Digital Transformation for a New World

Innovative Thinking

Established in 2009, ITEXACT are global IT consulting and cloud asset management experts. Our innovative solutions are secured to full ISO 27001 standards, through the use of world-leading tools, data centres, and cloud solutions

Unlocking Value

As Microsoft Gold Partners, we help organisations to facilitate valuable digital transformation activities, get a handle on their licensing, and realise the true potential of their Microsoft estate.

Secure Cloud Solutions

We're always thinking about cloud security, ensuring everything we do includes improved and secure access to applications and cloud-based services through innovative solutions.

Clear Communication

From clear dashboards on our Surveil platform, to getting you started on consulting, we like to keep things simple - providing you with the tangible recommendations and skills needed to get the job done.

Meet Our Leadership Team

  • Neil May, CEO of ITExact

    CEO

    Neil May

    Originally qualifying as a software engineer, Neil is an experienced business founder, leader, board member, CEO, committee member, and advisor with over 25 years’ experience across multiple sectors – including Information and Communications Technology, SaaS, Cloud, and Mobile.

     

    Having a primary focus on channel partner go-to-market strategy, Neil has founded and scaled various companies from international Intel distributors through to Microsoft Gold Partners.

     

    Neil also has deep experience with cloud technology strategy, corporate governance, and digital transformation.

  • Harold Groothedde, Co-Founder and CEO of ITExact

    Co-Founder and CTO

    Harold Groothedde

    Harold is ITEXACT’s co-founder, developing the cloud optimisation platform Surveil from the ground up. With more than 27 years’ experience across IT and corporate engineering, Harold brings a wealth of knowledge to the table across technology capabilities, development, and IT strategy.

     

    Harold has been recognised for successfully leading and managing some of the world’s first and largest technology programmes, including the first Enterprise on Office 365, and the first vCloud in West Africa. At a young age, Harold achieved directorship at Citigroup and was responsible for budgets worth over $2bn. Before co-founding ITEXACT, Harold spent a substantial portion of his career working for some of the largest global banks.

     

    In recent times, Harold led the world’s first ever SAP HANA production install in Microsoft Azure, working alongside Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the VP of Azure, Jason Zander. Harold remains a member of the Microsoft Azure/SAP advisory board.

  • Nigel Beattie

    Chairman

    Nigel Beattie

    Nigel has spent almost 30 years in the investment banking business, with experience across a range of asset classes and functions, and has held senior managerial roles at Merrill Lynch and, more recently, Board level positions at CLSA Securities in Asia. After leaving investment banking, Nigel took on a role as CEO of a large blockchain business helping to build out its new financial services division.  His focus is now on personal investment, predominantly in technology-based, private equity opportunities. Nigel is currently also a shareholder and Board Director of the fast-growing UK wealth management company, Saltus.

  • Sherman Crancer Surveil Inc

    President, Surveil Inc.

    Sherman Crancer

    As a high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven technology executive, Sherman Crancer approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvement.

    Sherman draws upon his extensive Microsoft experience and an excellent knowledge of Surveil’s many cloud optimization features to support partners under the banner of our American subsidiary, Surveil Inc.

  • Brian Keats

    Services Director

    Brian Keats

    Brian is an accomplished IT programme and service delivery manager with over 25 years’ experience in the global IT, managed services, banking, cloud computing, and finance industries. Working and managing start-ups and blue-chip companies, Brian has delivered many and complex programmes. These have included extensive physical server migrations into virtualised and cloud environments, consolidation of IT services, relocation of staff and datacentres, and working with disenfranchised stakeholders to obtain buy-in and ensure project success.

     

    Brian is a key member of our team, encouraging change, transformation, and continual improvement. He heads up our Surveil Consulting offering, helping Microsoft Partners to deliver Microsoft 365 and Azure assessments and audits – powered by Surveil.

     

    Outside of work, Brian is an avid golf player and travel fan.

  • Nick Kotze, Director

    Director of Technical Services

    Nick Kotze

    Nick is a post-graduate electronics engineer and CCIE with key network and collaboration, security and platforms technology certifications.

     

    Over the last 20 years, he has amassed extensive experience in the IT, finance, outsourcing, mobile service provider, manufacturing, and enterprise verticals.

     

    Nick brings technology lifecycle experience, with the purpose of ensuring global architectural excellence from every aspect of network services.

     

    Nick has also completed a number of key Lync 2013 and now Skype for Business projects and has developed leading edge solutions with Microsoft in this field.

  • Nic Pujadas, Head of Sales Europe

    Director - Strategic Partner Sales

    Nic Pujadas

    Nic joined ITEXACT in 2018, leading business development and sales with strategic partners and Microsoft.

