Tech network ESTnet strengthens board with two new appointments

Welsh technology network ESTNet has appointed two new board members.

Wynne Crompton and Rob Wolley have joined the board, bringing with them experience across the software, electronic and defence sectors.

Crompton is the commercial director and co-founder of Accelero Digital, a bespoke software house. He moved from teaching into the electronics and software industries in 2000 and will be a representative of the growing number of software development businesses throughout Wales.

Rolley, who’s also been appointed, leads the EDGE Innovation function at General Dynamics UK in Oakdale. His team is responsible for delivering new technologies into the business to enable the the creation of new capabilities, keeping itself at the forefront of the defence sector.

He’ll bring bring experience of working worldwide to the ESTnet board and support for SME and start-up members on how to engage and network with larger organisations to succeed right into the future.

ESTnet – set up in 2011 – has established itself as a high-value network that provides a strong voice of the industry for the industry. Other representatives on the board include: SPTS, IQE plc, Method4, Sony UK Technology Centre, KSR Electronic Systems Ltd, Axiom Manufacturing Services and Eysys.

Avril Lewis, managing director of ESTNet, said: “Rob and Wynne represent the diverse nature of the ESTnet’s membership base, and we have made a conscious effort in recent years to ensure our board reflects and represents the changing nature of the industry.

“The volume of entries into our Sir Michael Moritz start-up category at this year’s ESTnet Awards demonstrates that we are seeing exponential growth of new home-grown tech businesses in Wales that are looking for collaboration opportunities to develop their technology.

“Our membership is made up of enabling technology businesses and at the moment it is a very exciting time for the sector in Wales as it continues to grow and diversify. The technologies developed here are pervasive and underpin all aspects of today’s world.”