The Team


Our systems are enhanced by Artificial Intelligence, but our business is powered by our family of staff.
Meet some of the leaders of our organisation.

Kelly McArdle, Head of Client Services.

Kelly McArdle, Head of Client Services.

It is commonly known that Kelly splits her time between her home, the office, and her favourite pub. Having worked at Applegate for over 15 years, climbing to her current role as Head of Client Services, Kelly is a much-loved part of the family.

Katherine Frost, Head of Business Development.

Katherine Frost, Head of Business Development.

Katherine has gone from strength to strength since returning to Applegate on her return from ‘down under’. As Head of Business Development, it is Katherine’s role to develop business sales strategy. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her enjoying one of Devon’s famous beaches.

Joanna Nancekivell, HR Executive.

Joanna Nancekivell, Buyer Support Team Leader & HR Executive.

Handling HR matters by day, and a netball by night – Joanna is ‘on the ball’. Having completed a 3 year apprenticeship herself, Joanna has a particular focus on recruitment for our Workplace Degree Programme and is heavily involved in the North Devon Employment Board. She also brings a bit of ‘Devon’ to the business, living on the family farm.

Steve Paine, Head of Marketing & Buyer Management.

Steve Paine, Head of Marketing & Buyer Success.

Having been at Applegate for ten years, Welshman Steve has still never said no to a tea round (milk, no sugar – in case you were wondering). The caffeine fuels his management of the Marketing and Buyer Management teams – overseeing the end-to-end process for users.

Chris McCormack, Finance Director

Chris McCormack, Finance and Commercial Strategy Director. 

Excel guru Chris is a figures man – you’ll often find him working on his own at the on-site gym. He ditched the District line for Devon and brings a great level of experience in banking and finance to the business. He’s the X to our Y.

Muttley, The Real Boss

Muttley, The Real Boss.

Everyone knows that Muttley is the real boss around here. From having his own office, to featuring in local press, it’s fair to say that the office hound is doing well for himself.

Stuart Brocklehurst - Chief Executive

Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive.

Stuart has been Chief Executive of Applegate since 2014 following his roles as Head of E-Commerce Strategy at Barclays plc, Senior Vice President and Head of Digital Commerce at Visa International CEMEA and Group Communications Director of Amadeus IT Group. When Stuart can be convinced to put down his work, he can be found walking through the Devon countryside.