Meet the Board

Surpass, Powering Assessment is provided by BTL
Dr Bob Gomersall

Dr Bob Gomersall

Chair

Bob Gomersall founded BTL in 1985 and is currently the Chair. He was educated at the universities of Durham and Bristol and worked as a theoretical physicist at the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart. He has taught physics at Manchester Grammar School and Bradford Grammar School (where he was Head of Physics).

He is also Chair and founder of Advanced Digital Innovations (UK) Ltd and former chair (and founder) of the Virtual College Group (now a part of Netex Learning).

He was a longstanding board member of HF Holidays and is currently a national vice-president. Bob has a particular interest in innovation, and has formerly chaired the Leeds City Region Business Innovation and Growth Panel and was an ex-officio member of the Local Enterprise Partnership. He is married with four grown up children, all engineers.

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e-Assessment Awards Lifetime Contribution Award 2017

Bob received the Lifetime Contribution award at the 2017 e-Assessment awards in recognition of his passion for education and technology, and his innovation approach to business.

Keith Myers

Keith Myers

Chief Executive Officer

Keith has now completed 20 years as CEO. During this time BTL has grown to be one of the largest assessment technology providers in the UK serving the needs of most of the largest awarding bodies. From this strong UK position Keith has led the international expansion with an office in the US and millions of tests across the world now delivered through Surpass, while BTL has grown from a workforce of 20 to 250.

Keith qualified as an accountant which led to a variety of roles in accounting and the implementation of computer systems, firstly in accounting contexts and then more widely, though his favourite early role was two years working in Bermuda’s offshore insurance industry. Keith now spends his time on strategic direction and managing a highly talented team with as light a touch as possible. He is still striving to improve the experience and fairness of assessments to benefit an increasing number of test takers across the world.

Sonya Whitworth

Sonya Whitworth

Managing Director (BTL UK)

Sonya leads the UK team at BTL and is responsible for business growth for the UK and internationally. She managed operations at BTL for 15 years, before becoming MD in 2017.

As Managing Director, she supports various projects to drive continued improvement, business growth and promotion of company values. Sonya’s passion is to empower people to have variety, autonomy, challenge and satisfaction in what they do, so their input will make BTL a fantastic place to work as well as the best assessment service in the world.

In 2019, Sonya won an international Stevie Award for Women in Business, recognising her work and leadership at BTL. The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards, and Sonya was the only UK finalist in her category.

Sonya also focuses on the growth of our portfolio of services, which allow BTL to support their customers and provide them with flexibility. Ultimately, BTL’s aim is to make sure that we have customers’ and candidates’ goals at the heart of everything we do, and Sonya strives to ensure that BTL achieves that vision.

Silver 2019 Stevie Award Winner for Women in Business

Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business 2019

Sonya was named as the only UK finalist for a Stevie Award for Women in Business, in the Female Executive 11-2,500 employees category. This award reflects Sonya’s fantastic leadership at BTL, and the influence she’s had on the growth of the company. Watch Sonya accept the award at a ceremony in New York.

Andy McAnulla

Andy McAnulla

Chief Technology Officer | President (BTL Surpass Inc.)

Andy has worked in the global assessment industry, building e-assessment software platforms for over 17 years and was a board member of the e-Assessment Association for 3 years.

Technology in the industry has moved at a fast pace, and Andy has displayed a talent for innovation and understanding business processes of organisations within the assessment community. As our Chief Technology Officer, Andy has led a number of large-scale projects, as well as being responsible for defining and driving the overall product strategy for the Surpass: The Assessment Platform.

In 2017 Andy was promoted to President of our new US office to lead our continued growth in North America whilst continuing to provide product direction for our assessment technologies.

Andy has a strong technology background in software engineering and architecture, as well as being qualified in Scrum (an Agile software development methodology), ITIL, and Prince 2. Andy was also the winner of an award by the UK’s Chartered Institute of IT (British Computing Society) for his contribution to designing and implementing a breakthrough assessment technology system that later became Surpass.

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford

Business Development Director | VP Global Business Development (BTL Surpass Inc.)

In addition to managing the day-to-day actions of the Business Development Team, Jim works closely with technical departments in BTL, driven by the Surpass Community’s desire for innovation and the integration of new emerging technologies directly into Surpass: The Assessment Platform.
He is also a regular speaker at assessment events with a focus on the international audience.

Jim’s passion for creating better assessments started alongside his career in the education sector, when in 2005 he worked on e-learning design for some of the world’s most recognisable brands such as HSBC, UNESCO and Boots.
In 2010 he joined BTL’s Content Production team, before later moving into the Service Design team as the Product Owner responsible for overseeing the design and development of the new SaaS version of Surpass.

Following the release of Surpass as a SaaS product, Jim’s journey through BTL and involvement with the various stages of service involved with Surpass made him a perfect first point of contact for new prospects, filling a pivotal role in coordinating a variety of teams within BTL, ensuring the product meets the vision of the growing Surpass Community.

Sur Harris

Sue Harris

Finance Director

Sue joined BTL in 2017 as Company Accountant off the back of an excellent career managing financial operations for a range of organisations.

Sue graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc Honours in Industrial Mathematics, starting as trainee Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), including roles in audit and IT departments.

Post qualification her experience spanned a range of industries and sizes of organisation, working as Group Financial Controller at PKL Group, UK Business Finance Manager for Xerox Electronics, Company Accountant for Pan Medical, Finance Manager at Weir Waste Services and Company Accountant at Simply Groups.

As BTL continues to grow in size and complexity it is important to have experienced financial management and Sue has transformed the accounts function since her arrival, providing vital input regarding all financial aspects of the business. In January 2019 she was promoted to Finance Director and now oversees all BTL’s UK and US financial activities.