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About Us

poweredbypie believes in nurturing our business relationships. Our partners are more than just a ‘means to an end’ – they are part of our business family and we take that relationship seriously.

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Our Ethos

Our core ethos at poweredbypie is to “add value.” This is the cornerstone of everything that we do.

Our Belief

poweredbypie believes in nurturing our business relationships. We are proud that our clients like working with us so much.

Our Goal

Be the number one supplier of technology to the property market.

Our Story

poweredbypie was established in 2006 by David Brown, the company's Founder and CEO. His aim was to provide conveyancers with property searches quickly and economically, with exceptional levels of service led by cutting edge technology.

In 2009, two of David’s colleagues, Paul Clarke and Sam Stanfield who were also at The Live Organisation, joined him at poweredbypie. Since then, through their hard work and dedication, they have both become Directors in the business. poweredbypie’s rapid growth has allowed us to attract other key industry figures to our team - people whose combined wealth of experience and knowledge will contribute significantly to our growth.

Don Belcher, and Andy Watson came to us with significant industry experience and a desire to improve the conveyancers' lot. Combined, they have knowledge and industry contacts spanning over a century. The strength and depth of people with a common goal “to empower solicitors” brings us to a new era in the conveyancing market.

Our core ethos at poweredbypie is to “add value.” This is the cornerstone of everything that we do.

poweredbypie is a privately-owned-and-run company of 60 plus great employees and we are growing rapidly – testament to our team’s values and the value we provide to our clients – and yours.

While much of our business income is still derived from conveyancing property searches, poweredbypie has diversified its revenue stream by building and delivering bespoke technology across the industry. Our IT systems process over 3 million individual transactions each year. We process 8,000 Searchpacks every month and nearly half a million searches a year. poweredbypie’s clients are as diverse as solicitors, estate agents, DEAs, surveyors, panel managers, regulated search agents, and search resellers. The breadth of our support for the market makes us unique.

poweredbypie believes in nurturing our business relationships. Our partners are more than just a ‘means to an end’ – they are part of our business family and we take that relationship seriously. We are proud that our clients like working with us so much.

"We are delighted with poweredbypie. we have used several search providers over the years and we need to be able to get fast efficient results, with an ease of use website and quality searches at a competitive fee as well as first class customer service. We are very pleased with their service levels - they are always at the end of the phone."

Chris Thomson. Mckeag & Co.

"poweredbypie consistently provides the goods: advice, understanding, support, great attitude and a superb customer service. We continue to be very happy with poweredbypie as a search supplier and continue our long and fruitful partnership we would recommend them to anyone."

Vernon Usher. RAW Clark.

Key People

Martin Smith - Chairman

Martin joins the Board as Chairman, having worked with a number of private equity backed and owner managed businesses in the technology, legal, renewables and business support services sectors. He is also Chairman of Above Surveying and Patron of the military charity Team Endeavour.

Previously, Martin was CEO of The Alcumus Group (where he led six successful acquisitions and a secondary management buy-out). He has also held senior leadership positions at Croner, Wolters Kluwer UK, BSI British Standards, The IET and Thomson Reuters.

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Greg Bryce - Group Acquisition Director

Greg Bryce has held senior level leadership roles for over 20 years. A highly esteemed Commercial Director, Greg has primarily worked in the telecommunications and property industry. Previously, Greg worked at the Digital Property Group, as Commercial and Sales Director, where he was responsible for over 20% year on year customer growth. Greg Bryce will be bringing his visionary and leadership skills to the table to build partnerships and customer collaborations as the company expands its technology services to the legal and professional services sectors.

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Rob Phillipson - Group Chief Operating Officer

Rob completed a degree in Computer Science & Digital Business at the University of Nottingham before training as a tax technologist with Deloitte. He then moved into the property technology sector, where he gained 13 years of experience working in both direct revenue creation and multi-disciplinary management roles within DMGT (in particular, Digital Property Group and Landmark Information Group) and Zoopla Property Group.

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Carole Marsden - Group Sales Director

Carole Marsden is a senior level business leader with extensive experience in the legal, financial and property data marketplace. She is a passionate and highly motivational leader with expertise across sales, marketing, customer service and product development. She has an excellent track record of initialising and driving change and has achieved outstanding business growth throughout her career.

