Meet the team

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Chris Barrington Brown
Managing Director

Chris is the founder and Managing Director of Cunning Running Software.

Building on his Computer Science degree, his time in the British Army (Regular and Reserve), and an MBA at Cranfield, he leads and manages this globally leading Vulnerability Assessments software company.

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

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Mark Cooter
Project Manager

Mark is the Project Manager for all our software solutions.

He 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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Philip 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.

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 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.

She 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.

Hazel joined our team in 2011. She loves to socialise but we can't convince her to run with us!