OUR TEAM 

OUR TEAM 

 
 
 
Managing Director - Darren Kelk 
 
With over 26 years of experience in private sector debt collection Darren has a fantastic understanding of how data can be used to help debt collection for both the public and private sector. 
 
Darren also has over 21 years’ experience delivering bespoke training sessions as well as speaking at National and Local IRRV and Housing Network Conferences. 
 
In his spare time Darren completed a UEFA A Coaching Licence and has worked with many different professional football teams. 
 
 
 
 
Technical Director - Richard Hanby 
 
As a founding director of the business Richard brings knowledge of private sector debt collection and experience building data driven software solutions at scale. With over a decade of experience; Richard steers the business objectives and technology stack, driving Ascendant into a 100% Cloud based business with massive scale and infrastructure redundancy as a result. Richard is also the Data Security Manager, tasked with managing operational risk, data security and compliance. 
 
Richard has a passion for data security and socialising. 
 
 
 
Client Services Manager - Sam Hanby 
 
Sam’s career initially began in retail, managing many well-known high street coffee shops. Following a brief spell in product development, he set up his own business, bringing a new food trend to the UK. 
 
Since joining us in 2018, Sam is now an integral part of Ascendant Solutions. Handling all communication for current and prospect clients, ensuring suppliers are kept up to date and assisting with development requests from clients and the development team. 
 
In his spare time Sam enjoys ‘Anything with an engine and two wheels’ and is an active ACU licence holder, he has also won multiple club races. 
 
 
 
Software Developer - Max Peake 
 
Max graduated in Computer Science from Sheffield Hallam University. 
 
Max joined us in 2020 to expand our Development Team, to assist with developing our existing products to extract their full potential alongside bringing new projects to release sooner. 
 
At the weekend Max captain's his local cricket team in Nottingham who have had successful seasons. 
 
 
 
Junior Developer - Dean Hanson 
 
Graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Software Engineering. Dean works with the Development Team to improve on already existing products as well as developing new Ascendant products. 
 
In his free time Dean builds, maintains, and rides motorbikes with his father and friends. 
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