Fast-track to new markets.

We set out to be known for thinking and doing things differently and to achieve better results than the average Distributor or VAD.  Our leadership team have all worked in Vendor, Distribution and Reseller environments which gives us deep insight into how to create an energised environment in which to do great business.

Through our vendors and partners we collectively bring unique perspectives and the ability to drive revenue from established and emerging cyber security technologies.

Vendor technologies are carefully chosen and we connect them with partners with the right skills and motivation to achieve great revenues.

Our  initiative led programme of value-added services offer our channel extensive resources that enhance their own capabilities and enable them to do great business.

With  offices in regions where we’re seeing huge potential growth, we have local knowledge and feet on the streets which makes us easy to do business with.

Leadership Team

John Quinn

John Quinn

Founder and CEO

John Quinn has spent most of his working life introducing new technologies into the sales channels of UK, Europe and the Middle East. These channels consist of Distributors, Resellers, VAR’s, SI’s, MSSP’s and Specialist organisations within Security and Networking. Organisations such as Netscreen/Juniper, Fortinet, ISS/IBM, F5 and several start-up Security Technology vendors from the US and Israeli technology communities, have been introduced by John into over 150 key partners in over 27 countries.

Vendors require far more than a fulfilment house from VAD’s today, especially given cloud and SaaS / Subscription based service offerings from most of the security vendors in the market. Progress Distribution was formed as a direct result of this failure to provide such a service and in turn now offer this market development and incubation true value add service for Vendors wishing to succeed in territories, where they have little or no solid representation.

Simon Burgess

Simon Burgess

Channel Director

Simon Burgess is the Channel Director for Progress, responsible for building relationships with existing Value Added Reseller’s as well as recruiting new one’s that can add value to the innovative Vendor’s Progress are introducing to the UK market.

Prior to Progress, Simon has built up experience and relationships in both the reseller and vendor side of the industry having worked for several years at Computacenter and more recently 12 years at Hewlett Packard. Simon’s focus has always been on the Business to Business commercial customer segment having held various senior sales and sales management positions responsible for Enterprise organisations.

Outside of work, Simon enjoys property development, traveling, hiking, cycling and photography and also spends as much time as possible with friends and family in North Norfolk where he lives.

Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson

Sales Director

A Sales Professional with over 20 years’ experience working within the Telco, Integrator, ISP, MSSP and EMEA software Vendor community.

Prior to acquisition and exit in 2012, i was CEO & co-founder of Essant Group for 8 Years – a leading Cisco Gold Partner ‘Data Center & Networks’ Integrator and Managed Services provider based in the UK.

Today, i’m focused on bringing new Cyber Security & Data Governance propositions to market, especially those that are disruptive and challenge the status quo set by legacy Vendors’

I’m also the only Leeds United fan in London.

Shelley Hirst

Shelley Hirst

Marketing Director

Shelley brings a wealth of marketing experience built over more than 25 years working in the IT Channel.

She was part of the highly successful marketing team at Newbridge Networks during the 1990s, prior to its multi-billion£ acquisition by telecoms giant, Alcatel. She went on to manage the Northern European Channel Marketing team for Alcatel Enterprise division, driving new business through their channel partner network.

In 2006, she founded SDH Marketing Ltd and has been working extensively with IT Vendors, Distributors and Resellers providing Marketing as a Service via her “Virtual CMO” and “Virtual Marketing Manager” programmes.

Adding Progress to her extensive client list, she’s responsible for our PR & Marketing programmes as well as offering support to our Vendors and Partners with creative, yet practical, marketing solutions that deliver sales results.

Gareth O'Sullivan

Gareth O'Sullivan

Managing Director, Ireland

Gareth has been involved in the software industry for 20 years and has been security focused for the last 12 years.

During his career he’s held a variety of roles from software engineering & testing through to technical presales, progressing through the ranks to senior management.

Prior to joining Progress he’d held a number of Senior EMEA Technical Sales roles for security vendors of both software and services such as WhiteHat Security, IBM & Watchfire and most recently has been involved in security, compliance & research focused consultancy within the genetics / healthcare industry.

 

Henrik Kindstedt

Henrik Kindstedt

Managing Director, Nordics & BeNeLux

Henrik’s curiosity is satisfied by learning and he’s passionate about acquiring new knowledge on many different subjects.

Areas of interest include leadership, management, operations, sales, security in general, information security, cyber security, alliance- partner- and vendor management, channel business as well as many other non professional areas.

He’s led change in the information security industry for more then 20 years now.  Previous experience includes roles such as Founder and Director in leading small firms as well as well established companies.

Angel Perez, BSc., MBA

Angel Perez, BSc., MBA

Country Manager, Spain

Angel is an entrepreneur with a broad knowledge of security and health sectors, research and development. He has a keen interest in Cyber security and a passion to make things happen.

He has a proven track record in commercial negotiation in very demanding environments having worked for clients such as NATO,  Telefónica, AIRBUS, to name a few.

His strategic vision for business development is backed by effective managerial skills and project management and has 20 years experience in the Iberian market.

 

 

 

 

Advisory Board

Valdimir Jirasek

Valdimir Jirasek

A security professional with over 21 years of IT industry practice and over 17 years in Information Security, IT Security, and Risk and Compliance disciplines: driving cyber security improvements in major enterprises such as T-Mobile, Tesco, DSG International, Nokia, Ofgem, WorldPay, and NXP Semiconductors.

Vladimir is highly regarded individual by his peers, clients and senior executives (e.g. CIOs and CTOs). He has a wealth of experience in aligning Security, Risk and Compliance strategies, with business needs.

Bob Mann

Bob Mann

Bob’s experience and understanding of risk and security issues has allowed him to develop a sound, pragmatic but flexible approach to winning clients over.

He possesses a confident and positive attitude to both leadership and management. Relishing the opportunities and challenges that the security field brings, he confidently demonstrates the skills, abilities, passion and drive required to overcome all obstacles. Bob is a key advisor to Progress on CISO requirements in corporate UK and is instrumental in shaping professional services revenue strategies across Europe.

Paul Allsop

Paul Allsop

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with 34 years of professional experience in practice and industry, largely focused on corporate and international taxation and more recently providing a broad range of finance related advisory and compliance services to smaller businesses. He has held positions in the UK and the US.

He’s the founder and managing director of Ashton Allsop, Chartered Accountants, Business and International Tax Advisors where he works with clients based in the UK and overseas.

Prior to founding Ashton Allsop, Paul was the Head of Tax, Europe and Tax Director of the Downstream Segment at BP plc.

 

Tony Haywood

Tony Haywood

 

An accomplished director, cyber security advisor, competency leader and information security officer.  He provides security consultancy expertise to some of the foremost Enterprises in EMEA.

He has vast experience in developing new and leading edge managed security services and has held senior positions as Programme and Project Support director for multi national corporate MSSP’s. Tony is helping Progress development their Advanced MSSP & SOC capabilities to white label for the EMEA VAR market.