With over 200 combined years of Technology, Software, Business, Production, Sales and Marketing expertise across a broad range of business sectors, the team here at Convert have a lot of knowledge. We design and manufacture all our products, including software, in-house. Convert’s head office is in the heart of Derby, with our research and development facilities situated in the countryside of Newbury, Berkshire.
Martin BoddyManaging Director
Hi! I’m Martin, and I am the Managing Director and one of the founders of Convert Technologies. My main role here is to chart the strategic direction and positioning of the company as we continue to develop and grow into being one of the leaders and innovators in the home entertainment market. I believe in fostering an environment where we get the best out of every individual employee, and Convert Technologies is a place where people enjoy coming to work and aspire to great things. Combined with listening to our customers’ needs and requirements and implementing these through the use of latest technology, we will secure an exciting future!
Ian GrostateCommercial Director
Hi! I’m Ian, and I perform the role of Commercial Director, and have been involved since early 2014. I manage the UK sales team and investigate, qualify and appoint International Distributors of our Products and Services. We have built an excellent groundbreaking product, which we will continue to enhance and develop. Seeing and hearing is believing! I am also the resident Convert Technologies champion at Guess the Year, Artist and title track of singles in the 1980s – rather a focused area I grant you, but very powerful when I do my own version of a “Gracenote look-up!”
Gaynor BoothFinance Manager
Hi! I’m Gaynor, I am the Finance Manager and deal with all the accounts, looking after our Customers and Suppliers. Working closely with Bryan we manage the purchasing and expediting of components for the production of Plato. In my spare time I enjoy all sorts of music especially going to see live concerts of all sizes.
Peter EasonCustomer Experience Manager
Hi! I’m Pete.
I joined Convert in Jan 2015 and I’m here to ensure all of our retailers, distributors and end users have a fantastic experience when engaging with us. Yes, my team provide technical product support but for us, it’s more about doing whatever it takes to make the relationship work for everyone.
I can also be found tagging along, in support of our UK & international sales efforts, as well as making endless cups of pretentious tea for colleagues who don’t know where the kitchen is. Once had a recording deal and gigged a lot but that slipped through my fingers and now they call me ‘Pop Star Pete’…which, owing to the aforementioned, doesn’t quite work!
In my spare time I can be found whipping up a chicken vinda, hanging out with my three sons and following my wife around the shops looking for somewhere to sit down.
Lewis ChisnallNational Sales Manager
Hi! I’m Lewis, and I manage the sales across the north of the UK. I joined the team in June 2016, and haven’t looked back since. You will find I’m easy to work with, laid back and willing to help in any way I possibly can. Outside of work you will most probably find out and about with my family or on the golf course!
Ryan CollinsNorth UK & Midlands Sales Manager
Hi! Im Ryan, I joined Convert in March 2016 as the Senior Product Support Specialist. I am here to provide training and all round support to our Reference and Premium partners here in the UK and also to our international distribution partners. A massive Michael Jackson fan, you may find me attempting the moonwalk in the office. I enjoy attending live concerts and have shall we say a “well varied” taste in music.
Libby MayfieldMarketing Executive
Hi! I’m Libby, the latest addition to the marketing team, and I’ll be helping spread the word about Convert Technologies across our social media outlets. When I’m not searching record shops for limited edition vinyl, you’ll find me playing my guitar at gigs. Folk music is a big love for me, but I’m always open to new music suggestions.
Louisa BoddyMarketing Executive
Alan JefferyMechanical Design Manager
Hi i’m Alan, the Mechanical Design Manager here at Convert, My job is to design how our product range looks in physical hardware and metal. I have over 30 years’ experience in design and manufacturing, specialising in innovative, cost effective design of electronics packaging. My experience covers a broad spectrum of markets including automotive, medical, communications, consumer and computer industries. I use the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) techniques to help design components and assemblies in metal and plastics. I live locally to the Derby office, am keen motorcyclist and I really enjoy mountain biking as a method of keeping fit and healthy.
Bryan RossProduction Manager
Hello I am Bryan. I manage the Production team here at Convert and I have 40 years of industry experience and knowledge working within the manufacturing, engineering and service testing industry. I have undertaken some pivotal work within the telecommunications industry for Marconi Ericsson and Plessey. I attained HNC, ONC and OND qualifications in Electronics Engineering, Electronic communications and Telecomms. Therefore I have covered all of the facets of modern electronic testing and manufacturing. In my spare time I enjoy amongst other things, motor mechanics and motorcycling, as well as sampling the great local beers that are served near my home in Beeston, Nottingham, where I live with my partner and children.
Byron DrewProduction Assembly Technician
Hi I’m Byron and I joined the production team here at Convert back in October 2015, with over 15 years experience in electronics manufacture its my role to help build the impossible, bringing your Plato unit from bare PCB all the way to finished product.
I have a very varied taste in music that spans several genres and spend a lot of my spare time looking for new tracks to play on my internet radio show that I co-host with a friend, I am also a big movie fan and enjoy days out with my family.
Aleksander CelewiczSenior Technician
Hello! I’m Aleksander, and I’m a Senior Technician here at Convert. I joined the team back in July 2015, and have over 12 years’ experience servicing and repairing electronic equipment. My last place of work was Dixons KnowHow, working in the research and development team to fix electronics. I also helped find new repair solutions. Before that, I worked as part of family company that was providing internet connection and electronics services to over 300 customers.
If all this experience didn’t make me superb enough for Convert, working with electronics is also a big hobby of mine – I know a lot of its secrets!
When I’m not tinkering with electronics, I love a good action or sci-fi movie.
I’m also a professional pole dancer, a certified moon walker, and king of the golden dance floor in the year 2000 – but I didn’t tell you that.
Andrew RandallTechnical Director
Hi! I’m a Salford graduate, and an engineer with over 25 years of hardware and software development experience. Now I’m one of the minds behind the Plato design, and work as the Technical Director here at Convert. I’m also a proud family man from Berkshire where I live with my much loved family and pets.
Dave BelcherDevelopment Director
Hello, I’m Dave, Development Director and one of the founders of Convert Technologies. My main role is to ensure everything runs smoothly in all aspects of product development from conception and design, through to implementation and production. My background is in software, and I still like to get my hands dirty on the coding keyboard from time to time.
You may also see me at shows and press events enthusing about our products and generally showing off to anyone who will listen. I am passionate about just about all music ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Andy MaximPrincipal Software Engineer
Alastair BryersSoftware Director
Paul SandersSenior Hardware Engineer
Hi! I’m Paul, and I joined Convert as a Senior Hardware Engineer in July 2015. I am based in the Newbury office and provide hardware support for the Technical Director (Andy R). Since joining I have been involved with the build, development and testing of prototype Printed Circuit boards and assemblies. I also generate technical documentation to support product type approval and production build standards. The role requires close liaison with the Mechanical, Software and Production departments.