Board of directors

The Board comprises two Executive and three Non-Executive Directors, with a balanced mix of growth company, plc and relevant sector experience.

Kenneth Beaty

Non-Executive Chairman

Ken works as a Chairman and Non-Executive Director, following a 20-year private equity career. He has extensive experience working with high growth private equity backed and entrepreneurial businesses. Ken has been a Non-Executive Director of the Group since December 2014 and acts as a consultant to Perwyn on matters outside the Company.

Carl Cavers

Chief Executive Officer

Carl co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003, following a successful career with Gremlin Interactive and Infogrames, and the business quickly became a multi-project, multi-genre solution provider, developing award winning titles for every gaming platform. Having steered the business through a trade sale to Foundation 9 in 2007, Carl led an MBO with NorthEdge Capital in 2014, followed by a secondary MBO backed by Perwyn LLP in 2016 and the acquisition of multi award winning Atomhawk, a visual design company, in June 2017. Sumo Group plc floated on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM in December 2017.

Carl received TIGA’s coveted Most Outstanding Individual Award in 2015 (TIGA is the trade association representing the video games industry) and he holds an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

David Wilton

Chief Financial Officer

David was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. He is a “Big Four” qualified chartered accountant with approximately 30 years post-qualification experience as Finance Director, Non-Executive Director and consultant, having previously worked in mergers and acquisitions with Rothschild. David has experience of plc and private equity roles, including as Group Finance Director of WYG plc, and as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Sweett Group plc.

Paul Porter

Chief Operating Officer

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in developing video games and co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003.  He started his career as a self-taught programmer and released his first game in 1991. Prior to founding Sumo Digital, Paul was Studio Head for Infogrames Sheffield and Head of Core Technology at Gremlin Interactive. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sumo Group plc in April 2019. Prior to this he was  Managing Director of Sumo Digital.

Ian Livingstone CBE

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ian is one of the founding fathers of the UK gaming industry, with over 40 years’ of games industry experience. He is former Executive Chairman of Eidos plc, where he was behind major franchises such as Tomb Raider. Ian also co-founded the games company Games Workshop in 1975, responsible for the successful Warhammer franchise, and co-created the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series in 1982. In 2002, Ian won the BAFTA Interactive Special Award for outstanding contribution to the video games industry, and was appointed CBE in 2013. Ian has been a Non-Executive Director of the Group since September 2015.

Michael Sherwin

Independent Non-Executive Director

Michael is currently Chief Financial Officer of Vertu Motors plc and has extensive retail, transactional and public market experience. From 1999 to 2008, Michael was Group Finance Director of Games Workshop PLC, a FTSE listed consumer goods company. Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with Price Waterhouse, where he held positions in the UK, Paris and Sydney. He was also Non-Executive Director of Plusnet plc, an AIM listed internet business, from 2004-2007.

Andrea Dunstan

Independent Non-Executive Director

Andrea has extensive experience of organisational development and HR strategy, gained over three decades as an executive HR Director for quoted companies, including Wincanton plc, AstraZeneca plc and Barclays Bank plc. Latterly, she was Chief People Officer for Premier Farnell plc, a role which she held for five years until January 2017.
She is a non-executive director and chair of the Remuneration Committee of Macfarlane Group PLC and an Executive Council member of Salford University, where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee.
Andrea joined the Board in September 2018.

Steven Webb

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Steven was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2017. After qualifying as a solicitor with Norton Rose, he spent a number of years in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial matters, before moving to his first company secretary role with Kalon Group plc in 1994. He became Company Secretary and General Counsel of Yorkshire Water plc (later Kelda Group plc) in 1997 and most recently spent 16 years in the same role at Premier Farnell plc, during which time he was involved in multiple acquisitions and disposals, including in the UK, US, Germany, China and Eastern Europe. Steven is also a non-executive director of Ahead Partnership Limited.