NETprotocol appoints non-executive director in 20th year to assist with continued growth strategy

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News Article
22 July 2021

On our 20th year of operation, we are proud to confirm NETprotocol, has appointed its first non-executive director, Margaret Duke.

Margaret joins the board to assist with the direction and growth strategy of NETprotocol following continued expansion since it was founded 20 years ago in 2000. Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Information & Technology sector, her previous roles include HR director at Avnet, chief operating officer at Bell Micro and finance director at OpenPSL.

“Having held a range of senior management positions with several large UK IT suppliers, Margaret has an excellent reputation in the industry,” explains Paul Walker, managing director and co-founder of NETprotocol.

“We are really excited that Margaret is here to guide us through our next stage of growth, and she will play an important role in what is to come,” Paul affirms.

Margaret first came across NETprotocol 20 years ago as finance director at Open Computing.

“They were a start-up company offering networking and security solutions to the legal sector,” Margaret recalls. “I was really impressed back then by their expertise and also their passion for giving good customer service – something which has evidently never changed.”

Historically, Margaret’s background stems from an accountancy discipline, bringing with her a unique understanding of what is required to successfully grow a business. Whilst she has worked in the IT sector since the early 1990s, her strong financial background will pay dividends in both educating and challenging the board with future decisions at NETprotocol.

“Having always specialised in highly regulated industries such as legal and education, who are required to meet strict compliance and cyber-security standards – NETprotocol has achieved some outstanding results both for itself but also its customers,” Margaret highlights.

Optimising efficiency and ROI remain top challenges for law firms and education providers in particular, and through implementing a concerted growth strategy over the next five years, NETprotocol’s on-going focus is to help more clients – both large and small – achieve just this through their technology infrastructure.

As a cultural trend shifts towards increased flexible and mobile working, this has serious implications on security and data confidentiality for these sectors. NETprotocol has created a technology proposition which will support these complex needs into the future.

“I have watched the business go from strength to strength since we first met and am delighted to be part of such an energetic and passionate team,” Margaret explains. “NETprotocol combine a great sense of humour with hard work and innovation. They are well-loved by their clients and the value they place on their employees has to be a big part of their continued success, providing a fully flexible working environment for staff at all levels.”

“NETprotocol has huge potential for growth and I will be supporting the team by ensuring that their growth is managed and is in line with the success they have consistently demonstrated over the last 20 years.”

The management team at NETprotocol has been searching for the right person to join their team on a strategic level for some time, requiring an added dimension during discussions surrounding strategic planning, at this vital stage of their growth.

Technical director and co-founder at NETprotocol, Mike Batters concludes, “We see Margaret as a critical friend who will offer trustworthy guidance and support where needed. Her contribution will be invaluable to our continued success and we would like to officially welcome her to the team.”