Paul Hodgson

Managing Director

Paul joined ECM back in 1990 as a junior software developer, following a short but fascinating career writing games firstly for the coin-op arcade market and later cassette-tape-based home computers. Writing assembly-code for ECM products of the time such as weigh-scale displays, railway digital clocks, cricket ground scoreboards and even a “fork-lift truck approaching” system for a steelworks led to his first major project lead designing and implementing the user interface for the National Bingo Game Association’s new club workstations.

Following a great deal of coding towards the still-in-use core ‘eSeries’ bingo controllers, he took a sideways move into project management - looking after projects such as the new National Game System – and then customer management, including looking after John Huxley Casino Equipment Ltd (which involved a significant amount of arduous world travel) and Mecca Bingo (which didn’t).

Leaving the coding behind, Paul did a great deal of work on gaming compliance and general business governance, before working extensively on all of the documentation for Playtech’s acquisition of ECM in 2016. Formerly ECM’s Company Secretary prior to acquisition, he was appointed Managing Director in 2024.

Away from work, he combines reading with a love of Indie music, cooks a mean chilli, and when the sun shines can often be found in walking boots somewhere up a hill.