Leadership Team

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Neil Tilsley

Chief Executive Officer

Neil was appointed as Group CEO of Pyroguard in late 2015 and has led the company through a period of strategic change and significant growth.

Under Neil’s leadership Pyroguard has pursued a policy of operational improvement and international expansion, undertaking a management buyout in 2018.

Continuing growth facilitated the acquisition of Fire Glass UK in 2019, complementing the strategy of customer service excellence.

With the creation of Technical Fire Safety Group in 2020, the Group is ideally placed to broaden its fire safety portfolio and continue its rapid expansion.

Neil was previously Managing Director of Polypipe Ventilation, where he led the company through a period of significant organic and acquisitive growth.

Before this Neil held a number of commercial and general management roles with companies including NG Bailey and Assa Abloy.

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Matthew Buxton

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed as CFO of Pyroguard in 2013, Matthew has overseen the Group's rapid expansion, including the integration of two acquisitions, numerous large capital projects, a refinancing and a change of ownership with 2018’s management buyout.

Responsible for Finance, IT and HR strategy across the Group as well as being Company Secretary for all legal entities, Matthew has been instrumental in developing the Group’s financial reporting and management information systems utilising leading Business Intelligence software.

Matthew qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1995 and has held a number of other senior roles within high growth international manufacturing businesses, including Finance Director with Trelleborg Offshore.

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Nick Brayshaw

Chairman (Non-executive)

Nick has worked with the Group as Non-Executive Chairman since 2014, providing invaluable guidance and support through a period of significant strategic change.

Since 2004 he has worked with various publicly-listed and private equity-backed businesses within the industrial and manufacturing sector, including Kee Safety Group Ltd, Stadium Group plc, Sentinel Performance Solutions Ltd, Eley Limited and Prism Medical Ltd.

Previously Nick was Group CEO of Wagon plc and Group Strategy Director for Caradon plc. He has also held numerous senior advisory roles including Chairman of the CBI National Manufacturing Council, HM Government UK Manufacturing Strategy Advisor, and Chairman of UK Manufacturing with Barclays Commercial Bank. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to British Industry.

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