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Roy Hastings - Chief Financial Officer

Roy is a commercially-focussed CFO and corporate finance professional. Roy is an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant with 25 years of experience in senior positions in a range of sectors and company sizes; from start-up businesses to FTSE 100 PLCs. Roy’s careers history includes CFO roles in fast growing business as well as significant corporate finance transaction experience as both a principal and as an adviser (with a ‘big 4’ accountancy firm).

Roy’s key strengths include the ability to develop / assemble high performing teams, to bring a rational and commercial viewpoint as well as ability and willingness be ‘hands on’ as required.

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Paul Clarke – Commercial Director

Paul has managed the Commercial and Finance teams at poweredbypie since joining the company in 2009. Paul has created strong financial controls and developed systems and accountancy processes that provide a robust financial grounding for the company. Before that he worked at The Live Organisation for 3 years, Operations Manager for Live Overseas then Credit Control Manager for Live Organisation. (9 years in the property industry). Paul’s organisation and management when the property market crashed and then HIPs disappeared were instrumental in enabling poweredbypie’s business to remain solvent when other firms – including established ones – floundered.

Paul is happily married and lives in Basingstoke with his 2 children.

The Commercial and Finance teams at poweredbypie keep us on the straight and narrow - operating soundly, ethically and compliantly.

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Andy Watson – Commercial Supplier Manager

Andy Watson has had a long and varied career working with conveyancing and land and property professionals. A qualified Land Surveyor, Andy spent almost 20 years with Ordnance Survey. Ultimately, he ran their Commercial Partnerships and digital data resale business, working to get innovative businesses like Groundsure established. Following 12 years as Head of Sales at Landmark Information Group and divisional Managing Director of Jordans Ltd, he joined poweredbypie in 2013 to help drive the success of Brighter Law Solutions through strategic relationships and broad channel development.

Andy is a reader and eclectic music lover as well as a notorious ‘tinkerer’ when it come to vehicles of all kinds. Winter brings the call of the ski slopes and the rest of the year he loves adventure travel and family time.

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Don Belcher – Head of Business Support

Don began his career at Alliance & Leicester (now part of Santander) where he worked for 24 years in a variety of roles. He then spent 4 years at First Title setting up and managing the 15 strong sales team. He spent the last 10 years at OneSearch Direct in a similar role of managing and developing a sales team working closely with the legal profession. Don graduated with a degree in History from Southampton University. While at A&L, he obtained the ACIB qualification, and then an MBA from Heriot Watt University.

Don lives in Leicestershire. Don is married with 3 children, a step-daughter, and 3 grandchildren.

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David Brown – Founder and Non-executive Director

David started in the property sector in 1997. While Legal Services Director at The Live Organisation, David was increasingly disillusioned and frustrated by how poorly conveyancers were being treated as a profession within the industry. He firmly believed that there should be a conveyancer at the heart of every community – someone with extensive local knowledge. Conveyancing had become a commodity. As a champion of the underdog and local communities, David didn’t want to see conveyancing disappear from the High Street.

In 2006, he founded poweredbypie to deliver an outstanding property search service. He also began to develop tools and resources to champion conveyancers in their local marketplaces.

David lives in Marlow and is a firm believer in charitable giving. He built an eco-friendly house for his family and has built homes for underprivileged families in Guatemala.

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Alix Brown – Non-executive Director

Alix’s degree was in Mathematics and she later qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG London. She went on to be a Business Manager at British Airways and then the Financial Director at The Live Organisation where she met David Brown and in 2006 she left to help found poweredbypie.

In addition, Alix has had three children during her accounting career. She loves ballet and still goes to lessons every week. She’s a governor at a local grammar school and helps out in their Development Office.

Alix lives in Marlow with her family and their 3 year old Springer Spaniel.

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We are affiliate members of CoPSO, for peace of mind when it comes to CML compliance. Not only that - we only panel searches to other CoPSO members so you’re doubly covered! We carry PI cover of £5m per claim.

All our Personal Local Authority Searches are underwritten by First Title Insurance plc - of whom we are appointed representatives. poweredbypie is a corporate partner of IPSA, the Association of Independent Personal Search Agents.

All complaints will be handled in line with our Complaints Procedure, a copy of which can be requested by writing to Complaints Department, Wyvols Court, Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield, RG7 1WY or by email to If you are not satisfied with the resolution of your complaint, you may, under the Search Code, refer the matter to The Property Ombudsmen. The Property Ombudsman scheme can be contacted at: Milford House, 43-55 Milford Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2BP. Phone: 01722 333306. E-mail:

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