Gateshead-based Aspire Technology Solutions, one of the UK’s largest IT managed service and cyber security providers, has appointed Tom Howard as chief financial officer.

In this newly created role, Howard will join the Aspire board to play a pivotal part in steering the company’s financial strategy and help drive its continued growth – both organically and through acquisitions.

The seasoned executive has a strong track record as a commercial CFO in both SMEs and large corporates.

His career tenure includes key positions including director at PwC and, more recently, group managing director at leading marketing agency Reprise UK.

Founded 17 years ago by CEO Chris Fraser, Aspire has grown rapidly and now boasts multiple offices across the UK, including locations in Gateshead, London, Leeds, and Stockton-on-Tees.

With a dedicated team of around 250 employees, Aspire is renowned for delivering leading technology solutions across cyber security, cloud, managed services, connectivity and unified communications.

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In 2022, the company achieved a significant milestone by securing a substantial minority investment from private equity firm LDC. This landmark transaction valued the company at  £85m, underlining its potential for growth. With over 1,700 customers, Aspire has consistently met the diverse technology needs of its extensive client base.

Howard said of his appointment:  “I am delighted to join the Aspire team at this exciting juncture. Aspire’s mission to deliver cutting-edge technology solutions that focus on customers, people, innovation and growth deeply resonates with me, as does the positive and high energy culture. I look forward to contributing to the company’s continued success.”

Commenting on the appointment, CEO Chris Fraser said: “We are delighted to welcome Tom to the Aspire team. At Aspire, it’s our mission to deliver technology like no other. Tom’s wealth of experience and strategic financial acumen will be invaluable as we continue to drive our ambitious growth agenda.”

Established in 2006, Aspire Technology Solutions delivers leading technology solutions across cyber security, cloud, connectivity, managed services and unified communications.

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