About us

Founded in 2012, CMS collects data from connected vehicles to power a range of risk and insurance solutions for the fleet, insurance, technology and mobility world. Backed by the Business Growth Fund, the most active VC fund in the UK, our award winning technology is used around the world and trusted by several global brands. Our diverse management team, with its experience in fast moving technology sectors and rapid growth businesses, ensures CMS is secure in its future while continuing to innovate.

Our Senior Team

John Owen, Non-Exec Chairman

John started his career with Andersen Consulting and then worked for both UBS and Bankers Trust in the 90’s before becoming one of the founding partners of Capco, the successful global financial services consultancy. Subsequent roles include Global COO of ING’s Wholesale Bank, CEO of Venture Capital data company Library House (prior to purchase by Dow Jones) and Group COO and FD of Matrix Group. Recently, John has established a number of Renewable Energy ESCO's and is the European COO of Stifel.

Charles Smith, CEO

Charles Smith is the founder and driving force behind Collision Management Systems (CMS), taking it from concept through to securing of private equity backing and launch in 2012. CMS is now a well-established, award winning business with global brands trusting in its technology to better manage their risk and insurance profile. Before CMS, Charles spent his time as an Engineer at Loughborough University, focusing on a wide range of automotive and technical engineering subjects. Having spent several years immersed in the insurance technology arena, Charles has a deep knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of telematics and vehicle data. This provides him with a unique understanding of how the insurance market interacts with telematics/connected vehicle data and how it will evolve in the future.

Steve Johnson, CFO / COO

Steve is responsible for the overall financial and operational control of CMS. Having started his career with top five UK accountancy practice, Grant Thornton, Steve became Finance Director of Bluewater, then Head of Commercial Finance for RES European Retail Development. Since then, Steve has provided finance leadership to private equity and venture capital backed early stage and high growth businesses including the Speciality Retail Group, Clarity Credit Management Solutions and PPI Claimline. Steve is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Chris Butchart, Head of Development

Chris is responsible for the management and delivery of CMS's development team based in Dundee, he is also a Director of M2M Cloud, CMS's development partner. With over 15 years’ commercial software experience, he has been involved in connected sensor solutions since 2005, focusing primarily on processing data from telematics and asset security devices. Chris supports CMS full time, facilitating integrations with third party systems, and modelling and implementing crash filtering algorithms.

Alastair Fraser, Research Manager

Alastair is responsible for the delivery of many of CMS's research streams, working closely with the development team and many of the universities CMS has research partnerships with. A software design specialist, an electronics engineer and astrophysicist, he has worked for BAe Space Systems designing scientific instruments for Spacecraft and founded successful software companies focussed on Machine-to-Machine solutions. 

Alison Hanley, PR & Marketing

Alison has extensive experience managing international campaigns for global brands and dynamic technology start-ups. With a track record in marcomms, content development and strategic planning, she has worked for the likes of Motorola, Microsoft, IBM, Verifone and Digital Realty. Alison is no stranger to the automotive sector having handled campaigns for Shell and the BVRLA. She provides comprehensive consultancy to CMS, driving awareness and building its reputation with customers, partners and influencers.

Colin Woolmer, Product Director

Colin leads the product development of CMS’s data aggregation, crash detection and risk analytics solutions. Prior to CMS, Colin was Director of Technology at TeletracNavman (formerly Trafficmaster), where he helped develop stolen vehicle tracking, eCall, bCall, navigation and concierge services for the OEM/automotive sector. He has extensive experience in cloud-based software development and architecture, gained managing technical projects for utilities, telecoms, automotive and financial services and working for high-profile brands including the AA, BT and Jaguar Land Rover.

Helen Wilson, Head of Customer Operations

Helen is our customer advocate within CMS, working with our customers to ensure CMS hold a good understanding of their business and objectives, developing a strong partnership to help achieve those objectives. In previous roles Helen has worked with a range of clients across retail, finance, healthcare, housing associations and leisure and hospitality working with her teams to provide stability and improvements across hosting and network solutions. From that experience Helen brings her drive and passion for continual service improvement to CMS along with keeping the rest of the CMS team focused.

Satyasand Jha, Technology Lead

Satya is responsible for leading the software development of our technical platform, building new functionality and capability for the future. As an experienced software engineer, he turns business concepts into technical solutions. Prior to joining us, Satya was a Team Leader at Royal Mail, responsible for improving ‘PDA’ the Parcel & Special Delivery tracker application and harmonised international category code services.

Brenda Aitken, Head of Marketing

Brenda Aitken, Head of Marketing leads the marketing activities for CMS’s data aggregation, crash detection and risk analytics solutions. Prior to CMS, Brenda spent 8 years as a marketing manager in Towergate Insurance Brokers developing marketing campaign initiatives for Commercial and Personal lines Insurance products across the Towergate Insurance group. Her earlier career as a chartered electronics engineer gave her product management, project management and systems integration experience gained within the mobile telecommunications and automotive sectors having worked for Lucas Automotive, Cable & Wireless, Nokia and O2.

Jo Parry, Office Manager

Jo, our Office Manager ensures we are all in the right place at the right time. Her role means she is responsible for administration across multiple sectors of the business. Jo has extensive experience working as an Office Manager and Executive Assistant alongside senior board partners in both small start up companies as well as corporate giants.

Manas Dalal, Lead Data Scientist

Manas has over 7 years of experience in leading a team for computer vision based machine learning applications for various industries. His background has been core engineering and signal processing with hands on experience and expertise in managing projects involving Artificial Intelligence. As lead data scientist, Manas is currently responsible for driving the business towards using the most sophisticated artificial intelligence based machine learning approach derived from a very efficient data analysis. He has been working on constantly improving his normalisation and filtration techniques to retain the most stable data points from our partner devices.

George Lawson, Operations Lead

George is responsible for the development and running of our day to day customer support and operational activities not only for pre-sales but post implementation. Prior to CMS, George brings with him experience gained from the financial and logistics sectors.

Jules Hollows, Business Development

Jules is responsible for new business sales and consulting with prospective clients in helping them to reduce their exposure to risk, automating business processes and increasing profitability. Jules has in excess of 25 years of new business sales experience, predominantly within the Software as a Service industry. He has helped some of the world’s largest organisations achieve some great goals through the deployment of technology. Jules’s passion lies in working collaboratively with his prospective clients and focussing on helping them to achieve their desired outputs.

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