Our People

Talented, experienced and dedicated – introducing the Sytel team

Led by founder and CEO, Michael McKinlay, we employ only the most talented and committed people. We share a collective passion for delivering excellence and enjoy a challenging, yet rewarding work ethic.

Our research and development teams are highly skilled and with over 180 man years of contact center industry experience between them, are constantly pioneering technically advanced solutions for the contact center environment. Some of our key people are profiled below.

Michael McKinlay, Chief Executive Officer, Sytel Ltd

Michael McKinlay

Chief Executive Officer

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Michael is the founder and CEO of Sytel Limited. He provided the vision and design that led to Sytel’s world-beating outbound dialing algorithms. He is highly regarded for the lead he has given in markets all over the world on responsible dialing practices and is an advisor and mentor to many of the marketing and telecommunications regulators around the world.

Originally from New Zealand, Michael spent his early computing years in IBM and Fujitsu where he held a number of senior management positions in sales and company acquisitions, both in the UK and North America.

Michael is a passionate advocate of Sytel’s thought leadership in the communications and contact center industries and has worked tirelessly to build what he believes is the world’s best software team and CCaaS platform.

He is a graduate in Mathematics and Economics from Victoria University, Wellington.

Garry Pearson, Chief Technical Officer, Sytel Ltd

Garry Pearson

Chief Technical Officer
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Like many of Sytel’s technical staff, Garry was a self-taught schoolboy programmer weaned on a diet of Z80 and 6502 assembler. This naturally led to working in the nascent PC-based software industry doing interesting and exciting work on compilers, development tools and RDBMS technology.

His development tools experience was put to good use in contact center scripting technology, and during the ’90s Garry led the R&D team at Tele-Connect Systems through growth and a successful acquisition.

Since joining Sytel in 1999, Garry’s goal has been to evolve Sytel’s product line from dialer engine to a full-service contact center stack, to contact center hosting and today CCaaS technology.

Garry’s passion is evolutionary software development, and in his tenure at Sytel he has had the rare opportunity to practice this and see the approach bear fruit. His mission today is to coach and mentor Sytel’s next generation of developers, architects and delivery specialists.

Ken Brompton, Sales Director, Russia & CIS, Sytel Ltd

Ken Brompton

Sales Director & VP Strategic Partnerships

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Ken joined the Sytel team from Invade International in 2007 where he was Business Development Director. Former Sales Director EMEA for Harris Digital Telephones Systems Ltd, Ken joined Harris, February 1996, as the founding Sales Director and over a three year period built the business from scratch to a turnover of over $20mill, selling PABX and Hybrid switches thought Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia.

Prior to this he held a number of senior management appointments with Plessey and GPT including international sales and as director of procurement for Plessey Telecommunications with responsibility for an annual spend in excess of £500 million. Prior to joining Plessey his background was in electrical engineering.

He has a number of qualifications in both engineering and business studies.

Dave Nicholls - Presales Manager - Sytel Ltd

Dave Nicholls

Sales Director

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Dave has over 30 years experience in the telecoms industry, including over 25 years with predictive diallers.

Dave has held management positions covering software development, deployment, training and support. As an independent consultant he worked worldwide helping suppliers and users design and deploy solutions.

Dave was also closely involved in the creation of dialling guidelines for the UK Direct Marketing Association, which were later incorporated into Ofcom’s dialling policies.

Outside of work Dave serves on his village Parish Council and enjoys using his eBike to overtake proper cyclists on hills…

Tom McKinlay, Technical Account Manager, Sytel Ltd

Tom McKinlay

Sales Manager

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Tom is a highly experienced member of the Sytel team; who has spent a substantial amount of time in various technical roles. He has extensive knowledge of the Sytel platform and focuses on getting customer projects successfully up and running in North & Latin America, UK, South East Asia, Australasia, Middle East and Russia.

Tom has traveled extensively and is a budding chef in his spare time.

Jamie Stewart, Marketing Manager, Sytel Ltd

Jamie Stewart

Marketing Manager

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Jamie has had a colourful career, spending the 80s playing bass and seeing the world with a successful rock band. He joined Sytel in 1998 and has worn a number of technical and design hats since then.

The promotional instincts that he developed in the music industry are being put to excellent use in his role as Marketing Manager.

Alexandro Pierry, Development Core Stack Lead, Sytel Ltd

Alexandro Pierry

Development Core Stack Lead

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Alex is a Graduate in Information Systems from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and has Postgraduate qualifications in Web Systems and Mobile Applications.

His professional career as a software developer started in 1999, and he has worked in the Contact Center and Telephony arena since 2004.

Prior to joining Sytel in 2018 Alex worked as a senior developer for one of Sytel’s partner companies in Brazil, developing value-add solutions and integrations with Softdial Contact Center.

Alex specialises in taking a rigorous approach to developing real-time software and making sure knowledge and good patterns get shared within the team.

In his spare time, he likes to brew his own beer.

