Our Team

The Executive Management team at Causeway is comprised of highly experienced individuals with proven track records in the software and services sector, with particular emphasis in the built environment.

 

Holdings Board

Phil Brown
Phil Brown
Chief Executive

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Phil Brown
Chief Executive

Phil founded Causeway in the spring of 1999, with a vision to build software technologies that would help construction companies better manage their commercial operations.

Whilst the adoption of joined-up information technology has historically been slow in the industry, Phil believes that now more than ever, firms must digitise to remain competitive in the short term and to survive in the long term.

Through years of dedication and product investment, Phil’s vision has become a reality, with Causeway solutions now helping thousands of customers digitise their operations.

Ranked number one construction-specific software player in the UK and amongst the largest globally, Causeway is entering the next phase of exciting growth under Phil’s stewardship.

Mark Howell
Mark Howell
Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Howell
Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined Causeway as CFO in January 2009. His commercial experience in the IT sector and his extensive corporate experience in mergers and acquisitions is key to helping develop the Group in the future.

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in 1991. In 1992 he joined Premier Computer Group and became Financial Director and then Managing Director. The business was later sold to Integrity Software Ltd in 1999.

Mark subsequently became Financial Director of Integrity, and then led an MBO to become Chief Executive Officer.

Richard Longdon
Richard Longdon

Non-Executive Chairman

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Richard Longdon

Non-Executive Chairman

Richard joined Causeway as Non-Executive Chairman in 2021 after a highly successful career in the technology sector.

Richard was CEO and subsequently president of AVEVA plc for 17 years before stepping down at the end of 2017. His long leadership of the FTSE 250 technology company grew AVEVA to a business with a market capitalization of £1.4bn at the time of his retirement from the Board.

As well as AVEVA, Richard has also previously held board positions at listed Fidessa Plc, Alfa Financial plc, and is Chairman of Ideagen plc. Richard has also worked successfully with a number of Private Equity backed businesses serving as a Non-Executive Director at Prometheus Inc, Non-Executive Chairman at Process Systems Enterprise Ltd, and is Chairman of Murgitroyd and Rovco.

Peter Nagle
Peter Nagle
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

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Peter Nagle
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

Peter joined the Causeway Board in 2006 and brings considerable experience to the team, having managed businesses operating in the software market for over 25 years. Having spent 3 years as the European CEO of SVI Holdings, a US-listed software business, Peter was appointed as Chairman of Integrity Software Ltd. During this time, he oversaw the company's disposal as part of an MBO in the summer of 2005.

He brings to Causeway a natural flair for business and a proven ability to successfully implement growth strategies. Peter is currently Executive Chairman of Cinesite, one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation studios.

Gavin Disney-May
Gavin Disney-May
Non-Executive Director

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Gavin Disney-May
Non-Executive Director

Gavin currently acts as a strategic advisor and Non-Executive Director to a select number of technology businesses, M&A firms and private equity houses. Alongside Causeway, his current positions include the Chairmanship of mobile app software developer MyFirmsApps, Executive Partner at the world’s largest technology-only private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, and Strategic Advisor to software and services provider, Advanced.

Gavin has held a number of senior positions in leading software companies, as well as having built, managed and sold his own software company to Sage in 1998, where he went on to hold various senior positions, culminating in his appointment as Global M&A Director for Sage Plc.

Hywel Evans
Hywel Evans
General Counsel

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Hywel Evans
General Counsel
Hywel joined Causeway in January 2010, as Head of Legal and Company Secretary, and is responsible for all group legal matters and heads up both the Facilities Team and the Information Security and Business Continuity Team. His engaging and collaborative approach helps Causeway build long-term ‘win-win’ commercial frameworks with our customers. Hywel trained at renowned IT sector law firm Bird & Bird, and qualified as a solicitor in 2004 before joining leading Welsh firm, Hugh James. Here, he specialised in IT and commercial contracts, acting for both suppliers and customers in the private and public sectors.

Executive Team

Leisa Docherty
Leisa Docherty

Chief People Officer

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Leisa Docherty

Chief People Officer

Leisa Docherty joined the Board in November 2021 as Chief People Officer. Leisa has enjoyed a career working in Executive and Non Executive roles across the people spectrum in UK and Global roles. With a particular interest in organisational and cultural change, creating value led cultures and delivering people strategies with a focus on high performing teams, Leisa’s experience spans the full people spectrum. Leisa is passionate about creating opportunities through apprenticeships, leadership development, diversity and inclusion and mental health. Leisa has spent most of her career working in the Tech sector, including 6 years as Chief People Officer for Sage in the UK and Ireland.

Ollie McGovern
Ollie McGovern
Chief Commercial Officer

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Ollie McGovern
Chief Commercial Officer

Ollie joined Causeway in January 2019 following the acquisition of Donseed, the Workplace Biometric Management provider Ollie founded in 2013. Having identified a gap in the construction market, Ollie developed a solution which today, through organic growth and acquisitions, services over 200 customers and tens of thousands of individuals across the UK, Ireland and the UAE. Ollie started his career in the engineering and telecoms sector and went on to form Keble Homes, a highly successful construction and development company that continues to carry out a number of prestigious developments in the Oxford area.

Charlie Pickering
Charlie Pickering
Chief Technology Officer

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Charlie Pickering
Chief Technology Officer

Charlie joined Causeway in April 2019 from Iris Software Group, where he held the position of Group CTO. Charlie brings strong commercial, operational and technical leadership skills to Causeway, gained from working within the software services industry for market-leading companies over the last 20 years. Charlie is highly proficient in formulating and executing multi-faceted strategies that underpin the successful evolution of product roadmaps, drive sustainable revenue growth and deliver incremental ROI, year-on-year. Throughout his career, Charlie has consistently delivered high-quality products in a multitude of different technologies and platforms.

David Pinches
David Pinches

Chief Product Officer

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David Pinches

Chief Product Officer

David joined Causeway in October 2020 with a 30 year background in leadership roles across the software industry. David has directed commercial business units, marketing teams and led product strategy and product management at UK and US based businesses in the Enterprise and SME business application sectors. Working for some of the leading software brands including Sage Group plc, Iris Software and FinancialForce Inc, David brings a market led approach to the formulation and execution of product strategies as Causeway accelerates the development of its product portfolio.

Paul Madeira
Paul Madeira
Chief Customer Officer

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Paul Madeira
Chief Customer Officer

Paul joined Causeway in September 2007 as Director of Sales & Marketing and in 2009 he relocated to head up Causeway’s international operations based in the Middle East. Since returning in 2016, Paul has been Strategic Relationships Director, managing many key engagements with Causeway’s valued existing and new clients. 

In January 2022 Paul accepted the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer to continue Causeway’s drive to become a truly customer-centric business. He is now responsible for strengthening Causeway’s relationships ensuring clients receive a great customer experience through managing the various teams that interface with clients on a daily basis, a natural step forward from his previous role. 

Paul has over 34 years' experience in the software solutions industry and has worked in a variety of senior Director roles within Sales, Operations, Professional Services and Executive business development.