MDS Technologies is run by a team that combines business know-how with deep sector and technology expertise. Your digital services are in good hands.
Phil Dawson - Director
Phil has been an active member of the board of directors at techUK and chaired its Cloud and Mobile Services Council. A recognised industry thought leader, he co-authored the UK Data Capability Strategy and has been a pioneer in developing the country’s digital economy and digital society.
During his four years as CEO of Skyscape, Phil grew the company to become the biggest supplier of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to the UK Government. He was Managing Director of MDS Technologies for nine years, during which time the company has grown significantly and established a strong reputation for delivering assured digital services to the public sector
Karen Young – Managing Director
Karen sits on the board of directors at techUK and is vice-Chair of the Big Data, Cloud and Analytics Council. She heads the leadership team and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, including customer relations, sales, commercials and HR. Karen worked in a range of senior IT roles at the Ministry of Defence and large systems integrators, including Capita Secure Information Systems and SCC.
Among her career highlights are the successful delivery of a large IT outsourcing contract to a local authority, being part of the team that sold a £79M system to a major UK police force and playing a key role in MDS Technologies’ sharp growth in revenue and headcount.
Away from work, Karen loves to travel the world (Thailand being a particular favourite) and has a passion for glass fusing.
Simon Jacobs - Head of Business Development
Simon has over 25 years’ experience in technical, consulting and managerial roles all of which have been customer facing in primarily the Data Networking, IT and Telecommunications industries.
Previously Simon was Vice President Customer Service for an independent software developer and provider of cloud based performance analytics and mobile workforce management solutions. Prior to that Simon was the Regional Service Manager for UK, Ireland and Benelux for a global electronics company having previously held roles at businesses including Cable & Wireless, Anite Networks and Case Communications.
As Head of Business Development, Simon is responsible for all aspects of MDS Technologies customer service operations and support activities as well as the development and support of new service propositions.
Stephen Sykes – Head of Service
Stephen oversees the design and implementation of our digital services by ensuring the technical team are fully equipped to provide pre-sales support.
As one of MDS’s co-founders, he has been instrumental in the company’s growth and worked closely with large public sector bodies and suppliers, including Capgemini and Deloitte. Stephen also played an important role in MDS’s successful multi-year operation of a wireless application service provider contract for a large UK telecoms company.
Stephen’s a keen globetrotter and counts Australia and the west coast of the United States among his favourite destinations.
Adrian Plummer – Head of Alliances and Products
Adrian’s role is to ensure we continue to offer products and services that meet our customers’ business needs and take advantage of best-of-breed technology. As well as overseeing development of our in-house capabilities, he manages our alliance programme, where we partner with leading suppliers to provide innovative digital service platforms.
Having worked for RM Education and Capita Secure Information Systems, Adrian brings more than 15 years’ public sector IT delivery expertise. Among his career highlights, he led the delivery of a wide-ranging technology upgrade for a Government regulator: a six-month programme that saw a national network refresh, client device rollout and data centre migration.
Adrian also volunteers for the British Red Cross, where he’s the Communications Officer supporting event first aid and emergency response in Wiltshire.