Leadership team

Strix Group Plc is the world leader in kettle controls with our products being used an estimated 1 billion times a day globally.

Board of Directors


Gary Lamb

Interim Non-Executive Chairman


Gary Lamb is a qualified accountant (CIMA) who has gained extensive business experience over the past 25 years in numerous senior roles. Gary is currently Chief Executive Officer of Manx Telecom plc. Gary led Manx Telecom through a successful initial public offering on AIM in 2014. Prior to joining Manx Telecom, Gary was a founder director of Bladon Jets Limited, and a Non-Executive Director until July 2017. For 11 years, prior to Bladon Jets, Gary was the Finance & IT Director of Strix Limited, leaving in 2007. Gary was a key member of a successful team that delivered impressive growth and played a leading role in two leveraged management buy-out sales to private equity houses.

Mark Bartlett

Chief Executive Officer


Mark joined Strix in 2006. He leads the organisation, setting the strategic direction and policy and works closely with his leadership team to translate Strix’s strategy into tangible results. His experience includes various positions ranging from Engineering Director through to Managing Director for multinationals in Europe and the Americas, with his most recent positions being Managing Director of a company within the Ametek Inc. Group and latterly ABS Waste Water Limited.

Raudres Wong

Chief Financial Officer


Raudres joined Strix in 2011 and is responsible for financial management. She has over 25 years of international experience in corporate finance, business management and mergers and acquisitions. She has worked in Toronto, Japan, Beijing and Hong Kong for multinationals such as IDT International Ltd, Nortel Networks Inc., Level 3 Communications Inc., Nike International Ltd, ASSA ABLOY Ltd, holding senior finance and strategic planning positions. Raudres has a BComm and MBA from McMaster University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Canada.

Mark Kirkland

Non-Executive Director


Mark qualified as an accountant (ACA) with Price Waterhouse in London and has extensive corporate experience gained over the last 25 years having held numerous senior roles in public and private companies.

Mark’s initial career was in corporate finance, predominantly spent at UBS Limited however in 2003, as part of the founding team, he became CFO of Raven Mount plc (now part of Raven Russia Limited). Latterly, Mark has been chief financial officer of Marwyn Management Partners plc.

Senior management


Frank Gao

Chief Operating Officer


Frank joined Strix in 2012. He directs and leads the global operations team which spans Strix’s Guangzhou and Ramsey facilities, and oversees the company’s overall manufacturing, supply chain and technology footprint. Frank has over 20 years of experience at various multinationals including 15 years with Nortel and 5 years with Jabil Circuits. Frank holds a Bachelors Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Changchun Post and Telecommunications Institute and an MBA from Southern Cross University in Australia. Frank also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Nick Gibbs

Engineering Director


Nick joined Strix in 1992 and directs the global engineering team, which includes the research and development facility in the Isle of Man and the Engineering Department at Guangzhou. Nick was previously the factory manager at the Ramsey facility. Nick holds a BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Systems and Management from Brunel University and a MSc from Manchester University. Nick is also a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Simon Charlesworth

Sales Director


Simon joined Strix in 2007 and directs an international sales force and support staff team comprising 25 personnel, focused on delivering against annual sales volume and margin commitments through the promotion of added value services. His previous experience includes 13 years in a variety of sales and marketing roles within the water treatment sector, both in the UK and internationally.

David Trustrum

Commercial Director


David joined Strix in 1991 and directs the Commercial Operations department, optimising commercial activities through IPR and product safety, market intelligence and pricing management. David’s experience includes IT project management, factory management, and commercial management within the Finance Department. David holds a MEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering and Management from Loughborough University and a MSc from Manchester University.

Nigel Wheeler

Director, Aqua Optima


Nigel joined Strix in 2004 to develop UK retail distribution having previously worked in the category for Morphy Richards and Brita. He has been responsible for the major account developments with major retail chains such as Tesco, Asda Walmart, Argos, Wilkinson and Amazon. In December 2015 Nigel was appointed Director of Aqua Optima and is now responsible for strategic direction and global business development.