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Leadership Team

Simon Best

Chairman

Simon founded STI in 1989, during this time he has overseen the acquisitions STI has made including Roban Electronics, Fourlink Electronics, SSE Labs Limited and Airbus Defence and Space Poynton facility. He also facilitated the sale of 80% of STI shares to Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc, a listed Philippines business, majority owned by the Ayala Corporation Industrials Division of the Ayala Corporation. 

Simon attended RMA Sandhurst being commissioned into the Staffordshire Regiment.

Tony Best

Alternate Director

Tony 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 sits on various boards and is a non-executive director of Via Optronics, HSSMI and SME Capital. Tony has a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.

Nick Davey

Chief Technology Officer (STI and IMI)

Nick joined STI in January 2011 to set up the Research and Development activity. Prior to this Nick 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.

In 2019, 3 years after IMI’s acquisition of STI, Nick was appointed Chief Technology Officer of IMI.

Paul Gill

Site Director – Hook

Colin Slattery

Site Director – Poynton

Colin joined STI in April 2015 as part of the acquisition of Airbus Defence and Space Poynton facility. Colin has accumulated over 30 years’ experience in the Aerospace and Defence industry holding several management roles in Operations, including Manufacturing, Test, Planning, Production Engineering and Programmes. Colin was appointed Site Director (Poynton ) in February 2019.


He has held managerial roles working for other major companies including Ferranti Electronics, Philips and Airbus Defence and Space, and has qualifications in both Electronics and Business Management.

Lyndon Gruba

Site Director – Cebu

Ian Cameron-Mowat

Defence Advisor

Ian’s Army career combined service in Signals units with spells in intelligence, Special Forces and the United Nations. His last seven years were spent leading procurement teams focused on counter-terrorism technologies.

Since 2010 Ian has assisted a broad range of defence industry clients in the UK and overseas, advising on strategy and helping companies find the right partners and win contracts.  As a core part of that portfolio, he has worked with STI since 2012