Leadership team

Chief Executive - Russell Gould

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Russell has worked for the company since 1985, and was appointed Chief Executive for the Group in 2007, leading the management buyout from Smiths Group PLC in November of that year.

From 1998 until his return to the Company in 2001, Russell worked at GEC Marconi Radar and Defence Systems. His return to Kelvin Hughes saw him lead the Commercial Equipment Division.

Russell is a board member of the Society of Maritime Industries and a director of CIRM, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer.


Chief Financial Officer - Chris Easteal

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Chris was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Kelvin Hughes Group in 2010. A Chartered Accountant, he was previously Group Finance Director for Hobbs, the Private Equity backed fashion retailer based in London.

Chris brings a wide range of experience to the Group having held various financial roles within many industries, both public and private, more recently as Finance Director of Olympus UK (optical/medical) and Group Financial Controller of DS Smith PLC (paper & packaging). Upon leaving Coopers & Lybrand in 1995, Chris held various financial roles within the Head Office functions of Harrisons & Crosfield PLC (now Elementis PLC, Chemicals/Industrial) and Unigate PLC (now Uniq PLC, food manufacturing/logistics). He holds a degree in Economics from The University of Manchester.


KH Charts Managing Director - Martin Taylor

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Martin Taylor joined Kelvin Hughes in 1996 and has worked across all the Kelvin Hughes businesses gaining considerable experience in the maritime industry through various technical, project management and commercial roles. Martin also played a major part in defining the International Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) standards working with the IMO and IEC and led this project within Kelvin Hughes.

From 2004 to 2007 Martin led the Company’s successful entry into the Voyage Data Recorder market and in 2007 was appointed Director of the Equipment Business. In 2010 Martin moved into his current role as Managing Director of KH Charts, the nautical charts and data distribution business of Kelvin Hughes incorporating the industry leading ChartCo electronic data distribution business. Martin has a degree in Marine Sciences and an MBA and is very active in the international maritime field. He has sat on the board of the CIRM marine electronics trade organisation, is currently Vice President of the Charts and Nautical Instruments Trade Association (CNITA) and also continues to represent the company within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC).


Marine Systems Director - Spike Hughes

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Spike had a navigating career spanning 13 years in the Merchant and Royal Navies. After completing his seagoing career, Spike then worked in the publishing and educational markets gaining considerable commercial experience. In 1998, Spike joined Kelvin Hughes as an Area Sales Manager and appointed to General Manager - Asia in 2001.

Working and living in Singapore, Spike led Kelvin Hughes through a period of high growth for the Company in the Far Eastern maritime market before returning to the head office un the United Kingdom as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2007. Following further strong leadership Spike was appointed Director of the Marine Systems Business in 2010.


Surveillance Systems Director - Barry Wade

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Barry joined Kelvin Hughes in 2004 as Technical Development Manager with the specific objective to develop a solid state navigation radar product of comparable cost to existing magnetron based technology. This led to the launch of the highly innovative SharpEye™ radar.

As Director of the Surveillance Business and following the first commercial maritime navigation applications, Barry has led the business into new markets including coastal surveillance, avian detection and security applications. In July 2011, Barry was presented with a prestigious Navigation Award by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh for Technical Achievement from the Council of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) for his work in leading the design of the SharpEye™ radar.

Previously Barry worked as a senior engineering figure for blue chip defence companies and provided technical and managerial leadership on a number of high profile defence programmes within Alenia Marconi Systems and BAE Systems.


Operations Director - Paul Watson

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Paul joined Kelvin Hughes in December 2010 as operations Director. Paul was previously Operations Director at Esterline Racal Acoustics where he was part of a management buyout team that took the company from corporate ownership through two periods of Private Equity ownership and then successfully integrated it into the trade ownership of the Esterline Corporation.

Having completed 26 years in the defence manufacturing industry Paul has held a variety of operational roles both technical and managerial and completed his MBA in 2000. Subsequently, Paul has specialised in Lean Manufacturing, business process improvement, international outsourcing and organisational development.