The people who design, build and operate our data centres are some of the finest in the industry – trusted time and again to safeguard customers’ mission critical compute.
Together, their achievements have been recognised often, and they’ve built an enviable reputation for delivering the highest-grade colocation, as well as pioneering new approaches to data centre engineering and sustainability.
Meet the award-winning team, including Samir, Jo, Faisal and Wendy - our 2023 Employee Award winners (right), behind our award-winning data centres.
Kao Data’s leadership team is pivotal to the company’s strong foundations, rapid development and strategic forward vision:
Having founded Kao Data in 2014, David served as Board Member and in September 2023 became the company's Chairman. David has a wide-ranging background with over 17 years’ experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industry as an investor, founder and investment manager. He has personally overseen the deployment of more than £500m of equity investment. A serial founder, David founded IPVision in 2007, Goldacre - now part of the Noé Group – in 2012 and NED Data Centres, an Israeli-based owner-operator for the Middle Eastern market in 2022. He is a skilled people manager, commercial negotiator, strategist, forecasting and budget manager and presenter.
Doug was appointed Kao Data’s CEO in January 2024 to pioneer our next phase of platform expansion across the UK and Europe. Originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio, in the United States, Doug is an accomplished, international business executive, who, for the last 35 years, has built and led numerous high performing teams and businesses within the diverse, global technology industry. Doug has previously held senior positions at a host of respected companies including Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), Virtus, Yondr, Interxion, Rackspace and CompuServe Network Services. This experience is supported by a degree in computer science from Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a director’s course at Harvard Business School. He also serves as a Distinguished Executive in Residence (DEIR) for the University of Chicago, and continues to engage in various mentoring, humanitarian, and philanthropic pursuits with a key focus on technology.
Formerly a founding board member and Investor Director, Matthew became Kao Data's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in September 2021. Previously Matthew was CFO at Goldacre Ventures. During his time with Goldacre Ventures Matthew oversaw a period of significant growth in clients and revenues and secured over £250m of funding for portfolio companies. Matthew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with experience across a range of private equity backed and listed businesses in the technology, manufacturing and investment sectors.
Named by Data Economy as one of the ‘Top Influencers in Data Centres, Cloud and Data’, Paul is a globally respected data centre thought-leader. Across his 30 year career, Paul has held key senior roles at both CBRE and Digital Realty Trust. His credentials include Chartered Engineer and Fellow of IMechE, one of a few EU Voting Executive Committee Members of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 9.9 (2014 -2018), TC 9.9 Sub-Committee Marketing Chair and Tech UK’s Technical Committee. In recent years Paul was awarded Sustainability Champion and iMasons 100 Awards by the Infrastructure Masons and presented by the President of ASHRAE with the Global Technology Award for Industrial Facilities and Processes "for the outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings" relating to Kao Data's Harlow campus.
Spencer Lamb is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Kao Data. Having held previous positions at data centre companies – Infinity SDC and Verne Global, Spencer brings over 25 years of experience in data centre colocation, artificial intelligence (AI), high performance computing (HPC), hyperscale cloud and telecommunications to the business. Across his career, Spencer has focused within the start-up and scale-up stages of international data centre organisations and pioneered the UK’s first colocation public sector framework - deploying multiple AI/HPC installations for high intensity research applications. Most recently at Kao Data he has played a pivotal role in growing the company into a multisite portfolio, helping it become the UK leader for AI & advanced computing, and championing the sustainability and ESG focus of the business.
Get to know me
What's the most unforgettable place you've visited?
The most magical place in the world for me is Venice. It captured my soul and I can't get enough of the place.
As someone who hails from Manchester, what's the best thing about the north of England that southerners don't get?
Manchester is a very proud city that’s been at the forefront of some of the most historic Scientific, Cultural and Political events of the last two centuries! But, I would say the one thing that southerners just don’t get is…GRAVY!!
What's your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement was becoming a ski instructor. I didn’t have any idea when what I wanted to do when I left school, so moved to Quebec to qualify. It was intimidating because I didn’t know anyone, it was often -50 and I didn’t speak French, but it was incredibly character-building!
Have you ever met someone famous?
My most memorable experience was meeting Noel Gallagher on Platform 2 at Stockport train station!
What 3 items would you take to a desert island?
Can I say a super yacht?! In all seriousness, I think it would be lip balm, coffee, and a survival kit!
What's your favourite film?
The Godfather Part 2. I love a Mafia drama.
What's one of the most important lessons you've learned from the past?
Just keep going. Sometimes the thought that the world keeps on spinning regardless of what’s happening provides me with a lot of comfort.
What's your favourite item of clothing?
I think I would have to say my trench coat. It’s a classic and so enduring that I’ll still be wearing it at 90!
What's your most cherished possession?
A lucky bracelet that my Granny gave me when I was 5.
If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, who would they be and why?
Coco Chanel because she was a force of nature and has the most fascinating life story.
Dr John Cooper Clarke. A punk poet hailing from Salford. Quite simply a genius!
Finally, my cousin, Victoria McDowell who passed away in August 2023 after a heroic battle with Breast Cancer. She was unique in every single way, and I know I will never meet anyone like her ever again.
She has left a gaping hole in the world and I miss her every single day. To have the opportunity to have dinner with her again would be the best thing ever!!
I also think she would make for some lively conversation as you never knew what she would say!
There has never been a better time to join Kao Data. We’re always on the lookout for exceptional candidates across commercial, technical and operational disciplines.
A career at Kao Data offers the opportunity to join a rapidly growing company early within its evolution, and within an industry that is showing phenomenal global expansion.
With Kao Data we have found a data centre that offers world-class infrastructure, specialist HPC support and the scalability to help us to grow our industry-leading AI product platforms and solutions.
Karim Beguir, CEO & Co-Founder, InstaDeep