Meet the Executive Team

Beyond Cloud.

Simon Crawley-Trice
Simon Crawley-Trice
Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined Six Degrees in 2020, following a successful period at Rackspace where he was VP Global Solutions & Services EMEA. Simon is an accomplished technology leader, with over 20 years of experience in IT. For the past five years Simon has been leading the way in driving the innovation of cloud solutions across multiple regions.

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“I believe Six Degrees has the potential to be the biggest name in the UK secure cloud services market. The company has seen a great deal of success to date, and I’m excited to build on this success by further enhancing the mission-critical integrated solutions we deliver to clients."
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David Manuel
David Manuel
Chief Financial Officer

David joined Six Degrees in April 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Six Degrees David worked for Capita, where he served in a variety of roles, including Director of Group Finance and Interim Group CFO. David has previously worked in senior leadership roles with several pedigree brands, including Vodafone, Colt, BT Openreach, RBS, and Deloitte.

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"Six Degrees' fantastic portfolio speaks to what sets them apart from the mid-market; security is integrated through all of their products and services, particularly their cloud technology and their array of innovative solutions, which supports our new, hybrid way of working. There is immense opportunity in this space and Six Degrees has been up-front about its ambitions to scale; I'm excited to be at the forefront of that journey. We're in an increasingly complex, increasingly crowded space and I believe Six Degrees has the capacity to make doing business easy for our clients."
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Chris Abbott
Chris Abbott
Chief Operating Officer

Chris has over 30 years’ leadership experience, including more than 20 years in technology-enabled B2B companies in sales, operations, start-up, transition, and transformation.

He has a wide range of areas of expertise, including tech sector specialisation, managing the growth of large customers, business planning, global transformation programmes, delivery model solutions, sales leadership, organisation design, coaching and mentoring, and process engineering.

Starting his career in the British Army, Chris became an Equipment Support Manager and progressed from there. Spending a few years as global COO for Vision-Box, he has worked for big names such as HPE as a Vice President for Client Transformation and COO of EMEA.

Chris is an inclusive leader, with a history of coaching and mobilising high-performing teams over multiple sites to deliver measured services for up to 300,000 users globally and translating complex strategy into workable KPIs and achievable objectives.

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“What attracted me to Six Degrees was its commitment to its clients; that really shows in the strength of its portfolio. As our clients continue to pivot their digital transformations in this new, post-pandemic landscape, there really has been no better time for Six Degrees' unique propositions of security, data and Microsoft Public Cloud solutions. I'm excited to partner with Six Degrees' client companies in accelerating their technological transformations and truly taking them 'Beyond Cloud'."
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Gareth Lailey
Gareth Lailey
Chief Revenue Officer

Gareth is our Chief Revenue Officer, and he joined Six Degrees in late-2021. Gareth brings with him over 15 years’ experience guiding businesses through digital transformation, particularly in areas aligned with Six Degrees’ own expertise: public cloud, cyber security, agile workspace technology and professional services. Gareth joined Six Degrees from Rackspace, where he was most recently Sales Director.

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“The last few years have brought about a fundamental shift in how we do business. Organisations now better understand that cloud and cyber security are a journey, rather than a destination. Ways to optimise growth and ROI are constantly evolving, even as an increasingly complicated data security landscape presents greater reputational, financial and legal risks. Finding the right partner to guide your business is absolutely critical. I’m thrilled to work with Six Degrees, with its impressive track record of working with its clients to shape a technology roadmap that protects and promotes their businesses.”
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Phil Wood
Phil Wood
Chief Product Technology Officer

As our Chief Product Technology Officer, Phil’s role is to ensure we have the right proposition for our customers, with the right mix of products and services. Phil is an experienced technology leader, combining a collaborative approach and a culture of continuous improvement to transform businesses across a range of disciplines including cyber security, service management and software delivery. Phil joined Six Degrees from easyJet, where he served as Director of Services and Transformation Lead.

