Board of directors

James Murray, Executive Chairman
James Murray co-founded Alternative Networks in 1994 following the deregulation of the British telecoms industry and having worked in both technical and sales roles for a number of London telecoms businesses. As managing director, CEO and now Executive Chairman, James has overseen the growth of the business from start-up, to becoming one of the leading independent business technology service providers in the UK, listed on AIM and employing over 600 people nationwide. James is a previous winner of Ernst and Young’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.

 

Mark Quartermaine, Chief Executive Officer
Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry in a variety of executive, sales and marketing roles. He joined IBM in 1984 and spent 16 years in various roles, including running the point of sale business for Europe and latterly in the US as the Worldwide Marketing Director for the Retail Division. Since leaving IBM in 2001 Mark has served as COO on the board of NSB Retail and has held various roles at BT Global Services, including MD of Public Sector as well as the UK President. He was recently CEO at Azzurri Communications and a non-executive director at Prologic plc, which was successfully sold in 2012. Before joining Alternative, Mark was Vice President of UK & Ireland for Juniper Networks and sat on Alternative Networks’ non-executive board until January 2014.

Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2015.

 

Gavin Griggs, Chief Financial Officer
Gavin Griggs was appointed to the Board in April 2013. He joined Alternative from Logica plc, where he was Group Financial Controller. Prior to that, Gavin held finance director roles at Sodexo and PepsiCo, and was Head of Group Finance, Planning and Analysis at SABMiller. In addition to heading up the finance function, Gavin’s responsibilities also include the M&A and legal functions within the Group. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering.

 

Non-executive directors

Bernard Cragg, Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-executive Director
Bernard Cragg has 30 years’ commercial and City experience. A qualified chartered accountant, he was the Finance Director and CFO of Carlton Communications plc from 1987 until 2001. He joined the board of Arcadia in 1999 and became chairman of its audit committee, and Senior Independent Director until its eventual sale in 2002. He was a non-executive director of Bank of Ireland UK Financial Services Limited (including Bristol & West Building Society) from 2002 until 2007. In 2003 he became Chairman of business information company, Datamonitor plc where he served until its eventual sale in 2007.

He is the senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Progressive Media plc and held the same position with Workspace Group plc until stepping down in 2014. Bernard is a non-executive director of Astro All Asia Networks Limited, Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Astro Overseas Limited and Framestore and is Chairman of US based media company, Psyop LLC.

 

Ben Mingay, Non-executive Director
Ben Mingay was appointed to the Board in 2011. An experienced corporate financier, he is a Senior Partner and co-founder of Smith Square Partners LLP, an independent corporate advisory business. He was previously a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and a Partner of Hawkpoint Partners. Ben is also a non-executive Director of HomeServe plc.

 

Henrietta Marsh, Non-Executive Director
Henrietta Marsh joined the Board as a non-executive Director on 6 June 2014. She has significant public company experience, having served as a non-executive director (and chairing the Remuneration Committee) at Dods (Group) PLC from April 2012 to November 2014, been an independent non-executive director at Acal plc since May 2013 and chairing the Remuneration Committee since October 2014, and since January 2014 been a non-executive Director of Electric World plc where she is appointed by Living Bridge Equity Partners. She is also a Director of Henrietta Marsh Consulting Limited. Previously, Henrietta was a director of 3i plc where she worked as a fund manager and in private equity for 14 years. She was also a fund manager at Living Bridge Equity Partners responsible for all AIM investments. Henrietta was the founder chairman of the AIM VCT Managers Group and is a member of the London Stock Exchange’s AIM Advisory Group.