Pictured: (left to right) James Page and Tom Dibble-Burge.

Leeds-based digital and IT consultancy Answer is accelerating its growth plans with two senior hires. James Page and Tom Dibble-Burge join the business as commercial and sales directors to lead teams and drive the expansion of the business as part of the operational board.

Tom Dibble-Burge joins Answer from consultancy firm BJSS and has a long career in financial services. He will lead business development in the financial services and commercial sectors.

James Page will spearhead the continued growth of its health sector business. He joins from medical software company EMIS, where he was the commercial director. He has also worked at clinical software firm, TPP.

Commenting on the appointments, Gary Parlett, founder and managing director of Answer, said: “Tom and James bring a wealth of experience in their respective sectors and will lead a business development programme based on our expertise in digital transformation, AI and emerging technologies.”

Answer recently announced it had seen revenues grow by 40%  in the last 12 months and has plans to recruit 100 new jobs in the next two years.

Tom Dibble-Burge said: “As an employee-owned business, Answer has a unique culture that underpins great people doing great work. It’s an approach that has driven rapid growth over the last two years, whilst delivering exceptional outcomes for our clients and we look forward to taking it to the next level.”

The company works with innovative start-ups, large financial institutions and across the NHS. It has partnered with global technology companies to turn its headquarters in Leeds and London into a centre for excellence for AI.

James Page said: “Answer is undertaking world-leading work with the NHS ranging from AI to genomics and transformative data projects. I’m joining the business at a transformative time, and I look forward to supporting the team and its continued growth.”