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.

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Chief Financial Officer - Chris Easteal

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.

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Sales and Marketing Director - Spike Hughes

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 headquarters in the United Kingdom as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2007. Spike has provided commercial leadership to expand the Company's addressable markets in the commercial marine radar and navigation equipment, maritime defence and coastal surveillance radar sensor market sectors.

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Operations Director - Paul Watson

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.

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