From the origins of the National Freight Consortium and with over 150 man-years of development DRIVE was born.

In 1990 the original Management Team behind DRIVE acquired FCS Computer Services from the recently privatised National Freight Consortium. A new business was established called FCS, and it launched its first ORACLE solution called Servitor, which became a leading solution to the Direct Services Organisations within local government. The success of the Servitor product and the expertise gained in the creation of Software to Manage Local Government Fleet requirements led to the creation of the initial DRIVE Fleet Management Software product.

In 2002 the business was acquired and became Drive Software Solutions a privately owned UK business dedicated to the delivery of Vehicle Management, Contract Management and Leasing solutions to owners of large fleets of vehicles and complex assets.

2018 DSSL launched the ODOdrive.com SaaS solution following extensive research into the automotive fleet management sector and the knowledge gained from the observations of the detailed trend analysis of their major clients.

2019 the business was acquired by new owners VIVA Investment Partners, who have established a dynamic team of sector expertise to take the business forward as a major supplier in the changing automotive Mobility Ecosystem.

Drive Software Solutions Ltd are the creators and suppliers of the DRIVE Fleet Management, Leasing and Mobility software product - a single generic product that can support vehicle management requirements worldwide.

Today DRIVE operates in 8 countries and is trusted by some of the biggest operators in the world.

Experienced and dedicated to DRIVE, our senior management team have the knowledge and capacity to keep DRIVE and our clients ahead of the field.

Julie Meyer
Julie MeyerCEO, VIVA Investment
Mobile: +44(0) 7947 236 854
Dr Julie Meyer was given an honorary doctorate for Ecosystem Economics® at Warwick University, UK, an MBA from INSEAD where she was named one of the top 50 alumni of all time, and where she served on the Board of INSEAD for two terms, as well as the Board of Vestergaard for 10 yrs., the largest humanitarian development platform. She has backed entrepreneurs for 20+ years, and invested £880 m into them, selling businesses to Google, and building several billion $ market capitalisation firms. She is the Managing Partner of the ACE Fund, the CEO of VIVA Investment Partners, and the CEO of EntrepreneurCountry and the FollowTheEntrepreneur Investor Summit.
David King
David KingChief Executive Officer (CEO)
David is an experienced CEO and board member and has led both software and hardware businesses for over 10 years. He has led two exits and raised over $70M in venture capital. He has had a highly international career working with technology companies based in the UK, US and Sweden and has served on the management teams of multi-nationals leading sales, marketing, services and product management. He has won business in every major continent, notably India, Africa and Latin America.
David spends his spare time with his two sons cycling, kayaking and skiing.
René Eichenberger
René EichenbergerSenior Non-Executive Director
Dr Rene Eichenberger is the Executive Chairman of VIVA Investment Partners and NXD for DRIVE Software Solutions. Rene is one of the world’s leading fund entrepreneurs (Crossbow Ventures, Horizons21, ClearSky, Acron, Sterling Partners, Sargon Capital). He is an active private equity investor, and has backed hundreds of entrepreneurs, enabling their success through his network, capital and strategic deals. He started his professional life as a litigator and became the General Counsel for JetAviation, the largest private jet company in the world, which he sold to Permira. He then changed sides and became a venture capitalist himself. He was educated at Stanford, and lived in the US for 25 years, but currently resides in Zurich.
Richard Parris
Richard ParrisChairman
Richard is passionate about building great companies, developing people and creating value. He is an experienced public company chairman and CEO with a track record of leading innovation, business development, and corporate governance. As the founder of Intercede Group plc, Richard took the company public in 2001 and was one of the longest-serving public company chairman on the London Stock Exchange prior to his exit in 2018. Richard is currently the Executive Chairman of Sabien Group plc, a green technology company listed on the AIM market, and is the CEO of Salt Cybersecurity Ltd, a subsidiary of an Australian cybersecurity business.
Simon West-Oliver
Simon West-OliverStrategic Partnerships DirectorSimon.West-Oliver@drivesoftwaresolutions.com
Mobile: +44(0)7771 635337
Simon is a renowned fleet industry IT expert with over 30 years of experience. He was responsible for launching FOCIS (Fleet Operators Computerised Information System) in 1988, which dominated the standalone micro-based solutions space in the early years of the development of such systems. With Tektronix and then the Euro Group, Simon pioneered some of the most successful early telematics devices and fuel management solutions.
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Simon joined FCS Computer Services in 1996 to launch the DRIVE product. It was on his instigation the business focused on Fleet Leasing with the major client signings of Daimler Benz Finance (DEBIS), BCH Contract Hire (ALD UK), Prudential Fleet and GE Fleet.

He took a sabbatical to join the supply chain dotcom boom in 1999, becoming Sales and Marketing Director for Kewill/Swisslog and eventually became Managing Director of OBS. In 2003 Simon returned to help DRIVE grow its presence in the Vehicle Leasing Sector. Since his return he has been instrumental in expanding the DRIVE footprint with FleetPartners, Sir Alfred MacAlpines Fleet, SGFleet in Australia, ALD in the USA and Phatra Leasing in Thailand. Winning the ARVAL UK business in 2008 would eventually lead DRIVE to become the first single solution in the French bank’s four largest European fleet leasing sites. He pioneered DSSL’s first hosted offering for the automotive leasing sector and was instrumental in launching the ODO SaaS platform as reseller platform, preparing the business for the future new emerging ownership and mobility models.

