Executive Team

Alistair Massarella, Executive Chairman

Alistair co-founded CRFS in 2007. Previously, Alistair co-founded the radio telecoms company Adaptive Broadband Limited in 1997 which was sold to California Microwave (now Adaptive Broadband Corporation) in 1998. Alistair then co-founded Cambridge Broadband Limited in 2000. Alistair has a PhD in telecommunications engineering from British Telecom Research laboratories and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Nick Balon, General Manager

Nick is responsible for the day-to-day running of CRFS. Previously he was General Manager at Xennia which he helped propel into a leading industrial inkjet company and which was acquired by TenCate Plc in 2008. Prior to Xennia, Nick held senior management positions in the chemical industry at ICI and Ineos. He is an active angel investor and mentor. Nick has a BA from Oxford, MA from Yale and was a Fox Overseas Fellow at Moscow State University.

Stewart Hyde, Chief Scientist

Stewart was a founder employee of CRFS. He has been 25 years in the telecoms industry and was previously principal radio design engineer at Adaptive Broadband and Cambridge Broadband. He has expertise in the design and manufacture of wireless broadband equipment, signal processing design, antenna array design and object-oriented software design for broadband radio systems. Stewart has a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Aston University and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Steve Williamson, VP Operations

Steve brings over 20 years of experience and was previously Principal Engineer at Cambridge Consultants and Anritsu and Senior Technical Consultant at Plextek. He has an excellent track record of taking RF projects from initial design through to manufactured products. He has contributed many technical papers and articles and has written and presented a number of courses on PCB, RF circuit and synthesiser design. Steve has a BEng in Electronic Engineering from Southampton University.

Tony Martin, VP Engineering

Tony has 30 years' experience of running projects and leading engineering design teams across a range of wireless and network technologies and electronic warfare, with broad expertise across hardware and software development. He previously held senior roles at Cellnovo, Alcatel Lucent, AT&T and Siemens Defence Systems. Tony served in the Royal Navy where he trained in Signals and Comms and studied Electrical/ Electronics Engineering and he has an M.Sc. in Signal Processing from Portsmouth University.

Jon Bradley, VP International Sales

Jon brings over 20 years of international sales experience in telecoms and previously led EMEA and Asia Pacific sales at EXFO where he helped grow the company into a major industry force. His approach is driven by understanding the detailed needs of customers and defining solutions that meet and exceed their expectations. Jon has a PhD from Northumbria University and a BSc from Durham University.

Marty Mosier, General Manager, CRFS Inc.

Marty heads up CRFS's US operation. He has over 25 years of experience including senior positions in the development of electronic warfare systems, unmanned aerial systems and satellite launch vehicles. Most recently Marty was Site Manager for X-COM Systems, a manufacturer of RF signal recording equipment. Marty has a Master of Science in Management from University of Southern California and BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He is also a qualified airline pilot.

James Barlow, Chief Financial Officer

James is a Chartered Accountant and joined CRFS in 2011 as Finance Director. He qualified with Grant Thornton and was seconded to Australia for 2 years. He has over 15 years of experience as FD in fast growing technology companies.

Non-Executive Team

David Cleevely CBE, Non-Executive Director

David co-founded CRFS in 2007. Previously, he was the founder and Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys which was acquired by Datatec International in 2004. In 1998, he co-founded Abcam and was Chairman until November 2009. In 2004 he co-founded the 3G femto base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in 2007. He was previously a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. He is Chairman of Raspberry Pi, Founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.

Robert Sansom, Non-Executive Director

Robert Sansom is an active angel investor and mentor to start-up businesses in the UK and US. He is a member of the board of directors or advisor to: Arachnys Ltd, Audio Analytic Ltd, CCS Ltd (Chairman), CRFS Ltd, Featurespace, Ltd, Netronome, Inc. (Chairman) and Ubisense Plc.  He is also a Trustee of Camfed and the Founder of the Cambridge Angels, a group of seasoned technology and bio-technology entrepreneurs who invest in and mentor technology start-ups. Prior to becoming an angel investor, he co-founded FORE Systems, a leading developer of high-speed data networks. FORE was founded in 1990, went public on NASDAQ in 1994, grew to more than 2000 employees and was sold to Marconi in 1999.

Peter Harverson, Non-Executive Director

Peter has held a number of senior international sales and marketing roles in the IT industry. These included Regional Director, Intel Corporation, Vice President Europe, Cadence Design Systems and Director at Sun Microsystems responsible for the development of the company’s European Corporate Accounts programme. Later he became Director of Services - Sun EMEA with the charter to develop new areas of business, including professional services. Peter retired from Sun Microsystems in December 2005. Previously he was also Non-Executive Chairman with Aspex Semiconductor Holdings – sold to Ericsson AB in July 2010. Currently he is also Vice Chairman to Ubisense Group Plc, Senior Non-Executive to Brady Plc, Non-Executive Chairman to enModus Ltd and eoSemi Ltd.

Tom McGuire, Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

Tom is a partner at Taylor Vinters LLP. His first degree was in cybernetics and control engineering and he worked as an automation engineer for Mars for a number of years before turning to a legal career. Tom’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property, corporate and commercial advice for technology growth companies. His industry background gives him a strong commercial slant in his advice and he is considered by many clients as their “in house lawyer”. He is company secretary for over 40 technology companies.