Our company

At Groupcall, it’s our mission to use the power of data to enable better decision-making in every UK school. From encouraging better attendances to enhancing child protection, we are dedicated to improving outcomes for each and every child.

Our heritage

Groupcall was created back in 2001 with a passion to make things better for schools and their students. Since then, over the past 16 years, we’ve pioneered the latest home-school communication solutions, MIS system integration and data aggregation tools. And yes, our first client is still with us today.

Child safety and data security are at the heart of what we do: from contacting parents in an emergency to tracking and improving attendance over time, we make it happen. With a product portfolio that makes managing and processing data quick and easy, offers a new level of data analysis and transforms communications between schools and parents, we help and support the entire school community.

Our values

Be responsible

We learn and improve together, working in a spirit of positive partnership.

Be supportive

We are one team - where no-one is ever left behind.

Deliver WOW

Go above and beyond expectations to delight our customers.

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Creative with purpose

We apply our imagination to enhance everything we do.

Build meaningful relationships

We develop and sustain relationships built on mutual trust for the long term.

 

Our history

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Senior management team

 

Lawrence Royston

Lawrence
Royston

Chief Executive Officer

Lawrence has twenty years’ experience designing software solutions to solve business problems. Lawrence created and developed Groupcall Messenger with Joanne Royston and has since evolved the Groupcall offering, brand and our relationships with major industry partners. Today, Lawrence manages the design and development for the Groupcall range of products.

Joanne Royston

Joanne
Royston

Chief Executive Officer

Joanne has over 20 years’ experience in corporate management. Her role at Groupcall is to continuously review and refine business practices, monitor and advise on strategic objectives and improve the performance of the business overall.

Bob Geldof - Groupcall Co-Founder

Sir Bob
Geldof

Co-Founder

Although best known for the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, rock star and campaigner Sir Bob is also a proven businessman. In addition to being a founding partner of Groupcall, his TV production company Ten Alps has made a series of high profile documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Five, Sky One and Discovery. He was awarded a knighthood in June 1986 and has received the Nobel Man of Peace Award.

Richard Grazier

Richard
Grazier

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Richard is responsible for day to day operations of our business. He has a broad range of experience from an EdTech career spanning 22 years, 120 countries and more than 12 curricula. He has held board level positions at companies including Pamoja Education, Gladstone Education, ami Education, Boardworks and Granada Learning.

Paul Salador

Paul
Salador

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has overall responsibility for our financial, legal and administrative wellbeing. He has board level experience dating back to 2008, when he was appointed Group Finance Director for national retailer Clinton Cards. Paul’s experience includes refinancing, acquisitions, restructuring and strategic growth. He has led finance teams in industries as diverse as jewellery manufacturing, luxury clothing and facilities management. 

Alex Felton

Alex
Felton

Chief Development Officer

As an accomplished software developer, Alex has a long track record of delivering innovative software solutions across multiple platforms, from the initial building blocks to the complete application. Here at Groupcall, he is responsible for developing, enhancing and upgrading our suite of products. Working with our Chief Executive, he is also responsible for our product development strategy. 

Tim Verlander

Tim
Verlander

Chief Technology Officer

With over 12 years’ experience of delivering and architecting technology for applications in the education sector, Tim has made significant contribution to Groupcall since joining in 2010. He specialises in areas including identity management, designing for the Cloud and mobile, web services, solution architecture, requirements analysis, Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF), technical implementation, practical software development, Internet security and more.

Andrew Mulholland

Andrew
Mulholland

Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew has worked in education ICT since the inception of the National Grid for Learning in the late 1990s. His experience spans market research, customer satisfaction, product management, communications, business strategy and digital marketing across sectors including telecommunications, data quality, software and networking. As our lead marketer, he is a regular events speaker and author of papers on a wide range of technology, marketing and educational topics.

Paul Palmer

Paul
Palmer

Head of Business Development

Paul joined Groupcall in 2010 after spending 10 years implementing VLE projects in both the UK and U.S. As Groupcall’s Head of Business Development,  Paul manages a team responsible for working strategically with Multi Academy Trusts and Local Authorities to improve educational outcomes for students by putting Groupcall’s core values and services at the heart of each project.

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Diane
Segal

Office Manager

Diane joined Groupcall in 2007 following an extensive career in accounting and administration. Diane also spent 5 years working in a nursery teaching children aged 3-5 how to read, write and learn the alphabet. In addition to her role as Office Manager, Diane oversees all the company’s accounts whilst also managing the administration department.

Rob Rainey

Rob
Rainey

Head of Products

With 15 years in the edtech industry, Rob has a depth of experience working with schools, local authorities and partners delivering product services across a range of areas. Currently, Rob heads up the team at Groupcall that look after our infrastructure products including Xporter On Demand, IDaaS and the School Portal, and is focusing on providing a consistent, slick user driven experience across our products.

Major Atwal

Major
Atwal

Head of Service Delivery

Major Atwal has worked at all layers within the delivery of IT Support over the last 17 years, assisting deliver projects for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, BAE Systems, HBOS, Travelex  & Fujitsu (to name a few) He joined Groupcall 7 years ago and has headed the growth and development of our ServiceDesk offering to the present day.
Graham Reed

Graham
Reed

Head of Products

Graham is responsible for all school-facing products including Messenger, Emerge and Xpressions. Graham’s background is firmly in education, having spent 8 years in IT support and management in schools before working on the other side of the fence, in product design, management and consultation for software vendors for education in both the UK and US.
Paul Wilmott

Paul
Wilmott

Operations Manager

Joining Groupcall at the foundation stages of growth, Paul has undertaken many diverse roles and is currently responsible for Operational Management and ensuring the consistency of effective and innovative service delivery. Paul has 17 years' experience of delivering and managing ICT solutions in Education with broad knowledge and experience of practical deployment and implementation. Working within Education has instilled a passion to deliver the best quality of service possible, whilst ensuring individual learners needs remain paramount.

Steve
Baines

Commercial Manager & DPO

Steve has over 15 years' experience within ICT in Education. Steve joined Groupcall in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, along with several qualifications in the field of Information Security including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Steve is Groupcall’s Data Protection Officer and is uniquely positioned to discuss the changes that come with GDPR and the potential impact that will be felt across schools.

Work with us

Groupcall is a great place to work – and an attractive place to build a rewarding career in a whole variety of disciplines, for all sorts of amazing clients across the UK and Europe. Join us and you’ll grow with us.  

What makes us different?

We have family values – but big aspirations and the highest possible standards. You’ll find our entrepreneurial spirit alive and well, which means we move quickly, adapt readily and are responsive in all situations.


We thrive on close working relationships, with our people and our partners. We're always willing to go the extra mile to help people achieve. Work with us and we’ll focus on your continuous improvement, as well as ours.

Events

At Groupcall, we’re seen in all the best places. We’re at events across the UK pretty much every month of the year – so there are plenty of opportunities to talk to us, meet the team, and get hands-on with our pioneering tools.

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Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies available. Please check the website at a later date for any future vacancies. Thank you for your interest.