Chairman and founder Andrew HardingAndrew Harding is a successful businessman with experience in forming and operating high technology companies. He co-founded Stratos Ltd UK that was later sold to ICI plc.
He was also the co-founder of Mikon Ltd, later sold to the NASDAQ listed US corporation Methode Electronics. Both companies were active in the fibre optics component market.
He has global management experience in technology companies, cross-border joint ventures. Corporate turn-around and M&A.
CEO, Director and founder Richard DurrantRichard Durrant has more than 23 years experience in the Fiber Optics market with 10 patent assignments, 3 pending and was a co-founder of Mikon Ltd the successful UK start-up sold to the NASDAQ listed US corporation Methode Electronics in 1993.
His career began in engineering, moving to Sales and Marketing, to General Management and in recent years to the role of Executive Vice President of Stratos International, a daughter company of Emerson Corporation. (NASDAQ EMR.)
CMO/CTO, Director and founder Igor StouklovDr. Igor Stouklov has many advanced degrees in Physics, Optics and Engineering from world best technical schools and over 25 years of experience in Optics, Lasers and Fiber Optics. He has worked with 4 start-ups and two public companies, with experience that has included engineering, technical, marketing/sales and general management of large cross-functional teams. Before AFP, Igor had been a founder with 2 high-tech companies, one in Russia and one in the USA. He has numerous patents to his name in optics and fiber optics.
Ian Radford - Non Exec.Ian Radford is an economics graduate and Chartered Accountant with many years experience advising companies in the electronics and biotech industries.
He advised on the start up of Stratos Ltd UK and remained as Company Secretary until its recent sale. He also advised and was a founding shareholder in Mikon Ltd.
He has lengthy and continuing experience advising multi-national technology companies on their UK operations.
Dr. David Simpson – Non Exec.David Simpson has served as a director since October 2007. Professor Simpson served as a director of Bookham Technology plc from March 1995 to June 2004.
Professor Simpson became the Vice Chairman of Bookham Technology PLC's board of directors in August 2000 and, before assuming that position, served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Bookham Technology plc. Prior to joining Bookham Technology plc, Professor Simpson was employed by the Gould Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic equipment and components, in Chicago, Illinois, from 1976 to 1986, serving as its President from 1980 to 1986, when he retired. He was also a CEO and a founder of Hewlett-Packard, Europe.
Professor Simpson also served as Chairman of Mikon Ltd in 1989, that was the founding company of AFP company. He serves as the Chairman of several privately-held companies, including, Environcom Ltd, Conjunct Ltd, Freelight Ltd and MIMIV Ltd. In 1992, the Queen awarded Professor Simpson the Commander of British Empire (CBE) for services to the electronics industry.
Professor Simpson has received honorary doctorates in Science and Technology from Heriot Watt, Abertay and Napier Universities in Scotland, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.