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Last Updat­ed 8 April 2021.

acces­so Tech­nol­o­gy Group plc (the Com­pa­ny) is an AIM list­ed com­pa­ny (AIM: ACSO). We have active sub­sidiary com­pa­nies in sev­er­al coun­tries includ­ing the USA and Cana­da and gen­er­ate our rev­enue from tick­et­ing, mobile and eCom­merce tech­nolo­gies and vir­tu­al queu­ing solu­tions for the leisure, enter­tain­ment and cul­tur­al mar­kets. Our patent­ed and award-win­ning tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions dri­ve increased rev­enue for attrac­tion oper­a­tors whilst improv­ing the guest experience.

Board of Directors

Bill Russell

Bill Rus­sell

Non-Exec­u­tive Chairman

Bill Rus­sell joined acces­so as the Non-exec­u­tive Chair­man in March 2019, to lead the board and help dri­ve the short and long-term growth strat­e­gy for the com­pa­ny. Rus­sell also cur­rent­ly serves as the Non-exec­u­tive Chair­man of PROS Hold­ings Inc., which pro­vides AI-pow­ered solu­tions that opti­mize sell­ing in the dig­i­tal econ­o­my, and as the Non-exec­u­tive Chair­man of Pik­sel, an online video man­age­ment solu­tions provider. He is also a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh USA Devel­op­ment Trust and B.T. Mancini 

In the past Rus­sell has served on the boards of SABA Soft­ware, web­Meth­ods and Cog­nos, and has also served in a vari­ety of roles on the boards of sev­er­al pri­vate tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies in a career span­ning sev­er­al decades.

Rus­sell brings 23 years of career expe­ri­ence from a num­ber of senior man­age­ment roles at Hewlett Packard, includ­ing Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Hewlett Packard’s mul­ti-bil­lion-dol­lar Enter­prise Sys­tems Group and its Soft­ware Solu­tions Group. 

He holds a B.Sc. degree in Com­put­er Sci­ence from Edin­burgh Uni­ver­si­ty and is based in Sil­i­con Val­ley, CA

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Chief Exec­u­tive Officer

As Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer at acces­so, Steve Brown leads the day-to-day oper­a­tions of the company.

Like many attrac­tions indus­try vet­er­ans, Brown’s ear­ly theme park career began dur­ing col­lege as an hourly employ­ee at the Walt Dis­ney World Resort in Orlan­do. After a break to pur­sue his MBA, he returned to Dis­ney where he held a vari­ety of roles with increas­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty in finan­cial plan­ning and pric­ing strat­e­gy includ­ing devel­op­ment of revised mul­ti-day admis­sion offer­ings to incor­po­rate the open­ing of Disney’s Ani­mal King­dom. In 1999, Brown was named Direc­tor, Walt Dis­ney World Tick­et­ing where he led all aspects of the Resort’s tick­et­ing process across its nine gat­ed attrac­tions includ­ing pric­ing strat­e­gy, ful­fill­ment oper­a­tions, train­ing and finan­cial management.

In 2002 he was named Vice Pres­i­dent, Rev­enue Man­age­ment for the Dis­ney­land Resort in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia. Brown suc­cess­ful­ly drove dra­mat­ic growth in park admis­sions and hotel rev­enues through sig­nif­i­cant changes to strate­gic and pro­mo­tion­al pric­ing, the intro­duc­tion of new tick­et options and by lever­ag­ing tech­nol­o­gy to expand sales dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nels. In this broad based exec­u­tive role, he held pri­ma­ry finan­cial account­abil­i­ty for the Resort’s hotel and tick­et rev­enues, led all pro­mo­tion­al and strate­gic pric­ing efforts, and man­aged the atten­dance fore­cast­ing and vis­i­ta­tion research func­tions. In 2005 his role was expand­ed to encom­pass line-of-busi­ness respon­si­bil­i­ty for the Dis­ney­land Annu­al Passh­old­er pro­gram includ­ing acqui­si­tion and renew­al mar­ket­ing, passh­old­er expe­ri­ence opti­miza­tion, CRM and pric­ing strat­e­gy. Brown’s con­tri­bu­tions were key to the Dis­ney­land Resort’s 2005 – 2006 record finan­cial per­for­mance dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the land­mark attraction’s 50th anniversary.

