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Meet the Surface Technology International Enterprises Board


Managing Director

Simon Best, born 1959, founded Surface Technology International Limited (STI) in 1989. Prior to this he held sales roles with Irlandus Circuits, Saft UK and Morgan Refractories.  Simon attended RMA Sandhurst being commissioned into the Staffordshire Regiment.


Alternate Director

Tony Best, born 1960, joined STI as a Director in March 2010. From 1982 – 2010 Tony worked in the financial services industry, spending nearly 25 years at the US investment bank JPMorgan where he was Head of Global Sales and member of the Global Executive Committee. Tony has a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.


Chief Operations Officer

Chris Lyon, born 1963, joined STI in 2000 and is now Chief Operations Officer. Prior to this, he held various Engineering Manager roles in Plessey Avionics and GEC Marconi Radar and Defence and was Production Manager at Raytheon Marine.  Chris has a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Chief Financial Officer

Craig Petrie, born 1970, joined STI in 2016. Prior to this, he held various Finance roles at Cobham, Thales, Invensys, Raychem and Valeo with experience gained across the defence, industrial and automotive sectors.


Research & Development Director

Nick Davey, born 1972, joined STI in January 2011 to set up the R&D activity within STI Group. Prior to this, he ran his own product development company for 10 years and worked 11 years at Motorola within Global Commodity/Materials Management, leading the International NPI Development within the Mobile Handset Division


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