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Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Michael Mordey with Technically Compatible

Technically Compatible adds trio to team

A TRAIL-BLAZING SaaS business that matches employers with the perfect tech talent, has added to its own team with three significant appointments.

Technically Compatible, a Sunderland Software Centre based business that helps recruiters make better hires and chief technical officers build stronger teams, has announced the appointment of a new chair of the board, a head of customer success and a marketing manager, as it continues on a pathway of rapid growth. 

The company, which offers software that allows businesses to test the technical competency of potential recruits as well as their existing staff, is fast growing and currently operates in over 40 countries worldwide including the Philippines, the US and Australia. It has ambitious plans to double its customer base and more than double revenues in the coming year.

Newly appointed chair, Ross Miller, who had a high-flying career at Compaq before getting into the world of tech startups in the early noughties, has vast experience of scaling ventures and raising funds to achieve highly profitable businesses. He believes Technically Compatible is a start-up that is going places, and see his own appointment and that of his two executive colleagues in amplifying this growth. 

He said: “Technically Compatible is a tech disruptor; we have transformed the way our clients recruit and a great many employers will feel the benefit of software that allows them to make more informed recruitment decisions.

“I am delighted to be joining Technically Compatible at such an exciting time in the company’s development. I’m looking forward to what we can achieve, working with Mike and the team.”

Ross replaces Maurice Whittle, who has chaired the board for five years. He is joined by new executive recruits Isabel Herrera and Kevin Clohesy who joined in April and May respectively. 

New marketing manager Isabel moved to the business from Newcastle Building Society, where she held a position as marketing manager for advice and third party products, having relocated to the region in 2018. Kevin, who will lead a customer service focused team ensuring client projects run as smoothly as possible, has joined the firm from tech giant Sage Plc, where he was pre-sales manager, having been with the business for almost 15 years. 

Speaking of the appointments, Mike Rohan, CEO of Technically Compatible, said: “These are important new appointments that signify the ambition that exists in the business. 

“Adding Ross as chair of Technically Compatible will focus the board towards accelerating the growth of the business, ensuring we maximise the funding we have attracted to date. And our two executive appointments, Kevin and Isabel, are equally important. 

“Kevin has learned from the best when it comes to designing service propositions that delight customers and his attention to detail in the delivery phase is second to none, while Isabel brings a wealth of marketing expertise, having built a career with global brands that will serve her well as we grow this business. Her track record, combined with her creative flair and attention to detail, make her the the best marketer I’ve ever had the privilege to interview.

“We’re delighted to have them on the team.”

Since an injection of finance in October 2018,  the company has recruited - on average - one person per month, with more appointments in the pipeline, including a junior developer who will start in June. By then end of the year the company plans to have doubled in size compared to last year, and is moving into a new office space within the Software Centre to accommodate its growth. 

Mr Rohan added: “We really do have a category-killing product, and one that we know is valuable to customers not only on our doorstep, but nationally and internationally. We’ve assembled a team that can catapult the business forward. Our market position is only growing stronger as we make key strategic appointments such as these.”

The company boasts a client list that includes Sage, Next, the Home Office, Land Registry and NHS Digital, as well as global corporations such as KPMG.

Its growth has been well-supported by Sunderland City Council’s business investment team.

Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Michael Mordey, said: “Technically Compatible is just one of many fast-growing technology businesses that are thriving in Sunderland, creating jobs and economic advantage for the area.

“Mike and the team at Technically Compatible are blazing a trail in their market and with three key new appointments, we look forward to watching them further their growth in the city.”

For more information about Technically Compatible, visit www.technicallycompatible.com, emailhello@technicallycompatible.com or follow Technically Compatible on LinkedIn.  And to find out more about Sunderland as a place for software, visit www.makeitsunderland.com, call 0191 561 1194, or email info@makeitsunderland.com.  Or follow @MakeitSund on Twitter for updates from the city.