Senior Management

Our senior management team has over 60 years’ collective experience working in the lone worker protection industry.

Richard Houghton - Chairman 250

Richard Houghton


Richard joined as Chairman in March 2019. He has spent much of his professional life working with Private Equity backed businesses and enjoys the challenges involved helping growth companies realise their full potential.

Richard is also currently Chairman of British Engineering Services and Vistair Services. He has also been the Chairman of Target Group and on the board of Verastar, both PE backed businesses. Prior to embarking on his non-executive career, Richard co-founded Xchanging, an outsourcing business which he helped grow from a handful of staff in a single office to a FTSE 250 business with 9,000 employees in 9 countries. His experience prior to Xchanging includes senior roles at Caradon plc, McKinsey & Co and Esso. Richard has an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard.

Naz Dossa - CEO

Naz Dossa

Chief Executive Officer

Having started his career in banking, Naz has spent most of his career in and around the Telecoms and IT sectors including a spell as Managing Director of Network Services at Capita.

A large part of Naz’s career was at Colt Technology Services, a global telecoms and IT provider where he held numerous leadership positions across different business units and geographies.

Naz joins us from his most recent role as the UK Managing Director of Brightstar. During his time at there, Naz was twice voted into the prestigious Mobile Power 50 Rankings.

Since his appointment as Peoplesafe CEO, Naz has also assumed the role as Chair of the BSIA Lone Worker Section Committee, helping to drive innovation across the industry.

Peter McNaney - CTO

Peter McNaney

Chief Technology Officer

Peter’s background in the technology sector is critical to supporting Peoplesafe’s ongoing growth plans. Having spent more than 20 years as CTO and product strategist for a number of private equity-backed companies across a range of industries, Peter has focused on successfully building the teams and infrastructure to enable the launch of compelling, technology-led products and services.

This has proven vital in enabling those companies to thrive. Most recently, he was CTO of OneOcean, where he successfully developed and launched market-changing software for the commercial shipping sector.

Mark Ryder CCO

Mark Ryder

Chief Commercial Officer

Mark began his career as an Electronics Engineer working in the Communications industry before moving into commercial roles in Telecom and IT services industry.

Prior to joining Peoplesafe, Mark spent the previous 4 years as European Managing Director of Sify, an Indian ICT company focusing on Digital transformation, Cloud technologies and Datacentre services. Sify was the first Indian ICT company to be listed on the NASDAQ and in late 2020 entered the Fortune 500 top Indian companies.

Mark has over 20 years’ leadership experience in companies including Colt Technology services, Verizon, Level 3 (Lumen) and Geo (Zayo) – two of which were included in The Times fastest growing tech companies in the UK. These roles operated across the Enterprise, SME and public sector and included direct and indirect GTM channels in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Ricardo Pombo - Operations Director

Ricardo Pombo

Operations Director

Since joining Peoplesafe in 2009, Ricardo has played a key role in developing the service we provide into the market-leading solution with proprietary alarm receiving software and new products exclusively created by Peoplesafe.

Ricardo oversees the operational activities within the company, including product development and customer support. With over 20 years’ of operational and client support experience within the Technology and Hospitality industries, Ricardo is dedicated to offering a first class service to our clients.

As an industry expert, he represents Peoplesafe as a member of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section Committee, providing his knowledge and experience to help shape advice and legislation.

Matt Kennedy - Sales Operations Director 250

Matt Kennedy

Sales Operations Director

Matt is a qualified CIMA accountant who has been in the industry for 10 years.

For the past 8 years, Matt has worked within commercial roles at manufacturing, distribution and service orientated companies. He has mainly been focused on identifying the drivers behind financial performance and implementing processes and strategy to improve the business and sales processes.