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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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.

Building on his Computer Science degree, his time in the British Army (Regular and Reserve), and an MBA at Cranfield, over 35 years he built the company to its current world leading position, before setting it on course for the next stage of its evolution under an Employee Ownership Trust.

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

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Tom Sanders
Project Manager

Tom is the Project Manager for all our software solutions.

He joined the software team in 2017, originally as a software engineer, and has over 11 years’ experience covering all aspects of software development.

He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and learning Polish!

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Mark Cooter
Senior Software Engineer

Mark joined Cunning Running fresh from his MSc in the Design of Information Systems from Shrivenham Military College (Cranfield University). Prior to this, he served 21 years as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy.

Mark has been an integral member of the ‘Command Team’ designing, developing and marketing our expanding suite of vulnerability assessment products.

As a bit of a self-proclaimed fitness freak, he works hard to cajole the team to enter the annual Romsey Marathon Relay.

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Betty Spencer
Mapping Manager

Betty joined the team in 2020 just before graduating Southampton University with a First-Class honours in BSc Geography.

Her role involves all things mapping, from maintaining and supplying the map packages used within CTS-PRAS, to providing mapping support to our customers. She enjoys building 3D models from the drone data supplied by Phil.

Despite being the youngest in the team… Betty’s hobbies include lawn bowls, camping and collecting house plants.

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Phil Cowell
In Service Support Manager

Phil joined Cunning Running after 23 Years as a Warfare Specialist in the Royal Navy. His experience in Counter Terrorism, Weapons and Air Defence provides up to date knowledge that is beneficial to our customers.

It is Phil’s responsibility to lead the support team in the delivery of our software. His role covers application testing, installation of new builds, training and technical support to our customers.

Phil also manages our drone which we fly to compile aerial and height mapping data and for photography during assessments. In addition to all this he is the Employee Trustee on the EOT Board.

When he is juggling his various roles with us, he spends his time avoiding the Project Manager’s encouragement to take part in a Park Run.

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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
Support Engineer

John joined the team in January 2020 after retiring from the Police Service after 30 years’ service. During this time, he was employed in a multitude of roles including Police Search Advisor (PolSA) and Coordinator.

John acted as one of the Police National Inter-Agency Liaison Officers for Staffordshire Police and was involved in planning many Royal and VIP visits to the county especially to the National Arboretum. He was one of the first Police Drone Pilots in the UK and was involved with National Drone working groups. An adept CTS-PRAS operator John has long been involved using the system in his previous role for; High-Risk Missing Person Searches, Defensive Venue Searches, Counter Drone Vulnerability Assessment, Contingency Planning, Royal Visit, and VIP Planning.

It is with these skills he will now be helping with the testing and delivery of software, training, and support, to our UK & global customers.

John enjoys walking, road cycling and boxing

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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 service sectors.

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

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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.