New ESTnet board to further the Welsh tech industry’s future

ESTnet, the official technology network for Wales, has appointed several new board members in a bid to accelerate growth in the country’s constantly evolving tech ecosystem.

Christian Coates, managing director of software house and technology consultancy Method4 Ltd, will join IQE corporate systems manager Chris Meadows as co-chair of the ESTnet.

Speaking on his appointment, Coates said: “With our technology industry experiencing major growth and being fundamental to the Welsh economy, this is an extremely exciting time to be taking on the role of co-Chair for the ESTnet.

“We have a diverse dynamic network of organisations whose enabling technologies have significant impact on nearly every aspect of the way we all work and live now and in the future.

“I look forward to working with our stakeholders to highlight and address the challenges facing our industry, supporting the continued growth of our sector, and celebrating the excellent work of our members.”

In order to ensure the board reflects the diversity of the industry it serves, the organisation has also appointed two new business leaders as co-optees.

The co-optees are Nia Davies and Ben Dowding, who both bring with them significant expertise in high-tech electronic design, development and manufacturing.

Nia is managing director of Welshpool-based Davlec Ltd, a family-owned electronics manufacturing company working in high-end catering equipment, Hi-Fi and healthcare electronics.

Meanwhile, Ben is the co-founder and managing director of Flintshire-based electronics and specialist technical consultancy Taylor Dowding Innovation.

As well as utilising his technical expertise in PCB design, procurement and quality control, he leads the operational and strategic direction for TDI. Founded in 2013, the consultancy has developed revolutionary systems for some of the world’s biggest companies.

Commenting on the latest board appointments, ESTnet managing director Avril Lewis, said: “This announcement marks a significant chapter for the ESTnet and the developing story of the tech sector it serves.

“The newest members of our board demonstrate the diversity of tech businesses that exist across Wales, from exciting new starts to growing SMEs operating across a range of fields. Their insights will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our industry.

“It is a particular pleasure to have Christian join us as co-Chair. He has been involved in the ESTnet since its inception and is a great champion of what we do for the industry. His passion and entrepreneurial spirit will be a fantastic asset for our membership.”