Bill Rus­sell

Exec­u­tive Chairman

Bill Rus­sell joined acces­so as Exec­u­tive Chair­man in March 2019, to help guide the long-term growth plans and take on an inte­gral role in accesso’s investor rela­tions. He is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh USA Devel­op­ment Trust and also serves on three oth­er boards glob­al­ly. In the past, Rus­sell has held roles at SABA­Soft­ware, Inc., web­Meth­ods and Cog­nos, and has served in a vari­ety of roles in both pub­lic and pri­vate tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny boards in a career span­ning sev­er­al decades. He is also a Board Lead­er­ship Fel­low with the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Cor­po­rate Direc­tors (NACD), demon­strat­ing a com­mit­ment to the high­est stan­dards of board­room excellence.

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. 

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Pres­i­dent & Chief Exec­u­tive Officer

As Pres­i­dent and 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.

David Gammon

David Gam­mon

Non-Exec­u­tive Director

David Gam­mon has wide­spread expe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing and build­ing tech­nol­o­gy based busi­ness­es. Since 2001, Gam­mon has focused on find­ing, advis­ing and invest­ing in UK tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies. Gam­mon found­ed Rock­spring, an advi­so­ry and invest­ment firm, which focus­es on ear­ly stage tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies and where Gam­mon con­tin­ues as CEO today. Oth­er cur­rent posi­tions include a non-exec­u­tive direc­tor­ship at Fron­tier Devel­op­ments plc and Group Strate­gic Advi­sor to Mar­shall of Cam­bridge (Hold­ings) Limited.

Pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence includes NED and advi­sor at arti­fi­cial gen­er­al intel­li­gence com­pa­ny Deep­Mind Tech­nolo­gies Lim­it­ed, advi­sor to Hawk­wood Cap­i­tal LLP, NED at real time loca­tion tech­nol­o­gy spe­cial­ist Ubisense Trad­ing Lim­it­ed, NED at inter­net TV spe­cial­ist Amino Tech­nolo­gies plc, NED at smart meter­ing and soft­ware com­pa­ny BGlob­al plc and act­ing CFO at inter­net spe­cial­ist Envi­sion­al Solu­tions Lim­it­ed. Ear­li­er in his career Gam­mon worked as an invest­ment banker for over 15 years.

Gam­mon joined acces­so in Novem­ber 2010 and is chair­man of the remu­ner­a­tion com­mit­tee and the audit committee.

Karen Slatford

Karen Slat­ford

Non-Exec­u­tive 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. Slat­ford has also served since 2009 as Chair­man of The Foundry: a glob­al soft­ware com­pa­ny and since 2013 as a Non-Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Intel­liflo, a SaaS based finan­cial ser­vices soft­ware com­pa­ny. 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.

Andy Mal­pass

Inde­pen­dent 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 at acces­so.