Tony Illsley joined the Board in 2009. He has held a variety of senior business positions including Chief Executive Officer of Telewest Communications PLC and President of Pepsi Cola Asia Pacific. He is currently Chairman of Plastic Logic Ltd and Datalase Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of Sepura PLC, Camelot Global Services Limited and Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.
Martin Towers joined the Board in 2009. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of senior finance roles including Group Finance Director at Kelda Group PLC, Allied Textile Group PLC and the Spring Ram Corporation PLC. He is currently Non-Executive Director of RPC Group PLC, Lupus Capital PLC and Norcros PLC.
Kevin Walsh joined the KCOM Group in 2000 and the Group’s Board in May 2004. He is responsible for the management of the Group’s KC and Eclipse brands. Prior to joining the KCOM Group, Kevin was Managing Director of a new media start-up and held a number of senior director roles within the Electrolux Group. Kevin is a member of Business in the Community’s Yorkshire and Humber Advisory Board.
Bill Halbert was appointed Executive Chairman of the KCOM Group in July 2009 having joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2006. As Chairman, Bill is responsible for leading the Board. He also has day-to-day management of the Group. He has worked in the information technology industry for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience and strategic insight. He founded and for 13 years was CEO of the Syntegra, BT’s global consultancy and systems integration subsidiary. Bill’s other directorships include Excelsys Ltd, Jade Communications Ltd and Tacit Connexions Ltd.
Paul Simpson was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2004, having joined the Group in 2000. In addition to his Group-wide finance responsibilities, Paul has responsibility for the management of the Group's Kcom and Smart421 brands and our relationship with BT. Paul is a graduate in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.
Graham Holden joined the Board in November 2007. Graham is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Programme. He is the chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Advisory Board of Business in the Community and was appointed as the 2010 Prince's Ambassador to the region. He is Chief Executive of Marshalls PLC, having been with the Company for 23 years, serving as Group Financial Director from 1992 until 2001. He also serves on the Boards of the Construction Products Association and the Mineral Products Association.
Kathy Smith, the Group’s Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management, assumed responsibility for the Company Secretariat in July 2010.
Years of service to businesses and public
Total employees within the KCOM Group