Pri­or to join­ing acces­so, Brown served as the cor­po­rate Vice Pres­i­dent of Tick­et Strat­e­gy and Sales for Six Flags. While at Six Flags, he led a 220 per­son sales force respon­si­ble for dri­ving near­ly 35% of the company’s admis­sions rev­enue. Brown cham­pi­oned an over­haul of the company’s eCom­merce process, which dou­bled the already sig­nif­i­cant online sales and estab­lished Six Flags’ nation­al part­ner­ships with major dis­trib­u­tors includ­ing Expe­dia, Trav­e­loc­i­ty, Best Buy Reward Zone and Cost­co. He led a com­pre­hen­sive, research based review of the company’s tick­et pric­ing and devel­oped the strate­gic plan for 2007 price adjust­ments across the company’s North Amer­i­can theme parks and water parks. The imple­men­ta­tion of this plan con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly to 2007 atten­dance growth and the company’s pos­i­tive cash flow results for the first time in its history.

Brown received his MBA from the Goizue­ta Busi­ness School at Emory Uni­ver­si­ty in Atlanta and grad­u­at­ed with a BS in Mar­ket­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da in Tampa.

Fern MacDonald

Fern Mac­Don­ald

Chief Finan­cial Officer

As Chief Finan­cial Offi­cer, Fern Mac­Don­ald pro­vides lead­er­ship, direc­tion and man­age­ment to the organization’s glob­al finance and account­ing team includ­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty for report­ing, bud­get­ing, fore­cast­ing, com­pli­ance and tax­a­tion as well as sup­port­ing M&A activity.

Mac­Don­ald joined acces­so in May 2018 bring­ing over 16 years of finance and account­ing expe­ri­ence from both prac­tice and indus­try. Mac­Don­ald is both a Char­tered Accoun­tant and CPA and holds a BA from Dublin City Uni­ver­si­ty, Ireland.

Pri­or to join­ing acces­so, Mac­Don­ald spent 8 years with pri­vate equi­ty backed com­pa­ny ZeroChaos, ulti­mate­ly serv­ing as Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Finance, sup­port­ing the glob­al finance oper­a­tions, from their US head­quar­ters, through a peri­od of sig­nif­i­cant growth and acquis­i­tive activ­i­ty. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Mac­Don­ald was a senior man­ag­er with Ernst & Young, serv­ing a series of pub­lic and pri­vate clients from both the Dublin, Ire­land and Moscow, Rus­sia offices.

Karen Slatford

Karen Slat­ford

Senior Inde­pen­dent Director

Karen Slat­ford has sig­nif­i­cant expe­ri­ence of work­ing in the glob­al tech­nol­o­gy and busi­ness are­nas, serv­ing cur­rent­ly as Senior Inde­pen­dent Direc­tor at Micro Focus Inter­na­tion­al plc and Soft­cat plc and as non-exec­u­tive chair of Drap­er Esprit plc. Between 1983 and 2001, Slat­ford worked at Hewlett Packard where, in 2000, she became Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Man­ag­er World­wide Sales & Mar­ket­ing for the Busi­ness Cus­tomer Organ­i­sa­tion. She was respon­si­ble for sales of all Hewlett Packard’s prod­ucts, ser­vices and soft­ware to busi­ness cus­tomers globally.

Slat­ford is a mem­ber of the Audit Com­mit­tee and the Chair of accesso’s Remu­ner­a­tion Committee.

Andy Malpass

Andy Mal­pass

Non-Exec­u­tive Director

Andy Mal­pass has over 30 years’ expe­ri­ence in the soft­ware indus­try cov­er­ing both pri­vate and pub­lic com­pa­nies, includ­ing approx­i­mate­ly 20 years as Group Finance Direc­tor of Fidessa Group plc. Andy also served as Com­pa­ny Sec­re­tary of Fidessa Group plc for many years. He is cur­rent­ly an Inde­pen­dent Non-Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Chair of the Audit Com­mit­tee at Kain­os Group plc. Andy grad­u­at­ed with a BA (Hons) in Account­ing and Finance from Lan­cast­er Uni­ver­si­ty and is a Fel­low of the Char­tered Insti­tute of Man­age­ment Accountants. 

