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Sanderson is a well-established, profitable software and IT services business renowned for its innovative, constantly developing software and excellent support services. The Group is run by an experienced team of directors and senior management.

Group Operating Board


Ian Newcombe
Chief Executive Officer

Ian was appointed to the Sanderson Group plc Board in 2013 and has over 30 years’ experience in software and IT services. He began his career in electronics before moving on to the computer industry in 1979 when he joined ACT Group plc. As a local board member, he helped establish an international IT business. In 1996, Ian joined Mitsubishi Electric as International Project Director. In 1999, he was appointed Consulting Director of Talgentra Ltd, where he developed a new consulting services business which rapidly expanded overseas. In 2005, Ian became Managing Director of the multi-channel retail division of Sanderson. Having made a major contribution to the Group’s strategy and driven the development of the multi-channel business, Ian was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 2015.


David Renshaw
CEO Supply Chain Logistics Division

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Mathematics, Dave joined software house Fraser Williams as a Graduate Trainee. He was a founding member of the Group’s Logistics software business, which grew to employ 300 people, providing systems to customers across the world. He was appointed COO and joined the Main Board in 2002. Dave was responsible for building the company’s Warehousing and Distribution business, with customers including leading logistics companies, which are still customers to this day.

When Anisa acquired the business in 2006, Dave joined Anisa as CEO of OBS Logistics, merging the acquired business with Anisa’s existing logistics business. Later he also took responsibility for its ERP business. During Dave’s time with Anisa, its Managed Services capability has developed to be a successful cornerstone of the business.

David joined Sanderson when Anisa was acquired in November 2017.


Mark Adamson
Divisional Managing Director Manufacturing

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in pure mathematics. He was previously Group Finance Director of the largest independent group of bus companies in the UK which was subsequently acquired by Stagecoach. He then became Group Finance Director of an AIM listed, medical devices manufacturing and distribution business. In both these roles, Mark held overall responsibility for IT strategy and infrastructure. Mark originally joined Sanderson as Finance Director of the multi-channel and manufacturing divisions before moving to his current role.


Christian Brooks
Divisional Managing Director Digital Retail

Chris joined One iota, the Sanderson Group’s cloud-based retail technology specialist, in October 2016 as Managing Director. He has a wealth of experience in the technology and retail industries having previously worked for companies such as Experian, Torex Retail and WH Smith. A graduate with a BSc in Business & Management, Chris has a proven track record in growing businesses and inspiring teams. His focus at Sanderson is on accelerating the growth of the Group's Digital Retail Division.


Paul Tooth
Managing Director Wholesale & E-Fulfilment

Paul is both an experienced Sales Director and Managing Director with a proven track record in leading tech businesses. He joined Sanderson in June 2018. Reporting to the CEO, his remit is to improve business processes, integrate acquisitions, develop new markets and increase revenue across the Group. Prior to Sanderson, Paul was CEO of BrightHR, a rapidly growing SaaS HR solutions provider. Before this, he spent 8 years with Sage Group plc; Head of Sales for the HCM (Human Capital Management) software business, then General Manager of the HCM Division, then MD of the Accountants Division. Paul is a graduate of Lancaster University where he gained a BSc in Marketing/Marketing Management.

Senior Management


Roger Stares
Director Food & Drink Processing

Roger qualified in electrical engineering with Newman Industries, an electric motor manufacturer, and then joined its IT department as an Analyst Programmer. In addition to servicing the group, the IT department became a computer bureau and IT solutions provider, working with a wide range of businesses before being acquired by Sanderson in 1987. Roger has been instrumental in the design and development of the Sanderson food & drink solution. He has over 25 years’ experience in supplying IT business solutions to the food & drink marketplace, with initial installations at Lucas Ingredients (now Kerry Ingredients) and Elizabeth Shaw. Whilst at Sanderson, Roger has held the positions of Technical Director and Director & General Manager. In 2007, he was promoted to Managing Director of the Sanderson Food & Drink business.

Anthony Kelly

Anthony Kelly
General Manager Food & Drink Processing

A graduate of Nottingham University, Anthony worked in the retail and healthcare industries before joining Sanderson in 2002. He has held a number of senior roles within the Manufacturing Division, more recently heading up the operations team where he was responsible for all elements of delivery, support and development. In August 2017, Anthony was promoted to General Manager of the Group's Food and Drink software business. His remit is to spearhead the Group's continued expansion in the food and drink ERP space.


Nick Bird
Commercial Director Food & Drink Processing

Nick joined Sanderson in early 2015. Prior to this, he headed up the commercial practice of Experian Decision Analytics Global Software Product Management team where he was responsible for product profitability, product innovation and global pricing for the $500 million business. Before Experian, Nick held commercial and technical roles at food manufacturer Kerry Group plc, where he led the development of a real-time factory and warehouse management system and subsequently at a leading logistics business where he designed and implemented the financial management and reporting solution.


Paul Hughson
General Manager General Manufacturing

Paul has experience of the manufacturing sector both from the client as well as the supplier side. A graduate in mechanical engineering with an MSc in Metals Technology and Management, he started his career as a Graduate Trainee working for an engineering business. After 8 years there, he joined Sanderson and has enjoyed a wide and varied career working with our manufacturing customers. Paul has been involved in many aspects of product development and has also played a considerable part in the delivery of systems where his operational role has given him valuable customer-facing experience.


Nikki Harwood
Group Finance Manager

Nikki studied mathematics and economics at university before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, whilst working for Ernst & Young, where she spent five years as an auditor for a large number of public companies. She then moved into industry and worked at Experian for four years in numerous roles including UK Financial Planning Accountant, Cost Manager and business partnering with their technology division. Nikki joined Sanderson in June 2015.