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 here 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 one of the largest digital agencies in the North of England. Under his leadership, Cantarus has grown to employ circa sixty people, win innumerable UK and global awards and serve a world-class client list of approaching one hundred organisations in the UK and internationally. A strong technologist, Lee has over twenty years’ experience delivering success in ‘digital’ to organisations large and small. His skillset encompasses the ‘big picture’ of digital strategy as well as a deep understanding of day-to-day operational delivery. He is passionate about equipping organisations with the structure, people, processes, technology and data to create a consistent model for success. His client-and outcome-centric approach has created an agency in Cantarus with an outstanding reputation, best represented by its industry-leading Net Promoter Score consistently exceeding +82.

Lee has worked at senior and executive levels in virtually every sector of the economy and has particularly deep expertise in membership, infrastructure services, web, mobile apps and eCommerce. He has helped dozens of leading organisations achieve success including WHSmith, Institute of Directors, Worldpay, Royal College of GPs, Barclays, Stroke Association, Sports Direct, 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.
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Mike Cundall
Chief Operating Officer
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As our COO, Mike has crucial responsibility for operational delivery across the business and works with our various managers, consultants, and delivery teams to champion client success.

Mike joined Cantarus in 2009 as our first non-founder employee and has since risen through the business to his current position. During his time with the business, Mike has successfully led dozens of client projects for large, multinational, organisations in retail, not for profit, membership, and commercial organisations including for the likes of the Institute of Directors (IoD), The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, WHSmith and Frasers Group. Under Mike’s operational leadership, Cantarus has grown into one of the largest agencies in the North of England, that has consistently delivered high levels of customer satisfaction and world-class digital solutions to our circa 90 clients and partners.

Mike has a highly technical background, having graduated top of his year in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, and, as such, places a great deal of emphasis on the quality of the technical solutions we deliver to the market.
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.
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Mark Eichler
Principal Consultant - Community and Products
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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.
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Rebecca Doran
Head of Product Delivery
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Rebecca joined Cantarus in 2015 as a Developer and has since worked as an Analyst Developer and Consultant. In 2019 she was promoted to the role of Technical Delivery Manager. Shortly after that receiving that promotion, Rebecca was essential to Cantarus delivering a number of MemConnect App projects and refinements for such clients as RCGP, CIOB, and TOPRA. Rebecca’s vital role in accelerating the expansion and refinement of the MemConnect product offering was formally recognised in her promotion to the role of the Head of Product Delivery in 2021. Rebecca has also worked on and led major projects such as WHSmith, Sports Direct, The Children's Society, and 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).
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Yvonne Knowles
Office & Accounts Manager
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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.
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Rob Helsby
Head of Experience Design
Leading our multidisciplinary team of UX and Design specialists, Rob collaborates closely with the Board to ensure our creative services are delivered to the highest possible standards. Working across web, product and brand, he sets the design direction and creative strategy for our projects and ensures that we deliver best-in-class solutions that are simple, beautiful and effective. Rob brings a wealth of experience to Cantarus, having worked in the creative industries since 2010 for a number of leading agencies as well as client-side. He has travelled around the UK, Europe and Asia, collaborating with partners and specialists to deliver exceptional digital brand communications.
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Nick David
Principal Consultant - Strategic Consultancy
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As a Principal Consultant, Nick helps new and existing clients understand how technology can enable their business to meet its strategic aims. With over 20 years cross sector experience across digital transformation and strategy, eCommerce website management, digital marketing, information security and insight, Nick adds a wealth of insight to the Strategic Consulting team. Prior to moving into the consultancy sector, Nick has worked across a number of not-for-profits and commercial organisations, including the British Heart Foundation, Turning Point, and Home Learning College. He was formally the ‘Head of Digital’ at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
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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.
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Matt Elloy
Infrastructure Services Manager
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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.
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Reece Bartholomew
Customer Success Manager
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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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