Sean Taylor

Global CEO
Joined in: Co-founder (2005)
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Co-founder & Global CEO of Content Guru

    Sean is heavily involved with the strategic direction of Content Guru, working at a technical level with the core teams that define high-level product design and commercially on the company’s go-to-market strategy, including the establishment of key partnerships.

  • Previous Experience

    Before co-founding Redwood and Content Guru, Sean worked in the engineering team of Rhetorex Inc. (acquired by Lucent), a pioneer in the field of Computer Telephony, both in the UK and in San Jose, California. He was a member of the CBI’s Enterprise Forum and is currently part of its AI Working Group.

  • Charitable Work

    In January 2018 Sean was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, and he serves with numerous charitable and voluntary organizations in the area, including as a Trustee of Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), a charity specializing in the care of vulnerable adults and children. Having represented Berkshire at county level in cross-country running as a teenager, he is now President of Bracknell Athletics Club.

  • Education

    Sean holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Electronics and Computer Science from King’s College, University of London and maintains links with the university through the annually awarded Redwood Technologies Prize for Best Performance in the MSc Telecommunications and Internet Technology programme.

Martin Taylor

Deputy CEO
Joined in: Co-founder (2005)
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Co-Founder & Deputy CEO of Content Guru

    Martin Taylor is one of the co-founders of Content Guru, responsible for strategic market development and the company’s public sector practice. The coiner of the storm brand and a leading innovator in the field of cloud-based enterprise communications, Martin is a regular speaker at international conferences and in the media.

  • Previous Experience

    After graduating from King’s College, University of London, with a BSc(Hons) in Business Management, Martin worked as a futures market analyst in Asia. He returned to the UK to help launch Redwood Technologies in 1993, developing new overseas territories – particularly emerging markets – and adapting Redwood’s powerful and unique core technology for new sectors.

    A pioneer in real-time billing, Martin’s early work with deregulated telecommunications operators led directly to the multi-tenanted, multi-level, multimedia accounting nature of Content Guru’s storm services. Martin also devised a number of important interactive media and payment applications that are today commonplace around the world.

  • Interests

    Martin sits on the CBI Intellectual Property Committee and on the Advisory Board of the Department of Management at King’s College London, where he delivers occasional lectures on strategy and entrepreneurship. In his spare time Martin is a keen runner, having once been the Berkshire cross country champion and competing, along with Sean, in the English Schools Cross Country Championships.

John Rees

Chief Operating Officer
Joined in: 2010
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Chief Operating Officer at Content Guru

    John Rees is Content Guru’s Chief Operating Officer, managing the development of key accounts and driving expansion into international markets, particularly the US. Responsible for the commercial strategy of the company since 2010, John gained experience developing businesses during his time at 8el, a UK-focused voice and data carrier that he co-founded. John’s main area of responsibility was overseeing the financial and commercial day-to-day activities of the business. These included management and financial reporting, the business model and legal and supplier relationships.

  • Education & Interests

    John graduated from Durham University with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Economics. An avid cricket fan, until recently he was captain of his local team, and he continues to manage the grounds alongside playing hockey and spending time with his family.

Robert Mansfield

Joined in: 2005
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • CTO at Content Guru

    Robert Mansfield is the Chief Technology Officer at Content Guru. As CTO, he oversees the strategic international development of storm and the management of future product releases, with responsibilities ranging from software development to network design and security.

    He has a key responsibility for managing and implementing the software development methodologies that underpin Content Guru’s communications architecture, and has been instrumental in introducing Agile development techniques and KanBan organizational processes across the business.

  • Previous Experience

    Robert joined the Group in 1996 from Lucent Technologies Computer Telephony Products division (formerly Rhetorex Inc.), where he worked from graduation, having started in technical support and finished as Engineering Manager. He graduated from King’s College London with a BEng (Hons) in Electronics and Computer Science.

Craig Miller

Vice President - EU, APAC & Americas
Joined in: 2019
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Vice President - EU, APAC & Americas

    Craig Miller is Vice President EU, APAC & Americas at Content Guru. In this role, he takes responsibility for the company’s established markets such as the US, Europe, and Japan, as well as for driving strategic growth in new territories.

  • Previous Experience & Interests

    Craig has more than 25 years of experience in organizations spanning in size from global enterprises to pre- and post-funded start-ups. He has held senior positions in Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Computer Sciences Corporation (now DXC Technology) and Whitbread PLC. Throughout his career he has delivered business growth, focusing on developing value for clients through the deployment of technology to solve business issues.

    In the early days of Content Guru, Craig worked closely with the founders to develop a go-to-market partnership with Cable & Wireless that has become the bedrock of the current partnership with Vodafone.

    In his spare time Craig is a qualified rugby referee and coaches at both Club and County level.

Andrew Casson

Vice President of Sales - Americas
Joined in: 2020
Location: Campbell, CA, USA (US Headquarters)

  • Vice President of Sales - Americas

    Andrew Casson is Vice President of Sales for the Americas. In this role, he has responsibility for overseeing the company’s expansion within the Americas. This builds on Andrew’s years of experience advising Content Guru on major contracts within the US market.

