The RapidSpike team winning the Northern Digital Award

Leeds-based cybersecurity and website performance company RapidSpike has made seven appointments and a promotion as it looks to grow its presence across the globe in supporting online businesses.

Increasing its female workforce from 20% to 40%, the appointments include Paula Horton who joins as Head of Customer, joining the team with more than 10 years’ experience working within the technology industry, supporting tech SaaS start-ups within Yorkshire.

Further appointments include Rachel Pilling as Head of Finance and Operations, alongside Lead Generation Executive, Emma Lees, Front End Developer, Michael Chadwick, Project Coordinator, Channah Parker-Hamdani, Janie Gonsalez, Account Manager, and Lead Developer, Simon Brahan.

James Tyler who joined RapidSpike as Principal Developer when the company formed six years ago has also been promoted to Head of Technology and will be focusing on the further development of key features and ensuring technical partnerships with clients.

Commenting on the appointments, RapidSpike’s CEO Gav Winter said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome seven new people into the RapidSpike team since the investment by Praetura Ventures in September 2020. Every new member of the team, supported by our brilliant existing team, brings the experience and enthusiasm that we will need to scale and grow on our mission to make websites fast, reliable and safe for everyone. We are all extremely excited to further shape the RapidSpike website monitoring platform and our growth story in 2021 and beyond.

“James is one of the founding team members of RapidSpike and his promotion to Head of Technology is well deserved. We are lucky enough to have so much talent inside the business, so being able to promote one of the existing team was great. James has shown his skills and suitability for the role on a daily basis and I’m delighted to see him progress his career further.”

On her move to RapidSpike, Paula Horton said:

“It means a lot to me to join the RapidSpike team. This is not just a job to me, and this is certainly no ordinary company either. RapidSpike is very people-centric and a company with purpose which are qualities that are not always that easy to come by. I feel privileged that I was offered the opportunity to work with a talented team and for a company with ethical, exciting and purpose-driven ambition.”

The company, which was established in 2015 by Robin Hill and Andrew Mason, recently won the Northern Digital award for best digital tool/software as well as being recognised in the Digital Enterprise top 100 list.

The appointments and award wins are the latest in a series of successes within the last six months that saw RapidSpike successfully secure a £1m investment from Praetura Ventures in September. The firm plans to add a further five additions to its team throughout 2021.