Board of Directors
Nigel joined the board of Sondrel in 2011. He has 30 years of international Board level experience acting for businesses in both an executive and non-executive capacity. He has held Board level positions in businesses of varying sizes, including UK plcs and US multinationals, and he also built an early-stage business, Sifam Limited, that was sold for US$100 million after 7 years.
He most recently acted as non-executive director of Quantex-Arc Limited between 2018 and 2021. In addition to founding and owning a management consulting business, Vaughan Management Solutions Limited, Nigel currently also acts as Chairman to the Global Advisory Board of the Walsn Group.
Graham founded Sondrel in 2002 after identifying a gap in the market for an international company specialising in complex digital IC design.
Prior to establishing Sondrel, Graham graduated in Electronic Engineering from Leeds University and worked in both ASIC design and manufacturing before joining electronic design automation (“EDA”) company, Avant! Corporation. There, he managed the technical and marketing teams across EMEA, supporting products across the whole range of IC design.
In 2010, Graham accompanied the UK prime minster at the time, David Cameron, in his business delegation to China. He also acted as a non-executive director for the China-Britain Business Council between 2011 and 2017.
Adrian has more than 35 years of board experience across listed, AIM, private equity, venture backed and private businesses, primarily in the technology, legal and educational service sectors. Adrian acted as CEO for three companies over a 17 year period, prior to which he was a finance director, venture capitalist and Chartered Accountant. He most recently acted as Executive Chairman for AIM listed Melorio plc before being appointed as a non-executive director until it was bought by Pearson plc in June 2010.
Adrian has had significant additional non-executive experience, including acting as a non-executive director for Impellam Group and, more recently, Oxford Metrics plc, both quoted on AIM. He currently acts as a non-executive director for Blacktrace Holdings Limited.
Sherry is currently Mastercard’s Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Affairs. A Canadian and British national, Sherry joined Mastercard from the London Stock Exchange Group where she held the position of Chief Industry & Government Affairs Officer. She has also worked for the City of London Corporation where she was Economic Ambassador and Special Advisor to Asia, and also acted as a Minister-Counsellor at the British Embassy in Beijing, responsible for promoting trade and investment between the UK and China.
Recognised as an expert on green and sustainable finance as well as on data policy, Sherry continues to hold the role of Chair of the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance, a global alliance dedicated to working with the financial industry to use data to build a sustainable future.
Gordon currently acts as a Senior Advisor to management consultancy firm, McKinsey & Company, having previously acted as Chairman of its Asia division. Gordon also sits on the boards of Chinese multinational technology company, Lenovo Group Limited, and conglomerate, Swire Pacific Limited. In addition, he works with the CEO’s of a number of China’s globalising companies, is an advisor to Oxford University and Harvard Business School in Asia and is a Board Member of the China Britain Business Council.
Gordon spent the majority of his career at McKinsey & Company having joined in 1986. He opened McKinsey’s Beijing office in the early 1990s and led its Greater China practice for many years and McKinsey Asia between 2009 and 2014. Gordon was on McKinsey’s global board of directors between 2003 and 2015 with responsibilities for Asia, Governance and Risk, before retiring from the firm.
Senior Management Team
As Chief Operating Officer, Anthony plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of every aspect of Sondrel’s operations around the world. His considerable people and organisational skills come from being the CEO at Refeyn where he was prior to joining Sondrel in 2023. Before that he was VP Asia Pacific for Teledyne Technologies
He has a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering from City, University of London and a Masters in Business Administration from Imperial College London.
Nick Stone is a highly experienced CFO with a strong track record, built over 25 years, successfully leading a variety of finance roles with particular capital markets expertise.
Most recently Nick was CFO of Braemar plc from 2019 to 2023. His other previous roles include CFO of The Appointment Group Ltd, Interim CFO of Crown Agents Ltd, and CFO roles at Hornby plc and KBC Advanced Technologies plc.
Ollie is a highly driven, commercially astute senior leader with 20+ years Commercial and Business Development experience across Technology and Engineering sectors.
Ollie has worked extensively across Europe, North America and Asia and has held a variety of commercial leadership roles in FTSE 100, private equity owned and start-up companies.
Most recently Ollie was Chief Commercial Officer for an EV battery start up where he led the acquisition of new customer partnerships with some of the world's leading car brands.
Prior to that, roles held include VP Commercial and Business Development for a market leading global automotive engineering firm with responsibility for driving the sales growth of its electrification business unit, and VP Customer Business Group where he was responsible for leading multiple large and complex key accounts across Europe and Asia with over $1bn cumulative revenues.
Ollie holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College London
Ed is an engineer by training, a leader and manager of projects by practice, and a solver of problems by choice. He has over 25 years’ experience in systems delivery and professional equipment design and is experienced in hardware, ASIC, FPGA, and embedded software design for fields as diverse as broadcast, digital video compression, IP/telecomms, and highway traffic systems.
He has a First-Class Honours Degree in Communications and Control Engineering from UMIST. Prior to Sondrel, he worked in senior roles including at Ericsson Television as Head of Hardware Design and Delivery, Clearview Traffic as Head of Engineering, and Principal Architect/Engineering Group Manager at Tandberg Television.
Gareth heads up Sondrel’s turnkey ASIC services. He joined from TSMC where he was director of Marketing for EMEA and he has over 25 years of experience in both ASIC and foundry services. He has global experience across EMEA, USA, Taiwan and China having spent significant time in those regions establishing and developing direct sales.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol.
Hilary is an experienced Director of Business Operations with a long history of working in the semiconductors industry across China, Morocco, India and Europe, gained from working at Sondrel since 2008. She is adept at working with SMEs and within a fast-paced growing business environment. Hilary has strong skills within the selection, training and development of the staff and their wellbeing on a global scale. She is experienced at working closely with business trade organisations in these regions.
Hilary has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Bournemouth University.