The Directors

An introduction to the Executive Directors and the Board Directors of our company

Board Directors & Executive Directors

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Alan Blackham

CHAIRMAN

Alan is a former Managing Director of Solus Schall, an international engineering services company and subsequently Executive Vice President of Solus Ocean Systems, a division of the Enserch Corporation. Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Bywater plc, a strategic business consultancy. Since 2003, Alan is a Director at Gramar Investments and represents the company on a number of investee businesses’ Boards. Alan became a Non-Executive Director with ISSEE in 2010 and took on the role of Chairman in 2012.

Gordon Storey CEO at ISSEE

Gordon Storey

Chief Executive Officer

Gordon has come to ISSEE straight from the post of Chief of Staff at the Defence EOD and Munitions and Search School (DEMSS) at Kineton. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge of both up-to-date operational doctrine and current technology: for the last three years he has been responsible for the delivery of training to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the C-IED Task Force deployed in support of Op. Herrick in Afghanistan, as well as the EOD and Search Teams responsible for Homeland Security in the UK.

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Bhodi Sunth

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Bhodi is a business strategy advisor within Nortons corporate finance team, a niche accountancy practice in the Thames Valley and partner in Maxim a corporate finance boutique in the city. He is a very experienced debt and equity fundraiser with many contacts in the venture capital, business angels and corporate venturing market. He is  experienced  in providing advice and support to fast growing SMEs. His wide ranging commercial, business and professional experience includes: strategic advice, business planning, exit strategy, growth techniques, introducing management change, helping companies move on from owner- managed to corporate, and helping SMEs achieve their key corporate milestones such as exiting through trade sale and floatation. Currently, he has also a number of non-executive directorships in fast growing ambitious companies. He was previously a partner in a medium size accountancy practice.

 

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Alan Bates

DIRECTOR

Alan has run companies since 1970 and been Chairman of companies since the late 70’s. In the mid 70’s he was deputy group Managing Director and later Managing Director of Hoskyns Group Limited, which is now part of CAP Gemini. He became Chairman of AGB Information Systems Limited at the end of the 70’s and was Managing Director of Audits of Great Britain, Europe’s largest market research company, for a time.

He worked with the venture capital industry in the 80’s and became a “company doctor” involved with a variety of companies. In 1988 he was asked to turn round a failing cable television franchise and stayed in the cable television and telephone industry until 1996. He became Chief Executive Officer of Bell Cablemedia (the combined cable interests of Bell Canada and Jones Intercable), which later became part of Cable and Wireless Communications. In 1994 he became Chairman of the Cable Communications Association. He took responsibility for the $1billion NASDAQ flotation of Bell Cablemedia.

Alan is Chairman or non-executive Director of a number of early stage companies. He has floated a number of companies in various sectors on the LSE, AIM, OFEX and Nasdaq in the last 15 years, at valuations between £500k and £2.0bn. He has also sold a number of companies that he chaired.  He was a finalist in the Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 1999. He has been involved in most aspects of company development including mentoring, start-up, development, financing, acquisition, company turnround, flotation and sale.

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Peter Davies

DIRECTOR

Peter is Managing Partner of Technology Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in ambitious growth companies. Peter has over 20 years of venture capital experience having held Fund Director roles at YFM Equity Partners and Advent Venture Partners following a number of years at 3i plc.

Through his venture capital experience, Peter has been involved with numerous growing business at Board level, usually as a Director.  Peter also spent several years in business development and corporate finance roles at Laporte plc, then a FTSE 100  international specialty chemicals group.  Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC and holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Oxford University.

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Gordon Kenneth

DIRECTOR

Born bred and educated in Dundee, Scotland, Gordon was chosen to represent the Dundee Battalion of the Boys Brigade at the 75th anniversary camp in Kingston Jamaica at the age of 16.

Gordon is a Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in London. Moved into Commerce with the Booker Group, including a two year term with Ingersoll Rand.

Whilst working with Plenty, a Booker subsidiary, Gordon graduated from the Harvard Business School Programme for Management Development and worked to create a Booker/Plenty presence in USA. Following on from that, Gordon was instrumental in forming the relationship between Plenty and BP including a joint venture company, Oilplus, of which Gordon became the MD.

1981 became a landmark year and Gordon co-founded Oakland Capital Management (OCM), a venture capital company, which became a founder member of the British Venture Capital Association.

As the VC industry expanded and institutions created their own VC companies, the shareholders of OCM purchased Bridgewell Holdings (BHL) and Oakland Development Capital Fund (ODCF) and ran the residual investments and made a small number of new investments.

Gordon is a keen sportsman who played reasonable football, squash and tennis. He is now a high-handicapped golfer, who keeps an eye on the scores of Dundee FC, Arsenal, and a season ticket holder at local club Swindon Town.

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Rt Hon Adam Ingram

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Rt Hon Adam Ingram served as a Member of the UK Parliament from 1987-2010.

He served as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office from 1997-2001 as Security Minister.
In this role he played a major part in the peace process which culminated in the Belfast Agreement (aka The Good Friday Agreement ).
He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1999 for his contribution to the process.

In 2001, Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed him as Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence and as Deputy to the Secretary of State.
His prime responsibility was ministerial oversight of Her Majesty’s Armed forces including the Special Forces and Counter-terrorism.
His remit involved working with NATO and other allies with special responsibilities for the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Balkans.

After standing down as a Minister in 2007, he was appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to head up a major study into the UK Defence contribution to Counter-terrorism and Resilience.

He now operates as a security consultant and as a company director for ISSEE.

Terry Thompson Technical Director at ISSEE

Terry Thompson

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Terry has over 45 years experience in the field as an Ammunition Technician in the British Army followed by over 14 years as an Explosives Officer with the Metropolitan Police. Terry’s military service covered EOD and C-IED operations in the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland, the Far East, Middle East and Europe. Since joining ISSEE in 2006 Terry has helped to drive ISSEE to it’s present position at the forefront of the industry. He possesses a level of experience and knowledge of EOD and C-IED that is virtually unprecedented anywhere in the world and is acknowledged as one of the country’s leading experts in counter-terrorism as it relates to explosives.

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