We are a lean team with many years of experience

Senior Team

Leo GA Bartle

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman

Leo acquired Stour Marine in September 2012 and manages the business day to day. He has since been responsible for the turnaround and change in strategy put in place at Stour Marine. Leo, being a keen entrepreneur, previously has been involved in a few startup businesses and has a finance background where he previously worked at Goldman Sachs.

Ian MacIver

Chief Technology Officer

Ian has helped telecoms companies such as British Telecom, Cable&Wireless and Airwave (the UK's Emergency Services network) deliver innovative services at mass scale and has over 20 years of experience in Mobile. Ian co-founded Stour Marine with Steve Hobbs and was responsible for driving it from a small startup into a fully qualified Mobile Network Operator. He has now retired to a Non-Executive Directorship where he advises on future strategies and growth.

Steve Hobbs

Chief Information Officer

Steve was the first CTO of Cable&Wireless Global Mobile which delivered a $12.2 billion group value increase during its first ten years in operation. He also holds patents in very-small cellular design and intelligent network routing and has co-authored many papers on cellular and wireless systems. Steve has over 14 years management experience at Director level and currently operates a consultancy that supports telecommunications operators in technology, development and strategy. He co-founded Stour Marine alongside Ian MacIver and shaped the first network, parts of which are still in operation today.

Kevin Britt

Head of Messaging

Kevin has spent the last 7 years in the CPaaS eco-system, he is widely regarded as an expert in UK A2P SMS. Kevin joined the Stour Marine team in August 2020 as Head of Messaging to deploy a messaging strategy which meets the needs of MNO’s, messaging providers and system integrators alike.

Nicholas Browne

VP Corporate and Business Development

Nick comes from a background in finance where he has worked in Relationship Mangement and Business Development for Deutsche Bank and HSBC. He has been working with Stour Marine since 2013 and joined the business in a full time capacity in 2017. Nick has a keen interest in the world of telecommunications and brings a wealth of experience in both client centricity and sales.

Ioan Bojita

Network Operations Lead

Ioan oversees all aspects of network management and planning, whilst making sure that new customers are seamlessly integrated. He is also responsible for instituting internal workflows and processes to streamline operational performance. Prior to joining our team, Ioan has worked for the past 8 years as a voice engineer for various operators, such as Vodafone and Three. This has allowed him to build upon the knowledge gained from his BA in Networking from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, and to perfect his skills by attending vendor specific trainings (Ericsson, Alcatel and Cisco) whilst also moving in the Project Management field based on his ITIL certification.