Serial investor and business founder, Chris had a pivotal role in the creation of Opencell. Now Chairman of the business, Chris plays a significant role in the strategic direction of the company.
“I say it often; Opencell is in the top five of my business investments. What they do is genuinely useful and the way they do it is unique. With such experienced and passionate people leading the business, I believe the future is very bright for Opencell.”
Seasoned telecoms and mobile industry expert, Nick has held senior commercial, operational and technical roles within the industry.
“I’ve worked in the telecoms industry for my whole career and it’s exciting to be a part of an industry disrupting solution and business. Working both with the operators and within Ofcom’s regulations we’re helping businesses connect anyone inside their building(s).”
With nearly 30 years experience in International technology businesses, and successive senior roles in specialist Telecoms organisations Mike was brought on board to boost Opencell's ability to service large and complex customers with very bespoke inbuilding mobile signal needs.
"Opencell has proven itself as a disruptive business and innovative mobile signal solution provider, my goal is to help them secure the reputation as the go-to provider in this market."
With years of telecoms operations and sales experience, Brendan knows the industry inside out. Brought on board by the founders as early as possible; Brendan has helped grow the business at an impressive rate.
“It can be really confusing for businesses and landlords trying to select the right mobile solution; something that is legal, multi-operator and affordable was the request from our clients. But it's both what we do and how we do it that is getting us noticed.”
Moving from Hungary to London, Martin jumped at the chance to use his five years of IT experience at Opencell.
"I'm very detail-orientated and a fast-moving start-up like Opencell really benefits from this approach. I enjoy bringing even further rigor to the many documents and reports the business must produce daily."
With over 18 years of telecoms network rollout experience, Dan has significant operator contacts and knowledge of both internal and external coverage solutions; from macrocells to femtocells including the recent licence exemption for repeaters.
“I was excited to join Opencell, having witnessed their disruption of the customer-funded mobile coverage industry. I am keen to enable businesses of all sizes to enjoy the operational benefits of having quality mobile coverage within their buildings; and to ensure that their own customers’ experience is heightened.”
Advisor to global mobile connectivity groups, former MD of MBNL and planning and deployment director of T-Mobile, Graham co-founded Opencell and is now the UK CEO of Digital Colony.
“Having worked in the Telecoms industry providing macro coverage, I realised that the only way to enable great, multi-operator, mobile signal indoors is by providing a solution within the building itself.”
With 30 years of experience in IT and telecoms, Darren spent 19 years in key management roles at Cisco Systems. He specialised in building channels and bringing new technologies to market, including Wi-Fi, date centre virtualisation, storage solutions, fibre channel switching, cloud management and optical and small cells.
“I see a future where mobile services in buildings are not an afterthought, but the backbone of other smart technology systems.”
With over 20 years of experience in corporate administration and finance, Diane most recently spent eight years in another telecoms business overseeing bids and proposals. She also spent just under a decade as an office manager, meaning she brings an important level of experience in general business acumen to Opencell.
"I love being able to use the diversity of my career experiences to the advantage of an ambitious and fast-moving start-up."
Starting out as telecoms engineer and software developer, John joined the Opencell team after seven years as a telecoms global services and project manager.
“I decided to join Opencell because I want to help build this innovative business and be a part of the future of mobile connectivity.”
An experienced B2B public relations and marketing consultant, Rachel was recommended to the Opencell directors to help them refine their brand and marcoms.
“Opencell is one of the rarest of all business types: a genuine industry first as well as fast-growing UK start-up. It’s brilliant to be part of a company with such a great story and ambition.”
For 20 years Richard has been a tech company leader. Senior in businesses like Ericsson and Marconi, Richard was inspired to spend a decade innovating in the in-building wireless sector.
“Stratto was the second telecoms start-up I helped set-up. Unbiquisys was ranked 12th in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 fastest growing companies in 2013. Shortly after, the business entered the Cisco family enabling us to connect even more people to in-building mobile signal. Partnering with Opencell is a no-brainer for us, the spirit of both businesses are the same and together we’re going to make sure that every indoors has network.”
Bringing 25 years’ experience of mobile networks including mobile network design and optimisation, product management and network architecture, George is a seasoned radio frequency engineer and product specialist. Holding senior roles at Nortel, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and Cable and Wireless (now Vodafone) George has also sat on the board of the Small Cell Forum, championing the adoption of small cell technology around the world.
“By focussing on security of our transport network, the technical integrity of our inbuilding RF designs and outstanding operational excellence in managing the network - we are the trusted partner in the in-building mobile environment, delivering a superior customer experience to all mobile users indoors.”
With a passion for all things mobile, Simon has thoroughly enjoyed his career to date having held a number of senior positions in leading mobile telecoms and technology companies as well as start-ups. He’s built a reputation for consistently bringing new mobile products and services to market with innovative, disruptive and scalable business models.
“Everyone should experience great mobile service. We’re proud to solve mobile coverage problems inside buildings for everyone, and with all mobile operators alike.”
An experienced and repeat technology entrepreneur, Julia helps Opencell reach out to businesses in need of indoor mobile signal. No stranger to award-winning and innovative technology solutions, Julia's experience in building a technical reputation and productive business relationships beyond the Telecoms industry is a huge asset.
"I love the world of wireless technologies and smart solutions that solve big problems. I couldn't resist the chance to be part of another in working with Opencell."
Founder of Stratto, Len has over 20 years of experience as a Telco exec and technology entrepreneur having a successful track record in launching start-ups and running strategic projects in top tier companies including Orange, Vodafone Group and BT.
“Having previously co-founded Ubiquisys, a pioneer in small cells, it became clear that the indoor mobile market was still ripe for disruption and bringing together an incredible team that could create a market leading service company is a wonderful opportunity.”
Long-time telecoms engineer and serial entrepreneur Paul instigated the initial business conversations between himself, Graham and Nick.
“I’m very proud of Opencell because I really believe in what we do, and I see first-hand how much our customer’s value it. Soon, no building will be complete without indoor mobile signal for everyone.”
After completing a Physics degree, Nathan was looking to pursue his interest in technology. He found this opportunity at Opencell, where he brings a keen instinct for problem solving to his role.
"Opencell offer me the chance to experience life in a fast-growing start-up, while constantly learning all about radio frequency and networking technologies - I'm really enjoying myself."