About Oxley Group

Peter Bedwin MBE – Chairman

Peter Bedwin MBEPeter became Oxley Chairman in February 2013. Peter served in the Royal Air Force for 24 years as an engineer and fighter pilot. Since leaving the ARAF he has worked with BAE Systems, Ferranti Computer Systems, Plessey and the ITT Corporation. In 1993 he established and ran ITT Defence Ltd which is now a multi-million pound operation. Peter has extensive experience in the national and international aerospace and defence arena.

Martin Blakstad – Group CEO

Martin BlakstadMartin originally trained as an accountant but has been working at board level in the media and telecommunication industries for the past 30 years. Previous roles included Operations Director EMEA for Sony Pictures and Finance Director for Sony Music in the UK and more recently as Head of New Media at ITV Worldwide before consulting in Digital Media to major companies including Verizon in the US. Martin has been a Non-Executive Director of Oxley for two years and assumed the role of Group CEO in 2013.

Jackie Kelly – Group CFO

Jackie KellyJackie joined Oxley in 2013 as the Group CFO with responsibility for Finance, HR & IT. Jackie’s background is in finance within two of the world’s leading defence manufacturers.

Darren Cavan – Group Technical Director

Darren CavanDarren joined Oxley in 1994 after completing a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship at VSEL (now BAE Systems), he holds a First Class Hons Degree in Mechanical and Computer Aided Engineering. Darren was appointed as Oxley Technical Director in May 2009, his particular areas of expertise include LED Lighting for aerospace applications and night vision upgrades.

Bill Henderson - Sales and Marketing Director

Steve WellsBill originally joined Oxley from Ferranti Computer Systems where he was responsible for ensuring their surface ship and submarine command and control systems met EMC requirements. Bill then progressed through a number of positions at Oxley from Development Engineer to Sales Director for the Components Business, responsible for  operations, engineering and sales and marketing. He then joined Smiths  to grow the connector business in Europe for their subsidiary Sabritec, and became responsible for the Commercial Aviation and Defence business worldwide of the combined Smiths Connectors organization. Bill re-joined Oxley in January 2016 as Sales and Marketing Director.

Martin Sloan – CEO, Oxley Inc

Martin SloanMartin joined Oxley in 1994 based at Oxley Inc in the US. Prior to that Martin worked for ITT Components Group in the UK for 10 years, holding a number of positions in operations and latterly in sales and marketing. Martin was involved in a management buyout and the formation of Beck Electronics, which designed, manufactured and sold EMI filters to the European defence industry.