Directors' biographies

Tony Rowe OBE

Tony Rowe - Chief executive and chairman

Chief executive and chairman

Tony left school at the age of 15 and joined the Royal Marines Band as a drummer and bugler. Made redundant from the Royal Marines in 1973, he started a company selling and repairing powerboat engines. He went on to race powerboats successfully becoming the...

Harry Langley

Harry Langley

Managing director

Harry Langley joined swcomms as commercial director in 2000 before becoming managing director in 2006.

Before joining swcomms, Harry spent 10 years gaining a variety of commercial experience in banking, plant hire and quarrying.

The father-of-three completed an MBA in...

Sarah Flowers

Sales director

Sarah joined swcomms in 1986 after graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in human physiology. She started out as a trainee sales executive rising to field sales manager in 1988. She then became a non-executive director before becoming a shareholding director...

Brian Lodge

Brian Lodge - Group engineering director

Group engineering director

Brian actually qualified as a yacht builder and subsequently met Tony Rowe through the latter's powerboat engine business. Training initially in London on the first telephone systems released under BT's liberalisation in 1983, he then went on to become an...

Sarah Tadd

Sarah Tadd - Finance director

Finance director

Sarah joined swcomms in 2005 as group accountant before becoming finance director in 2009.

After graduating from Stirling University with a degree in economics in 1983, Sarah worked as an economist and an outdoor sports leader before moving to Devon when she married her...

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle - Director of general operations

Director of general operations

Sean joined swcomms in 1995 at 21 years of age while juggling a semi-professional career playing rugby for Exeter Chiefs.

The father-of-three made more than 100 appearances for Exeter, and had represented the Devon senior team and South West U21s before a...

John Holdstock

John Holdstock - Director of ICT

Director of ICT

John left Exeter College at 18 and embarked on a career working with various networking contractors in the South East and the City before spending a year travelling in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The father-of-one returned to Exeter to working for local...