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The Board

David Williams


David has a reputation for building companies in the public and private sectors and has chaired a large number of these, both in an executive and non-executive capacity. In developing these companies he has raised in excess of £1 billion of capital to support organic and acquisition growth strategies. He was formerly chairman of Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO), Breedon Group plc (AIM: BREE) and Oxford Biodynamics Plc (AIM: OBD). David serves as the chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Phil Higgins

Group Chief Executive Officer

Phil has over thirty years’ industry experience during which time he has been instrumental in the delivery of next generation technology solutions to many leading global FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies. Following a six-year secondment to the US as International Business Director for Info Products Europe (now SCC), Phil returned to the UK market in 2001. After a brief spell at NSC Global and three years at Repton (now CDW), he co-founded Brookcourt Solutions in 2005. In December 2018, Phil joined the Board of Shearwater as an Executive Director, and in April 2019 was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Shearwater Group.

Paul McFadden

Group Chief Financial Officer

Paul has over ten years’ experience in senior finance positions within market leading digital information services, training and events businesses, creating and leading scalable finance functions within both a private and listed environment. Most recently, Paul was responsible for creating and leading a scalable shared service centre at Wilmington plc as the business grew substantially organically and via acquisitions in a five-year period.

Robin Southwell

Non-Executive Director

Robin has over thiry-five years’ experience of working in the aerospace and defence industry, including roles as Chief Executive Officer of Airbus UK and Airtanker Ltd, as well as senior positions at BAE Systems, which included running their operations in Australasia and establishing the company’s asset management organisation. Robin is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has been appointed as a DTI Business Ambassador by the UK Government and received his OBE in 1997. Robin serves as a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Stephen Ball

Non-Executive Director

Stephen has over thirty-five years’ experience of working in senior roles in the technology, defence, information security and communications industries. Stephen was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin UK until his retirement in 2016. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the company’s operations in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Stephen spent twenty-one years with HM Government Communications Centre (HMGCC), latterly as Chief Executive Officer, working on specialist development and the manufacture of security and communications equipment. Stephen serves as a member of the Nomination and Audit Committees.

Giles Willits

Non-Executive Director

Giles has over twenty years’ experience in senior leadership and financial roles and is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of IG Design Group plc (LSE: IGR). Until 2017 he was the CFO of FTSE 250 listed Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO), having worked with Entertainment One Ltd. initially as a Non-Executive Director, before assuming the CFO role in 2007. Over this time Entertainment One Ltd. grew to a market capitalisation of approximately £1 billion. Giles was formerly Director of Group Finance of J Sainsbury plc and Woolworths Group plc. Giles currently serves as the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee.