• paul barret

    Paul Barrett

    Chief Executive Officer

    Paul is a serial entrepreneur with over 35 years leadership experience in technology innovation and product and business development. He has a BSc in Electronics from Sussex University and an MSc in Computation from Oxford University.

    Paul is a co-founder of Bladon.

    In 1984 he independently developed the world’s first high-speed implementation of the RSA crypto-system: the now widely adopted “Barrett Algorithm”.

    From 1985 to 1989, Paul worked for Computer Security Limited in various roles including, ultimately, Director of International Sales.

    In 1990, he co-founded authentication token business, SmartDisk, which he managed and led to a successful sale in 1996.

    Paul was recruited in 1997 by 3i plc to run VDL, pioneers of cognometric authentication technology, which he restructured and relocated to the USA as Passfaces Corporation.

  • David Roberts

    David Roberts

    Chief Financial Officer

    David has over 20 years experience in senior financial roles within the manufacturing and engineering sectors, including West Midlands engineering company Chamberlin plc, European FD at Titanium Metals Corporation and FD of Rear Vision Systems (a division of Britax plc). He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and qualified as an accountant with Ernst & Young.

  • Yvette Henshall-Bell

    Yvette Henshall-Bell

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Yvette is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with 30 years of experience in senior executive positions in sales, marketing, operations and growth. She joins Bladon from JCB where she was the Group Executive Director - Global Major Accounts, Managing Director - Backhoe Loader Division, and UK and Ireland Sales Director. She describes herself as an engineer with a passion for selling.

  • Brendan Hindle

    Brendan Hindle

    Chief Operations Officer

    Brendan has over twenty-nine years of manufacturing and operations experience gained from a number of leading international companies that include BAE systems, Rolls Royce, Toyota, Ford and Eberspacher, managing multi disciplined operations teams on a wide range of product introduction through prototype to full production. Brendan joined most recently from Jaguar Land Rover where he was the Operations Director for JLR's first Battery Assembly Centre.  

  • Neil Robson

    Neil Robson

    Chief Engineer

    Neil has twenty-eight years of experience developing complex systems for leading international companies including Rolls-Royce, BMW and Tata Motors, managing teams of engineers from a wide range of specialist areas, from research through to production. He is experienced in working internationally and joins Bladon most recently from Changan where he was Group Chief Engineer based in the UK R&D centre, and Capability Lead for Powertrain Controls and Calibration in China.

  • Philip Lelliott

    Philip Lelliott


    Philip is a Chartered Engineer with 20 years senior management experience in the engineering and automotive sectors.He has served as Chief Executive and Vice President in a number of UK and American multinational manufacturing companies, both publicly quoted and private.

    Philip, also a co - founder of Bladon is a graduate in Production Engineering from Brunel University and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology(IET).

  • Andy Roberts

    Andy Roberts

    Head of Supply Chain

    Andy has 20 years experience in Engineering, Automotive and Aerospace Procurement for companies such as UTC, Honeywell, Aston Martin and Johnson Controls. Formerly Vice President of Purchasing at Kongsberg Automotive Fluid Transfer Division, he was responsible for the creation and development of a global purchasing team, development of supply chain strategies and has experience of the full procurement life cycle.

  • Sir John Baker CBE

    Sir John Baker CBE


    John Baker has had a long career in leadership roles in the public and private sectors. He was Managing Director of the Central Electricity Generating Board, 1980-1989, and Chief Executive, then Chairman, of National Power PLC, 1989-1997.

    In the energy sector, he has led companies in renewable energy, infrastructure development, and distributed generation in both the UK and USA and held Board positions in global companies in the shipping, pharmaceutical, bio-technology and financial service sectors.

    Outside business, he has been a Policy Adviser to the British Government on education, unemployment and the environment, and was Chairman of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

    He also chaired the World Energy Council and various national performing arts organisations, including the English National Opera.

  • Paul Barrett

    Paul Barrett

    Chief Executive Officer

    See above for detail.

  • Gary Lamb

    Non-Executive Director

    Gary is a qualified accountant (ACMA, CGMA) who has gained extensive business experience over the past 25 years in numerous senior roles.

    Gary was a Founding Director of Bladon Jets on the Isle of Man and is currently CEO of Manx Telecom, which he helped lead to a successful IPO in 2015. 

    He is also Chairman of Isle of Man company Strix Limited, a world-leading innovator and manufacturer of thermostatic controls for water boiling appliances, which he helped lead to a successful IPO in 2017.

  • Khalifa Hassan Al Daboos

    Deputy CEO, Investment Corporation of Dubai

  • Simon Harland

    Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Investment Corporation of Dubai