The vision and expertise of our founders help us maintain our market-leading status.
Mike is co-founder and Managing Director of activereach. He founded the company in 2009 and has since led its activeNETWORKS and activeDEFENCE technology divisions to exceptional growth across EMEA. Mike is charged with global responsibility for profitability, sustained growth and strategic partnerships.
With a degree in electronic engineering with mathematics, Mike has a proven track record in the telecommunications industry. In 1992 he founded REDNET, an Internet Service Provider delivering networking and Internet services to small and medium sized businesses.
Organically grown, REDNET became a widely recognised and acclaimed ISP, being regularly voted as the country’s best business ISP, receiving the Thames Valley Business of the Year Award and being featured in the Harper Collins publication ‘Top ICT companies in the UK’.
In 2005 Mike sold REDNET to Centrica. The business was then subsequently acquired by The Carphone Warehouse. Mike held senior positions in both companies.
Mike lives in Berkshire with his wife and two children and enjoys many outdoor pursuits including golf, running and horse riding.
Raza is co-founder and Technical Director of activereach. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s Technical Support & Service Departments, and ultimately the highest level of customer experience possible. Raza’s remit includes product portfolio development & vendor management. His experience and insight supports the continued success of the company across all sectors.
Widely respected for his technical expertise, Raza built his reputation working as Technical and Operations Director at REDNET.
Raza has also held senior positions in Centrica and The Carphone Warehouse, where he assumed responsibility for Internet service provision and technical data services respectively. In 2002 he was appointed non-executive director of the London Internet Exchange (LINX), the world’s largest Internet Exchange, overseeing and advising on the development of the Exchange’s product portfolio. He served for 10 years, standing down in May 2012.
Raza has an impressive catalogue of Cisco qualifications which include CCNP, CCDP, CCSP, CCIP, CCIE (written) and really should have completed his CCVP before Cisco changed it to the CCNP Voice qualification. But as usual he was too busy helping customers.
Richard joined the business to build a new digital practice with a focus on business transformation, collaboration and customer experience. He created the activeCONNECT division to provide intuitive communications and collaboration technologies enabling clients to communicate better with customers, business partners and employees.
Richard is also responsible for developing the activeNETWORKS portfolio, a division that is building digital ready networks for its customers and a platform for connecting Cloud, IoT, AI, machine learning, automation, locations services and numerous other exciting innovations.
Bringing his experience from 5i, a company he co-founded in 2002, he built its reputation as a thought leader and trusted advisor to numerous blue chip businesses, IT integrators and voice resellers with his specialist knowledge of collaboration technologies from Cisco, Microsoft and their partner ecosystems.
Richard provides advice and guidance to help businesses transform their communications environment and works with clients to increase customer retention and build growth through appropriate use of current and leading edge technologies.