  • Previous Experience & Education

    After finishing his M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Andrew started his career at Bell Laboratories, before moving to Avaya for five years. He has spent the past 15 years supporting Federal Government clients in a trusted advisor role. In this position, he has received recognition for support of the Nuclear Security Summit, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial in 2010, several G20 summits, The Annapolis Conference, and countless other special events on behalf of the US Department of State.

    In his spare time, Andrew is an avid skier, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Michael Van Den Brink

Country Manager (Netherlands)
Joined in: 2013
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands (Benelux Headquarters)

  • Country Manager (Netherlands)

    Michael van den Brink is the Country Manager of Content Guru B.V., the Dutch branch of Content Guru. He joined the company in March 2013, bringing a wealth of management experience in the Dutch market from KPN, where he was serving as Director of Sales for Large Enterprise.

  • Education & Previous Experience

    After graduating from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences with a degree in Business Administration, Michael joined KPN’s Business Market division as a Project Manager, from which he rapidly progressed to the role of Implementation Manager for new releases of sales tools aimed at the consumer market.

    Following this, in December 2003 he became an Account Manager for the key Rotterdam region, where he worked with numerous large enterprise customers, before becoming a Key Account Manager for the Corporate Market across the entire Netherlands. Michael then moved on to become a Sales Manager at Newtel Essence, gaining experience in the contact center and customer relationship management (CRM) environments.

  • Interests

    A keen swimmer, Michael was Chairman of his local water polo and swim club for five years, and still enjoys the sport regularly. He does a lot of running, both for sport and after his three children.

Thomas Vogel

Country Manager (DACH)
Joined in: 2020
Location: Munich, Germany (DACH Headquarters)

  • Country Manager (DACH)

    Thomas Vogel is Country Manager for the DACH regions (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at Content Guru. He works from the company’s regional headquarters in Munich. In his role at Content Guru, Thomas uses his extensive experience in leading technology sales teams in Germany to drive the company’s growth in the DACH region and expand its customer base in German-speaking markets.

  • Previous Experience

    Thomas initially trained as a Qualified Bank Officer (IHK) at Deutsche Bank AG, before gaining extensive experience in various positions in the field sales force at companies including General Motors, IBM and Vodafone. Most recently, he has worked as a sales manager for Contact Center sales at Avaya Deutschland GmbH & Co KG and Polycom GmbH – where he was instrumental in significantly expanding sales of Video and UC solutions.

  • Interests

    In his spare time he likes driving his bike, goes skiing as much as possible and is an experienced windsurfer.

Chris Franklin

Head of Development Engineering
Joined in: 2017
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Head of Development Engineering

    Chris Franklin is the Head of Development Engineering at Content Guru, responsible for managing the company’s Research & Development arm and coordinating product strategy. His focus on innovation keeps emerging technologies and capabilities such as AI at the forefront of Content Guru’s development efforts while ensuring the team continues to optimize and expand core technology to support storm’s global scaling.

  • Previous Experience & Education

    Chris joined Content Guru in 2017 from GlaxoSmithKline, where he spent 7+ years as a CPMS (Clinical Pharmacology Modelling and Simulation) Development and Technologies Manager, and previously, Principal Technical Lead.

    Chris completed a PhD in Scattering Theory with Applications to Muon Catalyzed Fusion and Positron H2+ Collisions at The University of Nottingham, having previously graduated from St Johns College, Oxford, with a BA in Mathematics. While at university, Chris was awarded the Thomas White Scholarship, St. John’s College, Oxford (1989) and was in the final 12 for the British Mathematics Olympiad team (1987).

Matthew Chadd

Project Management Director
Joined in: 2005
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Project Management Director

    Matt has worked as part of the Redwood Technologies Group since 1995. In Content Guru, he oversees the Project Management team, responsible for delivering end-to-end cloud solutions through storm. Matt’s primary areas of focus are the company’s highly-successful utilities and healthcare deployments, which have won multiple industry awards for innovation and reliability.

  • Education & Interests

    Matt joined Redwood Technologies as a new graduate, having received a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Business Computer Systems at the University of Gloucestershire, and retains a fascination for all things technological. He is particularly excited about how developments in AI and Natural Language Processing will transform our daily lives, and he follows the progress of self-driving cars with interest. Matt has always loved travelling, and remembers his visits to other parts of the world fondly, especially his time in Peru and scuba-diving in Egyptian waters.

Sam Fuller

Customer Success Director
Joined in: 2021
Location: Bracknell, UK (Global Headquarters)

  • Customer Success Director

    Sam Fuller is Customer Success Director for the Redwood Technologies Group, with responsibility for driving value for the Group’s clients.

    Sam works closely with customer-facing teams at every touchpoint in the customer journey, ensuring that the company’s own CX reaches the high standards delivered by its end users.

  • Previous Experience

    Sam has 20 years in various Customer Service and Sales roles, most recently as Head of Experience for Bulb.