Our management team

Our management team

Huw Owen
Chief Executive Officer
Huw Owen
Huw Owen
Chief Executive Officer

Huw joined Ark in November 2012 as Chief Executive to lead a new Management Team following the recapitalisation of the company. He has held key roles at a number of organisations, including BT Global Services and HP Defence and Security. Other roles in his extensive career include Chief Executive of the Atlas Consortium, delivering the Ministry of Defence DII (Defence Information Infrastructure) programme.

Huw also worked for the Asia Foundation, formulating and driving national reform programmes in Cambodia, as well as advising the United Nations on their efforts in Central Asia. Before this, he served with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, latterly as a Detective Inspector

Ian Perryment
Finance Director
Ian Perryment
Ian Perryment
Finance Director

Ian Perryment joined Ark in December 2012, from HP Defence and Security. Prior to this, he was CFO of the Atlas Consortium, delivering the Ministry of Defence DII (Defence Information Infrastructure) programme, and Finance Manager with the NAAFI, a multinational providing services to the British armed forces.

Ian is a chartered accountant, having trained with PwC, including a two-and-a-half-year assignment in Australia with the Transaction Services team specialising in due diligence, initial public offerings and financial modelling.

Steve Hall
Executive Director Sales & Marketing
Steve Hall
Steve Hall
Executive Director Sales & Marketing

Steve joined Ark in October 2012. An engineer by profession, he has had a highly successful career in both sales and service delivery. Prior to working with Ark, Steve held a number of senior positions at HP and EDS, including UK Public Sector Sales Director and Sales and Growth Lead, delivering IT services to the MoD.

Steve joined the technology industry having completed 19 years of distinguished service in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy as an Aeronautical Engineer Officer.

Steve Webb
Chief Information Officer
Steve Webb
Steve Webb
Chief Information Officer

Steve joined Ark in 2008 and now heads up The Office of the CIO, which is responsible for evolving how Ark operates. He brought a wealth of experience to the role having held the position of COO at Affinion International, where he was responsible for operations in Europe, South Africa and Japan. Prior to this, Steve garnered over ten years’ experience in senior management positions with travel company RCI, where he was responsible for strategic planning activities.

Douglas Aikman
Chief Operating Officer
Douglas Aikman
Douglas Aikman
Chief Operating Officer

Doug joined Ark in 2014 and is responsible for end to-end operations from design and build through to live services and service delivery. He has over 16 years’ IT experience, specialising in multiple industries including financial, energy, defence and the public sector. Before joining Ark, Doug had spent many years at HP, managing infrastructure operations, technical refreshes, data centre consolidation and cloud deployments for a number of global clients, including Royal Dutch Shell.

Simon Burrage
Commercial Director
Simon Burrage
Simon Burrage
Commercial Director

Simon joined Ark in February 2013, but had been working in the same position on secondment from Eversheds since November 2012. Simon is responsible for Ark’s commercial activities, making sure that the dealings of all elements of the organisation are aligned to meet Ark’s strategic commercial objectives. Simon joined from Eversheds, a law firm based in the City of London, where he was a Principal Associate in their real estate practice group.

Manley Hopkinson
Director of People & Performance
Manley Hopkinson
Manley Hopkinson
Director of People & Performance

Manley joined Ark in January 2014 to create a “purpose- and values-led” organisation with a robust performance regime. He has 13 years of consultancy experience in designing and delivering large-scale global cultural change programmes across many market sectors, including retail, banking and healthcare.

Manley was schooled on leadership through a mix of practical and academic; as an Officer in the Royal Navy and the Royal Hong Kong Police, as a skipper in the BT Global Challenge yacht race and winning The Polar Race skiing to the Magnetic North Pole.

Non Executive Directors
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