Management Team

Jan Grothusen

Chief Executive Officer

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Jan Grothusen joined the business in 1998 having completed an MA in Computer Science at Cambridge and an MA in Robotics Engineering from Oxford. Jan was key to the development of the CyScan product and personally installed the first units in Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico back in 2001. Jan identified enabling IP from the University of Oxford and led the subsequent design of the RadaScan product. As a Technical Director overseeing engineering and product development, Jan has provided vision and key insight shaping all of Guidance Marine’s product including the most recent release of the unified touch-screen Dashboard for CyScan and RadaScan. Completing an MBA with Distinction in 2011 after five years of part-time study, Jan was appointed Managing Director of Guidance Navigation in 2011, instigating a programme of market and customer led change leading to the formation of the current management team. Jan became Group CEO in October 2013 and currently leads the strategic direction of Marine.

Jan’s vision is to establish 'Guidance Marine technology on every vessel' and the business has developed a strategic plan to extend its offshore operations to both inshore and inland marine applications primarily through organic growth from its highly innovative and disruptive product developments, as well as an increase in our global service provisions and backed up by strategic acquisitions where possible.

James Wheeler
Chief Operating Officer

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James joined Guidance Navigation in 2011 following his time as a Senior Business Consultant at TBAT Innovation and before that a progressive career in Senior Management within the Retail, Distribution and Leisure markets. He brought with him strategic leadership, people management skills, a record of successful business and commercial development and a clear focus on the people side of the business; which he immediately deployed in the successful restructuring of the sales and service team at Guidance. He has been instrumental in bringing the voice of the customer into the heart of the business resulting in Guidance Marine becoming more customer centric in its engineering.

James' role primarily involves overseeing Guidance Marine’s day to day business operations as well as Sales and New Business Development for which he spends significant time travelling overseas promoting and broadening the international footprint of the business. Outside of the office, James has recently learned to sail and also enjoys hiking and keeping fit at the gym. He is a lifelong supporter of Leicester City Football Club and is pleased to be back working in his hometown of Leicester once again.

Russ Miles
Chief Technical Officer

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Russ joined GEC in 1987 after graduating from Cambridge University in Maths and Engineering. Together with Malcolm Roberts and John Potter, he founded Guidance Control Systems (GCS) in 1991 and has been with the company ever since. Russ has played a substantial part in the development of the core radar data signal processing technology behind RadaScan and Mini RadaScan and is key to Guidance Marine’s ongoing future technology assessments.

As Chief Technical Officer, Russ is involved in every area of Guidance Marine’s technology, driving the development of industry-leading innovative sensor products focused on the needs of our customers. Russ is also Company Secretary for the current Guidance Group and serves on the Audit Committee

Senior Management Team

Andrew Stead
Head of Sales and Business Development

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Andrew has been with Guidance Marine for since 2012. He obtained a BSc BEng degree in Engineering in 1988 at Manchester University. Employed by Campbell Scientific he began his career in the sensors industry as Head of Sales supplying data acquisition systems across Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2008 he was appointed Managing Director of Muir Matheson supplying MetOcean and Helideck monitoring systems to the oil and gas industry from their base in Aberdeen along with Aviation Met systems to the United Kingdom’s National Air Traffic Management Service (NATS). Upon selling the business in 2012 he joined Guidance Marine as Head of Sales. He is currently Head of Business Development, responsible for RangeGuard®.

Martin Schaefer
Head of Business Operations

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Martin joined Guidance Navigation in 2008 as Operations Manager. Graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Martin spent 10 years with NSK Steering Systems, a high volume electronic steering system manufacturer and 5 years with Gibbs Technologies Ltd, a designer and manufacturer of high-speed amphibious vehicles. During this period Martin successfully completed MBA in Manufacturing Management.

Martin is responsible for leading the operations team, including Customers Services, overseas office development, supply chain & logistics, Operations & Reliability Engineering and Manufacturing. A team of highly skilled experienced people with a passion for customer service and manufacturing excellence. 
Outside of the office, Martin is a voluntary member of his local Junior Football club, helping with league secretarial duties and occasional dinghy sailor. 

Gisele Laywood
Head of Business Support

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Gisele has been with Guidance Marine since 2005. After graduating from DeMontfort University with a BA (Hons) in Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Gisele spent some time in a Commercial Solicitors before joining Guidance Navigation. Since joining, Gisele has undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and a Masters in Human Resource Management. As Head of Business Support, Gisele oversees a team of highly skilled professionals in the areas of Human Resources, Health and Safety, Marketing and IT & Management. The Business Support team works closely with the Business Development team on rolling out strategic change initiatives and the Business Operations team on delivering set results.

Outside of work, Gisele likes to cruise the seven seas and spend time with her family and friends.

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