OUR TEAM

Huw Williams

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of Avantis Education, Huw leads the senior leadership team to form the company strategy and long-term vision. Huw has been in the education technology industry for over 20 years, 10 of those years running the global Sales and Marketing function at Avantis Education. Prior to joining the organisation, he ran multiple Business Development and Marketing teams in the education sphere, with both UK and global responsibilities.

Dr Rupert Rawnsley

Chief Science Officer

Rupert has served as the Chief Science Officer at Avantis Education since 2011 and is an expert in computing and telecommunications with 20 years' experience bringing commercially successful solutions to market. As a founder-director of Keima Limited, he supported the first 4G rollout in America, creating network design software for the next generation of mobile technologies. He has created many multi-million dollar products and currently leads the development team, which has received prestigious awards for technology and innovation in the academic sector. Rupert holds a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Information Engineering from Southampton University.

Alistair Hayward

Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer, Alistair is responsible for all aspects of revenue growth, territory expansion, client experience & satisfaction. Throughout his 20 year career in education technology, his leadership philosophy has always centred on forging strong relationships with partners and people to achieve collaborative goals with a shared purpose in mind. Alistair has held senior leadership roles with a number of blue-chip brands including Xerox, Hewlett Packard and Granada Learning. I in his last role with Promethean, he spearheaded the company's efforts to achieve No 1 status in the UK & Ireland, and Asia Pacific.

Gillian Rhodes

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Gillian brings 18 years of experience in education technology marketing. With a passion for driving transformation, she leads the team that drives marketing strategy and brand positioning, demand generation and all aspects of product and corporate marketing. In her prior role at Promethean, she was responsible for developing international markets alongside regional sales VP’s and delivering dynamic marketing strategies which addressed the diverse range of needs from emerging markets through to mature territories. Gill has a bachelor's degree in marketing & communication from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Wes Paetel

Chief Operations Officer

Wes joined Avantis Education in October 2021 with more than 18 years' experience and knowledge of delivering stakeholder expectations within the education sector. Prior to joining Avantis Education, Wes was Operations Director at Daydream Education, where he managed all aspects of the business and was actively involved in the management and delivery of projects from operations, marketing, product development and systems development. Wes's role as Operations Director is focused on managing the supply chain, production planning and delivering on stakeholder and customer expectations.

Dave Walters

Chief Finance Officer

As a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants David brings over 24 years' experience as a finance director, having worked across a number of sectors both in the UK and overseas. He has previously led a global finance team spanning 12 countries, multiple fund raising rounds and a large international private equity sale. David heads up the HR function for the group as well as finance, ensuring the group complies with all necessary regulations across the globe. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Bath.

Bruce Grove

Chief Technology Officer

Leading the technology strategy and teams for Avantis Education, Bruce has a broad spectrum of experience from a career spanning aerospace engineering, telecoms, cloud computing, and video game engines and platforms. With more than a decade spent working at some of the most high flying startups alongside some of Silicon Valley’s most creative, Bruce loves to build new things, solve impossible problems, and work with teams that strive to change the world. His product leadership portfolio includes; Tellme’s natural language VoIP platform, Dell’s XPS H2C, and OnLive’s cloud gaming service. Before joining Avantis Education, Bruce was the Co-Founder and CEO of Polystream, where he led the team building the http for Web3.0 with a vision of the 3D internet, proudly taking the company through the merger and acquisition into Mythical Games.

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