Robert Powell

Managing Director

Robert is a true entrepreneur and leader, with a contagious passion for IPS Ltd and a vision of how he wants to take the company forward to ensure that customers can benefit from the products and solutions that it offers.

As a Managing Director, he is very keen to meet new customers and keep ongoing relationships with existing ones so is a definite familiar face with IPS Ltd.

Outside of work, Robert is a father of three children. He enjoys contributing to charities and likes to be hands-on, with several of them that he believes are beneficial to society.

Stuart Brand

Systems Development Director

Stuarts extensive IT knowledge is second to none along with many other qualifications, Stuart is a Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator, ISO27001 Lead Auditor and a Certified Information Security Manager.

In his working life, he was Head of Information Security for Capita and worked for over five years as Head of Information and Security working on many government projects.

He had highly responsible roles within the further education sector and has created specialised software for them and continues to do this with his team at IPS Ltd. He has a full understanding of how the FE sector works and what difficulties they are up against.

Outside of work, Stuart is the father of four children, is happily married. He enjoys helping the local community and runs many workshops and enrichment activities.

Clare Gurney

Sales, Marketing and Communications Manager

Clare has a diverse role within IPS Ltd, not only is she the Account Manager for the northern and midlands region and she also manages all of our Marketing and Communications.

In her working life, she has many years of experience within this field, in both industry and the further education sector.

She has built a range of skills along the way, from business management, project planning, event management, marketing and sales.

Outside of work, Clare enjoys learning new skills, relaxing with holidays and spending time with friends and family.

Donovan Murfet

Technical Account Manager

Donovan is one of the most frequent faces you will see on-site, as Donovan is responsible for deployment and on-site installation, training and day-to-day operations.

To enable IPS Ltd to approach products in a globally recognised standard, in 2019 Donovan became a certified Prince2 Practitioner.

He has also extended his qualifications to expand our company further and is now a certified repair specialist of Zebra card printers.

Outside of work, Donovan enjoys gaming, travel and is currently learning Japanese.

Cheryl Brand

Company Secretary

Cheryl has a diverse role at IPS Ltd, from HR Management, writing tenders and controls the ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

Cheryl’s main focus of work is on HR, payroll, pension, tender writing and the ISO 9001 quality management system.

Cheryl has had a range of working roles specifically within the further education and public sectors, she has extensive knowledge with apprenticeships and work experience which she has been able to develop with our current IPS Apprentices.

‚ÄčIn her spare time, Cheryl enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, swimming and cycling.  

Philip (Pip) Wood


Philip has had a varied career in IT and technology.  Over the last few years, he has gone from an IT technician to a Systems Manager.  Previous to that he worked for a few years in a hybrid role of Marketing and IT Support Executive.

He studied at college for four years, completing two courses, one in Media Games Development and the other in Multimedia while working as a cleaner to pay the bills.

Philip has a passion for anything to do with technology, is always keen to learn new things and relishes challenges and opportunities.

In his spare time, he enjoys computer games, films, designing websites/web solutions and spending time with his family.

Toni Foster


Toni joined IPS in December 2016 on a Developer/Programmer apprenticeship.

Since this time Toni has widely expanded her knowledge of programming code, such as and she now has also understood in fine detail the programming codes for IPS products. 

Outside of work Toni enjoys eating, going out with her friends and spending time with her nephew and niece whenever she can.