Leadership Team

Leadership Team

From the outset, Progress has always thought and done things differently, achieving results for our partners far beyond that of traditional value add distributors. Our experienced leadership team have an established track record of success in  vendor business, distribution and reseller environments, this gives Progress deep insight in how to energise the market and create revenue generating opportunity.

Through our established network of partners we bring unique business perspectives and the ability to drive revenue from established and emerging cyber security technologies. Our initiative lead programme of value-added services, enable our channel partners to enhance their own capabilities, extend their reach into new revenue markets. With offices in regions experiencing significant growth, we have the local knowledge and experience to exploit localised market oppertunity.

John Quinn

Founder and CEO, Progress Distribution

John Quinn

John Quinn

Founder and CEO

John Quinn has spent most of his working life introducing new technologies into the sales channels of the UK, Europe and Middle East. Organisations such as Netscreen, Juniper, Fortinet, ISS/IBM, F5 and several start-up Security Technology vendors from the US and Israeli technology communities, have been introduced by John into over 150 key partners in over 27 countries.

Bob Woodland

Bob Woodland

Commercial Director

With over 40 years of senior management experience in growth companies, Bob brings a wide range of experience and capabilities to Progress.

Bob has been involved in early stage funding for start-up and emerging high growth companies in the UK and internationally.

With his experience in acquisitions, mergers, disposals and fund raising in both the private and public sectors, Bob is a highly experienced executive and we are very please to have him as a member of our board.

Simon Burgess

Simon Burgess

Channel Director

Simon Burgess is the Channel Director for Progress, responsible for building relationships with existing value added resellers as well as recruiting new ones that can add value to the innovative vendors Progress is introducing to the UK and European markets. Previously worked at Computacenter and spent 12 years at Hewlett Packard.

Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson

Sales Director

A Sales Professional with over 20 years’ experience working within the Telco, Integrator, ISP, MSSP and EMEA software vendor community. Previously Richard was the CEO & co-founder of Essant Group a leading Cisco Gold Partner, Data Centre & Networks Integrator and Managed Services provider based in the UK.

Shelley Hirst

Shelley Hirst

Marketing Director

Shelley brings a wealth of marketing experience built over more than 25 years working in the IT Channel. Shelley was part of the highly successful marketing team at Newbridge Networks during the 1990s, prior to its multi-billion pound acquisition by telecoms giant, Alcatel. She went on to manage the Northern European Channel Marketing team for Alcatel Enterprise division, driving new business through their channel partner network.

Since 2007, she’s been providing expertise in the form of Marketing as a Service to the IT & Security channel with her team of marketing professionals

Gareth O'Sullivan

Gareth O'Sullivan

Managing Director, Ireland

Gareth has been involved in the software industry for 20 years and has been security focused for the last 12 years. Previously Gareth held a number of Senior EMEA Technical Sales roles for security vendors in both software and services, such as WhiteHat Security, IBM and Watchfire.

Henrik Kindstedt

Henrik Kindstedt

Managing Director, Nordics and BeNeLux

Henrik has led change in the information security industry for more then 20 years and has been the Founder and Director in a number of successful businesses and international companies. Hendrik is an experienced cyber security specialist with a track record of success. He is a skilled leader and an experienced alliance partner and vendor manager.

Angel Perez, BSc., MBA

Angel Perez, BSc., MBA

Country Manager, Spain

Angel is a established entrepreneur with 20 years experience in the Iberian market and a broad knowledge of cyber security gained through his research and development experience in the health sector. Angel has has a proven track record in commercial negotiation in complex environments and prior to joining Progress held positions in NATO,  Telefónica and Airbus.