form. I would put this outside my bedroom door, so it would be the first thought of the day.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

One thing I cannot live without is my dog. He is my furry best friend.

What don’t we know about you?

I have Cristiano Ronaldo’s autograph!

Wendy Brew

Operations Analyst

Wendy Brew
Operations Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have 5 GCSE’s, along with an extensive background in customer service roles.

What do you love about data?

Finding hidden patterns and trends within data.

What did you want to be when you were little?

A racing driver. I love the idea of driving as fast as possible!   

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“I am going to win the lottery one day!” I would put it on my wall, where I could see each day and keep believing it will happen!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My iPhone. It holds so much important information and makes my life so much easier!

What don’t we know about you?

I once did a tandem skydive.

Megan Shingler

Operations Analyst

Megan Shingler
Operations Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have 10 GCSEs all A-C, including B’s in both maths and English.

What do you love about data?

I like how data helps inform me to make the best decisions instead of leaving things to chance or using my gut instinct. Data never lies, and I’m enjoying learning more about it every day.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a hairdresser. I always had Jenny dolls which I could play with and cut their hair. If I wasn’t playing with dolls’ hair, I would have someone’s hair in my hands without fail.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“Everything happens for a reason.” I already have this in my room to help me remember that even on my worst days, that everything will be okay.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My phone. I never have it out of my hand and start to get withdrawal symptoms if I can’t go on it for a certain amount of time.

What don’t we know about you?

I was a gymnast and trampolinist for 12 years and competed at competitive levels. I have over ten trophies ranging from 1st- 7th place. I’m also a fully qualified hairdresser and barber.

Tracey England

HR & Operations Executive

Tracey England
HR & Operations Executive

What qualifies you to do this job?

I am qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as well as being blessed with plenty of patience!

What do you love about data?

I love using it to show me the areas the company is progressing in or needs work.  It’s an excellent tool to show us where we’re going and helps us in our planning to accomplish our goals.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a midwife – I loved the thought of helping deliver a new life into the world and to get sneaky cuddle of those lovely newborns.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

It would say “Everything happens for a reason.” I’m a firm believer that we are given obstacles and challenges in life that test us and help us to develop as a person. I’d place the billboard right in front of my next problem!

What is one thing you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my friends and family who love me and are always there to support me throughout daily life.

What don’t we know about you?

I was dared to have a tattoo in Ibiza which I live with to this day.

Team Member

Stephen Hale

IT Support Analyst

Team Member

Stephen Hale
IT Support Analyst

What qualifies you to do this job?

I completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications when I was 17. I also won the Apprentice of the Year award and now have many years’ experience working in the industry.

What do you love about data?

Data has revolutionized the way we communicate. My brother lives in New Zealand and the idea of communicating with him in seconds via email, instant messaging, Skype, etc. was the stuff of science fiction not so many years ago.

What did you want to be when you were little?

A zookeeper. I have always loved animals, and I remember how excited I was when my Nan first took me to Chester Zoo.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“I can is 100 times more important than I.Q”. I’d put it up where it would be visible on the way into schools, colleges, universities, etc.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Music. It is one of my greatest passions. My favorite genre is classic rock, but I am not limited to this. I like all sorts.

What don’t we know about you?

I am a DIY enthusiast. I always have a project on the go – from building arcade machines to repairing vintage radios.

Team Member

Thomas Morris

Test Lead

Team Member

Thomas Morris
Test Lead

What qualifies you to do this job?

I have a BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Technology with a basis in programming languages. I have also worked for over four years as a Software Tester over a variety of IT-related industries.

What do you love about data?

I love the advances made in streaming data and how it provides new ways to acquire entertainment. Gone are the days of standing in a video store trying to pick a film for hours, as now I can do that from the comfort of my own home!

What did you want to be when you were little?

I was a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan and wanted to be a train driver. My focus changed once I got my first desktop computer.

If you had a billboard, what would it say and where would you put it?

“Test early; test often!” is a good habit to get into to ensure you are producing quality products. I would put it in view of my desk to remind me to follow it in my work.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Good food! I love cooking and being in the kitchen and could not live with having to settle for poor ingredients and bland meals!

What don’t we know about you?

I collect scale Lego models, which I build and display in my home. Pride of my collection is the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series Red Five X-Wing Starfighter, which is a scale model of Luke’s iconic ship. I would love to own more, but I don’t have the space!