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ETL Management Team

Kevin Dunne

Portrait shot of Kevin Dunne, CEO of ETL Systems

Kevin joined ETL Systems in 2023 as Chief Executive Officer. He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in RF Systems within Satellite and Defence communications markets. Before joining ETL, he was Vice President and Managing Director of the Microwave, Microelectronics and Secure Communications Divisions of API Technologies Corporation. Kevin has significant experience of leading technology companies and will bring new skills and ideas to help ETL Systems unlock the next phase of its growth journey.

Ian Hilditch

Ian Hilditch Co-Founder/Director of ETL

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 Co-Founder/Director of ETL

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
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.

Paul Gouws

Paul Gouws, CTO

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.

Alex Baldock

Alex Baldock, COO

Alex joined ETL Systems in 2023 as Chief Operating Officer. He brings with him over 25 years’ experience as a transformational leader with deep knowledge of manufacturing, operations and supply chain management. Before joining ETL, he held senior leadership positions with Magellan Aerospace, Cobham group and most recently as Vice President of Operations and UK Managing Director at Abaco Systems.

As a seasoned people leader, Alex understands the day to day demands of the manufacturing and operations environment and is passionate about engaging, developing and empowering his teams.

Andrew Bond

Andrew Bond Sales & Marketing Director
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.

Mo Arbabi

Mo Arbabi Production Director
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.

Simon Swift

Simon Swift Engineering Director - Digital Technologies
Engineering Director - Digital Technologies

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


Joanna Gower

Joanna Gower, HR Director
HR Director

Joanna joined ETL Systems in 2022, during a time of rapid and exciting growth for the company. As the head of ETL’s HR department, Joanna provides strategic HR leadership to all areas of the business. She brings over 20 years of experience to the Executive Team, with past roles spanning areas including Learning & Development and Organisational Design. Most recently she oversaw HR delivery on a global basis for Genus PLC group functions as a senior member of the HR function at Genus PLC, working alongside the Global Executive Leadership Team to deliver people strategy across EMEA, APAC, LATAM and North America.

Susan Saadat

Susan Saadat, Senior Vice President of Sales - Americas
Senior Vice President of Sales - Americas

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.

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.

Sunil Murthy

Sunil Murthy, Programme Manager
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.

John Vesey

John Vesey, Business Development Director
Business Development Director

John joined the company in 2022, bringing more than 30 years of industry experience to ETL Systems. He has previously worked as Vice President of one of the world’s leading telecommunications and satellite component businesses. During that time, he oversaw product development, manufacturing and operations, as well as business development and sales, working closely with industry leaders such as OneWeb, Telesat and Inmarsat.

Thomas Lindell

Thomas Lindell, Business Development Director - Europe
Business Development Director - Europe

Thomas joined ETL in 2024, bringing an incredible wealth of experience to the team, with a background deeply rooted in test and measurement, environmental testing where he gained extensive exposure to RF and microwave technology. Having spent the last 8 years making waves in the SatCom industry.

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.