About Us

About Us

Explorer has built up an envious reputation as being the UK’s leading Oracle Platinum Partner, by using Oracle technology to solve business problems. We have over 25 years of database and infrastructure heritage enabling us to provide a wide range of consultancy and managed service offerings.

Explorer is the number one Oracle Application Express (APEX) development consultancy in the UK with a particular focus and skill set in using APEX to modernise legacy Oracle Forms applications and develop bespoke cloud native apps.

Meet The Team

Simon Goodenough


Simon is an experienced, hands-on Chairman & CEO that works with PE backed Enterprise Cloud and IT Managed Services organisations. He has a demonstrable track record of growing small-to-medium sized IT businesses and aligning them with the demands of their client base. Simon became CEO of DSP in 2018, having led a Management Buy Out supported by YFM Equity Partners. He has been with the business since 2013, initially as Non-Executive Director and then Investor Chairman.

Prior to joining DSP Simon was Co-Founder of Quantix, a LivingBridge backed business that transformed the remote Oracle and Microsoft DBA support services landscape in the late 2000s.

Professionally Simon enjoys harnessing new technologies and investing in youth; at present this means innovating new managed services that are built on Machine Learning, Data Science and Automation, as well as offering internships and training to support this. Personally Simon is a passionate family man, a keen runner and supporter-cum-sponsor of his local amateur rugby club.

Simon Greenwood

Developmment Services Director

Simon is a well-respected subject matter expert on Oracle Development technologies and leads our team of APEX developers. As the co-chair of the UK OUG APEX SIG, an active OUG APEX speaker and a member of the APEX advisory board, Simon is often seen on the circuit or in customer meetings provoking insightful discussion about Oracle Application Express.

David Chislett


An entrepreneurial Finance Professional with over 20 years’ board level experience in both public and private equity backed technology businesses as an executive and non-executive director.

Adept at successfully shaping and implementing high-level strategy and helping businesses to grow.

Experience in working with both VC/PE investors and management teams has enabled a deep understanding of the inter-dependency between investors and entrepreneurs.

Founder of the Exchange FS group, developers of an online trading platform for financial intermediaries and product providers, which generates over 120 million compliant quotations per annum. Launched MoneyeXtra into the consumer market in partnership with Microsoft. As Group Chief Financial Officer, guided the group through the financial aspects of a MBO, IPO, acquisitions and the merger of the group with another plc.

Specialised in working with growth technology businesses on a hands-on basis in funding and financial engineering, commercial negotiation, developing business infrastructure and process and in leading mergers, acquisitions and sales.

Neil Symons

Technical Services Director

Neil leads a team of highly experienced Oracle consultants who are responsible for the solution design, implementation and continuing support of customer projects. With a flair for innovation, Neil loves being at the coalface with customers to present and inspire new ideas and takes real pride in leaving customers in a far stronger position than before they first met.

Ian Thomason

Commercial Director

With 35 years in the industry, Ian has built Explorer on the principles of customer loyalty, commitment and passion. This unwavering focus on making sure the job gets done transcends across the whole organisation, ensuring customers get the best value from their Oracle investment as well as introducing them to new concepts.

Jon Lingard

Practice Director

Customer experience is at the heart and soul of every relationship Jon has with his customers and makes sure that each and every one gains maximum value from their investments in Oracle technology. Setting the tone for the rest of the sales organisation, Jon is a stickler for detail and presentation following the age old mantra of “you don’t have a second chance to make a first impression”.