Gergely Szalai, Development UX Framework Lead, Sytel Ltd

Gergely Szalai

Development UX Framework Lead
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Gergely graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics with a BSc in Information Technology. He remained in Budapest, gaining experience building front-end applications using ExtJS and React. He joined Sytel in 2018, taking responsibility for our User Interface.

In his free time, his hobbies include traveling, woodworking, and electronic DIY projects.

Sampath Wijesinghe, Deployment Manager, Sytel Ltd

Sampath Wijesinghe

Deployment Manager

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Sampath has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry having started in development for a leading IBM partner in the finance sector in Sri Lanka working on IMAS ERP. As part of the management team at the Singer Corporation in the mid 90’s he successfully designed and implemented the then largest network in Sri Lanka. Sampath was critical in the later migration from the bespoke ERP system to IFS; taking responsibility for specification of the finance modules, implementing parallel running, training staff on new applications and providing approval sign-off.

Prior to joining Sytel, Sampath developed UK service and field applications.

Sampath has studied Computing and Business and has also lectured at the National Institute of Business Management in Colombo.

Andrew Sobolewski, Support Manager, Sytel Ltd

Andrew Sobolewski

Support Manager

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Andrew joined Sytel as a graduate from Military University of Technology in Warsaw where he obtained an MSE in Computer Science. While at University he gained testing experience at Microsoft and also migrated, developed and maintained an internal CRM system used by the service division of retail and banking systems.

Andrew is fluent in English and Polish and also speaks Russian to a confident level. Apart from running and swimming he also plays volleyball for a local club.

What We Offer

Sytel Limited develops and supplies Softdial Contact Center® (SCC) – multimedia, multichannel, fully blended cloud contact center solutions.

Available by subscription as CCaaS, fully managed and supported by Sytel, or for quick and easy deployment by partners and enterprise users.

All Sytel cloud components are secure, resilient and scale seamlessly from 10 agents to 10,000+, whether local, mobile or remote.

Flexible Contact Center Software

Softdial Contact Center™ – rich functionality, all-in-one, designed to deliver at scale

  • Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS)

    CCaaS for subscribers – global service​, with no upfront costs

  • Contact Center Platform – CCaaS Partners

    Build your own CCaaS business using the power and flexibility of Sytel software

  • Contact Center Platform – Enterprise

    High performance platform to drive contact center productivity – cloud, on-premise or hybrid

Blended Media Desktop

Fully customisable, multi-channel, multi-session workspace

Work Anywhere

Browser-based tools, no software installation required

Customise, Localise, White Label

Design all user interfaces to individual requirements

Integration via APIs

‘Swap out’ components and integrate with 3rd party apps

World Class Development

Continuous evolution pushing technical boundaries


Softdial Contact Center™ (SCC) is designed to be flexible, extensible and scalable, integrating with any legacy equipment, and meeting the most complex of requirements.

All Media Channels

Voice, chat, email, social, etc – fully integrated and blended

Agent Multi-Tasking

Work with multiple live contact sessions of any media channel

Dynamic Workforce Management

Optimise agent usage and balance workloads in real-time without human intervention, across all media channels

Predictive Dialing

Best-of-breed performance under compliance

Optimised Inbound Routing

Smart rules and ‘best-available’ decisions to drive great customer service

Agent Scripts

Help agents achieve and maintain excellence

Voice and Screen Recording

See and hear exactly how agents are interacting

Analytics and Data Feeds

Measure and evaluate performance at every level

IVR, Bots & Conversational AI

Design effective automated flows or integrate with 3rd party providers

Customer Journey Tracking

Stored customer contact history, to aid routing and add context to conversations


Drive operational efficiency, increase customer satisfaction & improve agent performance

Softdial One™

Highly flexible unified web UI for agents, supervisors and administrators

Softdial Scripter™

Create complex process flow scripts for agents, IVR, chatbots and other applications

Sytel AI Dialer™

Maximum predictive dialing performance, under any compliance rules

Softdial Pathfinder™

Precise routing rules for ‘best available’ connection

Softdial Media Server™

Core telephony functions to manage all inbound/outbound SIP calls

Softdial Reporter™ 5

Fully customisable performance stats, charts and reports, across all channels

Softdial Publisher™

Comprehensive data output to build your own reports

Softdial Recording Monitor™

Audio and screen recording of agent activity to ensure the highest standards

Softdial Campaign Manager™

Automation to optimise any outreach strategy

Softdial Repository™

Central storage and configuration of common resources

Sytel Global Compliance™

Flexible ‘no contact’ rules to protect contact center and consumer


Performance and efficiency for a wide range of business applications

By Business Type


A full featured contact center software solution, designed for optimum performance at scale

Small/ Medium Business

Options for SMBs to subscribe to our full-featured cloud service managed and hosted by either one of our partners or by Sytel themselves

By Industry

Customer Service

Connect quickly to well equipped agents

Market Research

Best-of-breed predictive dialing with CATI integration

Debt Collection

Automated inbound/ outbound blending integrated with any debt management app

Sales & Telemarketing

Maximise agent productivity with best-of-breed predictive dialing


Secure, highly-configurable multichannel communications for excellence in patient care