CEO - Paul Gaffney 

Paul is an experienced business executive who has spent 30 years in industry, running both large and small organisations. After an initial career on the gold and diamond mines of South Africa, he moved into the IT sector, joining IBM as a systems engineer. From there he gained experience across all functions of the business including: project management, marketing, business development, contracting, operations and consulting, eventually having responsibility for the e-business consulting team across Northern Europe. 

Paul then joined the Board of Racal Telecom heading up their internet division until its acquisition by Global Crossing.  Following this, he joined the executive leadership team of Aspective as the Vice President of both its Managed Services Division and Consulting Division. Paul’s last corporate role was as Global Director of Outsourcing and Managed Services development for Dell Corp, where he had responsibility for driving innovation and long term strategy for $650M of revenue per annum.

Paul now brings his business expertise to organisation and has helped DMWS transform into a diverse business with multiple contracts providing medical welfare provision to established and new business areas.

Paul lives in Hampshire and has 3 grown up children.

Commercial Director - Lisa Leece MSc, DipWS

Lisa joined DMWS in April 2014 and as part of DMWS organisational development, became Commercial Director in November 2017.

Lisa is responsible for new business; identifying opportunities, engaging partner organisations, developing ideas, building fully costed service models and delivery plans, and identifying and securing project funding.

Lisa is also responsible for the project and organisational performance framework, collating and analysing data, outcomes, and benefits of DMWS, for which she developed a bespoke service user management system, which includes operational and strategic performance outcomes.

Lisa has extensive experience in strategic and operational development and performance management across voluntary, public and private sectors. Lisa supported young people in business with Princes Trust and Young Enterprise, and led cross sector, multi-agency partnerships to successfully deliver improvements in health, social care, wellbeing, and education services for children, young people and families. She improved inspection outcomes for children & young peoples’ services, developed and implemented commissioning processes, and managed multi-million pound government & European funding.

Lisa gained her MSc in Management, Diploma in Welfare Studies, and is studying L7 CMI Strategic Leadership & Management. Lisa is married with one son, and is a Grandma. In her spare time she sings with a Ladies Barbershop Chorus, and enjoys an active, traditional countryside home life in North Wales.

Operations Director - Abby Dryden

Abby has worked for DMWS for 6 years in posts overseas and in the UK. During this time she has worked closely with military colleagues, the NHS and the police service both delivering and managing a variety of welfare services.

Abby trained as a lawyer and has worked in the public and private sector. Abby has a particular interest in humanitarian relief and in the effective delivery of high quality welfare services during major incidents.