Ian brings wide-ranging international experience of the engineering business-to-business sector at both strategic and operational levels, having spent nearly 30 years with GKN plc. Ian served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc from 2003 to 2012. He has been a Non-Executive director of Renold plc since 2010 where he also chairs the Remuneration Committee and was Chairman of Hydro International plc which he joined as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman-elect in October2014. He is also a Non-Executive Director of AIM listed Autins Group plc, which he joined in 2016.
Chief Executive Officer
Philip’s early career was in the space industry which included a key management role in the Prime Contractor team for Envisat, a large European satellite, managing multi million ECU work packages involving different companies across Europe. Philip joined Trackwise in 1999 and acquired the Company in 2000. Under his stewardship the Company has enjoyed sustained growth based largely through export success and innovation. Philip is named inventor on a number of UK and international patents and he has led several government supported R&D consortiums including a European CleanSky programme.
Philip holds degrees in both Aeronautical Engineering and Law and is a Chartered Engineer.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a former partner with both Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young. He joined Trackwise in 2016.
Mark, as well as a career within the profession, has also been Group Finance Director of a large private company and was responsible for managing a balance sheet over £120m of gross assets; he has also served as CEO of engineering businesses and as a partner with a privately held investment business. He brings an increased level of direction to financial planning and financial control as well as strategic input in support of Philip Johnston.
Susan has over 30 years’ experience in business and corporate communications. She co-founded financial PR company, Square Mile Communications and ran the business until its sale in 2000. Susan became Chair of Weber Shandwick’s financial services division leaving in 2007. She then provided senior advisory services, notably to Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (Ultra) and Cobham plc and in 2014 became Director of Corporate Affairs for Ultra until 2019. At Ultra she had roles including investor and stakeholder communications, M&A, and government affairs. Susan has been on the boards of several businesses including one AIM listed company.
A chartered accountant, Charles has over 30 years’ corporate finance experience gained in investment banking, industry and as a corporate finance partner with both KPMG and Grant Thornton. Charles is currently a partner at corporate finance advisory firm Cattaneo, a business he founded in 2005, and non-executive director and chair of the audit and risk committees of Westminster Group plc. He has previously held director roles with several companies and is currently chairman of the West Midlands Regional Advisory Group of the London Stock Exchange.