Software and design agency Degree 53 has of Andy Furnival as its new technical director.

Furnival joins the North West agency from UK sports betting operator William Hill where he was head of technology.

Over the last seven years, Funrival has led strategic projects, such as maintaining compliance and regulatory standards, as well as streamlining sportsbook platforms.

He oversaw three business divisions with over 130 employees spread across Europe.

Furnival will now be responsible for the tech strategy of the business and oversight of all of the technical teams, as well as providing support to the leadership team.

Furnival said he was happy to be joining a company which places innovation at its core.

“I'm a firm believer in a learning culture and striving for continuous improvements, and that strategic goals must be balanced with pragmatism but always with a clear purpose of delivering value,” he said.

"My approach is to establish a working environment that allows teams to make efficient and effective decisions through a culture of trust, learning and safety.”

Andrew Daniels, managing director at Degree 53, added: “Andy brings unrivalled expertise and leadership capabilities that will drive our development. I welcome Andy to the team and am confident he will transform our technical capabilities."