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 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.

Craig Wilson

Non-Executive Director

Craig was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Xchanging plc (“Xchanging”) and during his 37 years in the IT Services arena led some of the largest Managed Services companies in the UK including; EDS, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services and CSC. Craig has extensive experience in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), IT Services and Software, running businesses with up to £3bn in annual revenue and 14,000 staff. Craig has extensive expertise in the Public Sector arena with experience spanning; Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice. Craig is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and holds an MBA and BSC.

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.

Andy Lovett

Chief Operating Officer

Andy joined AdEPT as COO in June 2019 and was appointed to the board in March 2020. He has significant experience in running the operational side of businesses spanning; software development, IT outsource, and mission critical client projects. Andy has a wealth of highly relevant skills having previously worked in senior roles for banking software company DPR Group and global outsourcer Xchanging plc.