As a rapidly expanding company, Z-Tech’s leadership and senior management help shape the company's development. We are internally structured under five Directors and one Non-Executive Director. Under this structure Z-Tech is set to grow by nurturing and developing its people.
Michael is the CEO and co-founder of Z-Tech and has over 25 years’ experience in industrial automation, electrical and mechanical systems.
Before founding Z-Tech in 2000, Michael spent over of a decade with Northumbrian Water maintaining water and wastewater sites followed by four years as Operations Manager for a system integration company delivering automation projects to the UK water industry.
As CEO, Michael plays the lead role in Z-Tech’s work with London Underground, having been instrumental in establishing our enduring contract to maintain tube line pump assets since 2007. A proven ‘hands on’ manager, Michael has an innate ability to employ technology to best effect to innovate and improve efficiency for Z-Tech’s customers.
Michael has earned management qualifications from Durham University and holds a HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
“The communication, management and technical skills I have gained from over 25 years in industrial maintenance are invaluable when dealing with strategic, technical and operational challenges.” Michael
In his role as CTO, Jeremy is responsible for implementing health and safety, and environmental standards to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Z-Techers and customers. He also manages Z-Tech’s complex operational IT systems and was the pioneering force behind the development of our workflow software tool, Z-One.
Prior to joining Z-Tech, Jeremy worked at JET and was an integral member of the first team to achieve a ‘breakeven’ Nuclear Fusion reaction; whereby, the energy expended to start the reaction was equal to that generated. This impressive achievement made a significant contribution to proving the viability of Nuclear Fusion as a future power source. Jeremy has also been part of successful software programming teams at Wood Mackenzie and Standard Life.
Jeremy has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Electronics and holds Technician Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH).
“Health and Safety is core to Z-Tech and it is my passion to ensure that all company activities are undertaken to the highest health and safety standards. We have an enviable record for excellent health and safety and I constantly review our policies and procedures to be the very best in the industry.” Jeremy
JOHN WHITFIELD, CFO
John joined The Board in March 2017 and has overall responsibility for all things financial within Z-Tech.
John brings with him over 25 years of varied experiences from his time in the Big 4 and Medium Sized accounting practices including 15 years as a Partner.
‘My role as CFO is far broader than 'just' finance and I am really enjoying the opportunity to be involved in the commercial aspects of the exciting, vibrant business we have here at Z-Tech’
ANGELA NILSSON, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Angela is responsible for the delivery of all operational business undertaken by Water Networks, Rail, Maintenance, Atex, Project Management Office and Labour Services at Z-Tech.
With a Ba (Hons) in International Business Administration Angela brings over 20 years’ experience of operational, project and commercial management in fast paced engineering sectors to Z-Tech. Prior to Z-Tech Angela held a Director position with a global engineering firm specialising in electronic and mechanical manufacturing.
‘Success for Z-Tech lies in building and empowering great teams who believe anything is possible when working together. One of the things I enjoy most about working at Z-Tech are the people who continually push the boundaries of what we think is possible.’
As Commercial Director, Luke leads all Commercial Contracts, Bids/Tenders, Marketing, PR, Advertising and Communications for Z-Tech.
With over 18 years’ experience, Luke has moved from Higher Education Marketing, joining Z-Tech in 2011 – he is a MCIM marketing professional who takes pleasure in really thinking outside the box, winning awards, thought marketing, getting best value and helping Z-Tech’s Business Unit Managers to reach their goals.
SUZANNE CARUANA - HR DIRECTOR
Suzanne joined the board in 2020 and has overall responsibility for all things people at Z-Tech. With a BA Honours degree in Sociology and Social Policy, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management - CIPD Level 7, Suzanne brings 7 years’ experience in delivering strategic HR solutions.
Suzanne’s focus has been on building a high performing environment and a great place to work at Z-Tech. Leading the HR and administrative teams in delivering an outstanding experience through activities covering the employment lifecycle. She delivers on key strategic projects and drives initiatives for employee engagement, health and wellbeing, and learning and development.
‘Employees have always been Z-Tech’s most valuable asset, and it’s a pleasure to drive this forward strategically ’.
MIKE TEMPEST, NED
Mike joined The Board in April 2013 as the Independent Non-Executive Director.
Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
He has over 30 years’ experience in Manufacturing and Operations Management. This includes 15 years’ experience in UK Water Utilities working at Director level in Operations, Engineering / Capital Delivery and Customer Service.
‘My role as NED is to support The Board in all corporate governance matters and to provide experience to The Board as required in all aspects of the business.’
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