About RDS Global.

Our story is more than 20-years in the making. Here are some of the highlights and more information about some of the leaders at RDS.

The Evolution of RDS.



RDS Global Ltd was founded in 1997. Born out of the IT department of a Derby-based automotive dealer, the original mission was to be the leading supplier of managed network services to the UK automotive sector.

IT support, hardware, and consultancy services were soon added to satisfy customer demand.

In the first decade of the 21st Century, RDS established itself as the leading managed IT services provider to the UK automotive sector.



A 2013 management buy-out saw RDS expand its sector and geographic reach. This was soon followed by the merger with Future Technologies, which enabled RDS to become a leading provider of digital access control, CCTV, and telecom services.

In 2019, RDS launched its first self-developed product, the BlackBox. This unique device and cloud-based platform is revolutionising Big Data for small and medium-sized businesses.

The BlackBox triggered the rebirth of RDS, producing a more modern managed service provider.



The 2020s have begun on a wave of innovation. RDS adapted the BlackBox to ensure that businesses could operate safely during the pandemic and we have been appointed as the leading technology provider to two major sustainability-driven technology projects.

As a managed service provider, RDS has streamlined its offering to focus on what we do best: managed IT support, cyber security, and communications for multi-site, multi-user businesses.

Here’s to a bright future! Join us?


Andy Flinn

Andy Flinn


Having started his career holding finance roles within the public and private sectors, Andy then progressed on to attain senior operational management positions & financial directorship roles within the automotive sector.

Andy took over the role of CEO at RDS in 2012, where he had been acting in a Company Secretary capacity for the business, over the previous 15 years.

Danny Chaplin

Danny Chaplin

Head of Operations

Danny joined RDS in 2009, working as a senior systems analyst and support manager. In 2020, Danny was appointed Head of Operations at RDS, where he now leads the delivery of all services and the support team.

Danny is also responsible for ensuring RDS utilises best-in-class tools and maintains our industry-leading accreditations.

Danny Chaplin

Phil Harvey


Rachel Flinn

Rachel Flinn

Marketing & Partnerships Manager

Rachel joined RDS in 2019 to lead the marketing and external relationship management activities at RDS. More recently, Rachel has also taken on the leadership of the RDS account management and customer relationship team.

An active supporter of the local community, Rachel also sits on the boards of two Derby-based charities: Cricket Derbyshire Foundation and QUAD Derby.

Nigel Humphreys

Nigel Humphreys

Cyber Security Specialist

Nigel started his career in tech support within the automotive and builders merchant sectors, progressing into a technical account manager role and later designing systems and services for SMEs.

Having amassed over 23 years of experience, he has become RDS’s senior Cyber Security specialist, providing consultation and auditing to NCSC accredited standards for RDS customers.


Global Information Security Standard.

ISO 27001 is the international standard for managing information security. It specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving an information security management system. It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks tailored to the needs of the business.

UK Cyber Security Standard.

The IASME Governance standard was developed over several years during a government-funded project to create a cyber security standard. The IASME Governance assessment includes a Cyber Essentials assessment and GDPR requirements.

RDS is proud to have achieved IASME-certified auditor status.

Best-in-Class Microsoft Support.

Microsoft Partner standards demonstrate proven expertise in delivering quality solutions in one or more specialized areas of business. Our gold competency demonstrates our best-in-class capability within the Microsoft solution family, including applications & infrastructure, business applications, data & AI, and modern workplace & security solutions.

Government-Backed Standard.

Cyber Essentials certifies that we have the protections to guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrates our commitment to cyber security. Certification is assessed against five core technical controls: firewall, device security, data access control, antivirus, and software/hardware updates.

We’re also an IASME-certifying body, meaning we can provide guidance and assessment to businesses seeking CE Certification.

East-Midlands Cyber Security Leader.

The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (EMCRC) is set up to support and help protect businesses across the region against cyber crime. EMCRC works in a structured partnership with regional policing, academia, businesses, third and public sector organisations.

Trusted Partners are official providers of Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification.

CCTV and Physical Security Specialist.

National Security Inspectorate approval is a highly respected and trusted hallmark in the physical security and fire sectors, demonstrating technical expertise and the reassuring quality of service.

NSI is the UK’s premier UKAS accredited independent certification body within the security systems sector.

Corporate Social Responsibility.

The commitment to supporting wider society is embedded into the fabric of RDS. Our focus in recent years has been increasing access to STEM education, championing gender equality, and supporting local charities in raising vital funds and awareness.

Here are some of our most memorable highlights.


Technical Employer Academy.

The RDS Global Technical Employer Academy has trained a number of young people since its inception, with four graduates earning full-time employment at RDS.

Derby College Group’s Deputy Principal, April Hayhurst said: “RDS Global is a leading light in our employer academy programme and shows just what can be achieved by working together to better prepare young people for the world of work.”

The Covid-19 pandemic meant that the academy had to be postponed in 2020, but we hope to restore it in the near future.


Community Impact Award.

In 2019, RDS was proudly awarded the Community Impact Award at the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce’s Derbyshire Business Awards.

This award is given to businesses that have demonstrated exceptional efforts to positively impact local communities. RDS Global was awarded it for our work with Derby College, training and preparing the future workforce via our Technical Employer Academy.


Supporting Gender Equality.

RDS sponsor the Derbyshire County Cricket Club Ladies team. This investment is to showcase’s our commitment to gender equality.

We are actively encouraging more women into technology jobs through our IT Academy and company in general.


Pavestone Rally 2020.

The Pavestone Rally is an annual charity event and in 2020 Andy and Phil took part, raising over £2,000 for three children’s charities.

As well as various challenges along the way – not to mention the mandatory fancy dress – the whole trip had to be completed in a roadworthy, legal car purchased for under £500.

This three-day challenge saw Andy and Phil set off from Reims in Northern France passing through Stuttgart in Germany, Salzburg in Austria, and Venice in Italy before finishing the journey at Lake Como in Italy.


That 2020 Charity Calendar.

In 2020, the RDS team bared all, save for some strategically placed IT equipment, to support 12 charities, raising over £500.

Andy Flinn, CEO & February’s cover star said: “I had always wanted to do an RDS calendar. After about a year of subtle hints, jokes, and elusive concepts, I finally announced it was real. The photographs… represent exactly what RDS is about: happiness, laughter, and never say no to a challenge!”


T20 Walkathon Sponsorship.

The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation’s T20 Walkathon is an annual event where participants raise money by walking the 20-miles from Trent Bridge to the County Ground (or vice-versa).

Every year since its inception, RDS Global has either sponsored the event and/or entered a team to participate. What’s more, RDS’s very own Marketing & Partnerships Manager, Rachel Flinn, has been the primary organiser of this annual event since its beginning.