About Us

At The Ark, we provide market-leading tools and expertise to help large organisations maintain their databases to the highest possible standards.  By improving data quality, we’re helping our clients realise the full potential of data-driven marketing, combat identity fraud and comply with regulations such as the GDPR.

Our market-leading suppression services include the National Deceased Register (NDR) and ReMover goneaway file and the identity fraud file NDR Monitor.

The Ark licenses its files to numerous organisations across most industry sectors including supermarket chains; several banks and insurance providers; retailers and utility companies – to name a few – along with all the major data processing bureaux.

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Simon McLaven - CEO

Simon was one of the two original founders of Emery McLaven Orr Limited (EMO) way back in 1985 when he helped build it into the country’s most prominent regional advertising agency groups. He presided over a successful trade sale of EMO to Creston Limited before leaving to form The Ark in 2003.

Simon passionately believes that the foundation of any successful business lies in the quality of its database and that that process starts with having clean, accurate and reliable data.

Martin Jaggard - Managing Director

Following a 21 year stint at one of the UK’s leading MSPs Martin joined The Ark in 2006.

Martin helped to shape the future of the business by developing a range of data solutions to meet the ever increasing demands of clients and was instrumental in creating The Ark’s National Deceased Register and Re-mover gone away suppression files.

Whatever the challenge Martin is up for a technical chat at any time and looks forward hearing from you.

Alan Spedding - Head of Suppression Services

A self-confessed data industry interloper, Alan has been working with The Ark since the start of 2012 and now heads up our Suppression Services Division.

He has a solid commercial background which blends big ticket capital equipment sales and senior level recruitment. He’s also served on the board of a leading consumer finance company.

Suppression Services aside he’s good for a high level chat about the sorts of things we can do for your business.

Sue Metcalfe - Office Manager

Sue joined the Ark in August 2012 as Office Manager to cover Natalie whilst on maternity leave and has never left. Having worked in the property sector for numerous years in diverse roles was tempted by a new challenge.

When not working at The Ark, Sue spends most of her time working on her hospitality / property business. Free time is a rare commodity and is spent with her partner, daughter and three mischievous grandchildren. The incentive to visit the gym is there but somehow can’t quite make it.

Steven Thomas - Business Development

The most recent addition to the team, Steve joined The Ark in 2016 to help identify and win new licensees for our market-leading suppression products.

Having entered the sales arena in 2010 with a FTSE 100 organisation, he moved into a management role in 2012 where he led and coached a team of sixteen.

In his spare time, Steve likes to put his engineering skills to work on his classic car.