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Lee is a passionate and performance driven entrepreneur who enjoys nothing more than spotting, exploring and brokering the next big opportunities. Having co-founded durhamlane, with over 20 years commercial sales and marketing experience, Lee is an expert in delivering solutions to ambitious organisations and their investors throughout the UK and worldwide. He has been the driving force behind high growth programmes for businesses of all sizes from SME’s to Blue Chip clients, primarily in the technology, software and manufacturing and engineering sectors. Lee is passionate about our goal ‘to raise the bar of the sales profession’ and make it a profession to be proud of, as it is in the US, after all, we all sell in some shape or form – without sales you don’t have a business, a fact that is all-too-often neglected.
With a strong passion for life, travel and property, my true north is family, friends and everything durhamlane. I have a saying, healthy body, healthy mind, healthy business, so in order to keep our business in good shape, I keep myself in good shape through swimming and cycling (easy on the knees), with a bit of running for good measure. Having run numerous Marathons over the years, I more recently completed the Deloitte RAB LEJOG & London Revolution, whilst becoming at one with nature and open water swimming, as I prepare for few more personal sporting challenges (triathlons) before I reach the BIG 50, a while away, when my bucket list really kicks in.
Richard is a true thought-leader, entrepreneur, trainer & coach who loves helping people and organisations achieve high growth by developing skills and mind-sets and by improving sales processes. As the creator of durhamlane’s proven methodology ‘Selling at a Higher Level’, Richard enjoys nurturing and developing talented sales professionals to reach their potential, whilst also helping businesses accelerate their growth. Throughout his career, Richard has led both UK and global sales organisations and telemarketing teams to consistently out-perform expectations by selling, and helping others to sell, complex solutions. With a background in training, building relationships, and delivering solutions, Richard has built up an enviable reputation by helping organisations of all sizes become more profitable and transition towards developing performance cultures.
I was destined to be a Rock Star. No-one could convince me otherwise (e.g. my worn-down careers adviser at school eventually said; “Richard, go for it!”). From the age of 15 when I bought my first guitar and taught myself to play, I knew I wanted to be a musician; to be in a band. I’ve played cool venues, recorded great tunes and made life-long friends and memories through music. I re-channelled my inner-Rockstar into a successful sales career and now into building a business. The rarely seen (or heard!) durhamlane Blues Explosion might be my last chance of stardom…
Jake joined durhamlane in 2013 after gaining experience in project management, sales and business development in consumer financial services and insurance markets. Due to his exceptional people management and commercial skills, Jake has played a key role in building durhamlane to the business it is today. He leads and develops our team of Business Development Managers, using durhamlane’s unique methodology to ensure consistent, profitable growth in sales revenue for both our clients and our business.
After studying fine art, I continue to paint and draw regularly (as I can!) When I’m time poor, it’s what I look to do in order to destress and refocus. Convenience is its strength, with only 5 minutes or given a whole week, you can create or achieve something with painting or drawing. I don’t have a specific discipline, I create paintings, drawings and contemporary work with a range of media. My paintings have featured in local exhibitions and I’ve sold several paintings which is something I’m particularly proud of.
Laura has previously managed finance operations at numerous organisations, including Pebbletree Ltd. as Commercial Director. She has also introduced new cloud software which streamlined the accounts payable and receivables systems for a number of startup businesses. Laura is big on process efficiency and finding solutions that work in changing environments, and is currently completing her CIMA qualification after previously pausing studies to focus on raising her family.
I am a self-confessed book worm. I love nothing better than reading, always have and always will! Most evenings and weekends, if I’m not out and about on taxi duties for my daughter and her various activities, you’ll find me engrossed in my latest book. I find it a great escape and chance to switch off, and even better if sat on a sun lounger by the pool! Books aside, I love to travel and discover new places with my family and friends. Italy is one of my favourite places – I have a number of Roman history books too!
Will Tombs qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in their Newcastle upon Tyne office in 2000. Post qualification William worked in the industry for ten years, first as Financial Controller at Hammerite Paints, a subsidiary of ICI plc, and then as Finance Director of a bathroom pod manufacturer. Will then set up his own company providing outsourced tailored financial management solutions using cloud technologies to become one of the largest Xero accounting partners in the North East. In his role at durhamlane, he provides key financial advisory services as the company continues its scale up journey.
I am an avid follower of the Welsh national football team and attending all home games and also away matches when possible. Watching the national team growing up in the 80s and 90s was an experience filled with disappointment and near misses despite having talented players. This though makes the recent success of the team, qualifying for Euro 2016 and 2020, and the strong bond between the players and fans epitomised by the “Together Stronger” mantra, more special. Following the national team also keeps me in touch with my Welsh roots, having lived in NE England for the past 20 years, and has inspired me to attempt to fulfil a lifelong ambition in 2021; I have enrolled on a 30 week further education course to learn the Welsh language.
