Board of Directors
The Directors of the Company are:
- A B Frere
- G S Marsh
- P O James
- J L Macmichael
- M T Richards
- P Haining
- J M Lavery
Tony Frere, (dob October 1947),
Tony Frere has been in the electronics industry for 40 years, 30 of which serving the component distribution sector. Former directorships include Managing Director of DT Electronics and Nu Horizons Electronics. Tony Frere joined the Board in 2010 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2012. In April 2014 he was appointed the Group’s Non-executive Chairman.
Gary Marsh, (dob April 1966),
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Marsh joined the Company in 1986 having gained an HND in Business and Finance Studies. He has held various positions within the Group including that of Operations Director of Solid State Supplies prior to his appointment as its Managing Director in 1997. In addition to this role, Gary Marsh was appointed Group Managing Director in 2002 following the acquisition of Steatite. In 2010 following the acquisition of Rugged Systems Ltd he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Group.
Peter James, (dob June 1979),
Group Finance Director
Peter James qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2003. He was appointed to the Board of Solid State Plc in February 2017. Before joining Solid State PLC, Peter was Group Financial Controller at IQE plc where he was key member of the senior leadership team successfully completing two significant transactions, funded through an equity fund raising and a global refinancing. Subsequently Peter was key member of the integration and standardisation team, aligning the enlarged Group with its customer markets serviced by manufacturing sites, delivering improved efficiency and material cost savings. As a Senior Manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP Peter gained a wide range of experience in Audit and Financial Due Diligence teams working with and advising a broad range of companies in a variety of sectors, including multinational main market and AIM listed companies. In addition on a voluntary basis Peter is a non-executive Director for the British Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation Limited providing independent financial oversight as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
John Macmichael, (dob April 1961),
Following graduation John Macmichael worked as a development engineer for GEC Telecommunications before moving into applications engineering and ultimately sales at the electronic component distributor Steatite Ltd. John’s career continued with worldwide responsibility for sales as International Sales Manager with Comlinear Corporation, a manufacturer of high speed analogue devices in the United States, before returning to the UK to establish the UK operation for Comlinear. Following the purchase of Comlinear by National Semiconductor John joined Breckenridge Technologies as Managing Director to lead the sales and design-in activity on behalf of National Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor. Latterly John moved back into distribution joining Solid State Supplies in March 2006 firstly as Business Development Manager before being promoted to Commercial Director. In 2010 he was appointed Managing Director of Solid State Supplies Ltd. In addition, he was appointed Managing Director of Pacer Technologies following its acquisition in 2018.
Matthew Richards, (dob October 1963),
Matthew Richards was appointed as Managing Director of Steatite Ltd in April 2016. Matthew comes to the Board with 30 years of experience in the defence electronics industry. He has a track record of success in both private and public companies, most recently as Senior Vice President and Managing Director at API Technologies Corp running operations in the UK, Canada and USA, specialising in RF and Security solutions with a focus on high reliability and harsh environment applications. Prior to that, Matthew held business development and sales leadership roles with the L3 Corporation. He has extensive experience dealing with the Government customers at home and abroad having travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Matthew started his career installing and commissioning terrestrial and satellite antennas systems for broadcast and military users before moving into sales in the early 1980s.
Peter Haining, (dob September 1956),
Non-executive Director and Company Secretary
Peter Haining qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 and later worked at Binder Hamlyn. He left Binder Hamlyn in 1992, together with three colleagues, to establish The Kings Mill Partnership, who were the Company’s previous auditors. He has served as a Non-executive Director and Non-executive Chairman and Company Secretary, and then Executive Finance Director and Company Secretary, before being re- appointed as a Non-executive Director and Company Secretary.
John Lavery, (dob May 1961),
John Lavery is an apprenticed trained engineer in Electronics Communications. He moved into Sales in the 1980’s with Steatite before being appointed to The Board of Directors at the age of 28. He has held positions of Director of Sales and Marketing after a year’s training with Institute of Directors for Corporate Governance, before being appointed Managing Director of Steatite in 1999. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Group in August 2016.