Appointment at leading enterprise software specialist takes some licking

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 19 Mar 2019

VANILLA Solutions has strengthened its position as one of the UK’s leading enterprise software specialists with the key appointment of a new non-executive director.

Paul Massey is one of the most experienced figures in the UK’s business systems world, and joins the Brigg-headquartered team having recently retired as managing director of IFS Europe West. He led operations in the UK, Spain, France and Portugal for more than 12 years and under his stewardship, IFS grew to a 350-employee operation with a turnover of nearly £100 million.

Jason Belcher, director at Vanilla, said: “We’re thrilled to have someone with Paul’s experience and stature on board. His track record of successful delivery at IFS and his deep knowledge of our industry are of great value to us. We’re a relatively young company with ambitions for growth, both in the UK and further afield and there probably isn’t anyone else better able to help us achieve this than Paul.

“Paul’s knowledge of the sector, of running a hugely-successful software and services company, and of course IFS applications will be invaluable to us and his advice is already making a difference.”

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Vanilla employs a team of 27, with further offices in Newcastle.

Lichfield-born Paul studied economics and accountancy at Loughborough University, and worked as a management accountant before specialising in the implementation of accounting systems, subsequently making the move into the industry.

He joined Avalon Software UK in 1993 and then joined IFS UK when Avalon acquired it in 1997.

Paul said: “I was looking for an interesting non-exec role and I’d known Jason and his fellow co-founder Andy Bell for a long time – Jason as a customer and Andy as a former colleague at IFS. They didn’t take long to persuade me to join Vanilla.

“I like what they’ve been doing and how they’ve been doing it; I get on well with them both personally and professionally and it’s an exciting time to be joining the team. I’ve been impressed by their ambition and drive and I believe I can help them achieve their goals.”

Vanilla Solutions is one of Europe’s leading providers of IFS applications-related services, offering consultancy, support and products to the wider enterprise resource planning market. Clients include BAE, Babcock, Skanska and Largo Foods.

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