Management team

Mark Plato, Former CEO

Mark Plato, who served as telent’s CEO from its formation in January 2006, was integral to the creation of telent and led the company to great success.

Establishing telent as an organisation with strong and capable management teams in each business unit and function, Mark was a hugely respected and much-liked individual, both within telent and the wider telecoms and transport industries.

Mark also served on the company’s Board of Directors, to which he was appointed in September 2006. His appointment to CEO followed a series of successful appointments elsewhere in the business. He joined Marconi in November 1995 as Managing Director of the Services business, which he grew successfully.

In January 2001, Mark was appointed Managing Director of the Enterprise Networks business within the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Here, he took the lead on strategy development and delivery for another new business.

In September 2002, Mark became successively Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Group’s Value Added Services Division. This division addressed the needs of European Enterprise customers through a full portfolio of telecoms network outsourcing maintenance and new build turnkey projects.

Earlier in his career, Mark held several senior leadership roles in service-related businesses with London Underground.

It was with great sadness that telent announced the death of Mark in September 2019. As both a remarkable CEO and a great friend, Mark’s legacy will continue to be felt by telent and everyone who works there.

Frank McKay, Chief Executive Officer

Frank McKay served as a Non-Executive Director of telent since 2011 and moved into the role of CEO in September 2019.

Frank has a wealth of experience having worked all over the world for Rockwell and been CEO of Travis Perkins and Brakes.

John Kimpton, Finance Director

John was appointed Finance Director of telent Technology Services Ltd in February 2006. He joined Marconi in 2001 as Financial Director for the Group’s Value Added Services division which delivered telecoms network services and projects to European Enterprise customers.

John started his career as a trainee account with GEC in 1991 and qualified as a Charted Management Accountant in 1994. He worked in various finance roles within GEC’s Defence business gaining a breadth of experience in finance and operations. Latterly he was a Divisional Controller for Alenia Marconi prior to joining Marconi.

Jo Gretton, Head of Legal & Commercial

Jo was appointed as Head of Legal and Commercial in 2010 and is responsible for telent’s Commercial, QEHS, Legal and Company Secretarial functions.

Jo practised as a barrister before joining Marconi in 2000. Jo worked in various commercial and legal roles and was Head of Legal for AsiaPac and the Americas before becoming telent’s General Counsel on its formation in 2006.

Steve Dalton, Managing Director, Transport

Steve is the Managing Director for Transport and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans, leading major operational organisations, delivering turn-key programmes, driving operational improvement and developing customer relationships and strategy.

Over a wide and varied career spanning 34 years at GEC/Marconi JCB and telent, Steve has gained considerable experience in Operations, Projects, Services Business and Engineering. Before his role as MD for Transport, Steve held several other senior positions in telent including Director and General Manager for the telent Metro business and MD for Network Services which has allowed him to develop a breadth of knowledge across the company. Steve also holds an MBA from the Open University.

Peter Moir, Managing Director, Network Services

Peter was appointed Managing Director of telent’s Network Services business in April 2016. This role is responsible for the management of telent’s Service Provider, Public Safety, Defence, Enterprise and Ireland businesses.

Peter started his career in the rail industry, working in a technical support office, after graduating from Aberdeen University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Due to the privatisation of British Rail he worked for a number of companies before spending over 10 years at Jarvis. During this time he progressed through various engineering, delivery, project and business management roles.

In 2010 Peter joined telent, working within the project management group in the Rail business, before progressing to General Manager, Operations. He then moved to work within the Carilliontelent Joint Venture for two years, latterly as Operations Director, before taking up his current role.

Chris Metcalfe, Managing Director, NRTS

Chris became Managing Director of telent’s NRTS business following the award by Highways England of the contract for the operation and management of NRTS (National Road Telecommunications Services) in December 2017. NRTS is a critical component of national infrastructure supporting the country’s 4,400 mile strategic road network. Prior to this, Chris was Managing Director of telent’s Technology Solutions business from November 2011, and was responsible for all business activities in the Traffic, Public Safety and Defence sectors, and Ireland.

Chris joined Marconi Corporation in 1998 as VP of Strategy to drive organic and inorganic growth.
This role extended into telent Technology Services Ltd in 2006 where he also joined the management board of directors.

Chris has a background in Management Systems, Organisational Analysis and IT Management and he holds an MBA from London Business School.

Ric Welsby, Managing Director, Infrastructure Services

Ric Welsby is the Managing Director for Infrastructure Services at telent. Since taking the position in April 2018, Ric has been responsible building and maintaining our customers’ access networks - everything between the telephone exchange and customer premises.

Ric’s journey with telent spans more than two decades, since September 1998, when he joined as an apprentice software engineer. Between then and 2003 Ric worked in the technology support department before moving into operations, working on several independent network projects.

In 2017, Ric became National Service Director for what is now telent Infrastructure Services Which deploys networks on behalf of several customers including Openreach, Gigaclear and Virgin Media.

Janice Meade, HR Director

Janice was appointed to the role of HR Director in 2009 and is responsible for providing both HR and Internal Communications services across the business.

Having graduated, she started her career in recruitment administration for London Transport, before it became part of Transport for London. Gaining a wide range of HR experience she was promoted through operational, engineering and corporate departments of London Transport including London Underground.

Janice joined Marconi in 2000 and worked in various HR roles across different business units before taking up the Director role in telent.

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