Board & Management
Michael is a highly successful serial technology entrepreneur & pioneer with over 30 years’ experience in the telecoms & technology sector.
As Chief Executive, Michael Tobin OBE led TelecityGroup plc, a leading FTSE250 Technology company from 2002 to 2014.
He joined Redbus in 2002 delisting it from the main market to AIM, & then took it private, winning the London Business Awards “Business Turnaround of the Year” award in 2005. After engineering the merger with Telecity he successfully re-listed TelecityGroup in October 2007 winning the accolade of UK Innovation Awards IPO of the year 2008 & the techMARK Achievement of the year in the same year. Subsequently he grew the business from £6m market cap in 2002 to being a top performer in the FTSE250 worth over £2Bn, being recognized as Britain’s Most admired Tech Company in 2012.
Prior to joining TelecityGroup, Tobin headed-up Fujitsu’s e-Commerce operations in Frankfurt, Germany. Before that, he ran ICL’s Danish outsourcing subsidiary out of Copenhagen Denmark. He also held several senior positions based in Paris for over 11 years including Business Development Director at International Computer Group coordinating global distribution of IT infrastructure. As a Non Exec Director, Tobin was instrumental in transforming PACNET in Hong Kong from a Sub Sea Cable operator to a successful Datacenter operator culminating in its sale in 2015 to Telstra for $800m
Tobin currently holds numerous Non-Exec Directorships including Teraco in South Africa, Datapipe in the USA, Itconic in Madrid, Basefarm in Norway, Eurodiesel in Belgium, Chayora in Hong Kong & TeamRock, Popshack & PeoplePerHour in the UK, where he is also Chairman of Ultrahaptics. He is also an advisor to the board of OCom in Amsterdam.
He was named ‘UK IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young in 2009, 2010 & 2011; PWC Tech CEO of the Year 2007; London Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Person of the Year’ for 2009 & 2010; In 2009 was named techMARK ‘Personality of the Year’; In 2007 & 2009 he was the winner of the DCE Outstanding Leader of the Year, & in 2008 won ‘Data Centre Business Person of the Year’ at the Data Centre Leaders awards. He was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ at the Data Centre Europe awards & in 2011 received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the industry. In 2005 he was named number 31 of Britain’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs & in 2014 he was honoured in the Queens New Years Honours List with the Order of the British Empire medal for Services to the Digital Economy.
Chief Executive Officer
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 Financial Officer
Frank qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) with Ernst & Young in 1989. Frank has spent the last 20 years, primarily as finance director, in a number of fast growing entrepreneurial companies in the mobile, consumer electronics and technology sectors. Frank has been actively involved in a number of corporate finance transactions and more recently responsible for the negotiation of substantial network contracts whilst at Redeem Limited, the mobile phone recycler. Frank was instrumental in the sale of DX Communications alongside Andrew Walwyn to what is now Telefonica.
Frank joined SSW in the autumn of 2013 and, as Chief Financial Officer, is and will continue to be responsible for finance, legal, regulatory, logistics and operational matters.
Chief Technical Officer
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.
Paul is an advisor to Oakley Capital Corporate Finance and joined the business in April 2015. Paul spent over 15 years with Cazenove as a telecoms and media analyst and was one of Cazenove’s youngest ever partners. He won numerous awards from Reuters and Starmine and was Head of the Number One ranked European telecoms research team as ranked by the Institutional Investor in 2011. Paul left J.P. Morgan Cazenove in 2011 and became an investor and non-executive director of various small telecoms companies. He also spent a year with Morgan Stanley in 2014 helping their Select Risk equity trading business. Paul has a BSc from Durham University in Maths, is a qualified accountant and is married with three children. Paul loves watching and playing most sports, not least football and golf.
Stephen has a wealth of technology, financial and equity capital markets experience. Until recently, Stephen was CFO of Zoopla Property Group plc, the FTSE250 digital media group, which also owns the uSwitch business. Before that he spent a decade at Betfair plc during which time he acted as CFO and interim CEO. He was part of the management team that grew the business from an early stage start-up to a multi-billion-pound listed business, which ultimately merged with Paddy Power to create one of the world’s largest public online betting and gaming companies.
Page last updated: 10 February 2017