Our People
Our business is exceptional because our people are exceptional. Get to know the people that make Cantarus what it is.




Dedicated Digital Experts

Our transformation from a humble, two-person IT Solutions Provider to one of the most distinguished digital agencies in the UK is largely due to the type of people that we employ. From the top-down, each Cantarus team member contributes immensely to the success of the business, as well as making it a truly great place to work. Get to know us - as business contacts and as people. 

Team Ethos

Our leadership team is here to steer the ship, but without the rest of our 50+ strong team at Cantarus HQ, we'd be lost at sea. Our people are empowered to take control, make decisions and drive excellence in every area of the business - regardless of job title. Our relatively flat hierarchy and supportive culture ensures that we are always focused on delivering outstanding solutions rather than navigating office politics.



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Lee Adams
Chief Executive Officer

Lee is a founder of Cantarus and, after leaving Accenture as one of their top-performing consultants, has led the business from a three-man start-up to a Prolific North top-thirty digital agency employing over fifty people, winning innumerable UK and global awards, and serving a world-class client list in the UK and internationally.A strong technologist with a proven track record in business, Lee has over twenty years’ experience delivering success in ‘digital’ to organisations large and small. He combines the ability to help clients to design and execute their business plan and digital roadmap, with a relentless focus on enabling ongoing performance tracking and evidence-based decision making. This has been instrumental in shaping Cantarus into an organisation known for delivering results and, consequently, with a better-than-world-class Net Promoter Score consistently exceeding +80.

Lee has worked at senior and executive levels in virtually every sector of the economy and has particularly deep expertise in the areas of membership, infrastructure services, web, mobile apps and ecommerce. He has helped dozens of leading organisations achieve success including WHSmith, Institute of Directors, Action for Children, Worldpay, Royal College of GPs, Barclays, Stroke Association, Sports Direct, TNT Post (Whistl), EDF Energy, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, University of Chicago, United Utilities, The Children’s Society, INTO University Partnerships, Chartered Institute of Building, Cambridge Assessment and a plethora of public sector organisations.

Mike Cundall
Chief Operating Officer

Mike joined Cantarus on its undergraduate placement program in 2009 before graduating from the University of Manchester top of his year with a first-class degree in Computing with Business Applications. Since then, he's led some of our most high-profile projects for the likes of the Institute of Directors, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Sports Direct, WHSmith and many more.

Mike was previously Head of Professional Services prior to his promotion to Chief Operating Officer in 2018. He now oversees day-to-day business operations across the organisation and strives for customer satisfaction in all areas. Mike also works closely with Lee on business growth and strategy.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys a variety of sports including football and tennis – Mike is part of Cantarus’ five-a-side team and is a Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holder.

Our Leadership Team
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Chris Gray
Principal Consultant - Infrastructure and Security
Chris was employee #2 at Cantarus and has been instrumental in the design, deployment and operation of Cantarus’ comprehensive and state-of-the-art infrastructure services offering. Chris joined Cantarus in 2010 as a consultant having previously worked with RM Group. Chris has 15+ years of experience providing hardware, software, and implementation consultancy for nationwide and global brands such as Worldpay, INTO University Partnerships, Snow+Rock, Royal Mint, Glasdon, Pharmacy2U.
Mark Eichler
Principal Consultant
Mark joined Cantarus in 2019, establishing a London presence and offering UK and international clients guidance on digital strategy and online community. Prior to joining Cantarus, Mark helped build what rapidly became a leading online community platform for membership organisations as product manager and UK/EU Director. Earlier professional roles include managing technology for membership bodies and technology policy aide to US Senator Bill Roth of Delaware.
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Melany Carrino
General Counsel
Melany joined Cantarus as General Counsel in February 2020. She is primarily responsible for negotiating contracts with clients, liaising with the Company’s external solicitors and advising the board on commercial issues. Prior to joining Cantarus, she was Technical & Compliance Director at the UK’s largest insolvency practice. She started her legal career over 20 years ago at a well-respected high street firm in Suffolk where she made partner before deciding to relocate to Manchester.
Rebecca Doran
Head of Product Delivery
Rebecca joined Cantarus in 2015 as a Developer, and has since worked as an Analyst Developer, Consultant, Technical Delivery Manager, and as of 2021 she was promoted to the role of Head of Product Delivery. Rebecca has worked on and led major projects such as WHSmith, Sports Direct, The Children's Society, and the University of Chicago to name a few.
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Brendan Killough
Head of Technical Delivery
Brendan joined the Cantarus team as a Consultant in 2017, before being promoted to Technical Delivery Manager, and to Head of Technical Delivery in 2021. Some of the projects Brendan has led include INTO, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Association of Anaesthetists, and Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).
Yvonne Knowles
Office & Accounts Manager
Yvonne joined the Cantarus team in 2020, with over 15 years’ experience as a Finance Manager providing strategic direction and organisational management with direct accountability for the financial management accounting functions. Yvonne has previously worked in a number of sectors including advertising, insolvency and recruitment. Outside of the office, she enjoys countryside walks with her daughter, caravanning, and loves a good night out in Manchester.
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Rob Helsby
Head of Experience Design
Rob sets the creative direction for our work, whilst overseeing and managing the design team. From designing web platforms to crafting brand identities, he has worked on a wide range of projects with global clients and household names for almost 10 years. Prior to joining Cantarus Rob was Senior Designer at a UK top-10 digital agency, where he worked extensively with the agency’s flagship account, Lexus Europe. Other previous clients include Co-op Food, Morrisons, Pizza Hut Restaurants and MoneySuperMarket.
Nick David
Principal Consultant
Nick joined Cantarus as Principal Consultant in 2020. He has over 20 years of cross-sector experience across digital transformation and strategy, eCommerce and website management, digital marketing, and insight; he has worked across a number of not-for-profits and commercial organisations – The British Heart Foundation, Turning Point, and Home Learning College to name a few.
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Sam Bocock
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Sam brings expertise in digital marketing, ABM and nurture from various industries including logistics, tech, music & entertainment. He has previously developed and implemented highly successful brand identities and marketing strategies for a range of businesses and freelanced with a huge number of tech-focused startups. His past client list includes Universal Music Group labels, designing and delivering campaigns for artists like Years & Years, Sigrid, The Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart as well as eCommerce brands like RecordStore and The Sound of Vinyl.
Matt Elloy
Infrastructure Services Manager
Matt joined Cantarus in 2017 and has helped our infrastructure services offering grow by introducing newer technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes as well as Azure cloud hosting, alongside our traditional VMware infrastructure. Matt has previously worked deploying large-scale public sector infrastructure projects and has over 8 years of experience delivering enterprise-level VMware solutions.
Reece Bartholomew
Customer Success Manager
Reece joined the Customer Success team at Cantarus in 2016 as a Support Engineer, and has since worked as a Lead Engineer, Consultant, and as of 2021 he was promoted to the role of Customer Success Manager. Reece now leads our Customer Success team, putting all of his focus into ensuring Cantarus' customers realise their full business potential through digital platforms.
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