Board of Directors / Senior Management

Peter Stephens: Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Peter was previously head of European Equities Sales at both Salomon Brothers and Credit Lyonnais. Since 2001 he has been working as a venture capitalist.

Peter has dealt with and advised many of the leading investment managers in the UK over the past 20 years. He is a founding shareholder of Desire Petroleum plc and is a non-executive director of Tristel plc and GeTech Group plc, both companies are quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. He is a director and major shareholder in five other UK ventures including Scott Dunn and Cavendish Ware.

Peter has an M.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and qualified as a barrister in the UK in 1978. Peter has been on the board of Etherstack Limited since September 2007.

David Deacon: CEO, Executive Director

David has over 25 years experience in the wireless communications industry. He founded Etherstack Pty Ltd in 2002 and has overseen its growth into operations in seven countries around the world.

Prior to Etherstack, David founded and ran an Australian wireless technology company, Indian Pacific Communications Pty Ltd, for six years until it was sold to a public company in April 2000 and moved to Europe at this time to manage their European operations. Before this, David led software development teams involved in wireless research and development in Perth and Sydney.

For the past two decades, David has been based between Europe and North America where the majority of Etherstack’s client base resides, creating multiple regional offices for Etherstack to provide local support and services for its essential communications clients.

David Carter: CFO, Company Secretary

David worked within the audit and assurance practice of Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers for 12 years in Australia and The Netherlands. David has held senior finance roles in IT companies including Dimension Data and Computer Science Corporation and was CFO and company secretary of a software reseller and engineering services provider before joining Etherstack as CFO in September 2011.

David has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of New South Wales, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Paul Barnes: Non-Executive Director

Paul started his career with the City of London accounting firm Melman Pryke & Co (now part of Grant Thornton). Following qualification, he then worked in both accountancy practice and commerce, and has co-founded and raised funds for various successful start up businesses in both property and telecommunication including UK Telecom plc.

Paul has been a key member of the teams in the development and admission to the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market of both Tristel plc and Oxford Catalysts plc, raising substantial funds for both companies, where he served as the executive finance director and in the establishment of Beach Street Financial Solutions Limited an FSA regulated investment management firm.

Paul is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a registered auditor in the UK and a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Paul joined Etherstack Limited in 2002 as finance director and CFO, and held these positions throughout the development and expansion of Etherstack until December 2011 when David Carter, the current CFO, transitioned into the role.

Scott Minehane: Non-Executive Director

Scott is an international regulatory and strategy expert in the telecommunications sector and has been involved in advising investors, operators, Governments and regulators in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and South Africa. His expertise extends to spectrum management and new generation fixed and mobile technologies including 4G.

Scott has a separate consultancy practice, through which he has advised a range of leading corporates and organizations including the Commonwealth, South Australian and Victorian

Governments, APEC Business Advisory Council, NBNCo, Macquarie Group, Leighton Holdings, Macquarie Telecommunications, IDA Singapore, Telekom Malaysia, Axiata, Telkom South Africa and Telecom NZ.

Scott has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and holds a Master of Laws specializing in Communications and Asian Law from the University of Melbourne. Scott joined the Board as an independent director in May 2012.

Martin Duff, Corporate & Legal Affairs

Martin has over 15 years of management consulting experience covering a diverse range of corporate, regulatory and compliance projects, together with their associated change management processes, primarily in the financial services sector.

Since joining Etherstack, Martin has focused on managing key stakeholders: external counsel; corporate transactions; internal and external communications, including investor relations and internal governance matters. Martin specifically advises on import/export controls and cybersecurity matters and holds the position of Chief Security Officer.

Martin graduated in law and is eligible to be admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales. Martin joined Etherstack in January 2019 and prior to that spent the previous 19 years working in London and New York.

Doug Chapman, Vice President Business Development, General Manager Americas

Doug is a veteran of the Wireless Communications community; his career has spanned 40 years.  Doug has worked in a variety of roles including Sales, Product Marketing, Engineering Standards bodies and Management with Glenayre, Standard Communications, Securicor, Tait Radio Communications and Etherstack. Doug has worked in both the Cellular and LMR markets on a worldwide basis with extensive international travel/residency.  He has authored several business cases focused on the emergence of data communications in the carrier market and has acted as a consultant to the cellular industry. Doug has been a participant within the TIA TR-8 standards for more then a decade.

Doug is currently Etherstack’s V.P. Business Development/G.M. North American Operations.