Andy is an Inde­pen­dent Non-Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Chair of the Audit Com­mit­tee and a mem­ber of the Remu­ner­a­tion Com­mit­tee at acces­so

Jody Madden

Jody Mad­den

Non-Exec­u­tive Director

Jody Mad­den is an expe­ri­enced tech­nol­o­gy leader with 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the media and enter­tain­ment indus­try, serv­ing cur­rent­ly as Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Foundry, a Lon­don-based cre­ative soft­ware devel­op­er. Pri­or to join­ing Foundry, Mad­den spent more than a decade in tech­nol­o­gy man­age­ment and stu­dio lead­er­ship roles at Indus­tri­al Light & Mag­ic, Lucas­film, and Dig­i­tal Domain. In addi­tion to her role on acces­so’s board, the Stan­ford grad­u­ate cur­rent­ly serves on the Board of Direc­tors of the Sus­tain­able Food Cen­ter, a Cen­tral Texas non-prof­it group.

Mad­den serves on acces­so’s Remu­ner­a­tion and Audit Committees.

Reg­u­la­to­ry Information

Share­hold­er Information

Total shares in issue as of 8 April 2021: 41,216,591

Share­hold­ers hold­ing in excess of 3% of issued share capital

Shareholders (as of 8 April 2021)
Shareholders (as of 8 April 2021) Shareholding Percent of Issued Share Capital
BlackRock, Inc.
BlackRock, Inc. Shareholding 3,324,929 Percent of Issued Share Capital 8.07%
Amati AIM VCT plc and T B Amati Investment Funds Limited
Amati AIM VCT plc and T B Amati Investment Funds Limited Shareholding 2,205,191 Percent of Issued Share Capital 5.35%
Long Path Partners LP
Long Path Partners LP Shareholding 2,158,236 Percent of Issued Share Capital 5.24%
Chelverton Asset Management Limited
Chelverton Asset Management Limited Shareholding 2,125,000 Percent of Issued Share Capital 5.16%
Allianz Global Investors GmbH
Allianz Global Investors GmbH Shareholding 2,040,253 Percent of Issued Share Capital 4.95%
Canaccord Genuity Group Inc
Canaccord Genuity Group Inc Shareholding 1,835,880 Percent of Issued Share Capital 4.45%
M&G plc
M&G plc Shareholding 1,783,974 Percent of Issued Share Capital 4.33%
Jupiter Asset Management Ltd
Jupiter Asset Management Ltd Shareholding 1,566,500 Percent of Issued Share Capital 3.80%
Liontrust Investment Partners LLP
Liontrust Investment Partners LLP Shareholding 1,558,155 Percent of Issued Share Capital 3.78%
Pershing Securities Limited (via Pershing Nominees Limited)
Pershing Securities Limited (via Pershing Nominees Limited) Shareholding 1,379,311 Percent of Issued Share Capital 3.35%

Shares not in pub­lic hands (as of 8 April 2021)

Name
Name Shares Held Percent of Issued Share Capital
Mr. Steve Brown
Mr. Steve Brown Shares Held 678,774 Percent of Issued Share Capital 1.65%
Mr. Bill Russell (either personally or has an interest in)
Mr. Bill Russell (either personally or has an interest in) Shares Held 45,307 Percent of Issued Share Capital 0.11%
Mr. Andy Malpass (either personally or has an interest in)
Mr. Andy Malpass (either personally or has an interest in) Shares Held 23,424 Percent of Issued Share Capital 0.06%
Ms. Karen Slatford
Ms. Karen Slatford Shares Held 16,549 Percent of Issued Share Capital 0.04%
Ms. Fern MacDonald
Ms. Fern MacDonald Shares Held 15,000 Percent of Issued Share Capital 0.04%
Total
Total Shares Held 779,054 Percent of Issued Share Capital 1.89%

Advi­sors

For details of the invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ty with acces­so Tech­nol­o­gy Group plc, please contact:

Nominated Advisor and Sole Broker

Numis Securities Limited The London Stock Exchange Building 10 Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7LT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7260 1000

Registered Office

Unit 5, The Pavilions, Ruscombe Park, Twyford, Berks, RG10 9NN, UK

Tel: +44 (0)118 934 7400

Company Secretary

Martha Bruce, Bruce Wallace Associates Limited, 118 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED

Tel: +44 (0)788 437 8836

Financial Public Relations

FTI Consulting LLP, 200 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HD

Tel: +44 (0)207 831 3113

Auditors

KPMG LLP, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Reading, RG7 4SD

Registrars

SLC Registrars Limited, Elder House, St Georges Business Park, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0TS