Using data to make fleets safer shouldn't be difficult. That was our starting point.

We knew that data was both the key and the problem. Businesses have more data than ever before. But it’s everywhere and not being used to manage risk properly. We knew there had to be a better way. So, we created Clara, a data aggregation and risk management solution.

By putting everything in one place and providing answers not more questions, Clara empowers businesses to act on their biggest risks, respond to incidents effectively and simplify their data management.

Thanks to CMS and Clara, businesses around the world have been keeping over 150,000 of their employees safer each and every day, while also reducing their incident costs.

Oh, in case you were wondering, we’ve been around since 2013 and are backed by BGF, a £2.5bn PE Company.

Vision, Mission and Values

CMS is guided by a big ambition. Which in turn is founded on a set of values we strive to work to and act on every day.

Our Vision

A safer world

Ambition to make data simple
Our Mission

To enable a safer world through the better use of data

Empowering action by providing Clarity
Our Values

Ambition, Clarity and Trust = ACT

Delivering with discretion and Trust

Our team

Stephen Lake

Non-Executive Chairman

Stephen brings over thirty-five years of global experience in scaling growth technology businesses, as a board member, senior executive, investor, mentor & coach. Stephen held senior new business creation & ventures roles at Reuters & QinetiQ, and has built several early stage businesses to Deloitte Fast 50 status, IPO & Exit.

He has particular expertise in big data, analytics & information services.

Stephen is Senior Independent Director at Ordnance Survey (the national mapping agency of Great Britain), NED Digital Strategy for UK Parliament and plays an active role in impact Investing through his own business Common Good Partners.

Charles Smith


Charles Smith is the founder and driving force behind Collision Management Systems (CMS), taking it from concept through to securing of private equity backing and launch in 2012.

CMS is now a well-established, award winning business with global brands trusting in its technology to better manage their risk and insurance profile. Before CMS, Charles spent his time as an Engineer at Loughborough University, focusing on a wide range of automotive and technical engineering subjects.

Having spent several years immersed in the insurance technology arena, Charles has a deep knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of telematics and vehicle data. This provides him with a unique understanding of how the insurance market interacts with telematics/connected vehicle data and how it will evolve in the future.

John Owen

Non-Executive Director

John started his career with Andersen Consulting and then worked for both UBS and Bankers Trust in the 90’s before becoming one of the founding partners of Capco, the successful global financial services consultancy.

Subsequent roles include Global COO of ING’s Wholesale Bank, CEO of Venture Capital data company Library House (prior to purchase by Dow Jones) and Group COO and FD of Matrix Group. Recently, John has established a number of Renewable Energy ESCO’s and is the European COO of Stifel.

Steve Johnson


Steve is responsible for the overall financial and operational control of CMS.

Having started his career with top five UK accountancy practice, Grant Thornton, Steve became Finance Director of Bluewater, then Head of Commercial Finance for RES European Retail Development.

Since then, Steve has provided finance leadership to private equity and venture capital backed early stage and high growth businesses including the Speciality Retail Group, Clarity Credit Management Solutions and PPI Claimline. Steve is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Colin Woolmer

Head of Product

Colin leads the product development of CMS’s data aggregation, crash detection and risk analytics solutions.

Prior to CMS, Colin was Director of Technology at TeletracNavman (formerly Trafficmaster), where he helped develop stolen vehicle tracking, eCall, bCall, navigation and concierge services for the OEM/automotive sector.

He has extensive experience in cloud-based software development and architecture, gained managing technical projects for utilities, telecoms, automotive and financial services and working for high-profile brands including the AA, BT and Jaguar Land Rover.

Helen Wilson

Head of Customer Operations

Helen is our customer advocate within CMS, working with our customers to ensure CMS hold a good understanding of their business and objectives, developing a strong partnership to help achieve those objectives.

In previous roles Helen has worked with a range of clients across retail, finance, healthcare, housing associations and leisure and hospitality working with her teams to provide stability and improvements across hosting and network solutions.

From that experience Helen brings her drive and passion for continual service improvement to CMS along with keeping the rest of the CMS team focused.

Brendan Huysamen

Head of Development

Brendan leads our development team in improving the functionality and quality of our platform, Clara, while also determining its future enhancements.

Before CMS, Brendan developed SaaS platforms at Virtual Clinic Direct, including ones for smart medical devices, elite sports monitoring, and a telematics data platform which helps fleets plan their transition to EVs.

Prior to this, he worked on data warehousing for HomeChoice, developed ocean-going fleet & ship management platforms for Smit Marine, and worked on Euromonitor’s first moves into the cloud.

Manas Dalal

Head of Data Science

Manas has close to a decade of experience in the field of vision-based machine learning.

Manas’ core background is in engineering and signal processing. This is coupled to his hands on experience of developing, managing, and delivering projects involving Artificial Intelligence.

As Head of Data Science, Manas is responsible for CMS’ strategic research and development roadmap, and the integration of that work with the development team’s software design work. This comes with particular focus and guidance in machine learning and other data science methodologies.

On the broader front, Manas works with the customer success team as a subject matter expert, using his expertise to support new customer and new partner integrations, and ensuring that their new data sources are assessed, normalised, and smoothly integrated into CMS’ risk management platform, Clara.

George Lawson

Operations Lead

George is responsible for the development and running of our day to day customer support and operational activities not only for pre-sales but post implementation.

Prior to CMS, George brings with him experience gained from the financial and logistics sectors.

Frank Reynolds

Head of Marketing

Frank heads the marketing function at CMS with responsibility for our digital marketing, presence at industry events & trade shows, PR, partner, and other communications activities.

He joins us from a specialist simulation software and VR company, having previously worked at Europcar and Hertz.

His remit is to expand the footprint of CMS’ marketing, as we expand both domestically and internationally.

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