We are incredibly excited to announce that former Head of Operations Louise Toal has taken up the MD role after five years with the business, with Project Team Lead Gemma Oliver filling the newly vacated Head of Operations role. Former MD and company founder, Anthony Main, will move into a more strategic role continuing to oversee and support the business’ ambitions for growth. They are joined on the new leadership team by, Senior Account Manager, Tom Boatman who has been with The Distance for 4 years.
Founded in 2009, The Distance is one of the longest-serving dedicated app development companies in the world, with a roster of clients ranging from start-ups to multi-billion-pound turnover global enterprises that include Eurotunnel, GNY and PayStream. The company employs 17 people from its York headquarters and prides itself on building an incredibly diverse workforce, of which 41% are female.
Louise Toal joined the company in 2017, after building her own virtual assistant company and sharpening her operations management skills in the NHS. She will now take responsibility for the day-to-day running of The Distance, enabling the team to live by the company’s values to be empowered, creative, experts.
Anthony Main says that the formation of the new senior leadership team will enable him to focus on the bigger picture: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved at The Distance,” he said.
Gemma Oliver joined The Distance 18 months ago, bringing considerable project management skills from previous roles with the NHS and Fera Science. On her promotion to Head of Operations, she said,