    Initially, Nic started his career in the UK in a variety of sales management roles in the Telco industry. Over the last 15 years Nic transitioned into the IT industry and spend 7 years at Microsoft International leading regional business development and sales with Service Providers for Western Europe, EMEA and  Global HQ, and then another 5 years as VP for international sales with a Microsoft ISV partner.

    Nic is passionate about growing business and going after new opportunities internationally through building and developing an ecosystem of best of breed partners and great people.

  • Head of Marketing & Communications

    Joe Stevenson

    Joe is a marketing professional with a background in working for – and owning his own – agencies within the identity, security, and technology space.

     

    As Head of Marketing & Communications, Joe enables partners in their Sales and Marketing efforts, working closely with departments to communicate ITEXACT’s message of successful cloud computing.

     

  • Sales Director

    Stuart Blakemore

    Stuart has a rich history in sales, stretching as far back in time as the 1980s, when mammoths still roamed the plains and mobile phones could be mistaken for bricks. He initially learnt his craft selling fax machines and photocopiers to new business clients across Kent. Over time, his experience grew and diversified into the world of contact centres and speech analytics, where (amongst other things) Stuart helped tool-up the world’s first internet bank.

    Since then, Stuart has worked with and sold global IT solutions to some of the largest companies in the world – on behalf of some of the other largest companies in the world, such as Oracle and BT. He has also helped to set up the UK sales arms of various hardware, software, and SaaS businesses under direct and partner models, and is driven by customer focus and the joy of innovation – all of which means he excels as our Partner Account Manager.

    In his spare time, Stuart makes music, and during lockdown he released two albums – though he’s still awaiting his Grammy.

  • Technical Director

    Marc Chaillou

    For more than 20 years Marc has been working in IT Infrastructure Management on Cac40 French industries, focusing on Exchange/Skype, before later migrating large volumes of users to Office 365 in dozens of countries. This allowed Marc to work very closely with Microsoft, as he migrated very early on Cloud services.

    Marc is truly passionate about IT and – thanks to his experience in global corporations – he has a particular taste for travelling and living in different places around the world, speaking multiple languages. Currently, Marc lives in Asia Pacific and continues to learn and grow as an IT professional.

  • Financial Controller

    Aasha Arulnesan

    Aasha is our Financial Controller, and is responsible for managing month-end reporting, consolidating and analysing financial data, and handling many of our HR requirements. After graduating with a 1st class degree in Business Management & Accounting from Roehampton University, Aasha immediately joined ITEXACT, supporting the team through its formative years as it grew and evolved. Aasha is passionate about continuously acquiring and extending her skillset and knowledge. As such, she is currently studying towards her ACCA qualifications, which she hopes to acquire in 2024.

    In her spare time, Aasha attends Gaana dance classes, enjoys playing badminton and most of all, she loves travelling.

  • Product Director

    James Brewster

    A keen technologist, James has extensive experience in technology leadership, digital transformation, cloud migration and the modern workplace. Over the course of a far-reaching career, James has spent time as a Director of Product Management working across a core set of platform technologies, a Principal Architect improving security within a pharmaceutical service company, and as an Enterprise Architect leading transformation projects throughout many regulated industries – including central government and defence.

    James has two sons, too many pets, and (in his own words) a tolerant wife.

  • Partner Success Manager

    Tom Skinner

    Tom has over 12 years of experience within sales environments across the IT and Finance sectors. Tom started his career as a Business Development Manager in the banking sector, where he was responsible for driving sales and success in the SME market for the payment solutions arm of RBS. After dedicating almost 10 years to helping SMEs grow and building experience in financing everything from tractors to luxury cars, Tom transitioned into the IT sector.

    Since then, he has worked in account management roles specialising in on-premises Server, Storage and Networking solutions for the SME/SMC market. Like Stuart, Tom is chasing the rock’n’roll dream playing guitar in a funk rock band…. they’ve just surpassed 100 listens on Spotify!

  • Identity and Mobility Security Specialist

    Mitchell Chorn

    Mitchell is the Head of IT at ITEXACT and is a remarkably keen learner. In his role, Mitchell implements modern workplace systems and infrastructure for clients and partners across the UK – which includes the use of Conditional Access policies, Intune Endpoint Management, and data loss prevention measures.

    Mitchell has also diversified into mobility and security, where he develops polices around Exchange and cyber awareness using phishing, brute force and/or hunting methods internally, while simultaneously educating end users. In short, Mitchell keeps ITEXACT, its customers, and its partners secure with his extensive work in threat management.

    Mitchell also has first-hand experience in co-ordinating and creating communication plans for Office 365 products for end users while implementing and migrating the systems to cloud-based architecture; when a client needs a solution, Mitchell is often the first point of contact.