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Meet the team

Dan Isaaman

CEO

Dan Isaaman

CEO

A natural entrepreneur, Dan started his computing career while still at school, authoring three programming books for kids, and writing machine code for several companies. After graduating from Manchester University with a degree in Computer Engineering, he immediately launched a hardware and software development consultancy in London, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dan has been intimately involved in the conception and launch of many products and solutions over several decades. These span different markets including machine vision, retail automation, mobile technology, digital payments, identity and security. Amongst other topics he is a subject matter expert on PKI smartcard security and mobile NFC applications.

He founded Dot Origin to make these technologies more easily available, which is how the company’s well-known online store, Smartcard Focus, was born. Dan and his team now focus on developing unique and powerful solutions to everyday problems, using their combined knowledge and experience, as well as many valued technology partnerships forged over time.

Like his father, Dan’s main hobby is his work, but he does sometimes find time to engineer interesting and unusual things in and around the home.

Mike Dawson

Non-executive Director

Mike Dawson

Non-executive Director

Mike has clocked up over 30 years international experience in the IT sector, having worked for software, hardware, netware, and professional services companies based in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Hong Kong.

Mike retired from full-time office life in 2019, however he continues to support Dot Origin as a Non-executive Director, having joined the team in 2006. Mike has a passion for classic Minis, and is no longer afraid to admit he likes trains!

Andrew Ryan

CTO

Andrew Ryan

CTO

Andrew leads the development of Dot Origin’s hardware and software products, ranging from digital tachograph applications to physical access control systems and mobile pass readers.

He has worked in the information security industry for over 30 years as designer, developer, and consultant specialising in embedded systems, smart card technology, industrial control communications and cryptography.

Andrew particularly enjoys product development, from unravelling initial customer requirements to making real things that work. In his spare time, he loves playing guitar and live music. He no longer owns an old VW camper van.

Bill Scott

SVP International

Bill Scott

SVP International

As SVP International at Dot Origin, Bill is responsible for rolling out Dot Origin’s VTAP100 product line worldwide.

Since 2000, Bill has served the mobile data industry in executive roles at Infospace, Critical Path, Openwave, Getjar, and Vibes. Bill has spent most of his career in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has a BA Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University.

Bill is a golf fanatic, and is passable on the blues harmonica.

Mike Shephard

COO

Mike Shephard

COO

Mike Shephard joined Dot Origin in June 2021 as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and is working closely with Dan Isaaman (CEO) as the company embarks on the next phase of its expansion programme.
Mike has 25 years of international experience in the Communications sector, with companies based in the US, Canada, South Africa, the UK, Sweden and Germany. Mike is passionate about everything automotive, and he is currently restoring an early Triumph Stag.

Connor Garland

Production Manager

Connor Garland

Production Manager

When Connor is not saving the galaxy from behind his PlayStation controller, he is Dot Origin’s Production Manager, as well as a Technical Support Assistant. Connor joined us as an Apprentice in 2016 and has since gained a full-time position with Dot Origin. He previously worked as a computer technician and volunteered at a local charity shop, while studying IT at college.

Aside from the gaming, Connor admits to being quite the stereotypical nerd. His personal interests include films, comic books and anime.

Josh Hawkes

Full Stack Software Developer

Josh Hawkes

Full Stack Software Developer

Josh started at Dot Origin in 2016 as an Apprentice and now, 5 years later, he is a Full Stack Software Developer with industry specific qualifications.

He works in multiple software languages on many different platforms, to create a wide range of products. He liaises with and supports customers across the Dot Origin product portfolio, as well as communicating with manufacturers and suppliers in order to integrate products and solutions. He has also attended events where he demonstrated Dot Origin’s products to the public.

In his spare time, he enjoys brain teasers and puzzles.

Claire Hawkins

Finance Manager

Claire Hawkins

Finance Manager

Claire joined the Finance department of Dot Origin in March 2015, where she is responsible for the monthly management of accounts and day-to-day running of the department. During her time at Dot Origin, the role has expanded to include purchasing.

Her previous roles include management and job accounting for market research, design agencies, computer security and computer components industries.

Claire enjoys taking time out to relax through yoga, going for a stroll in the sun, getting the heart pumping in body combat and spending time with people.

