The appointment comes alongside a move for Stephen Dracup from Managing Director to Chief Growth Officer.

Executive Chairman, David Pollock commented:

 “The Board of Directors are delighted to announce Mark as Chief Executive Officer. Mark has consistently been an example to us all on the merits of hard work and attention to detail. He drives outstanding performance across his team, ensuring great financial control, and has a proven track record in building external relationships and securing financial support as we continue our growth journey.

For the last 8 years, Stephen has played a significant role as Managing Director in the transition of Chess from a traditional telco business to a renowned IT services provider and is pivotal in making Chess ‘a great place to work’. As Chief Growth Officer he will focus on driving growth through product strategy and acquisitions.

We wish them both every success.”

Chief Executive Officer, Mark Lightfoot commented:

I’m delighted to be the new Chief Executive Officer at such an exciting time for Chess. My focus will be on leading our exceptional team through the new decade, growing the business through performance and our unique culture, whilst building on our position as a perennial Sunday Times Best Company to Work For.”

Set to complement the team at the top is Oliver Lofthouse joining as Partner Sales Director from Vodafone, bringing a wealth of expertise, drive, and energy to deliver results. 


Biography - Mark Lightfoot

Mark graduated from the University of Aston Business School with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Business Studies, receiving the Vauxhall Prize for Academic Excellence. After university Mark joined an accountancy practice in Chester and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999, winning the North Wales and Chester 1st prize Order of Merit.

Mark swapped practice for industry in 2000 holding senior financial positions with Edmundson Electrical Limited before joining Chess in 2008 as Financial Controller. He achieved promotion to the main board as Financial Director in 2010 and to Chief Financial Officer in 2018.  Hobbies outside of work include keeping fit, listening to music, watching movies and most importantly spending time with his family.