Our Leadership

An experienced team with the capability to grow UKCloud

Meet our Leaders

Jeffrey Thomas

Chairman

Jeffrey has over 25 years of senior management experience in IT.

Jeffrey Thomas

Chairman


Jeffrey has over 25 years of senior management experience in IT, property, entertainment and logistics in the UK, Europe and USA and has been involved with UKCloud since its inception. Jeff is Chairman, non-executive director and former CEO of Ark Data Centres, a leading provider of secure, available, agile, sustainable data centres.

Jeremy Sanders

Chief Strategy Officer

Jeremy has developed entrepreneurial businesses over the last 25 years.

Jeremy Sanders

Chief Strategy Officer


Jeremy has developed entrepreneurial businesses over the last 25 years and has extensive commercial and executive experience in growth markets with start-ups, business development, strategy and risk and cultural change. Jeremy has a keen interest in connecting commercial and social capacities into the current digital revolution.

Simon Hansford

Chief Executive Officer

As co-founder, Simon specified the strategy, design and build of the UKCloud platform.

Simon Hansford

Chief Executive Officer


Simon is the CEO of UKCloud. As co-founder, Simon specified the strategy, design and build of the UKCloud platform. As CEO he now oversees the entire business, its operation and continual development. Prior to UKCloud he held numerous leadership and board positions within the hosting industry including co-founding one of the UK’s leading Managed Service Providers.

William Ginn

Chief Financial Officer

William has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles within the technology sector.

William Ginn

Chief Financial Officer


William has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles within the telecoms and technology sector, most recently in portfolio companies for some of the top VC/PE houses to include Cambridge Broadband Networks, Manx Telecom and Solution1.

Sharon Brittan

Non-Executive Director

During a career spanning more than 25 years Sharon has completed multiple real estate development projects.

Sharon Brittan

Non-Executive Director


During a career spanning more than 25 years Sharon has completed multiple real estate development projects and now advises on investment and asset management. Her achievements included co-founder and CEO of Britannia Row Business Centre.

James Austin

Non-Executive Director

James works at BGF and is responsible for the origination and execution of investments in Wales.

James Austin

Non-Executive Director


James is a non-executive director. James works at BGF and is responsible for the origination and execution of investments in Wales and South West England, with a focus on Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset.

Phil Smith CBE

Non-Executive Director

Phil is the Chairman of IQE and former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK and Ireland.

Phil Smith CBE

Non-Executive Director


Phil is the Chairman of IQE and former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK and Ireland. He is passionate about innovation, skills, technology, digitisation and leadership. Phil sits on a number of advisory boards in organisations as diverse as Lloyds Register and the National Theatre.

Vasa Babic

Non-Executive Director

Vasa has over 25 years global experience in the technology, telecoms and media sectors.

Vasa Babic

Non-Executive Director


Vasa has over 25 years global experience in the technology, telecoms and media sectors. He has a blend of expertise in Corporate Finance, Principal Investing, Corporate General Management and Strategic consultancy. His private practice has represented and advised several Global 500 companies since 2009.

Suhail Al Ansari

Board Advisor

With two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Suhail is currently the Deputy Vice Chairman of Gawah Holdings and founder and managing partner of Biolinka, an investment management advisory and holding company

Suhail Al Ansari

Board Advisor


With two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Suhail is currently the Deputy Vice Chairman of Gawah Holdings and founder and managing partner of Biolinka, an investment management advisory and holding company.

Suhail serves as an Advisory Board member and partner at i-OTA, a boutique financial advisory firm, partner at GCC Royals Investment, Management & Development, a multi faceted organization in real estate, trade finance and insurance, Partner at Evenflow Capital, a fund of funds in the digital assets & blockchain space, Partner at MASEx, a universal exchange and Strategic Partner at The Hexaa, an IT & Software Development Company that are all a part of Gawah Holdings, based in the UAE.