Aspire Technology Solutions, a leading IT managed service and cyber security provider based in Gateshead, UK, has appointed Tom Howard as its chief financial officer in a newly created role. Howard will join the Aspire board to play a pivotal part in steering the company’s financial strategy and help drive its continued growth – both organically and through acquisitions. With a strong background as a commercial CFO in SMEs and large corporations, Howard has served as a director at PwC and, more recently, as group managing director at leading marketing agency Reprise UK.
Aspire, founded 17 years ago by CEO Chris Fraser, has grown rapidly and now has multiple offices across the UK, including locations in Gateshead, London, Leeds, and Stockton-on-Tees. The company employs a dedicated team of around 250 employees and delivers leading technology solutions across cyber security, cloud, managed services, connectivity and unified communications to over 1,700 customers.
The company achieved a significant milestone in 2022 by securing a substantial minority investment from private equity firm LDC, valuing the company at an impressive £85 million and underlining its potential for growth. In expressing his enthusiasm, Tom said, “I look forward to contributing to the company’s continued success.”
CEO Chris Fraser welcomed Tom to the Aspire team, adding, “Tom’s wealth of experience and strategic financial acumen will be invaluable as we continue to drive our ambitious growth agenda.”
Aspire Technology Solutions delivers leading technology solutions across cyber security, cloud, connectivity, managed services and unified communications since its establishment in 2006.