Please see below for biographies and contact details.
Your contacts at SATRO
Howard Railton, Chairman
Up to the end of June 2014, Howard has been Director of Projects for the Air Products Global Engineering organisation in Europe. He is now providing Organisation Management, Safety and Leadership consultancy and is working with various organisations to promote a greater interest in education and jobs in Science and Engineering in the UK.
He graduated from Bristol University with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Sara Abou-Jaoude, Trustee
Sara, originally from Portugal is a Law graduate from the University of Warwick, has a masters in International and European Law from the University of Reading and has worked in the Surrey area since qualifying as a solicitor over ten years ago.
Sara is a partner at the law firm Barlow Robbins LLP and specialises in Residential Property. She is passionate about mentoring solicitors at all levels of qualification and has a keen focus on leadership, engagement and agile working. At Barlow Robins, Sara chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee which focuses in raising money for local charities.
Duncan Anthony, Trustee
After studying I.T. at Farnborough College of Technology, Duncan began a career within the construction industry and now has over 16 years' experience working for global lift and escalator companies. Having held a variety of commercial and business development roles, he currently specialises in taking new digital solutions and services to market for KONE.
Outside of his professional career, his community interests have seen him work with the Hampshire Police as a Special Constable, and he currently chairs the Finance and Personnel Committee of his children's school.
Nigel Downey, Trustee
Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the University of Manchester. He trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young and then spent 21 years with one of the world's largest life insurance companies. During this period he held various senior positions with the organisation; Head of Internal Audit, Group Financial Controller, Managing Director of the Unit Trust Company and Group Operational Director of the Asset Management Business.
He then spent 18 months as a business consultant to the Financial Services Industry before becoming Financial Director of a Pension Outsourcing company based in Surrey for 7 years.
Sarah Flew, Trustee
Sarah has had a varied career in Finance and Philanthropy over the past 30 years. Initially working in the city, she was a research analyst at the Bank of England with specific responsibilities for policy recommendations and data provision relating to gilt-edged securities. She has broad experience in educational fundraising encompassing both higher education and the state education sectors. She now works as Deputy Director of Development at Imperial College London where she oversees several specialist fundraising teams. Sarah has a PhD in economic history and is a trustee of the Church of England Record Society.
Paula Gough, Trustee
Paula is a chartered Civil Engineer, a project manager and currently Director of Highways Consultancy for the South East Region at Arcadis UK. She has almost 15 years' experience in the construction industry delivering Road and Rail infrastructure projects both in the UK and overseas in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Paula has received a number of awards during her career including the ICE Thomas Telford Award from the ICE President for her role as an ambassador, the WS Atkins Award for a research project "Contributing Most Towards the Civil Engineering Industry" and short listed for the Inspire Women in Engineering award in the "Future Star" category.
David Leyshon, Trustee
Following graduation, David briefly worked in oil exploration as a seismic surveyor. He subsequently spent 25+ years in technical recruitment as an executive, business owner and investor covering UK and overseas territories for both major listed and private companies. In 2003 he founded CBSbutler via a management-buy-out and acquisition, which become a multi-award winning recruitment consultancy specialising in professional STEM sectors. As principal shareholder, he sold the company in 2017 with annual sales of £50m. He continues to invest in and advise entrepreneurs of growing businesses.
David has a BSc(hons) in Applied Geology + Oceanography, MSc in Remote Sensing, and a Diploma in Company Directorship. He has been a regular donor and supporter of SATRO over the past 10 years, and remains passionate about developing young people's skills.
Janet Preston, Trustee
Janet is Managing Director of Cold Fuzion, her own independent business consultancy - which she has put on hold for 12 months to return to full time education to study for a PhD in Astrophysics. Janet has created a broad portfolio of voluntary activities and is Education Liasion Officer for the Institute of Directors in Surrey, a Trustee of SATRO, a member of the Surrey Board of Young Enterprise and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Janet was a partner at KPMG. She has also worked for other blue chip companies including Whitehead Mann, Ernst & Young, Arthur D Little, Perot Systems and Hoechst.
David Reeve, Trustee
David graduated as an Aero Engineer from the University of Bristol as part of an undergraduate apprenticeship with British Aerospace, and subsequently worked in structural dynamics on the Concorde programme for two years. He then spent four years with Frazer-Nash Consultancy working in the Defence sector on stress analysis, computer modelling, and precision mechanism design.
In 1980, he followed a growing interest in software development and computing and joined Scion, a European software consultancy owned by BP. In the 2015 elections, he was elected as a Guildford Borough Councillor for Clandon and Horsley, representing the Guildford Greenbelt Group.
Alec Sanderson, Trustee
Alec began his working in life as an apprentice Avionics Engineer and has been involved with both hardware and software ever since. He has been a founder member and investor in a number of start-ups, the first, his own software company in 1986 and others including an electronics R&D company and consulting organisations. He now runs a software consultancy helping other software companies with software development.
Alec is a Chartered Director, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT professional, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.