dotDigital Group PLC


Our Executive Directors

Milan Patel ACCA ACSI, Chief Executive Officer, CFO

Milan Patel was announced as permanent CEO on 20 July 2016 following six months as interim CEO due to Simone Barratt stepping down from this position due to a period of illness.
Milan joined dotMailer in 2007 and was appointed Group Company Secretary in 2009. Milan is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and holds a B.A (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance. Milan has over 8 years’ experience in Accounting and Finance within the Media and Logistics industry. He has been responsible for the financial and legal aspects of the reverse acquisition of West End Ventures PLC, acquisition of Netcallidus, admission to Plus and the recent introduction to AIM. He is also responsible for the Group’s functions in financial management & reporting, regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

Our Non Executive Directors

Frank Beechinor, Non Executive Chairman

Frank Beechinor, was for 11 years, CEO of One Click HR, an AIM quoted IT/Human Resources business of which he was a Co-founder. The Company operated in the UK and North America and had around 200 employees. Frank oversaw the successful sale of the business to ADP, a $4bn NYSE listed company, for US $25m. In notable addition, Frank was for 5 years, Operations Director of GMCS, part of Grand Metropolitan, a UK based training services provider, with several thousand employees. Frank brings a great deal of corporate experience to the Board, gained over 25 years of working for and running public and private companies. Frank has a strong track record in M&A and brings with him a quality network of contacts in the fields of managed services and Software as a Service.

Peter Simmonds FCCA, Non Executive Director

Peter Simmonds formerly Chief Executive Officer at dotdigital for the past eight years and a major contributor to dotdigital’s success, continuing as Deputy Chief Executive following Simone Barratt’s appointment to Chief Executive Officer has now, from 1 July 2015, moved to a Non Executive Director position. Peter Simmonds commenced his career in 1976 as a trainee accountant with Unilever Plc and has over 20 years of experience at senior management and board level, principally in the areas of banking, insurance, finance, I.T. and outsourcing. He has considerable business entrepreneurial experience having been involved at start up or early stage of a number of companies in various industry sectors including consultancy services, vehicle leasing, computer software and internet solutions sectors. Peter also has experience of business acquisition and post acquisition integration and management of businesses.

Simon Bird, Co-Founder & President

Simon Bird has developed an in depth technical knowledge of the internet and its applications. Prior to co-founding dotDigital Group he assisted in the development of a major internet access provider. He has provided services to a number of well known companies and organisations in helping create websites, intranets, extranets, content management systems and other online solutions.

Tink Taylor, Co-Founder & President

Tink Taylor is founder and COO of dotMailer and dotDigital Group and has been pivotal in the development of digital marketing since its outset in both the UK and now the US. Serving as a key and influential member of the UK DMA’s Email Council and also the IAB since 2006, Tink’s been judging the Email, Mobile and Agency categories at the UK DMA’s awards for over half a decade. Now chair of the email marketing category, he is constantly striving to help individual organizations, and the industry as a whole to develop and progress.

Richard Kellett-Clarke, Senior Independent Non Executive Director

Mr Richard Kellett-Clarke brings to the board over 25 years of management experience in the turn round and strategic repositioning and recovery of creative businesses in CMCG, media, electronics and software industries. He was a founder of AFX NEWS ltd, now part of Thomson Reuters, and Sealed Media, now owned by Oracle. He has held numerous CFO roles in subsidiaries of large PLC’s as well as the role of IT Director at Financial Times Information. He was part of the team as CFO which brought Pickwick Group PLC to the main market and Brady Plc to AIM. He is currently the CEO of Idox Plc an AIM listed specialist software, solutions and KM consultancy business.