The Tahola management team have over 60 years’ combined experience in the IT industry. They know and understand the challenges that the sector faces on a daily basis. But how well do you know their faces? Here’s a little insight into our company founders.

Jason Martin, Managing Director

My professional experience ranges from accountancy through IT management, becoming IT director for Old English Inns PLC before co-founding Tahola in 1999. I worked as a data warehousing and BI consultant before becoming Operations Director for Tahola in 2004 and then Managing Director in 2008 and am now responsible for the strategic direction of the company.

I also get heavily involved in pre-sales and proof of concept work and am always available to evangelise about the benefits of BI using my extensive commercial and technical experience!

Simon Blackbourne, Commercial Director

I’ve been involved in the IT industry for over 20 years.  After deciding that a career in accountancy was not for me, I studied IT before taking a job with an ERP software provider in their Support Dept.  Two years later, I was asked to head up a new technical team in the company’s head office in North London.  Whilst I enjoyed this role, when an opportunity to join the sales team arose, I took it and have been in sales ever since!

Joining Jason and Mick as co-founder of Tahola, I am responsible for all sales and marketing activity.  My accountancy training, followed by working in a technical support role, mean I can advise on most areas customers need help with, so if you think I can help you, please get in touch.

Mick Deol, Operations Director

I’m the Operations Director of Tahola, responsible for all our Project Management, Implementation Consultants and Support Team. My career in the professional consulting services industry began over 20 years ago with a pan European ERP systems vendor. I was involved in business information process solutions, change management and enterprise reporting. Since 1998 I have been involved in data warehousing and Business Intelligence solutions, designing award winning systems.

As well as looking after our professional services team, I also work closely with customers, helping them to identify requirements, scope projects, design systems and ensure that our delivery meets their expectations.

I have a Masters Degree in advanced computer science as well as legal and accounting qualifications.

Nick Baker, Director of IBM Cognos Technologies

My academic background is in Mathematics and Statistics and I found myself early in my career drawn into Business Intelligence – a passion I have held for more than a decade now. Working for Tahola in various consultancy roles over the years has ensured I’ve developed a full understanding of all sorts of businesses and the challenges they face, particularly in the hospitality and retail sectors.

My current role as Director of Technology sees me responsible for the development and dissemination of best practice approaches with Tahola. This ensures that every piece of work we do is completed to the highest possible technical standard so our customers can be assured that their solution will be as robust and adaptable as they would expect.

Ross White, Director of Qlik Professional Services

I started my journey into the world of data as a Chartered Management Accountant at Topgolf where I was heavily involved in day-to-day accounting processes, financial modelling and presentation of data spanning the entire hierarchy of the company.

It was at Topgolf in 2009 where I first encountered Tahola and had my first foray into the world of BI.  We were initially looking to simplify and speed up our weekly and monthly reporting however, once Tahola demoed QlikView it was obvious that the real power and ROI of BI tools was unlocking customer data. The insight QlikView provided revolutionised the marketing strategy of the business..

Since then I’ve utilised the good commercial grounding that accountancy gave me and dived into the world of BI, joining Tahola as a consultant in 2012 where I am now responsible for all Qlik clients and deployments.

Photography by: Ian Stacey

Tahola careers

We’re always on the look out for people that share our enthusiasm for Business Intelligence. If this sounds like you then get in touch.