As a leading provider of electoral services we are confident that our team is one of the most experienced in the industry.
From our experience, we are fully aware of the professionalism and integrity that applies to providing the high levels of service and quality this specialist sector expects. Our experienced team is here to help and add value to your elections. We will ensure that your election is carried out fairly and transparently, in the most cost effective manner, using systems, products and processes that will encourage involvement and enhance participation.
Democracy Counts Limited was incorporated in December 2009 by Simon Verdon and Kevan Coleman. Both Simon and Kevan have extensive knowledge of the electoral registration and election management software market, in addition to niche related products and services that facilitate the democratic process.
Simon Verdon - Managing Director
Simon Verdon founded the company in December 2009 to take advantage of his experience in providing similar services to Government. Simon has been delivering services to the Public Sector since 2003 and has been involved in Democracy since the introduction of Postal Voting Pilots in 2003. Formerly Simon has designed software solutions to support Postal Vote Verification introduced by the Electoral Administration Act of 2006. He has subsequently specified what is believed to be a revolutionary EMS system that support the modern business processes that underpin democracy, and not just the legislation. Simon has a clear vision to create a suite of software called ElectorCentre that provides the most efficient solution to increase voter participate and engagement with the democracy process. Simon is an experienced Project and Stakeholder Manager with significant experience in process redesign and business process outsourcing. From a technical viewpoint he has experience in Information Security, Network and Windows Administration, SQL and Unix and has worked extensively in User Experience Management.
Kevan Coleman - Chairman
Kevan has worked in the printing and communication industry for over 45 years. He has extensive management experience, ranging from divisional management in a plc, to owner management of a £30million company. During this time he has been exposed to varying situations, involving turnaround, start-up and development initiatives. His exposure to Government Election work started in 2003. He has worked with Simon Verdon since 2001.
Mark Nicholls - Head of Implementation & Projects
Mark, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of electoral registration, working for the Scottish Government, the Electoral Commission, Lanarkshire VJB and Halarose. Mark now leads the team that will Manage and Support your migration to Democracy Counts
John McAdams - Project Manager
John McAdams, has 37 years experience in the field of elections, 16 of which as Deputy Returning Officer in a Scottish local authority responsible for the conduct of STV elections for three Parliamentary constituencies and the West of Scotland Region of the Scottish Parliament, as well as Westminster, European elections and multi-member STV elections for his own local authority.
Raney - Office Manager & Marketing Co-ordinator
Raney has many years experience in delivering all aspects of elections. She supports the team in all aspects of professional services delivery.
Grant Hazell - Sales Manager
Grant has been successfully selling election solutions to clients since 2003. Grant has been responsible for identifying new business opportunities and has been instrumental in our growth since 2013. Grant combines in depth knowledge with a customer friendly approach to ensure our clients receive the best service possible.
Manni Virdee- Sales Manager
With 10 years electroral administration experience and time at IDOX as an Account Manager, Manni brings his 'can do' attitude to help clients get the best from our products and services.
Chris - Development Team Manager
Chris has 32 years of technical experience in a range of technologies (all types of programming from VB, .net.. asp, Java, php, WCF, WPF, SQL, Linq, C#). He has supported Elections and Registration for 7 Years.
Paul - Senior Software Developer
Paul has 10 year experience in development technologies. His skills are SQL, VB6, C#, WPF and Web Technologies.
Sean - Software Developer
Sean has 21 years of technical experience in a range of technologies (all types of programming from VB, .net.. asp, Java, php, WCF, WPF, SQL, Linq, C#). Sean has 6 years Elections Experience.
Richard - Software Developer
Richard has 20 years of technical experience in a range of technologies (all types of programming from .net.. asp, Java, php, WCF, WPF, SQL, Linq, C# and web). He is the newest member of our development team and is enjoying the challenges of electoral administration
Support & Client Services Team
Michael - Support & Client Services Manager
Michael has 20 years of experience supporting clients in a technical role and has been involved with electoral administration since 2006. He has experience in SQL, Unix, Windows and Network administration.
Mike - Support Analyst
Mike is a highly experienced Support Analyst and is familiar with our Software, networking, and SQL administration as well as the management of the Electoral process.
Chris - Support Analyst
Chris is a support Analyst and is familiar with our Software, networking, SQL administration Cisco Networking as well as the management of the Electoral process.
Tom - Support Analyst
Tom is a apprentice Support Analyst and is familiar with our Software and is gaining experience in all technologies and the software life-cycle. Tom's can do attitude and winning smile will see him go far.
Human Relations & Training
Claire - HR Manager & Training Manager
Claire has responsibility for the overall project controls and Training and quality systems within Democracy Counts. Claire is responsible for our ISO27001 and ISO9001 accreditations. Claire is Prince2 Project Manager and a SixSigma BlackBelt. She has 15 years experience as a Director and Senior Manager in business and has been involved in Government work since 2003.