Meet Our Team

Mark Donaldson - CEO

Mark Donaldson

CEO

Mark has been working with SMEs for over 16 years. A qualified Chartered Accountant in practice, he left Grant Thornton in 2009 to set up his own FD consultancy.

Mark has been the FD of a manufacturing business for 15 years; CFO for biotech, healthcare and life sciences companies; and led a number of bespoke data reporting implementation projects for SMEs.

James Carter - CTO

James Carter

CTO

James has been helping companies large and small make sense of their data for the last 9 years.

Previously at Capita, James brings a wealth of technical know-how and project management experience to the Cascade50 team.

Howard Hackney - Chairman of Advisors

Howard Hackney

Chairman of Advisors

Howard has been advising SMEs and Family businesses for over 35 years. He was a Partner at Grant Thornton for over 25 years, before setting up his own advisory only boutique practice.

Howard was North West Regional Marketing partner for 10 years and Head of family business nationally. He was winner of the CBI best business adviser of the year 2002 award.

Alan Philips - Advisor

Alan Phillips

Advisor

Alan has been running IT companies since 2001. His first venture was 7Safe Ltd, which won the ‘Cambridge Evening news Small Business of the Year’ award in 2007. As founder and CEO, Alan led the exit to PA Consulting Group in 2012.

Since then, Alan has been involved with several ventures including a news and information website for the corporate bond market, performance marketing and mobile app development.