Meet our Leadership Team
We are a team of over 80 talented people with a common goal: enabling small and medium sized businesses to achieve more with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.
Preact is led by an experienced team who each have at least 20 years of service and have grown with the company.
Selom Bulla - Managing Director
Selom worries that he actually started working at Preact before some of its youngest employees were born! Yep, he’s that old…
His Preact journey started as a six-week vacation job in the summer of 1995. The following year he was offered a full-time graduate role before he worked his way up to owner and MD (and the primary butt of office jokes).
He likes to think he’s honest, ambitious and tries to do his best by everyone, but the reality is that everyone simply seems to laugh at his fashion sense and driving. But who needs sartorial elegance when you’ve created such an amazing company? He’s still achieving his dream, and he’s not even close to being done.
Selom loves creating a super-progressive, customer centric, people-first culture and says he feels blessed to work in a supportive environment with an incredible team. His desk is where the buck stops, or as he likes to put it ‘where the good intent should start’. He’s always happy to turn his hand to any aspect of the business and would never ask a team member to do anything he wouldn’t.
Out of the office Selom adores his mum’s Ghanaian cooking and likes nothing more than spending time with his long-term partner and their three children aged 13, nine and four. A word of warning though – with his fave TV show being Love Island and best film The Sound of Music, those kids will at some point in their lives get a little embarrassed about Dad!
His favourite saying is ‘If you fail, fail fast, adjust and go again!’ – you can have that for free any budding MDs. Just don’t copy Selom’s fashion, er, flair!
Ian Mennie - Professional Services Director
Aye, Mr Mennie the professional services director is a Scot – and don’t the staff love to remind him! And apart from the Scottish banter, employees tease that he’s married to the real boss of the company, HR Director Leanne.
Ian started at Preact straight after Edinburgh’s Napier university in August 2000 in a support role – and happily admits his first and favourite solution to IT problems was ‘have you switched it off and on again?’
He’s moved on since then (thank heavens) and over the years has been involved in the delivery of projects in numerous industries for different sized organisations. He loves getting feedback, with comments such as ‘technical ninjas’, ‘tip top service’, and ‘listened to our enquiries and was able to answer them clearly and swiftly’ all demonstrating Preact’s values are being delivered by the team.
As another ‘lifer’ at Preact, he’s also another lover of the company. He says it’s the perfect working environment - hard, fast, fun and extremely rewarding where customer and team feedback drives everything they do.
With a son and a daughter, and a dog Cooper, Ian’s busy at home but he does admit to having a streak of meanness - he says he loves to drag his wife kicking and screaming every year on a camping holiday. We feel your pain, Leanne.
Ian’s also passionate about travel and football, and finds coaching his son’s youth team both a learning experience and hugely fulfilling.
David Brettell - Commercial Director
David is a lifer (yes another one) - he’s served a long sentence with Preact, starting when he was nowt but a lad.
He joined the company in 1994 in a technical role, after gaining a degree in Engineering IT from Sheffield Hallam University, and became technical director before rising to the dizzy heights of commercial director. That’s what good behaviour gets you!
A client once thought David’s surname was Burtwell and he’s now known as ‘Burt’ by his colleagues, who would say he’s a glass half empty kind of chap. He would argue he’s a realist rather than an optimist!
He loves the variety of his job, and the (pre-covid) travel. He finds meeting customers and partners to see how Preact’s technology empowers individuals and businesses across the spectrum particularly rewarding.
When he’s not at work and telling staff ‘Two ears, one mouth – use them like that’, David enjoys travelling. When covid allows he has Iceland on his bucket list – until then it’s Aldi all the way.
A football and a Star Wars fan, a good night out for David would start with a curry and end with watching Father Ted on the telly box (down with that sort of thing!).
His career high was when Preact first attained ‘Microsoft Inner Circle’ status (that’s a big deal by the way) – and it was followed up with a trip to sun-drenched Miami to join in the Inner Circle events. So you see, Preact do let their lifers out on parole sometimes!
Leanne Mennie - Operations & HR Director
She may be HR & operations director, but Leanne says she’s happy to answer anything and do just about anything the business needs. That’s dedication for you – and she even married the professional services director, Ian so she’s definitely a team player.
In fact, she sees the whole Preact team as one big family. Working here is more than a job for Leanne, especially as ‘someone’s always got your back’ which she loves. This supportive environment reaps rewards and is reflected in the amazing team of talented individuals who have grown in the nurturing, inclusive and supportive environment.
Another long-timer, Leanne has been at Preact for 22 years working in variety of roles, although she’s always been drawn to HR as she’s passionate about people. Leanne says she likes to think she’s caring, empathetic and supportive but MD Selom calls her ‘the dragon’. Hmm… But we’re glad to know he’s been called worse apparently!
Preact places great emphasis on the work/life balance which means Leanne gets to spend quality time with Ian, their two children and Cooper the cockapoo.
She also enjoys cooking and anything outdoorsy, with biking, walking and running among her favourite pastimes. Her ideal Friday night in would be snuggled up with the kids, Ian and dog watching a film with a cup of tea – her favourite drink in the world.
So, what about that camping trip hubby drags her on every year? Why doesn’t she enjoy it? According to Leanne it rains every time they go. Now, we feel your pain even more!
Warren Butler - Marketing Director
If you want some cracking marketing strategies served up with a lush teriyaki salmon, Warren is your man. A great home cook, Warren is also the marketing director for Preact and has been with the company since 2001.
He was originally in a customer service role, but soon picked up marketing responsibilities, taking ownership of the website and email marketing and it grew from there. A true example of an employer spotting those hidden talents!
Warren has enjoyed being involved in watching Preact – a small underdog company in the beginning he says – grow to become a respected partner within its industry. A top dog indeed now.
It’s hard to get Warren off the subject of Preact as he quite obviously adores the company (we hope his wife understands!) and he still gets a buzz out of working for such a progressive business that puts its people at the heart of everything they do. This is reflected in Preact’s policy of developing a supportive, diverse and inclusive culture. Flexible working and unlimited holidays are also on offer.
Despite being a self-proclaimed man of few words, one of his job highs is speaking to customers to understand their experiences with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Preact.
Back to the cooking – Warren is a little bit of a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, what with his veggie plot and throwing his own garden produce in the pot. He’s gets a bit dizzy trying to remember how many times he’s watched his favourite movie Vertigo but is steadier when talking about his large collection of diecast model F1 cars. It’s not all boys with toys though – he assures us these are an investment!