Connect Yorkshire member The Technology Group, the Leeds-based business telephony, internet and mobile service provider, has appointed former mergers and acquisitions advisor and PwC auditor Ben Mitton to the board of directors.
Mitton joins the tech firm as Chief Financial Officer, where he will work alongside the six current board directors.
An ACA qualified Chartered Accountant, Mitton spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London leading audit teams for a range of private and listed clients.
He followed that with a year as a finance manager in the corporate and institutional banking team at Royal Bank of Scotland before moving to global advisory firm Alvarez and Marsal, where he has spent the last seven years.
Working in the transaction services team in London, Mitton held roles in both buy and sell side advisory teams and worked extensively with private equity funds and corporates. He advised on deals across a range of industries including travel, software, consumer and leisure with deal sizes up to £1bn plus.
In this new role, Mitton will work closely with CEO Jonathan Marsden and Acquisitions Director David Marsden to drive the firm’s growth strategy.
Marsden said: “Ben is a prestigious appointment for us to deliver our ambitious Vision 2022 growth plan, which we unveiled last year. We aim to grow from £4m turnover, 30 staff and 450 customers to £15m turnover, 65 staff and 2,000 customers by 2022. Organic growth and acquisitions are fundamental to that growth, and I’m pleased to say we’re on track to complete two acquisitions this year.
“When you’re targeting growth at this level, you need experienced and dedicated resources on the board. Ben has audited FTSE 250 companies, advised on billion-pound deals, he knows the banking sector and has worked at a top London advisory firm. His experience and skill set complement this aspect of our growth strategy perfectly, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”
Mitton added: “This is a very exciting time to be joining a dynamic, ambitious and fast-growing business. There is a strong leadership team in place, and I’m looking forward to working alongside that team and with external stakeholders to help drive the next phase of growth.
“I’m also looking forward to being back in my home county. Having grown up in Harrogate I’ve always had an affinity for Yorkshire, and it’s moving forward at a pace. It’s great to be working somewhere that has so much going on.”