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Our people

MDS Technologies is run by a team that combines business know-how with deep sector and technology expertise. Your digital services are in good hands.

Phil Dawson - Director

Phil has been an active member of the board of directors at techUK and chaired its Cloud and Mobile Services Council. A recognised industry thought leader, he co-authored the UK Data Capability Strategy and has been a pioneer in developing the country’s digital economy and digital society.

During his four years as CEO of Skyscape, Phil grew the company to become the biggest supplier of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to the UK Government. He was Managing Director of MDS Technologies for nine years, during which time the company has grown significantly and established a strong reputation for delivering assured digital services to the public sector


Karen Young – Managing Director

Karen sits on the board of directors at techUK and is vice-Chair of the Big Data, Cloud and Analytics Council. She heads the leadership team and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, including customer relations, sales, commercials and HR. Karen worked in a range of senior IT roles at the Ministry of Defence and large systems integrators, including Capita Secure Information Systems and SCC.

Among her career highlights are the successful delivery of a large IT outsourcing contract to a local authority, being part of the team that sold a £79M system to a major UK police force and playing a key role in MDS Technologies’ sharp growth in revenue and headcount.

Away from work, Karen loves to travel the world (Thailand being a particular favourite) and has a passion for glass fusing.


Simon Jacobs - Head of Business Development

Simon has over 25 years’ experience in technical, consulting and managerial roles all of which have been customer facing in primarily the Data Networking, IT and Telecommunications industries.

Previously Simon was Vice President Customer Service for an independent software developer and provider of cloud based performance analytics and mobile workforce management solutions. Prior to that Simon was the Regional Service Manager for UK, Ireland and Benelux for a global electronics company having previously held roles at businesses including Cable & Wireless, Anite Networks and Case Communications.

As Head of Business Development, Simon is responsible for all aspects of MDS Technologies customer service operations and support activities as well as the development and support of new service propositions.


Adrian Plummer – Head of Alliances and Products

Adrian’s role is to ensure we continue to offer products and services that meet our customers’ business needs and take advantage of best-of-breed technology. As well as overseeing development of our in-house capabilities, he manages our alliance programme, where we partner with leading suppliers to provide innovative digital service platforms.

Having worked for RM Education and Capita Secure Information Systems, Adrian brings more than 15 years’ public sector IT delivery expertise. Among his career highlights, he led the delivery of a wide-ranging technology upgrade for a Government regulator: a six-month programme that saw a national network refresh, client device rollout and data centre migration.

Adrian also volunteers for the British Red Cross, where he’s the Communications Officer supporting event first aid and emergency response in Wiltshire.


Hanni Zahn - Head of Finance

As Head of Finance at MDS and Financial Controller to the Group, ADG Ltd, Hanni is responsible for the financial integrity and commercial sustainability of the business. Key responsibilities include supporting the rest of the Leadership Team and the ADG Executive Team in the tactical and strategic decision-making process by providing meaningful financial input and driving initiatives to improve the Cashflow and Growth of the business.

Hanni has extensive experience leading Finance Teams and managing a variety of financial complexities, most recently working as the Finance Manager and Internal Controller for Danone UK & Ireland. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte LLP, where she worked as External Auditor as well as Consultant as part of the Financial Advisory Team (M&A).

Hanni is originally from Germany and has lived abroad in Spain during her studies at University. She loves learning more about different cultures and languages and, naturally, enjoys extensive travelling.

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  • UKCloud
  • Ark Data Centres
  • Assuria
  • Computer Network Defence (CND)
  • Deep-Secure
  • Pumpco
  • Thales
  • UK Backup