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Board of Directors - Intercede


Royston Hoggarth
Non-Executive Chairman

Royston Hoggarth is currently Chair of Intercede PLC, Cirrus Response Limited and Stellar Omada Limited. He is a non Executive Director of Cellhire Limited an advisor to the NEC Corporation and NEC Software Services Limited. He is also Chair of England Hockey.

He has held a range of Executive and Board Director roles with Private Equity backed, bank backed and Publicly listed companies including IBM, Logica PLC, Cable & Wireless PLC, BT PLC, Hays PLC, Bluefin Solutions Limited, Northgate PS Limited, Xchanging Limited, Arkessa Limited and Innovation Group Limited. He was also a Venture Partner at Wellington Partners.

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Intercede on 5 August 2002  

Klaas van der Leest
Chief Executive Officer

Klaas van der Leest is an experienced executive with extensive sales, marketing, business development and general management experience in IT and IT services. He has significant international knowledge and experience as a result of various roles with remits across EMEA, Asia-Pac and North America.

Klaas has worked for a number of large and small, quoted and privately-owned organisations in market leading and turnaround situations including CA Technologies, Intelecom UK, Amulet Hotkey, Global Crossing, Attenda and Logica. He has proven expertise in the development and execution of national and international sales growth, ‘go to market’ initiatives and customer focused expansion strategies.

Klaas has a master’s degree from the Cranfield School of Management. He also is a Chartered Marketer as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He was appointed Chief Executive of Intercede on 10 April 2018.

Nitil Patel
Chief Financial Officer

Nitil has been a CFO and a plc board member since 2001. Recently he was the interim CFO at D4t4 Solutions plc (2021), which helps global enterprises derive value via Celebrus, the company's flagship first party product suite. From 2016 to 2020, he was the CFO at Dods Group plc (now renamed Merit Group plc), a leading technology company specialising in data, business intelligence and media delivering content to more than fifty countries across six continents. 

Before Merit, Nitil was CFO of multi-media content creator Ten Alps plc (rebranded Zinc Media plc) from 2001 to 2016. During this time, Nitil managed three divisions of the group, driving growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. He was a key member of the team from the very start of Ten Alps in 1999 as Finance Director and was responsible for its listing on AiM in 2001.     

Nitil is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  

Chuck Pol
Non-Executive Director

Chuck Pol served as Chairperson and President of Vodafone Americas from 2013 to 2017, during which time he built both a fixed and mobile capability, whilst also helping to develop a business model and applications for the Internet of Things (“IoT”).

Prior to Vodafone Americas, Chuck held senior roles at BT Americas including Chief Operating Officer and President. On leaving BT in 2008, Chuck was President of BT Global Financial Services where he was responsible for BT’s relationships with the top 40 global investment banks.

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Intercede on 1 June 2017 and has taken on the role of Non-Executive Chairman from 28 March 2018.

Jacques Tredoux
Non-Executive Director

Jacques Tredoux is the Chief Executive of Tredoux Capital Limited, a company authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide corporate finance advisory services. Prior to establishing Tredoux Capital Limited, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Credo Group (UK) Limited, a group of companies in London that provides wealth management services. Members of the Credo Group have provided corporate finance and fundraising assistance to the company since before its admission to AIM. Jacques qualified as a lawyer in 1988 in South Africa, and practiced at Edward Nathan & Friedland Inc and Clifford Chance. 

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Intercede on 31 March 2006.

Rob Chandhok
Non-Executive Director

Rob Chandhok has more than 20 years’ experience in senior commercial technology and internet services roles.  

Rob has served in senior leadership roles in consumer electronics companies and in start-ups related to the internet of things. Prior to this, he performed a series of senior leadership roles at Qualcomm where he led new technology initiatives and managed relationships with the world’s largest software companies. 

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Intercede on 12 June 2019.

Tina Whitley
Non-Executive Director

Tina is the Chief Executive Officer of NEC Software Solutions UK and is responsible for the Group’s overall strategic development and operation.  She joined NEC in 2016 having previously been at the Capita Group for 7 years and was the MD of the SIMS, Higher Education and Libraries businesses on departure to NEC.

A proven and inspirational business leader with extensive experience across the Information Technology sector. She has directly overseen
teams across all disciplines, including sales, marketing, procurement, operations, product management, technical services, HR and finance.

She is passionate about the customer experience, building excellent relationships and ensuring exemplary delivery. Developing people and building teams is key and she manages operations rigorously, identifying high performers, stretching their capabilities
effectively improving the Group’s overall performance. This approach has proven
to be successful in both the UK and Internationally including multi-cultural
environments across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.  She was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Intercede on 1 July

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