18th May 2018

Brings 35 years technology sector experience and one of the founders of Microsoft Europe

Lincoln, 18 May: Converged ICT Services Provider GCI is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick De Smedt as Non-Executive Chairman. Patrick brings a wealth of experience to GCI including 23 years with Microsoft which he joined in 1983 when it was a mere 200 employees. Patrick was one of its first appointments in Europe and his career culminated in the role of Chairman for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has since joined a number of public and private (equity backed) Boards, since leaving Microsoft at the end of 2006 including Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd, Morgan Sindall Plc, PageGroup Plc, Victrex Plc and KCOM Group Plc.

The appointment sees current Chairman Wayne Martin step down from the role but remain on the GCI board. This follows Wayne having successfully overseen Mayfair Equity Partners (“Mayfair”) taking a majority stake in the business on the 8th May and bringing with it a new strategic fund worth over £60 million to provide GCI with significant financial firepower to finance future strategic acquisitions.

Adrian Thirkill, CEO of GCI says: “We’re looking forward to working with Patrick as we begin an exciting new phase in GCI’s growth story. As one of Microsoft’s key UK partners Patrick’s experience aligns perfectly to what we need as a business. I have worked with Patrick in a previous role and know what a great strategic thinker he is, as well as his passion for technology and supporting high growth businesses. It’s a perfect fit for GCI.”

Patrick De Smedt said: “The market is still at the early stages of outsourcing mission critical systems and IT infrastructure, with consumers, brands and government bodies quickly becoming aware of the real benefits available. I look forward to working with both Adrian and Mayfair Equity Partners again to realise the business’ vision.”

Commenting on the appointment, Mayfair Partner, Waqqas Ahmad, said: “Wayne has built a thriving business and leaves a proud legacy which we know Patrick will help build on. We have worked with Patrick successfully on a number of businesses across the sector over the years and his experience at guiding enterprise level strategy, and his deep industry connections, will be of invaluable support to GCI as it enters its next phase of growth.”

GCI has 4000+ customers across the public and private sectors including Sunlife, Shelter, Prospect Union, Dimensions, Parliamentary Digital Services, Trafford Council, University of London, FieldFisher, Keoghs, Marie Curie, Yamaha WorldSBK, Merlin Entertainment and Center Parcs. The company is passionate about delivering digital transformations through technology to deliver positive business outcomes for its customers – transforming their traditional environments to digital ‘business as usual’, with strategic partners including Microsoft and Enghouse Interactive.

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GCI is one of the UK’s leading Converged ICT Service Providers, with offices across the country from Poole on the South Coast to Glasgow. It provides a suite of managed services designed around five integrated technology pillars: Full IT Support, Unified Communications, Cloud, Security & Compliance and Network & Infrastructure.

GCI’s services and solutions are all about influencing positive business outcomes. They are designed to address customer challenges and support organisations on their journey through digital transformation to digital business. GCI provides a consultative service backed by more than 225 technical staff from its 500-strong workforce. Alongside its suite of end-to-end managed services, GCI also aspires to be synonymous with best-in-class Skype for Business Solutions, Contact Centre Solutions and Managed Services.

GCI is ISO 9001, 14001, 20000 and 27001 certified, and has multiple Silver, Gold and Platinum certifications including 8 Gold certifications for Microsoft alone. It is one of a handful of providers to manage its own Level-1 certified PCI DSS platform and is on 9 of 11 Public Sector Frameworks (RM1045).



Mayfair Equity Partners is a buyout and growth capital investor providing capital to dynamic businesses in the TMT and Consumer sectors. Its primary focus is on building strong partnerships with exceptional management teams. Mayfair is an investor in Ovo Energy, one of the UK’s leading independent domestic energy brands, YO!, the iconic Japanese restaurant group, Fox International, European’s leading independent fishing brand, Talon Outdoor, the UK’s only fully independent Out of Home specialist media agency and Tour Partner Group, a leading B2B Destination Management Company focused on inbound group holidays specialising in the UK, Irish and Nordic markets, SuperAwesome, a digital marketing business whose technology platform enables brands and agencies to deliver kid-safe digital advertising to under-thirteen audiences, and Promise Gluten Free, an innovative gluten-free bakery.