Nick Thompson


Nick joined DCSL GuideSmiths in 1997 as a teenage junior programmer whilst still in full time education. He gradually worked his way up the company and became an expert Solution Architect for the business, responsible for designing and implementing a number of mission critical software systems, some still in use today.

After 16 years in the business, Nick completed an MBO to take ownership and control of DCSL GuideSmiths in 2013. After a further 7 years of rapid and ambitious growth, Nick secured investment from a private equity firm in 2020 and is now CEO of the Group.

Nick is responsible for the company strategy, heading up the executive team and reporting to the investment board. In his limited spare time, Nick enthusiastically plays classical piano.

Susan Cummings

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

With 30 years of financial experience gathered across Africa and the UK, Susan has spent the last 10 years working as CFO in private equity owned businesses. Having obtained university degrees in both Accounting and Logistics, Susan went on to become a fellow member of CIMA in 2011 and brings with her a wealth of experience in financial stewardship and stakeholder management.

Susan’s familiarity with acquisitions, refinancing and exit processes will support the Group’s ambitious growth strategy.

Alexis Shirtliff

Technical Director

Alexis started out his software career in the mid 90s, developing commercial web sites and applications.

Since gaining an MEng (Hons) Software Engineering degree from Sheffield University, he has worked across a number of industries designing and delivering web, mobile and desktop based software systems.

Alexis is a strong advocate of continually improving development practices and knowledge. In his spare time, Alexis is a keen cook, and marathon runner.

Andrew Ellingford

Head of Delivery, UK

Andrew has always had a strong interest in computers but it was a Computing science BSc (Hons) degree that really set him up to being a professional web developer, an accomplished solutions architect and SQL expert.

As Head of Delivery in the UK, Andrew is responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of projects to high profile clients.

Adam Bell

HR Director

Adam brings with him over 15 years of experience from Senior HR roles in multiple industries.

He has held Global positions for large Corporate Organisations and has had responsibility for teams across the world, looking after anything from Sales and R&D, to back office and warehouse operations.

What keeps driving Adam in his career is a passion to make continuous improvements, allowing the people to develop and the Company to grow with them.

Emily Thompson

Treasury Manager

Emily started her career as a nurse in the NHS in 2000’s and over a decade progressed to a senior management position at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. In 2014 she left the profession to join DCSL GuideSmiths and assist with the finance and administration of the business as Company Secretary. During this time Emily accepted the role of Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and has organised various high profile events for charitable causes, raising a significant amount of money.

In 2020, Emily worked closely with the board to secure a substantial investment with Queen’s Park Equity and has since transitioned into the role of Treasury Manager. In her spare time, Emily enjoys travelling, country walks and enjoying time with family.

Sophie Bruce

Operations Director

Sophie joined GuideSmiths in 2019 and played a key role in preparing the business for the merge with DCSL GuideSmiths, becoming DCSL GuideSmiths in 2021.

Sophie oversees all operational aspects of the group level company strategy, working closely with key stakeholders within the business to steadily and efficiently deliver against business goals and drive growth. In her spare time, Sophie loves all sports, walking her beloved cockapoo, Guinness, and spending time with family and friends.

Martin Henry

Sales Director

Martin joined GuideSmiths in 2020 with 25+ years experience as a senior executive within tier 4 consultancies, M&A and large global corporations.

Martin oversees all Sales activities within DCSL GuideSmiths and Strategic sales across the group ensuring sales and margin targets are achieved and aligned to group strategy. In his spare time, Martin is passionate about vintage sports cars & motorcycles, collecting rare first edition books, cycling and spending time with family and friends.

Victor Perez del Postigo

Delivery Director, Spain

Víctor has a degree in Telecommunication Engineering and started his professional career 15 years ago as a software developer. Since then, he has held a number of different roles before becoming the Delivery Director of DCSL GuideSmiths in Spain.

As Delivery Director, his main goal is to maximise the satisfaction levels of our customers, as well as our developers. He thinks that the success of any business is when all parties involved feel happy and that’s when you get the best possible result.

Iria Mavji

HR Director, Spain

Iria Joined GuideSmiths in 2019 to build the HR department. As a people first company, building an HR team was crucial to ensure employee satisfaction, organic growth, professional career development as well as team engagement by maintaining company culture and values.

Iria is responsible for taking care of the entire team based in Spain, together with Víctor. Iria loves traveling, meeting new people, sports and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Board & Advisory

Andrew Graham


Previously the Chief Operating Officer of Blippar (an augmented reality platform), Andrew has a wealth of experience in both the business and technology fields.  Andrew has held senior roles within a number of financial businesses including Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO. With over 30 years of involvement in the financial services, Andrew brings his strong experience of liaising with investors and knowledge of organic economic growth.

Business Development

HR, Finance & Back-Office

Project Management & Delivery

Solution Architects

Technical Architects