Simon lived and was educated in Japan and is a former three times European karate champion. He is married to his writer wife they have four daughters.

Robert Gorby
Robert GorbyChief Commercial Officer (CCO)Robert@ododrive.com
Mob: +44(0)7861 234 984
Robert has recently joined as Head of Sales and Marketing with over 20 years’ experience in commercial management at global technology companies including AVG, SDL plc, Guestline and Powwownow, where he was a key player in the successful owner exit. A native of Ireland, where he graduated from Trinity College (B.Sc. Mgmt. & M.A) he spent several years in France prior to moving to the UK where he lives with his Italian wife and two children. Rob enjoys travelling with his family, cycling and golfing. He is fluent in French and Italian.
David Pegg
David PeggTechnical Services DirectorDavid.Pegg@drivesoftwaresolutions.com
Mobile: +44(0)7469 391354
David has been with the company since 1991, joining as a trainee developer before moving into Systems Administration and Customer Support. With close to 30 years’ experience of working with Oracle software, he remains closely involved in the development of ODO and is responsible for the teams which support and administer DRIVE and the ODO platform. David manages 5 staff which includes: 2 Project Managers, 1 Release Manager, 1 Technical Lead and a Reporting Analyst. He spends his spare time working with Oxfam and supporting their charitable causes.
Stuart Newmarch
Stuart NewmarchProduct & Development DirectorStuart.Newmarch@drivesoftwaresolutions.com
Mobile: +44(0)7557 769194
Stuart started at DRIVE in 1999 as a Graduate Developer and after a year away returned to the company in 2006. Currently he is the Product Manager for ODO, DRIVE’s newest product, where he is responsible for all development and for maintaining the Product roadmap. He works closely with Sales/Marketing, Finance, Tech services and HR to achieve this. Stuart manages the Development Team made up of 6 software developers and 1 software tester. The team uses a series of technologies, Angular.JS, SOAP and RESTful java webservices, Oracle PL/SQL and Oracle Forms. GitHub is used for Source Control and Peer review and Team City for Continuous Integration. The JIRA tool is used to manage Developer tasks. In his spare time Stuart enjoys following motorsport, working on his cars and bikes in the garage and cycling.
Jacqui Allen
Jacqui AllenODO, Broker Onboarding ManagerJacqui.Allen@drivesoftwaresolutions.com
Mobile: +44(0)7887 504078
Jacqui Allen has with over 25 years’ experience in the fleet industry, working for major leasing companies, as an independent fleet system consultant, a Business Consultant and Programme Manager for a leading UK Fleet Leasing System provider. During this time has managed an Internal Sales Support team, has set up a Broker Sales division from a standing start and has project managed a major fleet leasing system implementation for FCA Capital UK (Fiat/Alpha). Part of a team who implemented a fleet leasing system for Arval (BNP Paraiba) in the UK, France & Italy. Jacqui is now wholly focused on sales, support and development of the ODO Fleet Management Product and plays a leading role in shaping the product to provide an increased value proposition to customers. In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys the great outdoors, walking her dogs, travelling and property renovation.
Sue Wheeler
Sue WheelerOperations & HR ManagerSue.Wheeler@drivesoftwaresolutions.com
Mobile: +44(0)7771 534727

Sue originally started at FCS/Drive in 1997 as PA to the Managing Director until 2004. After 4 years away she returned to Drive in 2008 with responsibility for supporting the directors and all the business and corporate administration functions including day to day accounts, payroll, office management and human resources. She had the opportunity to put her organising skills into practice by putting in good processes and working practices that are still in place today.

Prior to her position at Drive, Sue worked in various PA positions including BAe Systems as PA for the Technical Operations Director; NHS Connecting for Health as Personal Assistant to the Regional Implementation Director and PA to the Vice President of Europe for Personnel Decisions Occupational Psychologists. She also was involved in Psychometric Test Administration and scoring of psychometric tests for executive reports and coaching

More recently her focus has been supporting the directors, HR and business support. She has responsibility for all general HR activities from recruitment, contracts, onboarding and policies. She successfully designed and created an assessment centre for graduate intake for the business using hands-on assessment and coaching tools to assess interpersonal and team skills. Sue also created and has responsibility for the skills matrix for the business ensuring that the team have the skills to support the future of the business in line with the marketplace and works closely with Development, Technical Services and Sales & Marketing to achieve this.

Sue spends her spare time creating handmade personalised crafts, fiction writing and reading. She also has a soft spot for the classic MINI car.

About DRIVE

DRIVE is a global cloud-based solutions provider and strategic mobility company. With over 30 years’ experience and an ongoing commitment to our core market to deliver asset management solutions in the evolving mobility sector, we are a partner trusted by the biggest names in leasing across the world.

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