The Savant Management Team

The Savant Management Team encourage a collegial management style and are elected by employee vote.

Managing Director

John Davies was appointed Managing Director of Savant in July 2016. Having been a Director of Savant for many years, John is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the company to ensure it meets its statutory obligations. John’s role encompasses identification of new areas of business and the encouragement and promotion of new ideas within Savant. Along with the other company Directors, John is responsible for promoting the company to current and potential customers as well as to suppliers. John supports the Director responsible for Pulse and Project Manager for Hematos as required. John has been building and managing databases for Savant since 1989 and oversees the source code and software releases for all projects.

Development Director

Pete Gregg was appointed a Director of Savant in July 2016. Pete has been with the company for many years and was appointed the first Employee Director of Savant from 2001 to 2004. As well as his Director role, Pete is the Pulse Project Manager, responsible for the direction of the Pulse project and the supply of development and support to NHSBT, Isle of Man, Jersey and the Northern Ireland Blood Service. Pete provides the important Account Manager link between Savant and its clients ensuring regular liaison and discussion with all key contacts. Pete also oversees the R&D projects, Social Media and ideas initiatives within the team.

Director

Rachel Wood was appointed a Director of Savant in July 2018. Prior to joining Savant in 2006, Rachel worked in Administration and HR. Rachel’s initial role as a project manager has somewhat expanded throughout her time at Savant to include Configuration Control, Social Media, Quality & Internal Auditing as well as more recently Sales and Marketing. Rachel is also our Incidents and Improvements Manager and Marketing Coordinator. Before becoming a director of the operating company Rachel was previously a Trustee of the Savant Group Employee Benefit Trust.

Steve O’Shea is a Computer Science graduate and has been a software engineer at Savant since 1999, working mainly on the Donor functionality within PULSE. In that time, Steve has branched out to develop applications using Java, Visual Studio and Android. Steve was appointed Employee Director in July 2013 and he represents the interests of Savant’s employees at Management and Board meetings.

Customer Service Manager

Heather Ashton has been supporting and testing Pulse since 1996. A former NHS medical scientist, Heather brings a wealth of healthcare-related software systems experience to the company. Heather leads the customer support team – who provide 24/7 support to our clients and performs the testing of all Savant’s products.

Technical Manager

Jamie Edgar graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science and joined Savant in 2011. Jamie’s areas of expertise includes OpenVMS clustering, Windows server environments, advanced networking, split-site virtualisation system design, fibre channel deployment, hardware design and deployment – including structured wiring and the integration of complex systems. Jamie was key to the relocation of two life-critical high-availability data centres for the National Blood Service (NHSBT) with zero downtime.