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We have achieved our market leadership by growing and building an enviable pool of talent, not just through our Executive, but across all of our teams at all levels of the organisation.

Dan Montagnani

Dan Montagnani

Chief Executive Officer

Dan Montagnani

Dan has been in the environmental risk arena for 25 years. In his early career there was a focus on more traditional advisory work with particular emphasis on financial and investment clients. Latterly he has been responsible for leading the Groundsure business, focused on optimising the delivery of data intelligence solutions into the UK property market. Dan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Trustee of the South Downs National Park.

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm currently leads all commercial and client services divisions at Groundsure, but has been at Groundsure for 12 years in various management roles including sales and marketing. He has a B Com in Business Management and has played a critical role in delivering and supporting the GI market in various projects during his time at Ordnance Survey. He is a key member of the Groundsure Executive Team – developing and delivering on the business strategy. Malcolm is responsible for ensuring Groundsure exceeds revenue performance and customer expectations in delivering the best products and services through the Searches and Insights teams. He also leads the Customer Service and Technical Support Teams managing all inbound and outbound client content and queries – maintaining the highest level of support and service delivery for all our clients.

Julian Cohen

Julian Cohen

Chief Technology Officer

Julian Cohen

Julian has over 15 years working within development teams. Having spent the majority of his childhood playing with computers he went on to study Computer Science at University.  He’s worked across several areas of tech, from Infrastructure admin to frontend and backend development. He now runs the IT and Development teams here at Groundsure.

Jonathan Buckle

Jonathan Buckle

Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Buckle

Jon has over 20 years experience in Finance, starting his career in Accounting Practice before moving to the Commercial sector. Jon has a background in high growth entrepreneurial businesses primarily in the Technology and Manufacturing sectors. Jon joined Groundsure as Chief Financial Officer in February 2021.

Gary Miller

Gary Miller

Sales Director

Gary Miller

Gary started his career in the Financial Services Industry, working in both pensions, life and investments for over 6 years. Prior to this Gary has been in the conveyancing sector for 18 years, with a variety of roles including Commercial Manager/Account Management/Product Development and Channel Management. Gary has a very strong passion for Sales/Account Management/Customer Service and now heads up a team managing the largest search providers/lenders and solicitors in the UK for the Searches division of Groundsure.

David Kempster

David Kempster

Marketing Director

David Kempster

David has been involved with Environmental Risk and Property Data marketing for over 15 years, working across a wide range of organisations in legal services, environmental/management
consultancy and Government. He has a long and successful track record launching and growing products and brands, devising and executing marketing strategy with powerful and compelling campaigns, built around his detailed understanding of clients’ needs.

Catherine Shiers

Catherine Shiers

Head of Customer Support

Catherine Shiers

Cat has been at Groundsure for over 9 years in various roles and is now Head of Customer Support. She has a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Management and manages the Customer Service and Technical Communications Teams, responsible for all inbound and outbound customer queries, customer training and the creation of all content. She acts as a conduit between sales, product and marketing, ensuring the customer is at the heart of everything we do. Outside of work she loves a good catch up with friends, travelling, going to gigs and has recently got into running.

Stuart Telfer

Stuart Telfer

VP of Operations

Stuart Telfer

Stuart joined Groundsure in 2004 as Technical Support Manager, before becoming Operations Director. Stuart’s background is as a chemist, with over 20 years experience specialising in contaminated land and human health risk assessment. Prior to Groundsure, Stuart worked for several large multidisciplinary consultancies including Southern Water Technology Group, Halcrow and Rail Link Engineering. Since joining Groundsure his practical knowledge of contaminated land and environmental datasets have resulted in the creation of several market leading due diligence reports. Stuart holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry.

Jiten Yagnik

Jiten Yagnik

Product Director

Jiten Yagnik

Jit leads the Product function in Groundsure, ensuring the products remain market leading and innovative. He has over 10 years of innovative product experience across multiple industries including fintech and retail technology. He has a particular interest in the property industry having built a previous prop-tech business is passionate about Groundsure’s vision to be the global leader in Climate change insights.

Ceri Sansom

Ceri Sansom

Consultancy Director

Ceri Sansom

Ceri is a Consultancy Director at Groundsure, overseeing the delivery of residential and commercial searches. With 25 years UK and international experience she has worked for utility companies, multidisciplinary consultancy and government in a range of environmental roles. She values bringing out the best in a team encouraging a pragmatic approach using the best method for the project, either a standard report, or taking a more bespoke approach if it can give better results.

Paul Mee

Paul Mee

Head of Human Resources

Paul Mee

Emma Futter

Emma Futter

Head of Transformation & Delivery

Emma Futter

Emma is a member of the Groundsure Executive Team and is responsible for managing the delivery of strategic projects and business transformation activities. She acts as the scrum master for the product development teams and champions Agile principles and practices throughout the business.

Jane Easton

Jane Easton

Head of Finance

Jane Easton

Jane started her career in the financial sector in 1993. She started working in accountancy practice as an auditor, moving into the commercial sector some 10 years later. Prior to Mining Searches UK, Jane worked for a large manufacturing company as their financial administrator for 10 years.

Alistair Wright

Alistair Wright

Consultant - Lending Market

Alistair Wright

Alistair joined us after 38 years at Barclays in their Environmental Risk Management Unit. He was responsible for developing and implementing their Environmental Risk policy and procedures across their UK commercial lending book.
He has extensive practical experience in the impact of Direct and Indirect risk as it relates to corporate customers [both SME & Larger]. More recently he was responsible for leading the integration of Climate Risk across Barclays’ UK commercial lending book.
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Keith Davidson

Keith Davidson

Advisor

Keith Davidson

Keith is top ranked for environmental law in the Chambers UK Guide and Legal 500. He provides high level environmental support in corporate and property transactions, with particular expertise with contaminated land, asbestos and environmental insurance.
Keith started his career at Nabarro in London and spent five years at Eversheds before becoming a partner at Cobbetts in 2012.
In 2014 he headed the environment team at LexisNexis in London, drafting environmental precedents and toolkits for corporate and property lawyers.
He is a former Environment Commissioner for Greater Manchester and Council Member for the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.

Keith is a regulator speaker on contaminated land issues and is on the Consulting Editorial Board for Lexis Environment PSL and the Technical Steering Group for the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

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Stephen Sykes

Stephen Sykes

Advisor

Stephen Sykes

Stephen is a leading environmental and insurance lawyer, specialising in mitigating ESG liabilities for corporates, lenders and public sector bodies.
He is a specialist in ESG, contaminated land and environmental insurance and has
co-founded several successful ventures in the environmental data, insurance and consulting sectors.
He is managing partner of The Sykes Partnership LLP and is an experienced chair and Non-Executive Director of environmental organisations. He is Past Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) between 2015-17.
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