OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Here you will find information on our Board of Directors.
Nick Bate, Chairman
Nick chairs, and serves as a Non Executive Director of, a range of public, private and PE-backed businesses involved in the supply of IT, data and cloud services to the professional and financial services, manufacturing and recruitment sectors. Prior to pursuing his plural career, Nick worked with more than 20 companies ranging from small start-ups to mid and large size corporations across an array of industries. He was also a founding director of SSP, a global IT provider to the general insurance sector, which grew to be a £75m-revenue AIM-listed business prior to its P2P sale, for £198m, to a US private equity house.
Nigel Redwood, Chief Executive Officer
Nigel became CEO of Nasstar PLC in January 2014 when e-know.net reversed into Nasstar PLC. Nigel became Managing Director of e-know.net in 2003, as MD Nigel grew the business by adopting a consultative approach to selling managed and outsourced IT solutions to legal and professional firms seeking increased operational efficiencies and lowered risk associated with their IT systems. From 2002 to 2013, Nigel grew the business to the point that it turned over £6.9M making an EBITDA profit of £1.3M.
Niki Redwood, Finance Director
Having obtained a BSc in Mathematical Sciences at Bath University, Niki qualified as an ACA in 1995 with KPMG, becoming an FCA in 2008. Niki worked in KPMG’s small business division from 1993 to 1996 before joining e-know.net in 1999, initially as Financial Controller, before becoming Finance Director in 2006.
Mike Read, Non-Executive Director
Mike Read has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications and internet space and is currently Chairman and CEO of AIM listed Falanx Group Limited. He has held board and senior management level positions within a number of organisations both within the US and UK. He served as Board member and CEO of AIM listed Pipex Communications Plc (now Daisy Group Plc) and President and Board member of Onemain.com, a NASDAQ listed company. He has significant experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, raising funds and growing shareholder value. He is also a Chartered Engineer with an MBA.
Ben Marnham, Non-Executive Director
Ben advises and invests in high growth IT and Telecoms businesses and currently holds the role of Chairman of Circle IT and Non-Executive Director of Nasstar. Ben is hugely experienced in the managed service provider industry, having most recently led and co-invested in the £50m Lyceum Capital backed MBO of Managed Service Provider, Timico in 2017. Ben’s expertise lies in successfully growing businesses, demonstrated in his involvement as one of the original team that grew Alternative Networks from a start-up in 1994, to a turnover of £115m and EBITDA of £16.1m in 2012 in his final year.