Our executive team


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David Barrass

Interim Chief Executive Officer

David was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer in October 2016. He has held a number of Chief Executive roles as well as Non-Executive positions. These include working across a range of companies whilst an Operating Partner at Baird Capital, and as Chief Executive at Armor Group International PLC and The Royal Mint.

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Richard Smith

Group Chief Financial Officer

Richard was appointed Group CFO in January 2016 and held the position of Acting Chief Executive Officer between September and October 2016. He has held the position of CFO for a number of listed and privately held technology businesses, most recently Imagination Technologies Group plc. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an MBA from Henley Business School and an MA in Economics from Cambridge University.

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Juan Ferro

Vice President Systems

Juan graduated as a Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1987 and then joined RYMSA (IBV Group), a company dedicated to the design and manufacturing of radio antennas for the mobile communications markets, military and aerospace. He was appointed Director of the Microwave Division in 1990 and Director of Group Sales and Marketing in 1993. In late 1997, he became CEO of Teltronic after they were acquired by the IBV Group. Juan has also been a member of the Board of the TETRA Association.


Gary Aitkenhead

Vice President Devices

Gary joined Sepura in 2016. He previously held VP roles for Motorola, running products and services businesses, most recently Global Managed Services. He has more than 25 years of international leadership experience across public safety radio, cellular telecoms and enterprise mobile computing global markets.

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Kasper Barfoed

Vice President Global Sales

Kasper was appointed VP Sales in 2013, responsible for the direction and management of all sales and business development operations and channel strategy. Joining the company in 2007 as Country Manager in Germany, he helped secure Sepura market leadership in the world's largest TETRA market. He was appointed Regional Director of North, Central & Eastern Europe two years later - a region that became the company's largest revenue contributor. He brings more than 20 years' experience in international sales and business development from various industries to Sepura.

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Michelle Lamprecht

Vice President Marketing

Michelle joined Sepura in 2016 with 20 years' experience of leading global marketing teams across a number of international markets. Prior to joining Sepura, Michelle held a variety of management positions at public and privately owned technology organisations such as Ciba Geigy, Huntsman, TWI and The MathWorks.

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Steve Barber

Vice President Group Strategy

Steve joined Sepura in 2002 to manage the company's portfolio of TETRA products, later expanding his role to encompass management of interoperability and standardisation across the whole group. He has more than 20 years' experience in the analogue and digital PMR industry and over 13 years in digital fixed line communications. Prior to joining Sepura, Steve held a variety of technical and operational positions at Simoco, ACIS, GEC-Marconi and British Telecom.

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Paul Watson

Group Chief Operating Officer

Paul Watson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in March 2015, taking responsibility for all aspects of the day-to-day management of Sepura, including Operations, Development, Facilities, IT and Quality. Paul's previous role was Vice President Operations at Thales UK, and he has held a variety of senior management positions within Racal and Raytheon.

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James Griffiths

Group Chief HR Officer

James joined Sepura in 2014 with significant HR experience gained across a number of market sectors. He has previously held senior executive positions with Colt Technology Services and recently Thales, where he held a number of Senior HR positions in addition to being a member of a number of Divisional Management Boards.

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Gordon Watling

Group Chief Executive Officer (on leave of absence)

Gordon was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008, having joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in 2006. He has over 20 years' international experience leading operations and development teams at Schlumberger and Agilent. He has also held directorships at Invensys and Honeywell.