Our management team

Prof. Adam Beaumont - Founder and CEO

As an ex-lecturer at the University of Leeds, a member of the elite Maserati 100 UK innovators. Adam, previously a communications specialist in the MoD, is a consistent innovator and technologist with a strong cyber security background. In 1998, he created telecommunications platform company, aql, identifying a need for software systems to be able to communicate with customers seamlessly.

He's a patron, trustee and governor - focusing on supporting organisations which inspire the next generation to be passionate, creative and curious about science and technology. He is also a passionate environmentalist and a Trustee of the Eden Project.

Adam is a tireless collaborator and connector and hosted the launch of the Northern Powerhouse concept at aql’s historic HQ.

His support also extends to investments – an active angel investor with a portfolio spanning healthcare, education, collaboration tools, and technology for social change. He founded the not-for-profit investment platform NorthInvest which drives co-investment in startups across the North of the UK. He is an alumnus and supporter of the University of Leeds and provides an award scheme and scholarships for students from underprivileged backgrounds.


Bill Brigden - Chief Technical Architect

Bill takes ownership of aql’s strategic technical direction with the managerial responsibility of our development and technical teams.

He has a demonstrated history of working in the ISP / telecommunications industry over the last 18 years. Bill focuses his efforts at aql in improving process, technical delivery and quality decision making.

Outside of work, Bill is an avid fan of photography, embedded electronics and spending time with his wife, twin girls and two golden retrievers.


Dr John Mama - Chief Scientific Officer

John is responsible, alongside our Chief Technical Architect for ensuring we follow logical research rigour around our extensive programme of R+D, but also providing an oversight into our environmental credentials and driving to minimise our impact and to create net-positive outcomes for our company both locally and globally, including our initiatives to donate waste datacentre heat to the region to reduce fuel poverty.

An alumnus of Leeds University, he trained as a Chemist and has worked in a hugely diverse skill set spanning dyes and pigments, ink-jet printing, cancer research, lasers and cosmetics.

John tries to challenge the accepted wisdom and can be heard constantly asking the question ‘why?’

When not challenging the world with “why”, John enjoys winning pub quizzes (sometimes), pottery, reading books, watching movies, playing video games and being a general all round geek.


Marcus Patrick CFO

Marcus heads up our finance team and is responsible for ensuring the integrity and development all of our financial operations. Marcus started his career in telecoms gaining experience across key financial and commercial disciplines and since then has worked in senior roles with management teams and stakeholders in a number of successful technology businesses in the North. Marcus is keen to see finance take a strong leadership role and is passionate about delivering results, customer service and driving change.

When not at work, Marcus enjoys spending time with friends and family and is also a keen sailor, regularly competing on the Yorkshire coast.


Ryan Hopson - Head of Data Centres and Critical Infrastructure

Ryan has 15+ years experience in the Data Centre, Facilities and Operations management and is now leading our Data Centre and Critical Infrastructure team here at aql.

Ryan promotes collaboration to create multidisciplinary teams that meet business requirements and promote a positive working environment. Ryan places a key emphasis on the growth and training of the Data Centre and the wider aql team to help both aql and its team reach their goals.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family taking walks and visiting sites around the UK. When time permits he takes a keen interest in mechanics especially cars building project cars with friends and constantly breaking and rebuilding his own ‘toy’ car.


Charli Land – Customer Experience Director

Charli leads our efforts to deliver phenomenal experiences for our customers, with management responsibility for our Support, Account Management & Service Management teams.

Charli joined aql at the beginning of 2019 after spending 4 years successfully managing & growing a team of Account Managers at the UK’s leading provider of clinical software. Charli specialises in building strong relationships with customers and partners alike to ensure companies work together to achieve their goals in partnership.

Outside of work, Charli enjoys spending time on home improvements and interior design.


Gill Brabham – HR & Business Services Director

Gill has operational and strategic responsibility for our people, regulatory compliance, business support and events functions. Prior to joining aql in July 2018, Gill’s career had been spent in the fashion industry, in a variety of HR and journalistic roles across exhibitions, trade and consumer publishing.

Gill is passionate about the transformational role HR can play in business, and works closely with the other members of the SLT to ensure aql is able to achieve its strategic aspirations through attracting, developing and retaining great people.

Outside of the office, Gill is a CIPD committee member, Samaritans listening volunteer and trainer, and is partial to long family walks and theatre visits.