Jason Collins – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jason Collins is one of the founding directors of Apogee Corporation. With decades of experience in the office solutions industry under his belt, he has been key to securing many of Apogee’s largest clients. A constant promoter of excellent customer service, Jason firmly believes it is Apogee’s dedication to its clients that has put it so consistently ahead of the competition.
A former finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, Jason has been instrumental to the extraordinary growth Apogee has achieved to date. Now one of the foremost independent suppliers of Managed Services and digital document technology in the UK and Europe, his strong vision will continue to lead Apogee into the future.
As a big advocate of giving something back to the community in which Apogee does business, Jason is involved in a huge number of community and charity projects, including schemes supporting The NSPCC, Scope and Global’s Make Some Noise.
Robin Stanton-Gleaves – Chief Executive Officer
Robin is the Joint Chief Executive Officer and has more than 25 years of experience within the print technology industry, starting his career as a sales person in London and progressing to be the owner and MD of a £40m+ nationwide business prior to joining Apogee as Joint CEO. His work ethics, his focus on clients and his management skills have allowed his career to progress.
Today at Apogee he has the pleasure of working with a Board of Directors who share the same business ethics, which is what drives Apogee forward. He founded Balreed Digitec and led the business as it developed from an initial start-up to a nationwide managed services provider with a turnover of £40m+. The core principles of innovation and quality of service helped it establish a reputation as a premium MS provider and it was this that led to Apogee Corporation acquiring the Balreed business in August of 2015.
Martin Randall – Group Finance Director
Martin Randall has spent his working life at the financial helm of numerous big name companies, being a central part of their development. Before joining Apogee, Martin spent 10 years at Alphameric Plc, a leading software solutions provider for many high street retailers. In the positions of Operational Finance Director and Group Finance Director he guided the business through a period of intense transformation and growth.
Martin previously helped set-up Orbis Plc as its Group Finance Director, and worked for two in years as the CFO of Hartstone’s U.S. businesses in New York. A qualified chartered accountant, Martin boasts a wealth of experience in growing group companies through a combination of organic and acquisitive expansion. His impressive background makes him the ideal person to drive Apogee’s continued financial growth and business development.
Gary Downey – Group Marketing Director
Gary is the Group Marketing Director of Apogee Corporation Ltd, responsible for all marketing strategies and activities across the Apogee Group. Before joining Apogee he was the Marketing Director of the Balreed Group which grew and evolved into an industry-leading managed services provider until the acquisition by Apogee in August 2015.
Prior to Balreed, Gary was Marketing Director at global office solutions company IKON where he led the organisation’s Marketing activities in the UK and Europe from the launch of the company in 1996 until its global acquisition by Ricoh. Prior to this role Gary held Marketing positions in retail and property organisations. Gary holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Economics from Newcastle University and a post-graduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Graham Thomas – Group Operations Director
Graham Thomas has two decades of experience leading business operations, complimented by his MBA in Business Administration. Prior to joining Apogee Corporation, Graham Thomas successfully held senior roles in numerous technology driven businesses. His CV includes instrumental positions in everything from small start-ups to corporate multinationals and in a long and successful career, Graham has held positions at companies such as PPR Solutions and A Novo in the UK and Smart Call in Spain.
With a core focus on improving service delivery and operational effectiveness, his responsibilities include engineering and service operations, logistics and distribution and customer service. Behind all of Graham’s decisions is a belief that cost competitiveness must be supported by exceptional customer service if it is to truly put you ahead of the game.
Nigel Wray – Non-Executive
Nigel Wray is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, associated with such high profile names as Domino’s Pizza and Saracens Rugby Football Club. Based in North London, Nigel has a reputation for investing in businesses and helping them to grow over the long term. He has been involved in a number of investments across the corporate, property, media and sports sectors and continues to help UK businesses reach their true potential.
A keen sports enthusiast, Nigel is the proud owner of The Priory Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of sporting memorabilia and art.
In March 2013, Nigel purchased a minority shareholding in Apogee Corporation and joined the board as a Non-Executive Director. Coming at a time when Apogee was continuing to demonstrate impressive and unrivalled industry growth, this transaction was a huge confirmation of the corporation’s standing in the industry. Nigel brings his own unique take on how to maximise an organisation’s potential and is a valued member of the Apogee board.
Steve O’Hare – Non-Executive Director
Steve is a Partner at Equistone and joined the board of Apogee as Non-Executive Director after leading the private equity firm’s investment into the business in September 2016.
Steve has 20 years’ corporate finance and private equity experience and held senior financial positions at KPMG and Barclays Private Equity prior to moving to Equistone in 2004, where he is responsible for leading the firm’s investment activity in the North from the firm’s Manchester site.
He has worked on numerous private equity-backed deals across a range of industries and has been involved in investments such as Zenith Vehicle Contracts, AFI, Allied Glass, PD&MS, Fircroft, Concept Life Sciences and Travel Counsellors.
Andrew Backen – Non-Executive Director
Andrew is a Partner at private equity firm Equistone and joined the Apogee board as Non-Executive Director following Equistone’s investment in September 2016. Andrew has worked on a range of private equity and private company transactions across a variety of sectors, specialising in the Financial Services and Support Services sectors.
He has been involved in a number of Equistone’s investments since joining the firm in 2009, including A-Plan, Fircroft, FirstAssist and Cabot Financial. Andrew has 14 years’ corporate finance and private equity experience. Prior to joining Equistone, he worked at PwC and Lexicon Partners.