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Meet the Landways Team

Management

Chris Smedley

Chris Smedley

Chief Executive

 

Chris is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Landways.

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry. He is the former Chief Executive of Geo Networks which he co-founded in 2002. Geo was the first specialist provider of leased optical fibre in the UK, originally owned by Hutchison Whampoa and latterly Alchemy, a UK private equity fund. The business grew from zero turnover to over £40m in just over a decade and in 2014 was sold to Zayo, a US fibre infrastructure provider for $294m.

Prior to Geo, Chris started life as a solicitor at Linklaters & Paines where he practised in the firm’s litigation department. In 1997, he was appointed Legal Director of Colt Telecom where he was a member of the senior management team, eventually with responsibility for the Property, Public Policy, Project Office and HR departments, as well as the Legal team.

Chris holds a degree in European Law (LLB Hons) from the University of Warwick; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law; and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

Mike Ainger

Mike Ainger

Chief Strategy Officer

Mike is the Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of Landways.

He has 30 years’ experience in the transport, communications and engineering industries, including 10 years in the UK rail industry and over 15 years in senior management roles in the telecoms sector.

Mike was Chief Operating Officer of Geo Networks from 2004 to 2014 and is the Founder Director of nuron, which delivers innovative monitoring and management technology for utility networks.

Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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Adrian Howe

Chief Financial Officer

Adrian is the CFO of Landways, having performed a similar role at Geo Networks from 2012 until its successful sale in 2014. Following that, he was Corporate Finance Director and then CFO of Six Degrees Group (2014-16) and CFO of Cyberfort Group (2017-18).

He has over 25 years’ experience in the IT/Telecommunications sector having worked in various Finance Management roles with large corporates at BT, Telewest and Level 3 prior to moving into growth-orientated PE-backed organisations such as Band-X, Geo Networks, Six Degrees and Cyberfort.

Adrian has a degree in PPE from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

David Castledine

David Castledine

Commercial Finance Director

As Commercial Director, David is responsible for identifying investment opportunities and then structuring long term partnerships with both property owners and our customers.

Prior to joining Landways, David worked as a Finance Director within Capita, and before that at Geo for over 10 years, latterly as the Commercial Finance Director. He has also held various Commercial and Finance roles spanning over 20 years in companies such as Hutchison Whampoa, Deutsche Bank and EDF Energy. David holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham and is qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Michelle Coffman

Michelle Coffman

Operations Director

As Operations Director, Michelle is responsible for ensuring the engine of the business runs smoothly. Michelle leads the team who manage the asset portfolio working closely with our customers. Michelle also takes responsibility for IT, Facilities and HR.

Prior to joining Landways, Michelle worked at Geo as the Facilities and HR Director and has also held various HR roles spanning over 20 years in companies such as PwC, Hutchison Whampoa Vodafone and IDI Gazeley (a Brookfield owned company). Michelle holds a BA in Psychology and Management from University of Wollongong and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Sales

Matt Richards

Matt Richards

Commercial Director

Matt has over twenty years’ experience in the IT industry and has been cultivating relationships within the sporting, technology and communications sectors while providing customers with a variety of innovative connectivity and communication solutions. Amalgamating customer requirements and digital strategy with new and existing partners, Matt demonstrates our core passive infrastructure’s ability to enable the business case for enhanced venue profitability, market engagement and connectivity to ensure a future-proofed smart venue for stakeholders.

Historical roles have included working at a global manufacturer of RF products which provide mobile and private mobile radio coverage. This involved working with mobile network operators across EMEA and large venues, such as Wembley and Heathrow to provide 2G/3G and 4G multi-operator coverage.

Chris Sulej

Chris Sulej

Commercial Manager

Chris takes on the role of identifying and developing new areas of opportunity for Landways including shopping centres, transport hubs, multi-purpose exhibition, conferencing and event venues, entertainment parks and visitor attractions.

He brings more than 25 years of experience gained from working in the technology and communications sectors, from having founded his own marketing company in the late nineties operating extensively in the Retail sector with brands including the Co-op, Tesco and Somerfield to more recently leading teams delivering major IT infrastructure and Audio Visual projects to organisations including The FA (St George’s Park and Wembley), Derby County FC, The Open University, Merlin Entertainments and Hyperoptic.

He is a graduate of the University of Manchester where he obtained a degree in Media and Communications.

Design

Hugo Read

Hugo Read

Solution Design Manager

As Solution Design Manager, Hugo is jointly responsible for customers’ infrastructure design, including amongst other things radio modelling (Wi-Fi, DAS and small cell), traffic modelling, surveillance equipment, smart screens and LED lighting.

