Director's Biographies


Alan Lovell


Appointed:  Alan Lovell was appointed to the Board in October 2016 as Chairman.

Experience:  Alan is an experienced board-level executive with experience across a number of sectors including energy, engineering and construction. During his career Alan has held a number of roles as Chairman, Chief Executive and Finance Director with a wide range of listed and private companies including Tamar Energy Limited, Infinis Limited, Jarvis PLC, Dunlop Slazenger Group, Costain Group PLC.

Alan is also Chair of the Consumer Council for Water, the University of Winchester, the Mary Rose Trust and the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

David Barrass

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: David was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer in October 2016.

Experience: David 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.

Richard Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: Richard Smith was appointed to the Board in January 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.

Experience: Richard has held the position of CFO for a number of listed and privately held technology businesses, most recently Imagination Technologies Group plc. Richard 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.

Sion Kearsey

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: Sion Kearsey is a founding member of Sepura and joined the Group in 2002.

Experience: Sion was a cofounder of Kelso Place Asset Management LLP and was previously a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International in its Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division. Sion is currently Managing Partner of Kelso Place Asset Management LLP, a private equity firm specialising in acquiring controlling interests in UK based companies.

Nigel Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director
(Chairman of the Remuneration Committee)

Appointed: Nigel Smith joined the Group in July 2013.

Experience: Nigel is a highly experienced executive with deep technology sector expertise. He has previously held positions in HM Treasury as Permanent Secretary, Board Member and Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, and is still actively involved with government as an adviser. His previous experience also includes senior board roles at major industrial and engineering businesses, including Invensys plc, Charter Group plc, TI Group plc and as Chairman of Spikes Cavell.

Nigel is currently a Non-Executive Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sellafield Ltd the nuclear decommissioning and reprocessing company and a Non-Executive Director of Obillex Limited, a trade finance business focussed on the UK public sector.

Gordon Stuart

Independent Non-Executive Director
(Chairman of the Audit Committee)

Appointed: Gordon Stuart joined the Group in July 2013.

Experience: Following six years at McKinsey & Co, Gordon held senior positions with a number of highly successful UK listed businesses, serving as Group Finance Director of London Bridge Software plc and thereafter Xansa plc. He then became Chief Financial Officer of recruitment process outsourcing firm, Alexander Mann Solutions. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of Intec Telecom Systems PLC. Gordon is currently Chief Financial Officer of TMF Group, a leading global provider of high value outsourced business services.

Andy Leeser

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: Andy Leeser joined the Group in November 2016.

Experience: Andy is an experienced Chief Restructuring Officer with a proven track record of improving stakeholder value. He has 25 years' experience in restructuring and refinancing with a range of institutionally funded and quoted companies. He has recently led the restructuring of the Bella Italia and Café Rouge restaurant chain, the LA Fitness gym chain and Stanlow Refinery, one of the UK's major infrastructure assets.

Gordon Watling

Chief Executive Officer (on leave of absence)

Appointed: Gordon Watling was appointed to the Board as Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2008, having served as Chief Operating Officer since joining the Group in November 2006. Gordon has taken a leave of absence on medical grounds with effect from 14 September 2016.

Experience: Gordon was previously Global Engineering Director of Honeywell's Electronic Sensing business from 2003 to 2006 and Operations Director of Invensys Energy Systems from 1998 to 2000, until he became Development Manager at HP/Agilent Technologies in 2000. Prior to that, Gordon had operations, development and manufacturing roles at Schlumberger Industries between 1985 and 1997.