Board of Directors

Group 440


Richard Longdon

Non-Executive Chairman

Richard Longdon is a Non-executive Chairman of Ideagen. Richard joined the company on November 1st, 2019 as a Non-executive Director, a role he held until his appointment as Non-executive Chairman in May 2021. He has enjoyed a highly successful career in the technology sector, having spent 33 years with AVEVA Group where he was Chief Executive Officer for 17 years. During his time with AVEVA, the company successfully grew from a £7m management-buyout to a £42m public listing and was valued at £1.4bn when Richard retired from the board.

As well as AVEVA, Richard has also previously held positions of senior independent Non-Executive Director at listed Fidessa Plc and Alfa Financial plc. Richard has also worked successfully with Private Equity backed businesses serving as a Non-Executive Director at Prometheus Inc and nNn-Executive Chairman at Process Systems Enterprise Ltd.

As part of his role at Ideagen, Richard is a member of the Nomination Committee.


Ben Dorks

Chief Executive Officer

Ben Dorks was appointed Chief Executive in 2018 having previously served as Chief Customer Officer for Ideagen. In this role, Ben was responsible for the total relationship with Ideagen’s customers through the management of global sales, marketing, product and professional services.

As Chief Executive, Ben is responsible for the overall performance of the business with specific focus on operational excellence, customer acquisition and retention and product development. Ben joined Ideagen in 2013 via the acquisition of Plumtree Group where he served as Sales and Marketing Director and previously worked as a Sales Manager at TSF and Applied Group.


Emma Hayes

Chief Financial Officer

Emma Hayes is a chartered accountant, who joined Ideagen as CFO in July 2020.  She brings significant experience of financial management, corporate finance and accounting from a variety of industries as well as senior leadership experience within a listed company environment.  Prior to joining Ideagen, Emma was a Group Finance Director at Severn Trent PLC.  She started her career in audit with BDO before moving to Corporate Finance at Deloitte where she worked as a Director, advising a diverse range of corporate and private equity clients on M&A transactions.  

Emma’s understanding of financial operations, her leadership experience and ability to set financial strategy make her a valuable member of the Board.  She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first-class degree in English Literature and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.



Julian Clough

Non Executive Director

Julian is a chartered accountant. He joined Ideagen in November 2020 as a Non-executive Director.

Julian has wide-ranging commercial and advisory experience gained over an extensive career in finance with the last 23 years spent in partnership with international accounting firms, latterly with Mazars LLP. Having gained experience in audit, financial accounting and operational finance both in the UK and overseas he specialised in corporate finance establishing and leading teams focused on the provision of high quality financial due diligence to acquisitive businesses and independent advice and counsel to listed companies through the IPO process and beyond.

As part of his role at Ideagen, Julian is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Alan Carroll

Non-Executive Director

Alan has 25 years’ experience in the information systems industry during which he has worked in a senior capacity in the development of the Ministry of Defence’s Information System Strategy. He has also been a Senior Sales Manager and Advisor to a number of major companies. He is currently Managing Director of Ultris Limited and Ultris Information Services Limited which are focused on the UK confidential government market. Alan has an MSc in Design of Information Systems from Cranfield Institute of Technology. Alan was appointed to the Board in June 2012.

As part of his role at Ideagen, Alan is Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee.


Tony Rodriguez

Independent Non Executive Director

Tony is an experienced technology entrepreneur and software developer. After an early career in a number of blue-chip technology companies, he founded Avellino Technologies Ltd in 1997, and personally led the development of its data profiling software product, now known as TS Discovery, before its acquisition in 2004 by Harte Hanks Trillium. Subsequently, he founded X88 Software, since acquired by Experian in 2014, where he led, as CEO and CTO, the development of its data management product (now known as Experian Pandora), which was recognised as a visionary by Gartner.

As part of his role at Ideagen, Tony is a member of both the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee.

Gemma Gill

Gemma Gill

Company Secretary and Head of Tax

Gemma Gill joined Ideagen in November 2019 as Group Finance Manager – Statutory & Tax and was promoted to Company Secretary & Head of Tax in March 2021.

Gemma has a degree in Maths & Physics from the University of York and 20 years’ experience working in Corporate Tax and international tax. Gemma holds the ACA, CTA and ADIT qualifications.

Gemma’s previous roles have included Manager, Corporate Tax at Deloitte and Associate Director at RSM.