Steve Edwards
Founder & CEO

Steve has a 1st Class honors degree in Electronics from Reading University. He started his career with AB Electronics and then moved to Mitel Semiconductor. Here he was quickly promoted from Senior Engineer to Product Development Manager and then Head of R&D, where Steve ran Mitel’s team of over 20 design, product and test engineers.

Steve was instrumental in starting Silvertel with 2 Mitel colleagues when he recognized an opportunity to develop high quality, low cost electronic modules for the worldwide telecoms industry. Steve has been the key figure in driving Silvertel’s growth over the last 2 decades.

His excellent grasp of international business and finance has seen him direct the company to its current position as a significant exporter. Steve has set the operating standards on which the company was founded and still operates.

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Chris Binnie
Sales & Marketing Director

Chris has a degree in Electronics from Swansea University. He started as a project engineer with EADS before moving into product marketing with Mitel Semiconductor. Chris joined Silvertel in 1999 to head the marketing department and was responsible for much of the company’s early sales success particularly in the USA. In 2012 Chris relocated to the USA, becoming Sales Director to eastern and central North America for Silvertel’s US distributor. Chris returned to the UK in 2016 and has been Head of Sales at ASL and recently Director of Distribution Sales, EMEA for Rochester Electronics, a major US corporation.

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Mike Lewis
Sales & Marketing Director

With a HND in Electronics, Mike has over 30 years of product development experience, notably occupying both technical and commercial management roles at Mitel Semiconductor (now Microsemi). Mike had previously played a key role in developing Mitel’s Telecom Module product line before moving into technical management within the Network Timing & Synchronisation business unit. More recently he was Technical Director for a German-owned company developing electrical heating and cooling products for a wide variety of industrial applications.

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Operational Management Team

Ian Richards
Design Manager

HNC Electronics, 27 years’ experience at Hitachi and Thomson Digital TV design centre. Ian joined Silvertel in 2006 and is an expert in power design which includes digital programming of microprocessors as well as analog electronics and RF. As well as heading up the design team Ian is the company’s lead designer and is responsible for a significant proportion of our PoE product range. Ian also ensures his team provides first class applications support to our customers.

Andrew Pugh
Quality Manager

BTEC plus City & Guilds in Engineering. Andrew has been Silvertel’s Quality Manager for the last 11 years. Andrew has extensive manufacturing and quality engineering experience with Thomson Broadband, Grundig and Race Electronics. Andrew has been instrumental in implementing and enforcing most of Silvertel’s quality systems and controls. This has resulted in exceptionally low customer returns down at ppm levels

Phil Howells
Test Manager

Phil has a HNC in Electronics and 30+ years experience with Plessey, Marconi, Ascom, Mitel and Thomson. He joined Silvertel in 2006 and he is an expert in software such as C++, Visual Basic and PICC. He is also very experienced in microprocessor design and he uses these skills to design and develop the test equipment that is used by our subcontractors to test, characterise and verify our products.

Emma Jones
Finance and Operations Manager

Degree in English from Swansea University plus ONC in Business Administration. Emma is the company’s longest serving employee, joining 19 years ago. Previously she was a buyer in Quantum Electronics. She heads up our team of 3 customer service staff who book and schedule all customer orders. She is also responsible for placing and scheduling all our production orders on our subcontractors. Emma is the company’s Financial Controller having been mentored by our ex-FD, Reg Hill, who is now retired.