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Gamma Communications appoints Martin Hellawell as Chair
Fri, 26th May 2023

Gamma Communications plc, a leading technology-based provider of communication services, is set to welcome Martin Hellawell as Chair and Non-Executive Director of the Board starting 1 July 2023. Hellawell will succeed Richard Last, who announced earlier this year he would step down after nine impressive years at the helm.

Throughout his distinguished career, Hellawell has amassed a wealth of experience, serving in multiple prominent roles within the IT industry, including his current positions as Non-Executive Chair of Softcat plc, Raspberry Pi Limited, and AIM-listed musicMagpie plc. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Team17 plc.

His earlier achievements include a successful 12-year stint as the Chief Executive of Softcat from 2006 to 2018. During this time, he led the company's flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2015 and spearheaded various acquisitions at Computacenter plc in the UK, Belgium, and Germany.

Henrietta Marsh, Senior Independent Director, expressed enthusiasm about the appointment, saying, ”The Board is delighted to have attracted a candidate with the qualities and experience of Martin. His commercial track record and industry background means he will provide outstanding direction and support for the Board and management team as Gamma focuses on its next stage of growth."

Andrew Belshaw, CEO at Gamma, echoed the excitement, saying, "With the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, I am confident that Martin's expertise and guidance will be instrumental in helping Gamma grow in the times ahead."

Outgoing Chair Richard Last reflected on Gamma's achievements, stating, "Gamma has achieved a huge amount since 2014 when it went public, with a market cap of c £165m. Today, the business is valued at over £1.1bn with operations across Europe."

Upon his appointment, Hellawell expressed his excitement, stating, "There are some exciting opportunities, and I am looking forward to working with the Board and management to help Gamma capitalise on those in the times ahead.”

Gamma's entire board is excited to work with Hellawell and believes his expertise will be invaluable in realizing Gamma's vision for the future.