Leadership Team

IT Business Experts

IT Business Experts

Since starting Pace IT Systems in 2007 we’ve built a highly-respected team of software development experts with a clear focus on improving existing IT systems technology infrastructure, practice, application and operational efficiency.

Our client base includes a diverse range of cross-sector of established and emerging brands, all demanding the maximum from their IT investment. We appreciate that our continued success relies on the high levels of business and technical experience held by our IT business experts, and we seek the same from all new hires.

Andrew Brown

Managing Director & co-owner. Andy founded Pace IT Systems in 2007 and provides support to all Pace IT and Pace Commerce clients. Andy is a software development expert with over 20 years' experience which includes harnessing multi-vendor platforms and Progress Software client software. His support for our software management team ensures the successful design and implementation of our clients’ IT systems across a range of industry sectors from Automotive to Utilities. Andy is also a certified Prince II project management practitioner.

David Ritchie

Director and co-owner. David oversees client development for Pace IT Systems. David’s experience includes strategic business development roles in the banking, data and software sectors and launching ultimately and divesting, a successful online resourcing business. David’s experience helps us to win key clients and projects and to drive revenue growth on behalf of our clients businesses. David is also a certified Prince II project management practitioner.

James Leckenby

As Head of Technology, James is responsible for the innovation and maintenance of the technology used within Pace (both software and infrastructure). As part of the project lifecycle, he also leads the technical pre-sales process and continues to provide his technical expertise throughout the project.

James has been with Pace since 2010, and has delivered bespoke IT modernisation and transformation projects to clients like Allsop, Powerleague, Reeds Rains, Your Move and SSE. His passion and drive enable Pace to deliver rapid development using modern technologies, providing future-proof and expand software solutions.

Chris Kirkham

Operations Director. Chris is responsible for the overall delivery of software and managed service projects within Pace IT, and making sure the operational processes used within the company deliver the results that exceed our clients expectations.

He has over 20 years' experience encompassing the full software development lifecycle across a wide range of business sectors and leads a highly prized management team at Pace IT. Chris’s track record includes managing and leading end-user development teams enabling him to bring a unique user perspective to Pace IT’s diverse and challenging client projects.

Nicola Brown

Head of Finance & Operations. Nicola has a natural talent for numbers having worked in the banking sector for 10 years. After leaving banking Nicola moved industries, going on to manage her successful e-Commerce business which she sold in 2007 to launch Pace IT Systems Ltd. Nicola's business, banking and organisational skills ensure that Pace always keeps pace!

Paul Carey

Service Delivery Manager. Paul joined Pace IT Systems in April 2017. Since joining the Business he has successfully implemented a Quality Assurance strategy; ensuring all Client software meets and exceeds expectations. Paul identifies Client needs and oversees the delivery of Pace IT System’s services. Using his previous experiences and established skill set, Paul develops and executes effective processes which consistently deliver high levels of customer service in a cost effective manner.

Chris Mortimer

Development Manager. Chris has 20 years software development experience, having worked across a range of business sectors from gaming to insurance. Chris has excellent technical skills, and very strong experience of communicating with customers in a simple, non-technical way. With a passion for improvement, Chris has joined Pace IT to not only add to our existing excellent technical team, but to support and focus on ways of working that ultimately improve the software we deliver to our clients.