Our Team

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Ian Fishwick

Non-Executive Chairman

Ian has been a chief executive or managing director in the technology industry for 29 years and is the original founder of AdEPT. In that time he has completed more than 40 telecoms mergers and acquisitions. Prior to founding AdEPT Telecom in February 2003, from 1983 to 1995 Ian rose through the ranks at Marconi Secure Systems, including two years as financial controller and five years as managing director. From 1996 to 2000 Ian was a managing director at Telewest Communications, managing Telewest North West, Telewest London and South East and Cable London. Ian was managing director of World Access (UK) Limited from 2000 to 2001. Ian moved to Chairman of AdEPT in January 2019.

Phil Race

Chief Executive Officer

Over a 20 year career Phil has headed businesses within Xchanging, SSP, Sirius and Logica (formerly CMG). He has extensive and highly relevant experience of IT outsourcing and enterprise software, having led companies that deployed global, complex, mission critical solutions. Born in Cambridge and an Electronic Engineering graduate of Nottingham University, in 2000 Phil was awarded an MBA from Henley Management College. Phil was appointed to the Board as chief executive on 1 January 2019.

John Swaite

Finance Director

John joined AdEPT in March 2008 as Group financial controller and was promoted to finance director and the Board in January 2009. Prior to joining AdEPT, John spent more than nine years with one of the UK’s leading accounting firms. In his role as senior corporate finance manager, John was responsible for all aspects of financial due diligence and transaction support on mergers, acquisitions, flotations and subsequent public offerings.

Richard Burbage

Unified Communications Director

Richard was promoted to the Board in July 2016. He began his career in telecoms working with financial institutions and offshore oil and gas companies supplying telex and facsimile machines. In the early 1990s Richard established his first business which, after nine successful years, was sold to the industry leader Genesis Telecommunications plc. After a few years with Genesis, Richard left to establish a new non-competitive business, Centrix Limited, which after 15 years’ continued growth and having become one of the most profitable businesses in the sector, was acquired by AdEPT in 2015. Richard has over 25 years’ experience in telecoms and continues to grow the Fleet division with increasing success in cloud, hosting, IP telephony and unified communications.

Richard Bligh

Non-Executive Director

Richard joined AdEPT in June 2019; prior to this he held the main board position of Chief Operating Officer at Gamma Communications plc, where he was instrumental in building that company to a market value of over £1 billion. Richard has more than 20 years’ telecoms sector experience in a variety of marketing and business development vice president roles. These include UK and international experience in ECI Conferencing, Intertek plc, Global Crossing and Racal Telecom. Richard has extensive experience of business markets from serving multi-national corporates to selling via the channel. Richard is a graduate of Cardiff University.

Dusko Lukic

Non-Executive Director

Dusko has worked for over 20 years as an institutional stockbroker covering UK and Continental European equity markets with City firms Wood Mackenzie, Salomon Brothers, Schroder Securities and Cazenove. Whilst at Cazenove, Dusko was the director responsible for pan-European equity sales to German institutions. In 2005 Dusko founded Draganfly Investments Ltd, an AIM-quoted investment company, and in 2006 was the co-founder of Intrinsic Capital LLP, a smaller company investment boutique.

Roger Wilson

Non-Executive Director

Roger has worked in the telecom industry for more than 20 years. He was the first Managing Director for Telewest Communications’ residential consumer business in the UK from January 1997 until March 1998. Roger spent three years between June 1998 and April 2001 in Poland establishing a telecom business for American investors. Moreover, he was managing director of ECTA, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association,
until January 2006.