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Francis Toye

Founder and CEO

Zaneta Whitworth

Business Development Director

Dave Purkess

Technical Director

Simon Negus

COO

Stacey Wilkins

Company Secretary

Boards of Directors

Francis Toye

Founder and CEO

Zaneta Whitworth

Business Development Director

Dave Purkess

Technical Director

Simon Negus

COO

Stacey Wilkins

Company Secretary

Francis Toye

Founder and CEO

Simon Negus

COO

Dave Purkess

Technical Director

Zaneta Whitworth

Business Development Director

Ann Caple

UK Business Development Manager

KarlFoster

Karl Foster

Software Development Manager

Sarah Bongard

Head of HR

DavidWard

David Ward

Software Development Manager

Suhail Rahman

Finance Manager

Management Team

Francis Toye

Founder and CEO

Simon Negus

COO

Dave Purkess

Technical Director

Zaneta Whitworth

Business Development Director

Ann Caple

UK Business Development Manager

KarlFoster

Karl Foster

Software Development Manager

Sarah Bongard

Head of HR

DavidWard

David Ward

Software Development Manager

Suhail Rahman

Finance Manager

Australia

Chris Davies

CEO Australia

Norway

Geir Anders Glotvold

Account Manager

International

Australia

Chris Davies

CEO Australia

Norway

Geir Anders Glotvold

Account Manager

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Ann Caple

UK Business Development Manager

With over 20 years’ experience of critical national IT systems, Ann leads Unilink’s Business Development team for public sector business in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

This includes the role out of Unilink’s prisoner self-service for HM Prison Service and the Northern Ireland Prison Service, managing N-Delius support contract with HM Probation Service, and roll-out of Virtual Visits across all 15 prisons for Scottish Prison Service. Previously Ann worked at Vocalink, the infrastructure company, delivering BACS Faster Payments and the ATM network Link for the UK payments industry where she led relationships with domestic Payment Schemes, HMRC, DWP and tier 1 banks.

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Chris Davies

CEO Australia

Chris Davies has been the CEO of Unilink Software Australia since 2014. A graduate of Computer Science, Chris’ early career was as a software programmer before ultimately owning his own successful software company for many years.

Chris was persuaded to join forces with Unilink where he believes the transformative technology offered will revolutionise the Justice sector in Australia.

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Dave Purkess

Technical Director

David started his career over 30 years ago at IBM before moving into small software development and service companies. He joined Unilink in 2001 with some of his experienced development team.

David has extensive experience in designing innovative solutions utilising biometric authentication and identification technologies for a wide range of stakeholders from the Police, corrections, to detention management.
Away from the office David dedicates considerable time coaching teams and mentoring/developing young coaches in local Grassroot youth football.

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David Ward

Software Development Manager

David started his career over 25 years ago as a Developer with a small software development and service company specialising in custodial services. He joined Unilink in 2001 with several of his experienced colleagues. David manages a software team responsible for delivering innovative solutions utilising biometric authentication and identification technologies for a wide range of stakeholders from the Police, corrections, to detention management.

Away from the office David enjoys spending time with his young family involving youth football, equestrian jumping and training the family dogs on agility courses.

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Francis Toye

Founder and CEO

Unilink is a world leader in prisoner self-service and offender management software.  This has been demonstrated through independent evidence from York University which shows that the software contributes significantly towards rehabilitation in the prisons in the UK where it is operating today.

Unilink’s main product supplied is the award winning prisoner self-service product currently carrying out around 200 million prisoner transactions every year helping prisoners to take more responsibility for their own lives and reducing prison officers’ workload.

Credentials

Francis Toye founded Unilink which has grown, since 1994, to an international business with just under two hundred staff.

Prior to this Francis was employed by IBM (1978-93) and gained an MBA from the OU. More recently he was helped by the 10,000 Small Businesses program run by Goldman Sachs at the SAID business School, Oxford. Currently he mentors students on the Imperial College Mentoring Service (IVMS).

Notable Achievements

Unilink is a world leader in prisoner self-service and offender management software.

This has been demonstrated through independent evidence from York University which shows that the software contributes significantly towards rehabilitation in the prisons in the UK where it is operating today.

Unilink’s main product supplied is the award winning prisoner self-service product currently carrying out around 200 million prisoner transactions every year helping prisoners to take more responsibility for their own lives and reducing prison officers’ workload.

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Geir Anders Glotvold

Account Manager

Geir Anders Gløtvold has extensive experience from various roles within the Correctional Services in Norway. He has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry focusing on utilizing BPM and Low Code in eGov solutions prior to joining Unilink.

He thrives in the intersection between business and IT, seeking solutions to simplify everyday work for users and assuring quality outcomes. He has worked with large organisations such as KPMG in Norway, the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian directorate for Immigration.

Geir Anders lives in Asker just outside Oslo with his wife, three children and a dog. When not working Geir Anders is at his best with family and friends surrounding him for a great home cooked meal.

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KarlFoster

Karl Foster

Software Development Manager

Karl has been interested in computing from a very young age, writing his first program on a ZX Spectrum. This passion led to a career in software development starting in the Department of Works and Pensions moving into Probation where he has worked for over a decade.

Karl has held in several positions within the software development cycle giving him a broad overview of development from both a technical and non-technical viewpoint.

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Sarah Bongard

Head of HR

Sarah has over 15 years experience working in Human Resources mainly in fast growth international SaaS organisations, she is a dynamic and creative Head of HR with wide-ranging experience gained in organisations within the software industry. Experienced in the design and implementation of innovative HR, leadership and talent initiatives with a solutions-oriented approach.

Sarah lives in Dorset with her two miniature poodles Mick and Minnie and enjoys long walks across the rolling hills of Dorset and the Jurassic coastline as well as going on holidays with her extended family.

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Simon Negus

COO

Following commissioned service in HM Forces, Simon started his technology career 30 years ago. 23 years service with HP, Dell Technologies and Microsoft followed in Sales, Marketing and Operational roles that took him to six continents in senior management positions. Subsequently Simon has focused on smaller, high growth technology ventures in the US and Europe, in both executive and investor positions.

Simon joined Unilink in 2020 and oversees the operational aspects of building the platforms for growth for Unilink in the future.

Outside of work Simon enjoys all things outdoors, whether on land, snow or on or under water.

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Suhail Rahman

Finance Manager

Suhail is a qualified Finance Manager, who joined Unilink in 2018. He has gained a wide range of experience within a variety of industries most of which are in the Music, Tech, Media Industries and Family Offices. He trained with a medium firm in London.

Outside of work he loves spending time with his family and keeping his three very energetic children fully active to try and burn off all of their energy.

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Zaneta Whitworth

Business Development Director

Zaneta is experienced in establishing, developing and managing businesses and teams, specialising in strategic expansion and growth with a focus on international business and market development. Multi-lingual and educated to post graduate level at Durham University, she completed an MBA with distinction, focussing her dissertation in commercializing innovative technologies.

Initially engaged to provide consultancy on international expansion, Zaneta became fascinated with how Unilinks innovative software applications and technology help staff to perform their daily tasks more efficiently and at the same time have a rehabilitative impact for offenders.

Zaneta’s interest in innovation led her to join Unilink full time in 2012 as Head of Business Development, contributing her experience to assist Unilink in taking advantage of the exciting growth potential in this niche market. In 2015 she was appointed as the Business Development Director of the Unilink Group.

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