Meet the Team

With over a 100 years worth of combined industry experience, our team use their insight, experience and knowledge to ensure our products, company and customers are ready for the future.

Leadership Team

Daniel Layne

Founder & CEO

Daniel lives in Bedford, and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his wife Zara, three daughters Megan, Maia and Arlo/Dave (depending on the day) and thirteen year old cat Sinclair. Daniel was once stopped in the street, photographed and featured in Just Seventeen magazine, in an article we have, as of yet, been unable to find. He claims this happened based on the strength of his shoes, a feature he carries into today as he is often found wearing his Batman converse.

Rebecca Duckworth

Chief Sales Officer

Born and raised in America, Rebecca now lives in London with her former chef husband Liam. She enjoys long walks in Notting Hill and Hyde Park, as well as spending time with her husband, their 2 teenage daughters Scarlett and Daisy and their English Cocker Spaniels, Truffle and Olive. She’s an avid tennis fan, and has been since she played at Emory University in Atlanta, replacing this by now visiting Wimbledon every year. Filled with wanderlust, she enjoys travelling to interesting places and trying their delicious food.

Steven Clarke

Non-Executive Director

Steven is an experienced investor and chairman, of software and data businesses, supporting QV's growth strategy and people development.  Steven hails from the East Midlands where he went to Loughborough University and worked before venturing to London and Europe.  Steven is a keen cyclist taking on challenges to regularly raise funds for charity.  He does take some flak from his wife and 2 adult sons about his spending on cycling gear, and his part in a cycling movie called Riding with Mamils.

Aaron Lawson-Clark

Non-Executive Director

Aaron leads the North for Mercia's VCT fund and sits across the board of a number of venture capital backed software and fast growth businesses, with a background working with software and financial services businesses.  Aaron lives in the North East of England and is a keen footballer and runner.

Tom Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Tom is a technologist with 16 years experience in the FinTech industry being the founder of Mobile Productivity delivering successful Asset Finance Quotation and Front Office solutions. Born in South Africa 4th of 5 children by an Astronomer and Maths teacher parents he was then brought up in Australia before moving to Bexhill on Sea. Tom lives with his wife Katie, three children and their 20 year old cat Hettie. In his spare time, Tom is an avid sailor, with one of his most notable journeys being from Cornwall to the Scilly Isles in a 15 foot dinghy!

Sales and Marketing

Philip Benké

Head of Business Development

Philip has a wealth of experience in the asset finance industry having worked with major industry names such as Sopra Banking Software, HSBC and BNP Paribas. He was a founding member of the Asset Finance Professionals Association (AF-PA), and is also a member of the Chartered Marketing Institute and a Leasing Foundation Fellow. He lives in North Hampshire with his wife and four children, and in his spare time enjoys running, cycling and is even a trustee of AFC Wimbledon FC.

Jeremy Wright

Sales & Client Success Manager

Jeremy manages the broker channel through client acquisition and success. He’s based in London and is always on the road, but when he’s not talking with our Broker network, he’s either watching (or playing) football, or scouring London for the best brunch locations. Jeremy is also a keen cook who enjoys getting creative in the kitchen. In his spare time, he is steadily making progress to becoming a Life Coach like Jeremy from Peep Show (which he believes to be the pinnacle of British Television).

David Beahan

Pre Sales Engineer

With over 10 years experience in the Leasing industry, David is often on the road with the sales team. He was once a regular feature on a local New Zealand radio station, but has since swapped the sun and sea for the wonderful world of Milton Keynes. Outside of work, David enjoys sports, travelling and is (rightly) an avid cheese board enthusiast.

Matt Dawson

Customer Success Manager

Matt has over 15 years experience within the automotive industry, both within leasing and retail finance, specialising in account management. He lives in a quiet Suffolk market town in which when he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family Rachel, (his wife that’s always right) Jacob, Seth and their dog Ernie. Mostly spent on country walks which just by coincidence pass a country pub or two! He loves to travel and can’t wait to take his kids on Safari one day.


Sara Blair

Head of Development

Sara studied Mathematics with Information Systems and was one of the earliest adopters of the framework QV Systems is built on. She is now responsible for leading the development of QV Systems, expanding existing capabilities and bringing new functionality to life. Sara works just as hard bringing up her two young children and enjoys cooking, walking the dog and reading - when the chance arises!

Stephen Blair

Lead Developer

Stephen is a designer and programmer and has been developing digital content professionally for over 20 years. His expertise helps us manage the QV Systems user interface as well as design and develop great looking and performing web properties for our customers. When given the opportunity, Stephen enjoys cycling, cross country walks with his dog and spending time with his family.

Ron Simpkin

Senior Developer

Ron is a master of woodwork, making everything from pens to tabletops. He lives in Milton Keynes and has three children, two daughters and son. Currently, he is converting a car to electric - much to the amazement (and slight envy) of his colleagues.

Toby Smith

Senior Web Developer

Toby is a software developer who has worked within the automotive industry for over 20 years. With experience in all stages of the software development lifecycle, Toby has worked for companies like Toyota GB and BMW Group UK. He has a passion for building solutions, problem solving and working with people. When he's not working, Toby lives in Surrey, likes to DJ and  is kept busy by his daughter and 11 year old Labrador. 

Bob James

QA Tester

Bob has been a career software tester for over 25 years. He currently lives in Norfolk with his wife Dayanna and their four children. In his spare time, Bob enjoys reading and spending time with his children. He is also a huge Game of Thrones fan! 



William Ekundayo

Senior Developer

After completing a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, William moved to Glasgow from Nigeria in 2009 for a Masters degree in Engineering. He has lived in the UK since then, developing and supporting software solutions for different clients in different industries and sectors across the UK including Oil and Gas, Insurance, Payments and now the financing and leasing sectors. Outside work, he plays football, tennis and table tennis. He lives in Bristol with his wife and son.

Rodrigo Mesquita

Senior Oracle Developer

A developer with nearly 20 years of experience, Rodrigo was born in Brazil and now lives in Leeds with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys cooking and travelling with his family and, when his daughters give him time, likes to watch and play football as well as try different beers. 

Project Team

Heather Freeman

Project Manager

Having studied Human Biology at Loughborough University, Heather now views the inner-workings of our world through the eyes of project management. Originally from Leicestershire, she now lives in Bedfordshire with her husband Sean and young son, along with cats Milo and Alphonse. Heather enjoys yoga, travelling, singing in her local choir and hiking- she even once completed a trek for charity along the Great Wall of China!

Product Team

Brian De Mattos

Asset Finance Specialist

Married with one son, Brian lives with his wife Mari and their cat. An avid Wolves supporter, Brian also plays hockey for both his local team and Scotland Masters and when not here, can be found winning pub quizzes with a self confessed ‘memory that retains useless facts’. Brian was once interviewed by the BBC and took part in a war reenactment, as his father captained one of the little ships that sailed into Dunkirk harbour during World War Two.

Mike Foley

Product Owner

Having lived in Reading while studying Electronic Engineering at University, Mike now lives in the South East with his wife Emma and their two cats Pippin and Betty. His famous hair is the talk of the office, although he prides himself in not caring about this and outside of work, Mike brews his own beer, enjoys playing pool and eating cheesy chips!

Customer Support

Lauren Strang

Change and Implementation Manager

Born and raised in Guernsey, Lauren now lives in Bedford with her one year old son. While she was at University, she worked for Liverpool FC but has since swapped her football knowledge for ‘mum duty’, taking her son to weekly swimming lessons and spending afternoons in the park! Lauren is also a keen cook and loves to read- her favourite book being ‘The Girl Before’ by JP Delaney.