Clive Carver
Clive Carver
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Clive is the Non-Executive Chairman, having previously been a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Clive is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (FCT) with more than 35 years City experience.

He qualified in the tax department at Coopers & Lybrand and subsequently worked for in the corporate finance departments of Kleinwort Benson and Price Waterhouse. He spent 17 years in the corporate broking arena becoming successively head of corporate finance at Seymour Pierce, Williams de Broe and finnCap.

His first appointment as a non-executive director was in 2001 and his first appointment as a non-executive chairman was in 2007.

He is currently Executive Chairman and CFO at Caspian Sunrise PLC, non-executive chairman at Ascent Resources PLC and non-executive chairman at appScatter Group PLC.  Additionally he has a number of board positions in private companies.  

Areas of Expertise: Clive has experience both as an adviser and a principal, including equity fund raising, debt, acquisitions (public & private), disposals (public & private), IPO’s, restructurings, rescues, corporate governance as well as general and financial management.

 

Gavin Lyons
Gavin Lyons
Chief Executive Officer ("CEO")

Gavin is responsible for the planning, setting and execution of the company¹s strategy as well as identifying acquisition opportunities. Gavin was Executive Chairman and lead the Company¹s re-admission to AIM in July 2016 and became Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of April 2017. Gavin has had a distinguished career in the TMT sector completing close to 20 corporate transactions (including three major exits) totalling more than £200m. Gavin was until recently a partner at MXC Capital Limited, the AIM quoted technology focused merchant bank but stepped away from his operating role to concentrate his sole efforts on Tax Systems plc.

Prior to MXC Capital Limited, Gavin was CEO of Accumuli plc, a successful buy and build in the IT security sector sold to NCC Group plc for £55m. Prior to Accumuli plc, Gavin was Head of Telecoms & Utilities at SAP UK&I, the global market and technology leader in business management software. Prior to SAP, Gavin had considerable executive-level experience derived from his role as Vice President of Sales and Alliances with Identum and three subsequent director positions with Trend Micro. Identum was a venture capitalist backed email encryption business that was successfully sold to IT security giant Trend Micro in 2008 for a multimillion dollar sum. Gavin has also worked at Xerox, Compuware and The Caudwell Group.

Areas of expertise:
Gavin Lyons has 17 years of experience in the IT industry specialising in software, services and telecoms. Gavin has functional and leadership experience in strategy, sales, marketing, commercial and M&A. Gavin has experience of P&L ownership with both independent software vendors and service providers. Gavin also has experience of running both public and privately owned companies. Overall, this experience enables Gavin to lead companies on growth journeys.

Kevin Goggin
Kevin Goggin
Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”)

Kevin joined the group as Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. Kevin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales with significant international experience in finance and operations, having previously held CFO and MD positions. Kevin has worked in both listed and private companies, most recently in software and technology and, prior to this, in media storage and logistics. Kevin has completed a number of corporate transactions, including two business sales to private equity. Before joining Tax Systems, Kevin has worked with Monitise plc and was CFO at Bonded Services Group.

Areas of Expertise: Kevin has significant financial and operational experience in international businesses which allows him to ensure that the Group continues to perform while delivering its transformation and growth.

Linda Beal
Linda Beal
Independent Non-Executive Director

Linda is a chartered accountant and worked in major accounting firms for 33 years. During this time, she spent 27 years specialising in tax structuring and tax compliance for UK and international groups.

Linda was, until 30 June 2016, a tax partner at Grant Thornton. Prior to Grant Thornton, Linda was a tax partner at PwC and one of its legacy firms from 1997 to 2013. Linda has significant experience of advising large and medium sized groups operating in the UK and internationally, including supporting boards and in-house tax teams on tax structuring, management of tax risk and tax compliance using Alphatax and other tax compliance software.

Areas of Expertise: Linda provides insight from her tax knowledge, experience from being a tax partner in two major accounting firms and of working with in-house tax teams to the Board’s strategic discussions. 

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Paul Gibson
Non Executive Director

Paul Gibson is a partner in MXC Capital Limited and has had a highly successful career in the TMT sector, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Computer Software plc (“ACS”) prior to its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners for £725m. In his five years at ACS Paul oversaw a period of exceptional value creation and transformation, with responsibility for driving both organic and acquisitive growth. Prior to ACS, Paul held a number of senior roles in both financial and operational capacities, latterly as Finance Director of Redac Limited, the Alchemy backed turnaround that was subsequently sold to ACS for £100m. The foundations of Paul’s career were built at Unigate, GrandMet (now Diageo) and Oracle.

Areas of Expertise: Paul has over 25 years’ software specific operational, financial, commercial and M&A experience. This experience allows him to provide substantial insight to the discussions of the Board and its Committees.