Having worked in the technology industry for the past 30 years, Howard Simms is the co-founder of mobile technology company Apadmi, and CEO of their investment arm Apadmi Ventures, which serves as a strategic technology partner to innovative start-ups and early-stage investors.

He’s listed as one of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Ambassadors, and currently sits on an advisory board for the Manchester Growth Company, the Greater Manchester Steering Group, the Manchester Tech Trust and the Degree Apprenticeship Advisory Board for Manchester Metropolitan University.

In 2018, he was also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree by MMU.