Prior to joining Landways, Hugo worked as a Business Architect for the Civil Service and before that as a software designer and engineer in several different industry sectors. Hugo holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and Networking from UCL and a BSc Joint Honours in Maths and Physics from the University of Manchester.

Nathan Kelly

Nathan Kelly

Solution Design Manager

As Solution Design Manager, Nathan is jointly responsible for customers’ infrastructure design which includes duct, fibre and power systems, backhaul, data centre colocation and audio systems.

Prior to joining Landways, over a 20-year period, Nathan has worked in various network infrastructure planning roles in the telecoms industry, including Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Geo Networks. Prior to joining Landways, Nathan held the position of Fixed Infrastructure Technical Planning Manager for Group at Liquid Telecom.

Nigel Morgan

Nigel Morgan

Solution Design Engineer

As a Solution Design Engineer, Nigel is responsible for customers’ infrastructure design, with a focus on Operational and Management design.

Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the communications and networking industry. He started his career within the rail industry working on telecommunications systems in an operational support role. His role became more network focused and this led to him joining a newly formed network management group. He moved to Reuters and continued to work in network management, which then became a part of Radianz, a joint venture between Reuters and Equant. Radianz was sold to BT in 2005. Nigel left in late 2007 to pursue a career in Music Composition. Needing a more family-friendly role, he re-trained as a teacher in 2010 and worked as a math specialist in a primary school for 7 years. Missing the challenges and buzz of working in a leading edge technology team, he joined Landways in the summer of 2018.

Nigel has a degree in Electronics and Music and a PGCE.

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Anastasia Tsampazoglou

Design Engineer

As a Design Engineer, Anastasia is jointly responsible for customers' infrastructure design, focusing on power generation, transformation, and distribution.

Prior to joining Landways, Anastasia worked as an electrical and telecoms engineer in the oil and gas industry. She has worked on the design and field engineering of large projects in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and India.

Anastasia holds a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Projects

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Euan Welsh

Head of Projects

As Head of Projects, Euan is responsible for the delivery of customers’ projects, from the initial kick-off meeting right through to commissioning and system handover. Euan leads a team dedicated to ensuring all projects are executed and controlled in line with the customer requirements, delivering on time with minimal disruption to the customers’ ongoing activities on site.

Euan holds various project qualifications across different frameworks from APM to Agile. Prior to joining Landways, Euan has held various Project and Programme level roles, in a wide variety of industries from the rail industry to telecoms, managing multiple projects and team members.

Office

Jade Love

Jade Love

Business Support Manager

As Business Support Manager, Jade supports research, marketing and communications efforts to help the sales team and wider business in their activities.

With over 10 years’ experience in multifaceted marketing, events and administrative roles and a flair for creativity, Jade's ability to visually articulate ideas and produce professional resources is appreciated by the team.

Jade holds a Bachelor in Tourism and has studied Prince 2 Project Management at both Foundation and Practitioner level.

Howard Holdings

Howard Holdings Limited is the parent company of
Landways Management Limited.

Board

Chris Smedley

Chris Smedley

Director

Chris is a founding Director of Howard Holdings.

Mike Ainger

Mike Ainger

Director

Mike is a founding Director of Howard Holdings.

John Siegel

Director

John is a founding Director of Howard Holdings.

John focuses on Internet Infrastructure and Enterprise IT Services investments. John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Contino, euNetworks, Landways, Lemongrass, New Signature, SummitIG, and TerraPact. John previously served on the boards of ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), GTS CE (acquired by Deutsche Telekom), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), FDN Communications (acquired by NuVox), Virtustream (acquired by EMC), Cologix (majority stake acquired by Stonepeak), Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture) and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO) and represented Columbia Capital’s interests in Mpower Communications (acquired by TelePacific). Before joining Columbia Capital, John worked in Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group, where he specialized in investments in the telecommunications/data services arena. He also held positions with Fidelity Ventures, the private equity division of Fidelity Investments, and the Investment Banking Division of Alex. Brown & Sons, Incorporated. John received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Evan DeCorte

Director

Evan is a founding Director of Howard Holdings.

Evan focuses on Broadband Infrastructure and Cloud/Enterprise IT Services. Evan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Landways and TerraPact. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Evan was the Head of Marketing and led the Voice Business for Roshan TDCA, Afghanistan’s largest telecommunications provider. Before joining Roshan, Evan was as an analyst with JPMorgan Chase’s foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives group in New York. Evan received his B.S. from The George Washington University, where he double majored in Economics and Political Science.