Founded in 2012, CMS collects data from connected vehicles to power a range of risk and insurance solutions for the fleet, insurance, technology and mobility world. Backed by BGF, the most active VC fund in the UK, our award winning technology is used around the world and trusted by several global brands.

Our diverse management team, with its experience in fast moving technology sectors and rapid growth businesses, ensures CMS is secure in its future while continuing to innovate.

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 your 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

Data Science Lead

Manas has over 7 years of experience in leading a team for computer vision-based machine learning applications for various industries.

His background has been core engineering and signal processing with hands on experience and expertise in managing projects involving Artificial Intelligence.

As lead data scientist, Manas is currently responsible for driving the business towards using the most sophisticated artificial intelligence-based machine learning approach derived from a very efficient data analysis.

He has been working on constantly improving his normalisation and filtration techniques to retain the most stable data points from our partner devices.

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.

Jonathan Wool

Business Development Manager

Jonathan leads the sales team at CMS with responsibility for developing customers in the fleet and insurance markets.

Prior to CMS, Jon worked for VUE Group with a focus on fleet risk management. This built on his financial services background, in fleet insurance, both underwriting and broking and his launching of PAYG fleet insurance products in the self-drive hire insurance sector.

With over fourteen years of experience in fleet risk management, he is well placed to advise CMS’ clients on how best to utilise our platform to ensure risks and incidents are minimised, and thereby fleet and insurance costs are reduced.

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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