Our management team
Prof. Adam Beaumont -
Founder and Chairman
As a consistent innovator and technologist with a strong cyber security background, Professor Adam Beaumont is the Founder and Chairman of trusted communications specialist, aql and CEO of Isle of Man based telecommunications company, BlueWave. He is also the driving force behind establishing both IXLeeds, a fully independent internet exchange outside London and the Isle of Man’s first and only internet exchange, ManxIX. An active angel investor, Adam founded not-for-profit investment platform, NorthInvest which propels co-investment in tech start-ups across the North of the UK.
Adam started his communications career in secure mobile networking for an agency of the MoD. His passion for future technology and its positive impact on the economy and society was recognised by the Maserati 100 to which he became a member in 2019. He is also an ex-lecturer at the University of Leeds and supports its students through an awards scheme to promote the next generation scientists and technologists, The Beaumont Awards and offers scholarships for underprivileged students.
As a devoted environmentalist, he is a Trustee of the Eden Project and non-executive board director of Eden Project International Ltd (EPIL). Adam is also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia championing trade and close relations with the UK.
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG -
Our work in building “Trust Technology” around data provenance and integrity has led to us appointing Baroness Pauline Neville Jones as a Non Executive Director. Her breadth of experience will serve us well as we navigate this exciting growth area.
Baroness Neville Jones is a Conservative Life peer who has sat under this title in the Lords since 15 October 2007. Until April 2019 Pauline was a Council Member for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. She is a board member for the Cyclotron Trust (particle therapy research) and a Chairman of Advisory Board, Cyber Security Challenge.
Her experience within the field of science and technology have taken Pauline overseas to build and reinforce interational relationships in the field. She undertook a visit to Iceland in September 2019, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions, for meetings and briefings with the government of Iceland, and other stakeholders, with a focus on climate change.
About Shelley Langan-Newton -
Senior Vice President (SVP) Group Operations
As the SVP - Group Operations, Shelley manages the day-to-day functions of the aql group of companies using her guidance, supervision and leadership skills. Her role also involves the senior management of aql group company BlueWave, where she is Managing Director. Shelley successfully steered BlueWave’s growth to become a fully licensed telecommunications operator on the Isle of Man, regulated by the Isle of Man Communications Commission and Ofcom, along with gaining full GSMA member status. She is also a founding director of the Isle of Man’s only Internet Exchange, ManxIX.
With a strong background working in the telecoms industry in the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom before moving to the international blue chip, SES Satellites, Shelley spent time working across the continent in Luxembourg, The Netherlands, France and Spain.
Shelley is passionate about supporting the local community, she is a member of the Advisory Board for Career Ready Isle of Man, is a Junior Achievement Company Programme Mentor and sits on the Chamber of Commerce Digital Committee.
Bill Brigden -
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
With over 22 years of experience, Bill has worked across various senior developer and infrastructure roles within the Internet service provider (ISP) and telecommunications industry. As aql’s CTO, Bill takes ownership of the company's strategic technical direction with the managerial responsibility of the development, datacentre and technical teams.
Bill leads the maintenance, progression and creation of aql’s messaging, voice and hosting services, plus is instrumental in building the company’s 5G capabilities.
Previous roles have seen him focus on a variety of technologies and platforms including ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) implementations, Commercial/Wholesale experience of SIP / VoIP platforms and voice termination, Private/Bespoke Cloud infrastructure and MNO interconnects (SMS/Data).
Outside of work, Bill is an avid fan of photography, embedded electronics and spending time with his wife, twin girls and two golden retrievers.
Dr John Mama -
Chief Scientific Officer
John is responsible, alongside our Chief Technical Officer, for ensuring we follow logical research rigour around our extensive programme of R&D. He is also responsible for providing an oversight into our environmental credentials and driving to minimise our impact and to create net-positive outcomes for our company both locally and globally, including our initiatives to donate waste datacentre heat to the region to reduce fuel poverty.
An alumnus of Leeds University, he trained as a Chemist and has worked in a hugely diverse skill set spanning dyes and pigments, ink-jet printing, cancer research, lasers and cosmetics.
John tries to challenge the accepted wisdom and can be heard constantly asking the question ‘why?’
When not challenging the world with “why”, John enjoys winning pub quizzes (sometimes), pottery, reading books, watching movies, playing video games and being a general all round geek.
Marcus Patrick -
Chief Financial Officer
Marcus heads up our finance team and is responsible for ensuring the integrity and development of all of our financial operations. Marcus started his career in telecoms gaining experience across key financial and commercial disciplines and since then has worked in senior roles with management teams and stakeholders (including private equity) in a number of successful technology businesses in the North. He is keen to see finance take a strong leadership role and is passionate about delivering results, customer service and driving change.
When not at work, Marcus enjoys spending time with friends and family and is also a keen sailor, regularly competing on the Yorkshire coast.
Andy Brown -
VP 5G Delivery & Service Management
Andy heads up aql’s team of Service Managers and Project Managers that make the company’s 5G projects happen. Whilst service management is at the core, his responsibilities spread across key account management, project management, contract management and regulatory responsibilities. As part of Andy’s role, he is the key contact for aql’s 5G partners, helping them with frameworks and contracts to understand their needs.
With a strong background in customer relations and support, Andy makes sure aql is providing the correct solutions and services to match the needs of each project. He also spends a large portion of time working with aql’s Technical and Development teams to ensure any requirements can be managed and fulfilled in a timely fashion and issues are handled swiftly.
When not driving aql 5G projects, Andy enjoys a spot of photography, astronomy, astrophotography, cycling and motorsport.
Steven Webster -
VP Business Development & Support
As our Head of Business Development & Support, Steven leads aql’s team of Account Managers and support staff to deliver the company’s exceptional customer service and experience. He is responsible for developing, delivering and measuring a high-performing business development strategy that keeps aql ahead of the communications game.
Prior to joining aql, Steven successfully managed the Customer Experience Team at a technical services company providing 24/7/365 assistance for their IT support, managed services Internet of Things (IoT) and software development customers.
Away from work Steven likes to play golf (badly).
Gill Brabham –
VP HR & Business Services
Gill has operational and strategic responsibility for our people and business support functions. Prior to joining aql in July 2018, Gill’s career had been spent in fashion and media, in a variety of HR and journalistic roles across exhibitions, trade and consumer publishing.
Gill is passionate about the transformational role HR can play in business, and works closely with the other members of the SLT to ensure aql is able to achieve its strategic aspirations through attracting, developing and retaining great people.