Executive Leadership Team

Mark Basham - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mark is a UK and international growth and turnaround specialist. Most recently Mark was Managing Director at BSI EMEA, with responsibility for all aspects of the business including management systems certification, product certification, specialist software products, professional services and consulting.

As EMEA head, Mark led BSI through a period of rapid growth and strategic transformation, and also spearheaded BSI's Information Resilience initiative. Prior to his EMEA role, Mark was Managing Director for BSI's Asia Pacific region.

Mark's earlier career was primarily in the IT sector where he held a number of positions including business development, general management and executive positions at Xerox, Dell, Fujitsu, Siemens and Invensys APV.

Richard Gray - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Richard Gray - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)Richard joined AXELOS as our CFO in February 2016.

For three years prior to this he was Finance Director of Tikit, a legal IT software company operating within BT Business. He originally joined BT in 2010 to lead the finance team on their largest global contract.

Richard has also held a number of senior positions in businesses of differing sizes in the UK, Australia and elsewhere overseas. He has operated largely within the technology and telecom industries, but gained experience across a number of sectors.

He is a chartered accountant, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Margo Leach - Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Margo LeachMargo joined AXELOS in 2016, bringing a diverse experience in leading new product delivery, product management and digital and business transformation. Having previously worked at global organizations such as CEB Global, CABI and Reed Elsevier, Margo brings a global knowledge and diverse range of industry knowledge to AXELOS.

Margo has been instrumental in the development and management of AXELOS' PPM and ITSM products since joining the company. Leading the entire Product function, recent successes include the release of PRINCE2® 2017, the ongoing evolution of the ITIL® 4 programme, and the further development of our global markets in Australia with key partners and the opening up of our 'Friends of PRINCE2' opportunity in Canada.

Matthew Hunt - Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Matthew Hunt - Legal and Operations DirectorMatthew joined AXELOS in September 2013 as Head Of Commercial and Legal and he was instrumental in the successful establishment of AXELOS Limited. He became our Legal and Operations Director in November 2015, leading the Commercial Operations, Legal and Education departments.

Prior to joining AXELOS, Matthew was a Commercial Manager at L3 Communications and was responsible for the introduction and implementation of a global intellectual property licensing strategy and supported the business with pragmatic commercial and intellectual property advice. During his time at L3 Communications, Matthew also drafted and negotiated a number of complex simulation agreements in countries including China, USA, Ethiopia and Thailand.

Matthew is a qualified solicitor, having trained with Blake Lapthorn (now Blake Morgan LLP).

Gary Walker - Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Gary Walker

Gary joined AXELOS at the end of May 2017. He most recently worked as COO for a fintech firm responsible for delivering mission critical analytics to support regulatory reporting and compliance functions for global exchanges, dealers, brokers and prop shops across the world.

Gary has used his experience in ITIL and PRINCE2® methodologies to design, develop, implement and manage various initiatives spanning technology, data, operational and supporting services. Gary is keen to transform technology and data into business enablers and holds qualifications in ITIL, PRINCE2, TOGAF and is IMC certified.

Catherine Newman - Chief Customer Officer (CCO)

Catherine joined AXELOS in October 2018 as the Chief Customer Officer. She is responsible for all business development, sales and marketing activities, while also looking after AXELOS’ global network of over 1,500 partners in over 150 countries.

Catherine has worked within the education sector both globally and in the UK for over 25 years. In her most recent role, she was Director for Sales and Partnerships for the BTEC and Apprenticeships Division at Pearson. Prior to that, Catherine worked for Hachette Education as the Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Division, as well as the Group Sales and Marketing Director of their Education Division.