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 employed at Sandal plc since May 2010, starting as Commercial Manager and becoming Commercial Director in October 2013. He has a degree in Economics from Birmingham University and a Masters in International Business and Marketing from The European Business School. He has also been selected for a UKTi Scholarship at Kellogg's University Chicago for a short intense course on marketing and export strategy in U.S.
In his current role Oliver has concentrated on developing his project management skills, obtaining his Prince 2 qualification in Project Management in 2011. He has managed a number of projects for Sandal ranging from an overhaul of the back-end computer system to the project management of the development of an extension to the range of Energenie's products. The development of these patented mobile device chargers, which were added to the portfolio in 2013 and 2014 involved obtaining an Apple MFI license for the iPhone 3 and 4 charger and the development of iPhone 5 and 6 charger, as well as a Universal Charger for all non Apple smart phones. Most recently Oliver has led the design and development of the Home Automation range which Energenie will be launching in Q1 of 2015.
Oliver's responsibilities include managing the marketing and digital assets of Sandal plc. Recently he has managed the improvement of the PowerConnections website which has had to be integrated in to the back office system to create an EDI customer ordering platform which will reduce manual order inputting time.
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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