Management Team

We’ve built a world-class team of professionals at Connectus, working on-site and remotely across the Northern Powerhouse and Midland regions of the UK. You can learn more about our management team below; hover over each image or tap on a photograph for more information – and contact us today if you’d like to meet.

Roy Shelton

Roy Shelton

Group Chief Executive Officer

A serial tech entrepreneur, Roy joined Connectus in 2019 and has more than three decades of experience working in technology.
Roy is passionate about growth and scalling the companies he works with by harnessing technology and blending that with and insipiring great teams to deliver on a mutually agreed vision.
In his spare time Roy enjoys yoga, cooking and watching rugby and football with his sons along with raising much needed funds for The Royal Hospital in Liverpool.

Paul Ruocco

Paul Ruocco

Group Chairman

A Chartered Accountant of 35 years, Paul is a veteran of the Manchester private equity and investment scene. With a number of investments within the technology sector, Paul plays a pivotal role as Chairman challenging and driving our management team forward and providing the wisdom of accountability and responsibility to the company.

Duncan Shaw

Duncan Shaw

Group Chief Technology Officer

Duncan has more than 40 years’ experience in the fast moving telecoms and technology sector, working with the leading hardware and software vendors.

A self-confessed technology enthusiast his breadth experience spans the full tech mix. With expertise in the design, programming and training of telephony products, he now leads technical innovation at Connectus.

Duncan also heads up the Connectus’ indirect partner channel, working with technology and strategic supply-chain partners.

Phillippa Shelton

Phillippa Shelton

Group Head of Operations

Pip is Group Head of Operations at Connectus.

Pip has over 20 years’ experience in Service Management, Service Delivery and Continuous Service Improvement and is an IT Infrastructure Library-qualified Senior Executive, who has outstanding interpersonal and operational skills, with a solid technical background, sound implementation experience of complex projects and an excellent track record within a demanding and SLA-intensive environment.

Pip is passionate about enhancing the customers experience and delivering quality and a world class service.

Chani Simms

Chani Simms

Chief Information Security Officer

Chani is an award-winning cybersecurity leader and keynote speaker with over 17 years of experience in the IT industry. She gained extensive knowledge by implementing and securing IT infrastructure solutions for multinational companies. Chani advises C-level stakeholders and is a specialist in helping organisations understand, implement and manage information security and privacy requirements. Chani is also the founder of the SHe CISO Exec. global platform.

Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray

Group Finance and Administration Manager

Jess is an experienced Office and Accounts Manager with a history of working in highly demanding and fast growth environments.

She is a dedicated and technically-skilled business professional with a versatile personal and administrative support skills.

Joining Connectus in 2018, she supports all areas of the business, working across sales, marketing, delivery and customer support, striving for the highest levels of service.

Andy Marsden

Andy Marsden

Group Business Development Director

Andy joined the business in 2018 to drive growth in revenues for Connectus bringing with him a wealth of experience working with businesses from SMEs to larger enterprises and corporates.

He is passionate about supporting growing businesses with a range of services to ensure their organisations continue to flourish in demanding markets, advising on the best use of technology based on sector, size and business goals.

Andy spends his time meeting businesses across the UK, evangelising on new connectivity, telephony and IT services, that help make them future-ready and agile, driving business benefits.

Leigham Martin

Leigham Martin

Cyber Security Consultant (OSCP, CRT)

Leigham’s role as a Connectus Cybersecurity Consultant sees him work with clients and partners to identify and assess the gaps in their IT infrastructure.

He helps educate business owners about the crucial importance of information security, and to highlight those areas most susceptible to attack.

He has attained the OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) and CRT (CREST Registered Tester) certifications. CREST requires applicants to have at least 6,000 hours of “relevant and frequent experience” in the cybersecurity industry.

Phil Greening

Phil Greening

Performance Advisor

Ex-England and British Lions legend Phil Greening is responsible for working with our senior team to increase overall performance and to deliver fully managed gigabit capable broadband, VOIP and Cyber Security solutions to stadia and other high footfall venues across the UK.

George Hopkin

George Hopkin

Marketing Consultant

George is a seasoned marketing and media professional with more than 25 years of experience working in newspapers, magazines, TV, web, mobile, search and social. A journalist by trade, he specialised in business reporting early in his career and moved to Dubai in the mid-1990s to help launch the Middle East’s first English-language business magazine. More recently, he has focused on digital strategy and content marketing for the disruptive industries, including financial technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, big data and virtual/augmented reality.