Meet the team

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Steve Mallon
Managing Director

Steve took over as Managing Director in July 2022. He has never quite left behind his Computer Science degree and early roles in embedded software systems.

After a career in the defence and security industry undertaking systems engineering, programme management, business development and corporate strategy, he joined Cunning Running at the start of 2022. He now leads our globally leading Vulnerability Assessments software company.

Steve is a keen cyclist, has been known to run, but would rather spend his time climbing rocks.

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Phil Cowell
Customer Relations Manager

Phil joined Cunning Running Software Ltd after 23 years as a Warfare Specialist in the Royal Navy, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Counter-Terrorism, Weapons, and Air Defence. This expertise is invaluable to our clients, ensuring they receive the most current and relevant knowledge in the field. As the Customer Relations Manager, Phil plays a pivotal role in the company, blending leadership with strategic customer engagement and comprehensive project oversight.

His commitment to cultivating customer relationships, driving marketing and sales strategies, and overseeing the delivery of our bespoke Force Protection and Counter-Terrorism Geospatial software is instrumental to our success. This software is crucial for both UK and overseas Military and Law Enforcement agencies, where it plays a vital role in their operations.

Outside of work, Phil resides in the Portsmouth area with his wife and two dogs. Having nearly succeeded in evicting his two grown-up children, he now relishes the opportunity to escape on short breaks in the family campervan.

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Jon Belson
Senior Software Engineer

Jonathan graduated with a degree in Electronic Systems Engineering then spent seven years working on embedded systems at a consumer electronics company. Following that, he has spent twenty years developing mapping apps for the Windows platform (thirteen of them at Cunning Running).

When not coding for work, he's usually coding for fun. When he's not coding for fun, he likes cycling and running.

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Betty Spencer
Customer Relations Team - Mapping & Support

Betty joined our team in 2020 after graduating with First-Class Honours in BSc Geography from The University of Southampton. It was during her studies that she discovered her passion for Geographic Information Systems (GIS)—a passion that has flourished ever since.

As our Mapping Manager, Betty oversees the creation of all digital mapping layers essential for our threat vulnerability software. From processing precise 2D Aerial imagery and topographic base maps, to organising detailed vector data and 3D mesh models, Betty ensures our mapping data is accurate and reliable. Betty also plays a crucial role in our Customer Relations Team, providing support to customers and carrying out the installation and deployment of our software.

When she's not immersed in the world of GIS mapping, Betty finds joy in outdoor activities like camping and lawn bowls, as well as nurturing her collection of houseplants.

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Ryan Crosswell
Customer Relations Team - IT Support

Ryan has been with us since 2017 having worked in IT for the past 20 years with companies like NHS, IBM, and Veolia.

He has the responsibility for maintaining the private cloud, our IT infrastructure, storage arrays, network security and deployment.

When he is not not locked away in the server room, he is busy raising a new family as well as spending time on stage as a rock guitarist.

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Corin Pegden
Business Development Manager

Corin joined the team in 2017 as a consultant working on business development and UK customer relationships with our Specialist Police, Military & Counter-Terrorism customers.

In his previous role as an account manager with Britain’s National Mapping Agency, Corin looked after strategic relationships with Defence and Security.
He was involved in the cross-governmental planning of a safe and secure 2012 London Olympic Games.

He has also been a Karate instructor for over 20 years, a personal trainer and an Emergency Planning College associate.

To relax he loves being outdoors, walking his dog and enjoying the great British weather!

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John Overend
Customer Relations Team - Training & Support

John became a valued member of our team in January 2020, bringing with him an impressive 30-year legacy in the Police Service. Throughout his career, he excelled in several critical roles, notably as a Police Search Advisor (PolSA) and Coordinator. His expertise and leadership in these areas have left a lasting impact on the field.

In his current role as Training Delivery Lead, John leverages his extensive experience to enrich our training programs, particularly through his proficiency with our software. His dedication ensures that both our UK and international clients receive unparalleled support, enhancing their operational capabilities and effectiveness.

Beyond his professional commitments, John has a passion for staying active. He finds balance in life through walking, cycling, and boxing, pursuits that reflect his dynamic nature and dedication to personal wellbeing.

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Hazel Perella
Office Manager

Hazel joined our team in 2011. She began her career as an Advertising Designer, before moving into Marketing. At the same time, she gained her Honours Degree in Psychology through the Open University.

Hazel spent six years working with the MoD within the land systems maintenance marketing team, working with everything from the Challenger Two main battle tank to laser sighting systems. She then went on to lead the development of a low carbon sector.

The experience she gained enabled to her become a freelance Business Development Consultant specialising in the defence and counter terrorism sectors. In addition to managing our office she is also a Director on the EOT Board.

She loves to socialise, but we can't convince her to go running with us!

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Chris Barrington Brown
Founder and Employee Ownership Trust Director

Chris is the founder of Cunning Running Software and retired as Managing Director at the end of June 2022.

Over 35 years he built the company to its current world leading position, before steering its evolution into an Employee Ownership Trust. Chris is a Director on the board of Trustees.

Why are we called Cunning Running? Chris is passionate about orienteering!

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Duncan Bednall
EOT Board Chairman

Duncan has a broad range of financial & management skills after a 38-year career with a leading Banking group before retiring in 2017.

Subsequently, he helped a major UK Civil Engineering firm transition to Employee Ownership & to continue its successful growth as Non-Executive Chairman & Independent Trustee. He now brings his skills and experience to Cunning Running.

Together with the other EOT Trustees, he will support the Managing Director and the wider business in its future growth & success.

In his spare time, he loves road cycling and generally being outdoors.