Gary started working in computers in 1965 when he joined the Automobile Association as a trainee programmer, before joining the supermarket giant J Sainsbury in their embryonic IT department. Whilst at J Sainsbury, Gary met Dick Rawcliffe and together they formed Commsoft. Their philosophy was to create quality software and to care for their customers in long-term mutually beneficial relationships. In the mid-1970’s, Commsoft was contracted by Laker Airways to write all of their applications, including reservations, flight costing, flight planning, revenue accounting, inventory and maintenance planning. From these beginnings, Gary and his co-directors have developed a specialist aircraft maintenance systems company with a global customer base
Nick graduated from Southampton University with a BSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. In 1980 he joined British Aerospace (BAe), where he worked for 23 years in England, Scotland and USA in senior technical sales & marketing roles for commercial aircraft. Nick served on European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) board for 9 years. and was Part of BAe team that created AI(R), a JV with ATR, based in Toulouse, marketing regional airliners. In 2004, Nick left France and became the Marketing Director for Data Systems and Solutions (“DS&S”), a subsidiary of Rolls Royce. In 2008 he Joined Commsoft as Business Development Director and in November 2011, Nick was appointed Managing Director of Commsoft.
James’s career started in 1973 with Logica, programming for IBM Mainframes, before moving to Marconi to work on Air Defence projects as a Software Team Leader. In 1979, James joined Commsoft as a Software designer and during the following years worked on a number of diverse IT projects. James became one of the key technical authors of software applications that would eventually lead to the OASES system. James was promoted to the Board of Directors in 1991, and he has continued to be involved in the technical aspects of OASES helping guide the product through various technologies to bring it to it’s current version. James has an HND in Computing and has a keen interest in aviation matters in general, gaining his Private Pilot’s license in 1982.
David joined Orion Airways in 1985 as a programmer directly from the college he attended in Derby, UK. Whilst at Orion, David was trained in assembly language & worked on a very early version of OASES. When Orion was taken over by Britannia Airways in 1989 & subsequently closed down, David contracted directly to a number of airlines who used OASES. David joined Commsoft in 1990 during the Farnborough air show & continued to develop early versions of OASES and was promoted to the Board of Directors in 1993, David ceased programming & concentrated on customer implementations & Project Management. Now, having worked with OASES for 25 years, David has been responsible for implementing OASES in around 40 organisations worldwide.