Causeway Technologies has announced the appointment of Gavin Disney-May as a Non-Executive Director. Gavin brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board, spanning in-depth software knowledge, corporate growth and mergers & acquisitions.

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. He currently acts as a strategic advisor and Non-Executive Director to a select number of technology businesses, M&A firms and private equity houses. His current positions include the Chairmanship of mobile app software developer MyFirmsApps and Strategic Advisor to software and services provider Advanced.

Gaving commented: “I have a long-held admiration for Causeway and the way the company has combined technology innovation with a profound understanding of its customers’ needs and priorities. The built environment sector currently faces many challenges and this is an exciting time to become part of a team that is committed to helping those companies perform smarter and more profitably.”

Causeway Chairman and CEO Phil Brown added: “I’ve known Gavin for 15-years and have observed the tremendously positive impact he has had upon every business and transaction he has been involved with. In particular, he has built an enviable reputation for strategically identifying and executing value-creating acquisitions. To have him join our Board at this exciting time is a real coup for Causeway. His energy, experience and relationships will be invaluable to us as we seek to grow our business. On behalf of everyone at Causeway I warmly welcome him to our family.”

App expertise

Gavin has developed considerable expertise in the impact and benefits of technological developments in a variety of markets. Speaking to Accountancy Age magazine, he noted “New technologies are disrupting relationships in a global phenomenon that is transforming how businesses are run and the way they interact with their customers. Fuelled by the emergence of social, mobile and cloud computing technologies, new customer-centric business and economic models are changing the way we do even the most basic of things. We only have to look at the Uber effect to see how quickly it has changed the way we call cabs.”

He also extols the virtues of apps, observing that as smartphones keep getting smarter, it isn't primarily the hardware that provides the most additional value to an ecosystem, but the apps themselves. “It isn’t about IT per se, it’s about evolving and providing up-to-date modern services for clients and there is huge value and potential to be gained from mobile technology and apps,” he suggests.

Supporting charities

In addition to his business activities, Gavin has been very active in supporting a wide range of charitable events, including the RugbyWorks charity by taking part in the Dallaglio Cycle Slam - which Causeway has also supported for many years with both participants as well as its Telematics tracking software.

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