LDC works with some of the region’s leading business figures, who sit on the board of our portfolio businesses as non-executive directors. Two of our most active chairmen, Neville Davis and Alastair Hazell give their take on business activity in the region.

Neville Davis, Non-Executive Chairman of Clifford Thames
Neville has over 20 years of experience in the technology sector and currently sits on the board of LDC portfolio business Clifford Thames, the specialist provider of outsourced services to the global automotive industry

“Although implications of the leave vote have sent waves of uncertainty across the business community, the onus is on the ambitious management teams we have here in the region to maintain their optimism and continue to make considered investment decisions. In doing so, it will help safeguard our position as one of the fastest growing business hubs in the UK.”

Alastair Hazell, Non-Executive Chairman of CIPHR and SSP
Alastair Hazell specialises in the information, data and software sectors, and was previously chair of specialist provider of real estate software, Property Software Group (PSG). He is currently chair of CIPHR, a human resources software provider, as well as non-executive director of SSP, an insurance services software provider.

"The South of England has a highly successful technology sector, which significantly enhances its entrepreneurial nature. The innovative and fast paced development of SaaS based technologies in particular has changed the business models of many of the firms in the region - both PSG and CIPHR are examples of this. By developing cloud based products these businesses have been able to radically change the proposition they offer their customers, making for a more flexible and  cost effective service. This in turn has led to fast organic growth, enabling PSG and CIPHR each to become market leaders in their sectors.”