Dave Dadds has over 30 years experience in the telecoms business, starting at British Telecom and then going on to establish DRD Communications Ltd in 1986. Originally involved in the fixed line Business System market, call minutes and mobile phones, the business has evolved since 2005 into a "Cloud" application provider for business communications under the vanillaIP.com and qudo.com brands.
Dave is a director of the FCS and Merton Chamber of Commerce; he was elected to Chair in 2016. He lives with his partner in South London along with his 3 children. In his spare time Dave likes to play golf and enjoy life!
Itret Latif is the former Telecoms Business Manager of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), where he worked since 1991. In that time, Itret was instrumental in developing SSE’s retail communications business in the domestic sector. He therefore has experience of the challenges faced by new players in this market. Previous roles within SSE include the development of SSE’s Gas Supply business and, as an Executive member and Chairman of the Gas Forum, the development of industry governance arrangements for the gas supply industry. He brings a wealth of regulatory experience to the Board.
Justin Orde, non-Executive Director, Founder and Joint Managing Director of Spitfire, the leading voice and data solution provider. Following a six year tenure in the army Justin rose to the rank of Captain in The Light Dragoons and served in a number of operational theatres. After the army Justin established his first enterprise in the telecoms sector, which grew into the Gazelle Group PLC, one of the first companies to hold a mobile service provider licence for both Vodafone and O2. Justin left Gazelle following its sale to Millicom (later part of Hutchison Telecom). In 1988 Justin started Spitfire which today employs 102 people and has sales of £21 million.
In addition to his duties as Joint Managing Director of Spitfire, Justin holds a number of positions on industry bodies including board membership of the NICC. Justin was appointed Non-Executive Director of FCS in 2004, Deputy Chairman in 2007 and FCS Chairman in July 2011; he is now a Non Executive Director after stepping down as Chair in 2016. Away from work Justin enjoys piloting light aircraft and tennis.
Adrian Grilli has been the Managing Director, since February 1996, of the Joint Radio Company (JRC Ltd) responsible for managing radio spectrum for the UK gas and electricity industry. He is a chartered Electrical and Mechanical Engineer with a wealth of experience across a number of industrial sectors.
During 20 years at the DTI, he fulfilled a wide range of functions, including serving as a Director of the Radiocommunications Agency, managing EU Research & Development Programmes, and was seconded to the Science & Technology Secretariat in the Cabinet Office for three years.
Adrian was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of FCS in 2004 and appointed Chairman in May 2007. Adrian stepped down in June 2011.
As CEO, Chris has the ultimate responsibility for representing FCS members’ interests to policy-makers and regulators, and for developing the Federation as the authoritative voice on all issues which bear upon business-grade voice and data connectivity.
Chris spent more than 30 years serving the business to business sector, prior to joining FCS in 2012. A former business journalist, he spent five years in business development with a national buying group and invoice factoring hub before joining the Builders Merchants Federation as managing director in 2007. In this role he managed both a national trade association and a market-leading training business.
Chris studied metallurgy at Aston University, and began his business life as a production engineer in a Black Country glassworks. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Freeman of the City of London. Away from work, Chris serves as a Free Church minister, a doting grandfather, a fellow of the Institute of Builders Merchants, a director of the Institute of Association Management, and co-founder of a community interest company focused on sustainable intensive farming.
Roy Pierce has been involved in many aspects of the electronics industry during his working life but always with a predominant interest in radio communication.
Roy qualified as a Chartered Engineer following a student apprenticeship with what was then Vidor Burndept and became involved with the design and manufacture of Radio/TV, Process Control, Military Communications and Private Mobile Radio. Burndept, a company originally founded in 1922, developed a strong market position in the supply of Police Radio in the 70’s and 80s and became the predominant world supplier of military survival radios for aircrew with the SARBE product. Roy rose to become Managing Director of Burndept before eventually leaving to set up Procom Communication Services in 1985. Procom is based in the south east and provides design, sales and maintenance of two way radio systems. Roy Pierce has been involved with the FCS as a Council member for many years and most recently as Chairman of the Business Radio Council. Roy was appointed to the Board in January 2009.
John Thomson is Product Development Manager at Panorama Antennas Ltd, designers and manufacturers of antennas for a wide range of wireless technologies. John has always worked in Telecoms, starting as an apprentice with Post Office Telephones, then running his own company specialising in the supply and installation of mobile radio, BT Radiophone and cellular. This was followed by a spell at Talkland, (a service provider), where John developed a vehicle installation and field maintenance team and franchised repair centres. He has worked at Panorama Antennas since 1995 and his current role involves technical support and working with both OEM and end users to develop antenna solutions.
He is co-chairman of FCS Installers Committee, leads the antenna working group within the FCS 1362 code of practice review and recently worked on a review project with the Energy Institute to produce an updated installation document for fuel carrying vehicles. In his spare time, John is a parent Governor at his children’s school, enjoys dinghy sailing and spending time with his family. John was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2008.
Kieron James, who chairs the FCS’s Numbering working group, has founded and developed several start-ups and held key positions in larger organisations.
In 1997 he established Da Vinci Design and Publishing Ltd, before accepting the position of Business Development Director at Domainnames.com. Kieron was promoted to Region Manager, Latin America at Domainnames.com based in Buenos Aires in 2000. He later returned to Madrid as European Business Development Director for VeriSign and was subsequently promoted Managing Director for VeriSign in the UK, assuming overall operational and strategic control of the business.
Kieron founded Zimo Communications in February 2005 and remained CEO at the company until its sale to j2 Global, Inc. in 2012, when he took up the role of Chairman at Nexbridge. He was appointed Chairman of the FCS Numbering Group in 2006 and has represented the industry in many consultation meetings and in the preparation of documents for industry regulators Ofcom and PhonepayPlus.
Louise started with the FCS in 2009 as an adminstrator, she comes from a background of office administration in different industries and was promoted to FCS office manager in 2011, also becoming company secretary in 2013.
Louise likes reading and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs.
Laura has worked for over 14 years in sales, she brings with her a wealth of sales experience from many industry sectors. Laura joined the FCS as a sales executive in 2010 and has since been promoted to sales manager.
Laura lives with her 2 sons in Bromley and in her spare time she enjoys reading and swimming.
Cathy has worked in the regulatory side of the telecoms industry for about 23 years; this includes 12 years with PhonepayPlus, four years as Compliance Manager for a network operator and two years as Membership and Regulatory Manager for a smaller telecoms association.
Prior to getting into the world of telecoms Cathy worked for the Post Office HQ in what would now be called “equalities policy” and did a two year stint as a driving instructor.
Jason has been managing the FITAS accreditation scheme for 5 years. During that time he has introduced the successful ‘fast-track’ accreditation programme for experienced technicians, and is currently trail-blazing a new ‘Journeyman’ route to FITAS for individuals who have a motor industry background but little prior knowledge of vehicle electronics. He is a time-served vehicle electrician of 25 years. Jason holds CIPD qualifications as an industry trainer, and is the lead auditor on the FITAS scheme.
Steph joined the team in March 2015 in this newly created role after over 5 years with a not-for-profit membership organisation based in central London. New to the telecomms industry she hopes to bring a more personal touch to the B2B FCS experience.
Outside work Steph is an active member of several London based non-professional theatre companies and plays the drums.