Richard Mason

Operations Manager

Richard Mason

Operations Manager

Richard Mason has been with Dot Origin for 5 years. In this time, he has exceeded expectations to rise as the daily Operations Manager for Sales. He is involved with every aspect of order fulfilment for Dot Origin’s customers.

Before joining Dot Origin, Richard’s previous experience had been in sales support roles with a focus on customer relations and satisfaction.
His goals are to strive for excellence and help facilitate the customer experience, to ensure they are happy and returning customers.

Richard is a family man and shares his time between Dot Origin and raising his young daughter. He has recently found an appetite for DIY after moving into a new home.

Patrick Mayo

Marketing Programs Manager

Patrick Mayo

Marketing Programs Manager

Patrick’s focus is analysis, insights and programmes for Dot Origin’s extensive and diverse range of offerings.

Working for major multi-national technology companies for 25 years, including Dell, ICL and Mitsubishi Electric, Patrick has a global view of B2B Sales & Marketing – covering direct and channel sales in the UK and EMEA regions. Patrick has also worked agency-side, independently and with McCann Erickson.

Data driven innovation and improvement is Patrick’s mantra at work, but nothing seems to improve his dancefloor moves on a night out.

Mike Mosley

Sales Administrator

Mike Mosley

Sales Administrator

Mike Mosley is Dot Origin’s Sales Administrator, with a focus on customer service. He is excited to be just beginning his journey with Dot Origin, having joined in 2021. His main emphasis is on keeping the customer happy, building long term relationships through client satisfaction and quick turnaround on orders and queries.

Mike brings skills he has attained from working in a variety of industries, in sales, purchasing, and warehouse operations.
Mike knows that happy customers are the biggest advocates for a successful business, and it is important to make sure they all know they are valued and that their business is always appreciated.

In his spare time, Mike works in music production and can regularly be found at his local bowling alley.

Victor Puente

Account Manager

Victor Puente

Account Manager

Victor has over 12 years’ experience in sales and senior account management roles in various sectors, having worked for e commerce and software companies, amongst others. He has first hand knowledge of helping companies achieve growth, and takes great pleasure in cultivating new business relationships.

Victor moved to the UK from Spain over 25 year ago. When he is not at work, he enjoys walks with his dog. He loves travelling whenever possible and is keen on water sports, especially surfing and sailing.

Mirek Redlarski

Production Engineering Manager

Mirek Redlarski

Production Engineering Manager

Mirek Redlarski joined Dot Origin in 2021 as Production Engineering Manager, to take responsibility for planning and managing all production activities, associated with Dot Origin’s hardware designs.

He brings a decade of experience in printed circuit board manufacture and assembly, within global and UK-based prototyping, volume production, and R&D environments. He has worked at various stages of electronics manufacture, as Production Operator, PCB CAM Engineer, and R&D Commercial Project Manager.

Mirek’s passion for technological advancement reaches beyond working hours, but he also finds his inner peace losing track of time in nature.

Gabriella Toth

Corporate Branding & Design

Gabriella Toth

Corporate Branding & Design

Gabriella joined Dot Origin in 2010. Originally managing online- and offline marketing activities, she is now responsible for corporate branding, web- and graphic design across the entire Dot Origin portfolio.

A former employee at Future Electronics as well as GE Energy, Gabriella has gained experience in various roles including product marketing, pricing strategies as well as sourcing.

Gabriella believes in self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for a broad range of skills and competencies. When she is not busy working, studying or raising her monkey, she may be found exploring the neighbourhood with her four-legged friend. She is celebrating her 20-year anniversary of listening to and admiring the band Tool.

Alison Turner

Technical Author

Alison Turner

Technical Author

Alison Turner has been Technical Author and Product Manager at Dot Origin for the last three years. She takes care of multilingual product documentation, including online help, and third-party product advertising in our Smartcard Focus web store.

Alison was previously the Technical Author and IMS Manager for Vocality/Cubic, and before that worked in data analysis, process, project and bid management at Thales.

Professional development has always been important to Alison. For many years, she volunteered with MentorNet, supporting female students intending to work in Science and Technology, and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators.

When she is not at work, you might find her singing at a Rock Choir gig, or hiking over proper hills in the North.