The Directors of Satellite Solutions Worldwide have over 50 years experience in telecommunications, logistics and the rapid deployment of mission critical hardware.
Chief Executive Officer – Andrew Walwyn
Andrew started on the shop floor at Carphone Warehouse, he was one of the very first members of staff. He quickly worked his way up the company, and was then recruited into DX Communications in Glasgow where he was a Director and Shareholder. Having grown the company to 300 retail outlets, and having been rewarded with a 2nd place in the Sunday Times Fast Track listing in 1997, DX Communications was sold to BT Cellnet in 1999. The retail footprint makes up much of what you see as the O2 chain of mobile phone stores today.
After a year’s sabbatical, Andrew was appointed Managing Director of Tiny computers at a challenging time for the business, and oversaw the sale of its ISP business to Tiscali, and the eventual sale of the business to Time Computers.
Andrew now felt he needed a new challenge away from traditional retail outlets focusing on the opportunity the internet offered. He set up the Flat TV Company in 2001 with a colleague Vince Tang, and by 2007 this had become the 7th Fastest Growing Company in the Sunday Times Fast Track listings.
In 2008 Andrew returned to the Telecoms sector after discovering the Tooway offering from Skylogic. For the first time a consumer orientated satellite broadband solution had become available to help the many people living and working in the so-called “Not Spots”, those outside the terrestrial ADSL footprint.
Chief Technology Officer – Simon Clifton
Simon co-founded the business with Andrew Walwyn in 2008 and has a background in mobile telecoms and alternative broadband technologies.
Since 2003 Simon has been at the forefront of the development of satellite broadband as a technology for both the consumer and business markets in Europe, and foresaw the disruptive opportunity for the company presented by the arrival of Ka band satellite communications in 2010.
Simon is responsible for leveraging the satellite owners’ investment in capacity and for the company harnessing the growing and abundant commodity market in Ka band spectrum, and then delivering it as a consumable satellite broadband product that addresses particular geographical and vertical market opportunities globally.
Simon also has responsibility for integrating complimentary technologies like fixed wireless broadband into the businesses portfolio, as well as R&D and supplementary product development like VoIP and TV services. Simon has served as the CTO of the company since its inception and has previously been involved with several successful, fast-growing entrepreneurial companies.
Chief Financial Officer – Frank Waters
Frank is a professional Chartered Accountant (ICAS) having spent 9 years with Ernst & Young in various departments. Frank has spent the last 20 years, primarily as Finance Director in a number of fast growing entrepreneurial companies specifically in the mobile, consumer electronics and technology sectors.
Frank has been actively involved in a number of large corporate finance transactions and more recently responsible for the negotiation of substantial network contracts whilst at Redeem.
Frank was instrumental in the sale of DX Communications alongside Andrew to what is now Telefonica. Frank joined Satellite Solutions Worldwide Ltd in autumn of 2013 and as Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for Finance, Legal, Regulatory, Logistics and Operational matters.
Chief Marketing Officer – Johnny Robinson
Johnny’s background is in sales, marketing and general management, largely in the mobile communications, retailing and renewable energy arenas.
Johnny’s initial role has been the growth and management of the Europasat reseller channel across Europe but from February 2015 his role has changed to Chief Marketing Officer.
With 15 years at the The Carphone Warehouse Group during its growth from start-up to FTSE100 company, Johnny’s roles have been across the sales, marketing and customer management disciplines as well as General Management, but his key role at Carphone Warehouse was the expansion of the business overseas especially into European markets. In this capacity he was successful in driving growth in 15 European territories between 1996 and 2008, a key element in the Carphone Warehouse Group’s entry into the FTSE 100 in September 2007.