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“Many businesses share similar challenges: expanding their offering to meet their clients’ evolving needs; gaining additional capabilities and credentials to increase market share; reducing costs; minimising risk; and, fundamentally, growing revenue. I’m passionate about understanding my clients, working with them to solve their specific challenges, and enabling them to achieve what they want. Through its expertise in cloud, security and managed services, I believe Six Degrees is perfectly positioned to be the game-changer that a lot of businesses are looking for right now.”
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Simon Crawley-Trice
“I believe Six Degrees has the potential to be the biggest name in the UK secure cloud services market. The company has seen a great deal of success to date, and I’m excited to build on this success by further enhancing the mission-critical integrated solutions we deliver to clients."
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Simon Crawley-Trice
Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined Six Degrees in 2020, following a successful period at Rackspace where he was VP Global Solutions & Services EMEA. Simon is an accomplished technology leader, with over 20 years of experience in IT. For the past five years Simon has been leading the way in driving the innovation of cloud solutions across multiple regions.

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David Manuel
"Six Degrees' fantastic portfolio speaks to what sets them apart from the mid-market; security is integrated through all of their products and services, particularly their cloud technology and their array of innovative solutions, which supports our new, hybrid way of working. There is immense opportunity in this space and Six Degrees has been up-front about its ambitions to scale; I'm excited to be at the forefront of that journey. We're in an increasingly complex, increasingly crowded space and I believe Six Degrees has the capacity to make doing business easy for our clients."
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David Manuel
Chief Financial Officer

David joined Six Degrees in April 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Six Degrees David worked for Capita, where he served in a variety of roles, including Director of Group Finance and Interim Group CFO. David has previously worked in senior leadership roles with several pedigree brands, including Vodafone, Colt, BT Openreach, RBS, and Deloitte.

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Chris Abbott
"What attracted me to Six Degrees was its commitment to its clients; that really shows in the strength of its portfolio. As our clients continue to pivot their digital transformations in this new, post-pandemic landscape, there really has been no better time for Six Degrees' unique propositions of security, data and Microsoft Public Cloud solutions. I'm excited to partner with Six Degrees' client companies in accelerating their technological transformations and truly taking them 'Beyond Cloud'."
Arrow profile
Chris Abbott
Chief Operating Officer

Chris has over 30 years’ leadership experience, including more than 20 years in technology-enabled B2B companies in sales, operations, start-up, transition, and transformation.

He has a wide range of areas of expertise, including tech sector specialisation, managing the growth of large customers, business planning, global transformation programmes, delivery model solutions, sales leadership, organisation design, coaching and mentoring, and process engineering.

Starting his career in the British Army, Chris became an Equipment Support Manager and progressed from there. Spending a few years as global COO for Vision-Box, he has worked for big names such as HPE as a Vice President for Client Transformation and COO of EMEA.

Chris is an inclusive leader, with a history of coaching and mobilising high-performing teams over multiple sites to deliver measured services for up to 300,000 users globally and translating complex strategy into workable KPIs and achievable objectives.

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David Howson Profile Photo
Gareth Lailey
“The last few years have brought about a fundamental shift in how we do business. Organisations now better understand that cloud and cyber security are a journey, rather than a destination. Ways to optimise growth and ROI are constantly evolving, even as an increasingly complicated data security landscape presents greater reputational, financial and legal risks. Finding the right partner to guide your business is absolutely critical. I’m thrilled to work with Six Degrees, with its impressive track record of working with its clients to shape a technology roadmap that protects and promotes their businesses.”
Arrow profile
Gareth Lailey
Chief Revenue Officer

Gareth is our Chief Revenue Officer, and he joined Six Degrees in late-2021. Gareth brings with him over 15 years’ experience guiding businesses through digital transformation, particularly in areas aligned with Six Degrees’ own expertise: public cloud, cyber security, agile workspace technology and professional services. Gareth joined Six Degrees from Rackspace, where he was most recently Sales Director.

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Phil Wood
“Many businesses share similar challenges: expanding their offering to meet their clients’ evolving needs; gaining additional capabilities and credentials to increase market share; reducing costs; minimising risk; and, fundamentally, growing revenue. I’m passionate about understanding my clients, working with them to solve their specific challenges, and enabling them to achieve what they want. Through its expertise in cloud, security and managed services, I believe Six Degrees is perfectly positioned to be the game-changer that a lot of businesses are looking for right now.”
Arrow profile
Phil Wood
Chief Product Technology Officer

As our Chief Product Technology Officer, Phil’s role is to ensure we have the right proposition for our customers, with the right mix of products and services. Phil is an experienced technology leader, combining a collaborative approach and a culture of continuous improvement to transform businesses across a range of disciplines including cyber security, service management and software delivery. Phil joined Six Degrees from easyJet, where he served as Director of Services and Transformation Lead.

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