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ETL Management Team

Ian Hilditch

Ian Hilditch
Managing Director / CEO

With an MA in Engineering, Economics, and Management from Oxford University, Ian joined ETL as Managing Director and CEO in June 2003, after arranging a management buy-in. As a serial entrepreneur, he has a wide range of experience of running and growing companies, with particular focus on the business development and finance.

Prior to ETL, Ian ran an engineering business involved in air pollution control, which he sold in late 2001. He became Vice President and Senior Director at Continental Illinois Bank before moving into entrepreneurial pursuits.

Dr Esen Bayar

Esen Bayar
Managing Director / CEO

Esen brings over 30 years experience in satellite communication systems and hardware design & development, and joined ETL as Chief Technical Officer in June 2003. He is proactively engaged in developing ETL's operational procedures and technologies which have played a pivotal role in transforming ETL to a global leader in RF engineering and custom build.

Prior to ETL, Esen took on engineering and engineering management roles working for Marconi Space & Defence Systems (now known as Astrium), Com Dev and Radiant Broadband Wireless Systems.

Esen was awarded a PhD following his study at Kings' College, University of London. He has a number of technical publications in the fields of RF & microwave design as well as satellite & broadband wireless communications, including a number of patents in these fields.

Paul Stephens

Paul Stephens
Finance Director

Paul joined ETL in 2011 following a long career at Roland (UK) Limited (Finance Director) and a successful period consulting with a number of companies in a variety of industry segments including Advertising, Retail, FMCG, Distribution and Manufacturing.

He has a BSc in Economics and Accounts and is a Chartered Accountant.

Andrew Bond

Andrew Bond 2018
Sales & Marketing Director

Andrew's speciality is the sales and marketing of technical communications products, with a focus on developing international brands and sales networks. He joined the ETL team in June 2005 to support its expansion into new global markets and has since seen sales grow around 20% per year.

Andrew has an MBA from Edinburgh University.

Susan Saadat

Susan Saadat
Vice President Americas (US)

With over 25 years of sales, management and engineering experience in satellite communications, Susan joined ETL in 2013 to lead the company's North American headquarters in Washington D.C. She combines her strong engineering foundation and solid track record of achieving high level growth and top line revenue to expand ETL's presence in the Americas.

Mo Arbabi

Mo Arbabi
Production Director

Mo joined ETL in July 2010 bringing over 25 years of experience in Engineering and Electronics Manufacturing since his graduation with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Mo specialises in Lean Manufacturing, Just In Time, Six Sigma, Process Design and Quality Management; has contributed to increased production output, improved product quality, and the growing success of the business of his previous employers.

Robb Ferrari

Robb Ferrari - Operations Manager - ETL Systems
Operations Manager

Having gained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Management, Robb joined the Operations department in 2008 as a graduate. Following his promotion to Assistant Operations Manager in 2011 and to his current role in 2016, he has continued to grow with the company and offers considerable contributions in the areas of business data analysis, ERP systems and materials planning.

Simon Swift

Simon Swift - Engineering Manager
Engineering Manager

Simon has a Bachelor's of Science Honour Degree in Real Time Systems Design and has worked for over 25 years in the Engineering industry.

Simon joined the team in 2018


Paul Gouws

Paul Gouws, Head of Research and Development
Head of R & D

Paul joined the team in 2018, bringing over 15 years’ experience in the satellite communications industry. In that time he has taken lead roles in the design and development of industry leading avionics SATCOM terminals, spacecraft RF systems and satellite ground segment equipment, covering both ends of the SATCOM link.

Paul relocated to the UK from Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Engineering from the University of South Africa.

Sunil Murthy

Sunil Murthy
Programme Manager

Sunil has a Masters in Business and Management and a Bachelor's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a PRINCE2 Practitioner and has 10 years Project Management experience.

Sunil joined the team in 2018.

Jessica Stone

Jessica Stone - HR Manager- ETL Systems
HR Manager

Jessica’s career in HR spans over 15 years across operational and strategic HR.  Jessica joined us in 2013 and is responsible for the recruitment, motivation, engagement and retention of our talented people.  Jessica has helped to grow the workforce from 40 to 150 across our 3 UK and 2 international locations.


Jessica is CIPD Level 7 Postgraduate qualified along with holding a BSc Honours Degree in Human Resource Management with Business Management. Jessica was also a finalist in the CIPD People Management Awards for outstanding student of the year.

Andrew Tyler

Andrew Tyler - Non-Executive Chairman
Non-Executive Chairman

Andrew joined ETL in 2020, having worked for over 25 years in C-Suite roles in engineering and technology businesses.  Andrew has an MBA from London Business School, a doctorate in environmental chemistry, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

After fifteen years at BMT, the design and engineering services company, Andrew joined the UK Ministry of Defence acquisition organisation. As Chief Operating Officer he led all procurement and support programmes for the UK Armed Services and was appointed CBE in 2012 for services to defence. In 2011 he joined VC-backed Marine Current Turbines and led the sale to Siemens in 2012. Following exit Andrew became Chief Executive for Northrop Grumman’s $1Bn European aerospace and defence business, and became inaugural Chairmanship of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter electronics support JV company. In 2018 he joined PE-backed Algeco Group, the world’s largest modular building company, as Group CEO.

Today Andrew has a portfolio career including Chairman of ETL Systems, Senior Advisor to Blackstone GSO, and Chairman of Ainscough Crane Hire.

Jolyon Latimer

Jolyon Latimer - Non Executive Director
Non-Executive Director

Jolyon has been involved with ETL since 2020 when the business received investment funding from CBPE Capital. Jolyon joined CBPE in 2010 and is a member of the Investment Committee. He has a particular focus on businesses in the technology and business services sectors, and on those based in the north of England. Before joining CBPE, Jolyon spent six years at 3i where he worked on buyouts across Europe and North America. He had previously worked at KPMG Corporate Finance. Jolyon has a degree in Law and Accounting from the University of Manchester.

Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis - Non Executive Director
Non-Executive Director

Ben has been involved with ETL since 2020 when the business received investment funding from CBPE Capital. Ben joined CBPE in 2016 and has a particular focus on the Industrial Technology and Industrial Services sectors. Previously, Ben spent eight years working in corporate finance for DC Advisory and Harris Williams where he focused on UK and European mid-market investments. Ben has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and spent a brief period as a process engineer before pursuing his career in finance.