Chris Marsh, formerly the Head of All The Things Nobody Else Will Do at Melbourne Server Hosting, has moved from said position to take up a new role as director of partner development at rival hoster UKFast.
Effectively Marsh was head of Melbourne’s operations in Manchester following its acquisition by Iomart PLC of Glasgow in August 2012 for £7m.
Prior to joining Melbourne, Marsh had two spells as a business development manager for technology companies.
He was recently re-elected as a council member of Manchester Digital and he is also an ambassador for Forever Manchester.
Marsh said: “I know Manchester and I know its people and the digital community. I understand the creative industry and I am excited to continue to develop those relationships.
“Staying in Manchester and staying in hosting, this is a really positive career step. There are opportunities at UKFast for me to make a real difference. The best way to do business is to build relationships based on trust.
“That’s what I’m all about. I believe in having friends in the hosting industry. We’re all doing this wonderful job for Manchester. We should know our competitors.”
UKFast, which recently started moving its non-technical operations from City Tower in the city centre into the new 47,000 sq ft building in Hulme which the company has bought, said that Marsh’s appointment would enhance its proposition as it sought to win more business from the creative and digital sectors.
Lawrence Jones, UKFast’s founder added that: “We are not too dissimilar from the agencies we’re targeting.
“We started out as a very small business in 1999 and we know what it takes to grow from this stage to a £150m valued business. From the outside, people have no idea that we are a creative business and that we understand what this entails, Chris Marsh is someone who can help us bridge that gap.”