Paul Lees Biography

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Paul Lees

Tech Entrepreneur

Paul Lees is a Tech entrepreneur from London.

Paul has a software development background and has built up and sold two tech companies

Founder and ex-CEO of Powwownow Europe's largest free conference call provider which was sold in 2013

Co-founder and Chairman at thortful - a Greeting Card Startup.

Board Director at Mode-Al - a UK Engineering Company.

Computing Experience

30 years of computing experience spanning IBM mainframes to mobile apps. Initially as a systems analyst and designer, via database administration to project and program management.

After working for large companies for my early career in my late 30's I decided that I wanted more control over the products that I was developing. This began a transition from technical management to general management of the companies

Powwownow was the second startup and I took it from idea to sale over a 10 year journey


Founder and CEO of Powwownow, the UK’s leading free conference call service provider. Powwownow was sold to PGi (an American Trade Competitor) in Dec 2013. After running the sale process I completed an earn out year as CEO and a further year as Strategic Adviser to the MD and senior management team of Powwownow.

In addition to providing conference call services Powwownow is a telecommunications company within its own right, so customers are guaranteed the best quality calls. Powwownow offers audio conferencing, screen sharing, call recording, scheduling tools and mobile apps for free. Powwownow is a PGi company.


Technical Director
June 1999 – December 2002 (3 years 7 months)
An innovative Interactive Voice Response Application for use in the Call Centre Industry - later expanded to applications within Market Research

BT Syntegra TNT

June 1994 – January 1999 (4 years 8 months) Project and Implementation manager for high profile project to move TNT Express parcels from a mainframe system to a bespoke distributed UNIX system. Latterly Consultant to TNT IT manager

Early Career

Development Manger The Dodge Group July 1991 – April 1993 (1 year 10 months) Development of Client Server Accounting Package
DBA Thames Television November 1990 – July 1991 (9 months) Indexing of free text descriptions for Videotape library
Technical Services Manager Holiday Designers Ltd January 1990 – October 1990 (10 months) Holiday Booking System
DBA/Operations Manager BT Applied Technology May 1986 – January 1990 (3 years 9 months) Airfrieght and Customs Handling System For Lufthansa Holiday Booking System (Holiday Designers)
Systems Analyst London Borough of Hounslow March 1985 – March 1986 (1 year 1 month) Financial Systems


Keele University BA, Philosophy & Politics 1981 – 1984