Board of Directors

Gareth Jones


(Appointed Chairman in January 2015. Previously appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2003)

Gareth has an honours degree in Physics from Imperial College and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He joined Gooch & Housego in 1978 and was instrumental in the development of new products and capabilities that helped transform the business from a craft-based optical engineering company into today’s global technology business.

Gareth became Technical Director in 1985 and Managing Director in 1995. In 1997 he was a member of the team that led Gooch & Housego’s IPO on the Alternative Investment Market and in 2000 he became a Partner in a leading UK venture capital firm.

He re-joined Gooch & Housego PLC as Chief Executive in 2003.

Gareth is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees of the Gooch & Housego Board.

Mark Webster

Chief Executive Officer

(Appointed January 2015)

Mark was previously Chief Executive Officer of Bio Products Laboratory Ltd. He has extensive executive experience and has held a number of senior leadership roles, such as Senior Vice President, Bayer Healthcare AG, Head of Global Strategic Marketing and M&A/Business Development, Shire Pharmaceuticals Group PLC and Vice President, Abbott Laboratories Inc.

Mark was a Non- Executive Director at Gooch and Housego PLC before becoming an Executive Officer. He has also been a Non- Executive Director at Abcam PLC.

Mark holds an honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Durham.

Mark is a member of the Nomination Committee of the Gooch & Housego Board.

Andrew Boteler

Chief Financial Officer

(Appointed 2009)

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Ernst & Young and qualified in 1993. He has an honours degree from Exeter University.

In 2002 Andrew was part of the team that bought out the US telecommunications components group JDSU’s UK fiber optics business, to establish SIFAM Fiber Optics Ltd. There, he held the position of Finance Director until the company was acquired by Gooch & Housego in May 2007.

Prior to this, Andrew held several positions in industry as a Financial Controller before becoming the senior Finance Officer in the UK for JDSU. Between 2007 and 2009 Andrew held the positions of Head of Finance EMEA and Acting Chief Financial Officer for Gooch & Housego, before joining the Board in August 2009.

Alex Warnock

Chief Operating Officer

(Appointed November 2014)

Alex Warnock is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology and Institute of Directors. Prior to joining Gooch & Housego PLC, Alex held senior positions at Optos PLC, most recently Chief Operating Officer. He has also worked in senior roles at Johnson & Johnson and Pace Micro Technology Inc. Alex has an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  He has lived and worked in the USA and Germany.

Dr Peter Bordui

Non-executive director

(Appointed February 2012)

Peter Bordui has twenty five years experience in the photonics industry in senior leadership roles with Bookham, NewFocus, JDSU and Crystal Technology (at the time a subsidiary of Siemens) and has held a number of additional non-exective director roles.  He is also a governing trustee of a private charitable foundation and a director of the non-profit organisation American Citizens Abroad.

Peter has bachelors, masters and PhD degrees from MIT.

Peter is the Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees of the Gooch & Housego Board.

Brian Phillipson

Non-executive director

(Appointed September 2015)

Brian has extensive experience of the Aerospace & Defence industry in both Strategic and Operational roles across a range of locations.  Previously he held a number of senior roles within BAe Systems PLC, including Group Managing Director, Major Programme Assurance, Group Managing Director Sea Systems, and was Chief Operating Officer of Eurofighter GmbH, based in Munich.

Brian holds an MA (Hons) in Engineering from Cambridge University.

Brian is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees of the Gooch & Housego Board.

David Bauernfeind

Non-executive director

(Appointed May 2017)

David is Chief Financial Officer of Connect Group PLC, a specialist distribution company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to his current role, David was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Xchanging PLC, a position he held from 2011 until its takeover and delisting in 2016. David was also a director of Xchanging Solutions Limited (formerly Cambridge Solutions Limited), a subsidiary of Xchanging PLC with a dual listing on the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange.  Before joining Xchanging in 2001, David held management roles in BAE Systems PLC and Johnson Matthey PLC.

David is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees of the Gooch & Housego Board.