Who We Are

Howard Hall 
CEO and Co-founder

Howard CEO and Co-founder of Solutionpath, had the crazy idea of building an educational analytics business when HP acquired Autonomy in 2011. He was introduced to a team of developers, data scientists and programme managers at University of Manchester with Autonomy focused skills and a Higher Education research data repository mining solution, and whom were looking for a commercial home.

Unfortunately research data repository mining had little commercial scope at the time so Howard sought other Higher Education sector problems to solve and recognised that the imminent UK University change in course fee structure would transform students into valuable consumers overnight. As a result, the Solutionpath business, and its StREAM solution were born to enable instiutions to retain students and enhance the academic journey using both historical and real time data. 

Howard has studied at both the Harvard Business School and Cranfield University School of Management, and is a true entrepreneur and a respected IT visionary. His business philosophy is based upon building long-term relationships with partners and clients by delivering long-term business value and outcomes. When not immersed in his work, Howard spends his time with his family at his homes in North Yorkshire and South Wales. He is a keen polo player and skier.

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Richard Gascoigne
Managing Director

Richard spent his formative years in the military as a communications engineer serving in many conflict areas where he learnt how critical it was in getting the right information at the right time. Richard started his IT career in a small PC repair business in North Yorkshire before taking a role in software engineering where he represented a Global Bank delivering automated payment solutions for both international and UK businesses.

 In the past 15 years Richard has held several key operational management positions that straddle both technical and sales, which has allowed him to understand how information technology can be transformative by enabling business change.

During this time Richard has also worked in and started a number of entrepreneurial endeavours which range from Web Content Management, Email Security, a Data Centre Company and even a Solar Panel business.

Richard now leads the Solutionpath Technology strategy, anticipating and interpreting customer needs and conceptualises the solutions needed – Richard spends a significant amount of time in front of prospects and customers, evangelising and understanding the complexity of how technology can enhance learning and student experiences.

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Andy Priest
Head of Development and Co-founder

Andy has worked within the Higher Education sector for over 20 years, previously running one of two academic data centres in the UK where he developed an academic web discovery service by combing services from seven partner universities into a single system that serviced 50 million unique users per month globally.

 Andy developed the first commercial software product ‘Historic Books and Journals service’ for Jisc, the body that represents the UK further and higher education sector on educational technology standards initiatives, which is now used by every UK university.
As a first-time founder Andy joined the venture and Solutionpath’s StREAM product is Andy’s brainchild.

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David Cole
Commercial Director


David has over 20 years’ experience working within the Higher Education Sector having held senior Sales and Leadership roles within the IT vendor and reseller communities including Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and DTP Group. 


As Sales Director for Solutionpath David draws on his experience to collaborate with University clients to provide solutions that help deliver tangible benefits back to the University and its students.

David lives in York with his wife and children and in his spare time he enjoys going to live music gigs.

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