Lucy Dimes is to focus on the CEO role at iomart Group plc after a chair was appointed.

Dimes has performed both chair and CEO roles since September 2023, when former CEO Reece Donovan – who largely steered the company through COVID and its aftermath – stepped down suddenly.

Dimes later told The Herald newspaper that the company “needed a different pace and a different focus and different energy going forward”.

The Glasgow cloud computing firm, which provides managed IT services via a portfolio of data centres, has now appointed Richard Last as independent non-executive chair.

Last is described as a seasoned board director with extensive experience across quoted and private companies in the technology services sector. 

Over the past six years, he has held chair positions at Hyve Group Plc, Gamma Communications Plc, Arcontech Group Plc and Servelec Group Plc. 

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In addition to his private company board roles, Last is currently chair of Tribal Group Plc and Gresham Technologies Plc, as well as a non-executive director of Corero Network Security Plc.

“In taking up the role of chair, I was impressed by the leading position iomart has established in the cloud services marketplace, the strength of its customer relationships and the talent across the team,” he said. 

“I am very much looking forward to working with the board to leverage these strong foundations and support the group in realising its growth ambitions.”

Dimes joined the firm as non-executive chair in 2022 after Ian Steele opted not to stand for re-election. She previously operated in senior executive positions in FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and private equity owned companies spanning telecoms, technology, business services and financial services.

“Since I took on the dual role of chair and CEO in September 2023 we have been running a diligent process for a new chair, and we are delighted to have attracted such an experienced and knowledgeable individual as Richard,” she said. 

“His wealth of experience in M&A and growing many successful technology sector leaders will be a great asset as we drive forward the execution of our growth strategy.”

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