Sean is a commercially-focused marketing leader, with a passion for reconciling the art and science of marketing and sales. As Director of Marketing, he leads durhamlane’s marketing team and client-facing marketing services. With a background in corporate communications and digital marketing, Sean has almost a decade’s experience of strategising and executing impactful campaigns for some of the world’s best known brands, start-ups and SME’s.
Over the last year or so, I’ve rekindled my passion for exercise. I was quite fit when I was younger (playing rugby and running the Great North Run) but fell into the trap of the sedentary lifestyle that often accompanies an office-based profession – my waistline ballooned! These days (having lost over 3 stone), I can’t wait to hit the gym, get my running shoes on or hop on the bike. I’m not going to win any medals anytime soon, but it’s a great personal victory for me that as I approach 30, I’m fitter than my 18 year old self!
Dan is one of durhamlane’s longest serving employees who has helped the business scale from a team of 5 to 50+, as it is today. During his time at durhamlane Dan has established himself as a true champion of durhamlane’s ‘Selling at a Higher Level’ methodology. He has worked with businesses across a multitude of industries, from local SMEs to global enterprises. Today, Dan plays a key role in leading durhamlane, responsible for quality assurance and customer success, specialising in sales enablement and behavioural coaching. Dan is a true believer in people and self improvement. He works tirelessly to ensure his peers have the confidence, tools, techniques and self belief to perform to their fullest potential – to both create qualified sales opportunities for durhamlane’s clients and build remarkable client relationships. Key client experience includes; HPE, Aviva, PwC, InsideSales.com, TSG and many more.
Golf, but not because I’m any good – in fact at the minute I’m a rank amateur! All of my close circle of friends have their own families, careers and responsibilities, gone are the days of youth where we could get together at the drop of a hat. Golf unites the group frequently throughout the year, so much so that we hold an annual tournament across five venues called “The Gashes” (note that this website copy is likely to be the only media coverage the tournament ever gets!). I’ll play Golf for life, hopefully my individual game will improve, but more importantly knowing that I’ll share the game with my closet pals is what drives the passion
Tracey leads durhamlane’s HR team. With a background in law, Tracey’s diligence and attention to detail make her one of our best assets. She has a passion for best practice and determination to constantly develop durhamlane’s processes and people as we scale – without compromising our core values and the founding principles of durhamlane.
Since having my daughter, juggling work and home life has left little time for hobbies. When I do get some time to myself I love to go and see a musical, the songs and the dancing always make me smile. I am looking forward to taking my daughter when she is old enough as this is something me and my mum love to do together and I would like to carry on that family tradition. I have also rediscovered my passion for keeping fit but I don’t think that is something my daughter will join me doing any time soon!
Martin Moran brings more than 25 years of experience in managing and growing technology businesses in Europe and globally, with a proven track record for building high-performance sales organisations. He has been working in SaaS for over 15 years and is now an active angel investor in technology. At durhamlane, Martin advises the leadership team on international sales strategy and tech stack optimisation, as the business goes from strength to strength. At InsideSales.com (a durhamlane customer), Martin is responsible for leading the company’s international business. He will play a key role in helping to accelerate sales for Europe’s leading companies, just as he has made a significant impact in the region with his previous work.
Rugby. I’ve been involved in the sport man and boy (almost 50 years!) – player, coach, selector, coach educator, committee member, volunteer, supporter. The sport’s core values have always resonated with me… Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. I have made lifelong friends and memories through rugby. Now, as a coach, I get a lot of satisfaction helping players and other coaches develop. It is my way of giving something back to a sport that has given me so much.
Matt has over 25 years of experience in the outsourcing industry, having held holding executive management positions for some of the world’s largest BPO and Contact Centre organisations including Teleperformance, Sitel and Sykes. Skilled in Sales, Business Development, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Process Improvement, and Customer Satisfaction, Matt plays a pivotal role on the durhamlane Board, advising the company on Best Practices as it grows its operations and international customer base.
I’ve been involved with exercise for most of my adult life, but it’s fair to suggest that I am now an addict. I have raced cross country mountain bikes across Europe, but my real passion has always been for running. After treating running as a recreation for many years I stepped up my involvement in the sport over the last 3-years and started to test my bodies endurance by taking on ultra-marathons. As a sport this takes dedication, discipline and bloody mindedness as failure has never been something that I have been comfortable with. It also provides me with the ability to disconnect myself from my work and other life distractions and maintain strong mental health.