Posted on July 2, 2018 by staff

Tech firm pursues ‘Yorkshire unicorn’ dream with new CEO


Website performance monitoring business RapidSpike has appointed a new chief executive as it pursues its dream of becoming a Yorkshire ‘unicorn’.

Gav Winter founded The Test People in 2006 and was instrumental in helping win numerous fast growth awards. He then went on to merge the company with Centre4Testing in 2015 to create Ten10, the largest independent testing firm in the UK.

RapidSpike was co-founded by Andrew Mason and Robin Hill after they sold RandomStorm to Accumuli (now NCC) in 2015.

Mason, Hill and Winter have ambitious goals to transform the business into a “world leader” in real user, synthetic and secure application monitoring & analytics, with the dream to join the likes of SkyBet and CallCredit and become a ‘Yorkshire Unicorn’.

Mason said: “We were looking for an industry leading CEO to take RapidSpike to the next level and the timing was perfect for Gavin to join the management team and lead the future direction of the business.”

“I’m delighted to be the new CEO of RapidSpike and looking forward to working with some great people,” Winter added.

“The platform, the company setup and the team building it are a rare gem.

“Rapidspike is a great all round monitoring platform but there are particular aspects that I believe are world leading, and we intend to focus on ensuring that we use these to grow the business to its full potential.”

Hill said Winter’s appointment as CEO “reflects the progress we are making as we continue to focus on expanding opportunities in both the retail and digital sectors”.