Meet the team

Key stakeholders


David James, CEO

David is the co-founder of mxData starting the company in 2004. David’s career spans over 25 years within the IT and mobile industries, working for many of the major companies within IT, telecommunications and telematics including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Trafficmaster and with Microsoft.

David’s passion for mobile technology extends back to 1998 when as a consultant at Ericsson he was involved in the development of the ground-breaking R380 one of the first ever smart phones.

David’s combination of commercial and technical knowledge within both the mobile and telematics industries have proved invaluable, with mxData being recognized as the 4th fastest growing company in the North West by Crain’s Manchester Business inaugural Fast 50 awards.


Dave Thomas, COO & CFO

Dave has almost 15 years of C-Level experience within private equity/high net-worth individual international software and technologies businesses.

Dave is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked for organisations such as KPMG, ALG Software and MDS / Lavastorm Analytics.

Dave joined mxData in March 2015 as COO (also covering CFO responsibility) attracted by what he saw as a hidden gem of a business that has successfully driven exceptional growth around its consumer apps (Mapway) division and leads the market globally for consumer facing transit apps.


Mike Cliffe, CTO

Mike has 20 years’ experience within businesses where software technology is central and 11 years at C-level, having delivered value within Reuters, Nokia, First Data, and Ford’s Formula 1 Division (Pi).

Mike graduated with 1st class Degree in Computer Science and HND in Software Engineering, and received performance awards by Addison Wesley and Oracle.

Actively interested in the business start-up scene, prior to mxData, Mike founded several businesses including an online retail brand retailing sports foods (e-commerce). Mike joined mxData in 2004 and has since recruited, nurtured and managed mxData’s development capability before moving into a pure CTO role. As CTO he pushed forward on technology strategy and tactics, including overall design and refinement and ultimately contributed to the exceptional growth seen in our consumer apps division.

Nick Hill, Sales Director – Professional Services

Nick has over 20 years commercial experience of working within the IT, commercial software and specifically the transport industry.

Having initially starting his career in IT Engineering, Nick quickly progressed from a technically focused role and out into the external field of managing large clients’ service contracts. Within this time Nick studied various technologies and became certified within both the Microsoft and Novell industries.

Nick has worked in senior sales roles within ABK Group, Triscan Systems, Trapeze Group and in 2012 joined mxData as part of the business management and development department, before moving to his current position of Professional Services Director.

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Jon Billing, Head of Development

Jon has around 25 years’ experience in senior and executive management roles heading up software development teams. Jon graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Computer Science.

In 2001, Jon co-founded m-spatial ltd (which was acquired by mxData in 2009), a start up selling mobile and web applications for local search, maps and directions to mobile operators and other large corporates.

Jon became Head of Development at mxData in 2013, responsible for the delivery of all direct to consumer mobile apps (Mapway) and professional services projects. Since 2013, Jon has overhauled the company’s approach to development, introducing agile methods to ensure that it can continue to deliver world beating products to a fast moving market.


Will Drummond, Operations Manager

Will was born and educated in Glasgow and on leaving school joined the Royal Navy where he served as an avionics engineer, on leaving the forces Will took advantage of the training provided and passed the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer exams.

Five years of varied I.T. contract work provided a broad base of experience and Will travelled extensively with the Department for International Development migrating regional offices from Novell to Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Exchange.

Will joined mxData in 2006, making him one of the longest term employees. Will is responsible for the provision of I.T. infrastructure services including desktop applications, Local and Wide area networks, production infrastructure, I.T. security and telecommunications, as well as being involved in the development and implementation of new systems and managing the Operations support team.


Kay Doyle, HR Business Partner

Kay has over 15 years’ experience within privately held software businesses.

After graduating University with a BSc (Hons) in Innovation and Business Computing, Kay joined Maginus and then spent almost seven years at Harman International (formally Teleca Limited).

Kay joined mxData in March 2009 as HR Manager and since then the role has grown and Kay is now responsible for all areas relating to Human Resources, Quality Control (including ISO 9001:2008 as a Quality Manager) and Office Management. Kay is also fully CIPD qualified with an Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Areas of the business

Development Team

The Mobile Development Team is responsible for building mxData’s portfolio of lifestyle applications. Using cutting-edge, next generation mobile platforms and technologies the Development Team build apps which on a daily basis help millions of people go about their business.

Technical Team

Based in Cambridge, the technical team look after mxData’s GeoHawk platform, focusing on high scalability, high availability search, storage and aggregation architecture. The Technical Team provide the backbone to all mxData’s spatially aware sites, services and software.

Operations Team

The Operations Team provide first class technical support for our data centres, servers and offices throughout the UK. The team have a diverse range of technical skills covering both computer and mobile based technologies.

Server Team

The Server Team provide supporting services to our Development Team focusing on areas such as streamlining data flow, user account management, payment integration and notification generation.

Responsive Web Team

The Web Team provide supporting responsive websites and services to all areas of the business. Creating in-app web views for many of our popular apps across a diverse range of handsets and devices.

Creative Team

The Creative Team have a wealth of experience in UI and UX design. From creating the concept through to production, graphic design, animation and illustration, the Creative Team take an idea and produce the most inspired and engaging customer experience.

Quality Assurance Team

The QA team are responsible for ensuring that the software developed in-house is fully tested to meet the high standards of quality expected by mxData. To do this our QA Team liaise closely with all of the relevant departments to ensure that implementation is delivered in a timely fashion and of expected quality.

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