Meet the executive team behind Babble
As Chief Executive, it’s Matt’s role to ‘point everyone in the right direction and then remove the obstacles to them getting there’.
Matt brings a great mix of entrepreneurial experience combined with rapid scaling. Prior to Babble, Matt led the talent management business of StepStone from start-up and grew a team of over 600 people who generate global revenues of more than $100m. He was part of the leadership that led the sale of StepStone to Axel Springer in 2009 and subsequently, as CEO, led the MBO of the B2B software business (now called Lumesse) in an MBO backed by Hg Capital.
Matt also serves on the board of PETROTECHNICS and undertakes insane bike rides across the UK and Europe.
As CTO, Andy is tasked with ensuring we have a coherent product strategy and is responsible for our wider operational and delivery teams. We think he’s an unusual combination of ‘honest-to-goodness geek’ and ‘business-savvy entrepreneur’, a combination that has produced a significant track record of business success.
When not at work, Andy is involved in a number of social enterprises and organisations that aim to use technology to benefit those who don’t always receive the benefits of innovation, including NoPC, Regenerate, and Ashoka.
As Chief Financial Officer, Laird heads up the Finance function, encompassing operational finance and reporting, as well as M&A activity, financing, and ensuring the successful completion of transactions. A chartered accountant with a background of senior roles within high-growth, private equity-backed technology businesses, his focus is bringing financial discipline to an organisation, whilst also giving the business the information and tools it needs to drive revenue and profit growth.
Outside of work, Laird enjoys spending quality time with family and practicing as a qualified Olympic level boxing coach, having coached at 2 World Championships, 2 Commonwealth Games, and a Pan American Games, as well as volunteering for many years as a club coach.
Charles is responsible for developing sales strategies and providing greater support for the existing clients in the UK. Charles’ background is in mobile communications and network infrastructure, spending 10 years with Voicenet Solutions, the hosted telephony pioneer, then latterly serving as EMEA Head of Channel for 8×8, after their acquisition of Voicenet.
Managing Director Babble Contact
Mark heads up Babble Contact, our specialist CCaaS business, and is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day running of the operation. Mark has been with Babble for over 14 years, and has been part of the incredible growth journey that has seen us enter the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 as the UK’s fastest growing Cloud provider, win numerous awards, and bought accounts on board such as EDF Energy, Which?, Secret Escapes, Abel & Cole, Parseq, Royal Bank of Scotland and many more.
When not at work, Mark is either on the training field with his son’s U10 football team which he coaches, or on the gymnastics floor with his daughter.
Head of Chief Executive Office
Geraldine leads the Corporate Projects Office, which is broadly speaking, a role that makes her responsible for leading transformational projects and the execution of key strategic initiatives. Her role is to bring everyone in the company together to get the ‘big things’ done. Previously, Geraldine spent 12 years with EY in operational and programme management roles, and has a well-earned reputation for resilience and delivering. Highly versatile, she has significant experience leading project teams within large corporate, SME, and entrepreneurial environments.
When not at work, you can find Geraldine hiking some wild and scenic terrain or posing on her yoga mat.