Will WhitehornChairman of the Board +
Will WhitehornChairman of the Board
Will joined The Craneware Group as Chairman of the board on 1 January 2020. Will joined Virgin in 1986 where he established a career as Sir Richard Branson’s corporate affairs advisor and brand development director for the group globally. He helped develop Virgin Galactic, Virgin Trains and Virgin Media as businesses and went onto become the first President of Virgin Galactic taking the business from dream to reality. He is currently Chairman of Good Energy Group plc and a Director of AAC Clyde Space AB and was appointed as Chair of Seraphim Space Investment Trust Plc in June 2021, which floated on the LSE in July 2021. He was a founder shareholder in Purplebricks plc and recently retired as Deputy Chair of Stagecoach Group plc.
Keith NeilsonChief Executive Officer +
Keith NeilsonChief Executive Officer
Keith co-founded The Craneware Group in 1999 and has served as its CEO ever since. Under Keith’s guidance, The Craneware Group became recognised as the pioneer in value cycle management and a leading provider of superior products and professional services. Keith’s direction has helped The Craneware Group to win multiple prestigious awards in such areas as international achievement, business growth strategy and innovation. Keith was named The Entrepreneurial Exchange’s “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2003” and was a finalist in the 2004 World Young Business Achiever Award, winning the Award of Excellence in the Business Strategy category. He received the UK Software & Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young in 2008 and was the Insider Elite Young Business Leader of the Year in 2009. Prior to launching The Craneware Group, Keith worked primarily in international management, where he handled sales, marketing and technical consulting for companies with operations around the world. He studied Physics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1991.
Craig PrestonChief Financial Officer +
Craig PrestonChief Financial Officer
Craig was appointed to the Board on 15 September 2008, just as the company was entering its second year as a publicly traded corporation on the London Stock Exchange. As CFO, he directs The Craneware Group’s financial operations in both the United Kingdom and United States. Craig has significant experience in senior financial roles with other private and public technology companies, including those with a multi-national presence. Prior to The Craneware Group, he was group director of finance and company secretary at Intec Telecom Systems plc. Earlier, he served as corporate development manager at London Bridge Software plc. During his time there, he also held the role of CFO for Phoenix International, a previously NASDAQ-traded software company, following its acquisition by London Bridge. Earlier in his career, Craig worked for Deloitte in both the United Kingdom and United States. Craig has a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Issy UrquhartChief People Officer +
Issy UrquhartChief People Officer
As Craneware’s Chief People Officer, Issy drives sustainable growth and facilitates change through a focus on the people at Craneware, building a stronger, more resilient company. Issy is responsible for delivering the human resources and organization development strategies, as well as overseeing facilities management at Craneware.
Issy brings 25-plus years of strategic and operational global HR experience gained across a number of sectors including Technology, BPO, mature FMCG and Financial Services. Key strengths are her breadth and depth of global HR expertise across all facets of HR and OD, especially talent development and acquisition, M&A, change management and global reward strategies.
Most notably prior to joining Craneware Issy worked at CommScope Inc, Wolfson Microelectronics plc and Convergys Corporation in executive HR roles, where alongside delivering the HR agenda, she lead wide-scale change programs to deliver acquisitions, changes in business strategies, and operating models.
Colleen M. BlyeSenior Independent Director (member of Audit and Remuneration Committees) +
Colleen M. BlyeSenior Independent Director (member of Audit and Remuneration Committees)
Colleen Blye is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Montefiore Health System and Montefiore Medicine. Montefiore Health System consists of eleven hospitals and an extended care facility; it is a premier academic medical center and includes Montefiore Medicine. Colleen has a distinguished background in large, complex healthcare organizations. Prior to joining Montefiore, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, an integrated healthcare delivery system comprising six hospitals and three nursing homes. Earlier, she served as Executive Vice President for Finance and Integrated Services at Catholic Health Initiatives, a health system with 102 hospitals across the United States. Her previous experience includes responsibility for treasury management, revenue cycle, financial reporting and planning, third-party contracting, supply chain, accounts payable, payroll, and information technology. Colleen Blye is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Russ RudishNon-executive Director (Chair of Remuneration Committee) +
Russ RudishNon-executive Director (Chair of Remuneration Committee)
Russ Rudish has more than 40 years' experience in serving the healthcare industry, both in the United States and internationally. Russ holds a directorship in Rudish Health Solutions, LLC, and StarBridge Advisors, LLC, both healthcare professional services firms. Russ is also a principal in Healthcare IT Leaders and Run Consultants, both of which provide IT staffing and consulting services. Between 2006 and 2014, Russ served as partner and Global Sector Leader for Healthcare at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, where he led the $2 billion global consulting, audit, tax and financial advisory business, developing the firm's global health care strategy. He is an active speaker and contributor to thought leadership on today's most pressing healthcare business issues.
Alistair ErskineNon-executive Director (member of Audit and Remuneration Committees) +
Alistair ErskineNon-executive Director (member of Audit and Remuneration Committees)
Alistair joined the board as Independent Non-executive Director in February 2020. Alistair has held a number of senior positions within the US healthcare sector. He is currently the Chief Digital Health Officer of Mass General Brigham, a US not-for-profit healthcare system which is a leader in the application of clinical information technology to care delivery. He has held academic and government roles, including lecturing at Harvard Medical School and a Board Member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee of the Virginia General Assembly. He holds an MBA from MIT with specialism in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
David KempNon-executive Director (Chair of Audit Committee) +
David KempNon-executive Director (Chair of Audit Committee)
David joined the board as Independent Non-executive director in March 2020. David has extensive UK public company experience. He is currently CFO of the FTSE 250 listed business, John Wood Group plc, the global projects, operations and consulting business, a position he has held since 2015. He has held a number of CFO and Non-executive Director positions over the course of his career and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.