Kelvin Hughes

Management Team

Chief Executive - Russell Gould

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 Radar and Navigation Equipment Division.

Russell is a board member of the Society of Maritime Industries, Chairman of the Maritime UK Export Group, and Vice President of CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime) an international body accredited as a non-governmental organisation with consultative status to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Russell is also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer.

In 2017 Russell successfully lead the exit of Kelvin Hughes from private equity owners ECI to the Company's new owners Hensoldt.

Chief Financial Officer - Chris Easteal

Chris was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Kelvin Hughes Group in 2010 and played a key role in relocating the main HQ to a new, state of the art, manufacturing facility in North London and preparing the Group for its dual exit route. In September 2017 the business was successfully sold by ECI Partners to HENSOLDT, the German defence group (formerly Airbus Defence Electronics) backed by KKR, generating an above 3x return on its investment. Prior to this ultimate exit event, in June 2016 Kelvin Hughes successfully carved out its ChartCo business, the global leader in marine compliance and navigation data solutions, to Equistone Partners Europe.
Chris has held various financial roles within many industries, both public and private, more recently as the Finance Director of Hobbs (fashion retail) and Olympus UK (optical/medical) and, prior to this, the 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 (food manufacturing/ logistics). 
A Chartered Accountant (FCA), he holds a BA in Economics from The University of Manchester.