Alan Tadd trained as a Chartered Accountant with what is now Giess Wallis Crisp in Harlow.
In October 1985 he became Finance Director of B & R Electrical Products Ltd. In this role he was responsible for financial strategy and the role was broadened to have responsibility for procurement and all legal and patent matters. The Company through its inventions of Portable RCD’s grew rapidly as it created the PowerBreaker, KingShield and Safetysure brands which were aimed at both the retail and electrical wholesale markets. The identification of potential acquisitions was part of the strategic function and he was fully involved in the successful acquisition and integration process of two businesses which increased the overall value of the business. At this time the business was going through change and he was at the centre of the change process which meant the closure of the UK manufacturing facility and moving it to the Far East. At this stage he assumed responsibility for the logistical, warehousing and fulfilment functions.
In September 1993 Alan became Managing Director of PowerBreaker plc and continued to grow and develop the focus of the business which included working with Non Executive Directors.
In December 1996 Alan undertook the MBO of the PowerConnections division into Sandal plc.
Oliver has been with Sandal Plc since 2009 after graduating with an Economics undergraduate degree and subsequent Masters degree in International Business, becoming Commercial Director in 2013. In 2013 Sandal began the development of the MiHome range of products after seeing an opportunity in adding connectivity to mains power products. Oliver successfully launched MiHome with a number of retailers in 2015; leading ones include Screwfix and Amazon. Sales in the products have since grown to nearly £1million annually.
Originally Oliver conceptualised the brand to create the digital and physical MiHome brand. Working on packaging, exhibitions, websites and physical and digital advertising, Oliver drove the identity of the brand which has successful added 15,000 users to date.
Oliver is the visionary strategy lead on Energenie MiHome for product and marketing devising entry plans for new market channels like Wholesale and Installer.
Oliver has built strong relations with the voice teams and commercial teams of both Amazon and Google, presenting at a number of Smart Home conferences to varied audiences from Investors and C-suite executives to Installers.
Oliver has a deep understanding of the Smart Home market and is part of the Smart Home Association Future Leaders’ group. Oliver also was chosen for two UKTi scholarships; one two-week course at Kelloggs University to study “Exporting to the US” and one year long course in conjunction with UCL and Barclays Bank for Leaders of Scale-up Businesses.
Tom has 25 years experience at board level providing a diverse portfolio of small and medium sized companies.
He started his first business in 1987, which he subsequently sold successfully in 1995. He brings to Sandal plc skills in strategic planning, business development, marketing, change management and in the negotiation and acquisition of companies.
After training as an engineer Tom gained management experience with large public companies including Motherwell Bridge Engineering, James Howden and GEC, where he negotiated and managed sizeable engineering contracts. He then purchased and successfully developed two franchise operations before completing an MBA at East London University. In 2011 Tom gained a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Currently Tom has worked as adviser to the Board of a number of high growth businesses, including Computing Information Systems Ltd, Cutwrights Ltd and Ridgeway.
David joins the Board as Finance Director having spent over 25 years in financial roles. He started his career at Prudential Portfolio Managers (subsequently acquired by M&G Investments) where he spent almost 16 years initially in operations and then in a variety of financial and management accounting positions.
In 2006 David joined Phoenix Fund Services Group an FCA regulated company, where he became Finance Director and had overall responsibility for financial management and ultimately leading the financial aspects of the group's sale to Maitland Group in June 2015, where he remained until October 2016.
David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Richard joins the Board as a Non-executive Director. He initially trained as a mechanical engineer and has over 30 years' experience in the software industry. He established Smallworld as a leading geographic information system companies serving utility and telecoms companies in Europe and the US, which listed on NASDAQ in 1996 and was acquired by GE in 2000 for $214 million. He subsequently co-founded Ubisense, a global leader in enterprise location intelligence solutions, which was admitted to AIM in 2011 and is currently a director of a number of early/growth stage technology businesses.
Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Entrepreneur in Residence at Cambridge Enterprise and a Fellow of both Judge Business School, Cambridge and of the Royal Society of Arts.
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