Meet the team

John Alexander

MANAGING DIRECTOR

John is one of the original founders of Aquobex and partnered with Gavin in 2010. Having worked alongside each other as suppliers and distributors on a huge array of projects, they discovered they shared the same goals for the flood market. With traditional methods still failing in every sector, they developed a new generation of flood consultancy with knowledge at its core.

Focused on providing best-in-class products, John’s experience in the sales and telecoms industry has given him the tools to build a network of accomplished and proven flood partners. Outsourcing businesses for their strengths, John is able to combine the most valuable skills the industry has to offer.

Currently growing the sales, marketing and technology of Aquobex, John is proud of the success the company has achieved to date. It’s his priority to ensure the provision of expert advice, trusted partners and effective solutions his customers can rely on.

Gavin George

SALES DIRECTOR

After a near-miss on his own home in 2001, Gavin discovered that there was no industry for flood protection and little support for flood victims. With extensive experience in the sales, financial and marketing sectors, he joined forces with co-founder of Aquobex, John Alexander, to develop a new business model.

Helping to bring prominent products such as Floodguard and Rapidam to the market, Gavin managed some of the first major property level flood protection schemes in the UK. He has since helped Aquobex evolve into the leader in the field of testing and integrating world-class flood products and systems.

Alongside his innovative and highly skilled team, Gavin develops robust and holistic approaches to flood risk, with a focus on designing new solutions to fill gaps in the market. Working with people equally committed to having a positive impact on the planet, Gavin looks forward to pioneering progress within the industry.

MARTIN DOLAN

RESEARCH CONSULTANT

Martin is a knowledge transfer associate in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University. Channelling the expertise of the university into the company, Martin also relays the latest developments from Aquobex in the forms of advancing research and new technologies.

Managing research projects to further the business, Martin balances the needs of both academic partners and commercial partners. Combining their different approaches and aims, he liaises with industry leaders and policy makers in the field of flood resilience.

Knowing that the research Martin carries out will ultimately improve the safety of many people is what makes his role highly rewarding. He is passionate about the challenges that lie ahead and future opportunities to push the field forward.

Henry Clarke

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

As a chartered surveyor and property director, Henry has led national property portfolios for major corporations such as The Crown Estate and British Rail. His deep understanding of the risks and impacts to both life and property underpin his dedication to protect against the increasing threats of flooding.

Henry is passionate about raising awareness of the potential for flood damage and maintains an active role in moving the issue up political, personal and commercial agendas. With Aquobex a market leader in flood protection and property resilience, Henry supports its development of proven solutions across all sectors, from critical infrastructure to businesses and homes.

Henry is chairman of the Board of Aquobex and offers his own property and business leadership experience to broaden the skills of their committed, professional team and assist flood prone areas.

John Panczak

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

John’s extensive background in the financial sector gives him a unique ability to bring the ambition of rapidly growing businesses to fruition. As a PwC qualified chartered accountant, his experience at commercial director level has helped Aquobex gain its high end reputation and prestigious clients such as the Environment Agency, EDF/Spie (France), Carillion Amey, PwC, Essex County Council and many more.

Monitoring the achievements and expansion of Aquobex, John is responsible for maintaining close relationships with each of the respected partners in the business. Delivering principle advice and solutions to clients and affiliates, John utilises the most trusted knowledge and expertise from around the world.

Nick Richards

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Having managed quickly evolving companies for over 30 years, Nick is an advisor and non-executive director at Aquobex and helps to meet the strategic goals of the company. His experience is predominantly in creating successful brands, forming significant joint ventures and building partnerships both domestically and across the globe.

Nick is committed to the company’s responsibilities of providing honest and knowledge-based consultancy and an outstanding level of service. From the earliest stages of the business, Nick has been continually impressed by Aquobex’s commitment to ‘do the right thing’ by insisting on industry-leading products and strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations.

With Aquobex now a major force within the flood protection industry, Nick looks forward to being a part of this thriving business and motivated team with the power to improve flood resilience for ever.

Linda Blundell

PROJECT MANAGER, CONSTRUCTION

Linda is responsible for the project management and delivery of Aquobex installations across the UK. With significant credentials working alongside insurance companies, national house builders and warranty providers, Linda delivers multiple property repairs, refurbishment projects and complex construction jobs.

A key part of Linda’s role involves guaranteeing installations are completed to a high standard, on time and within budget. As a proven problem solver and team player, Linda’s strong people skills support her in providing excellent customer service.

Seeing first-hand the damage and devastation caused by floods, Linda is dedicated to working closely with home and business owners to provide flood resilience protection and prevent expensive repairs.

Lukas Somarakis

FINANCE MANAGER

Imparting critical financial knowledge and information to the directors, Lukas supports Aquobex in its ambitious commercial, social and environmental aims. He uses his additional experience in logistics, international exports and the engineering industry to accelerate the company forward with rapid business development strategies.

Lukas is passionate about maintaining the corporate social responsibility of Aquobex and assesses its initiatives regularly. Factoring in the company’s values and approach to public safety in the face of rising environmental concerns, he ensures a strong focus on innovation and sustainable technologies.

Mark Cheshire

PROJECT MANAGER

Mark joined Aquobex after working alongside the business to deliver a K50 flood barrier scheme for the Environment Agency. As project manager for research and development, he crafts ideas from extensive testing into real flood protection products that are leading the industry.

With previous experience as a programme manager in the nuclear and aerospace industries, Mark has a strong grasp of engineering systems and technologies for different sectors. In this ever-changing environment, Mark is committed to developing and integrating new flood defence and resilience methods into the world’s infrastructure, commercial buildings and domestic properties.

Nic Ward

ENGINEER & TECHNICIAN

With a background in the military and sub-sea engineering, Nic has worked in some of the most challenging environments on the planet. Developing radical and innovative solutions with strict health and safety protocols, Nic was among the first to test flood barriers on a global scale.

Having partnered with government, industry and stakeholder groups to guide them in developing a new sector, Nic has many years’ experience in the design and testing of best-in-class products. He is also an accomplished consultant who has worked on some of the biggest flood protection projects in the USA.

Known for his engineering brilliance within the Aquobex team, Nic is the inventor of world-renowned flood protection barrier Rapidam, awarded Best Invention of the Year on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World.

Claire Alexander

OFFICE MANAGER

Claire joined Aquobex at the beginning of 2014 to assist the business with its accounts and general administration work. Having experienced some fundamental progress within the company in the last year, Claire’s responsibilities are now focused on both office and HR management.

Thriving on the challenges that Aquobex meets on a daily basis, Claire supports the team’s headway as they develop new approaches to flood risk management. Following the growth of the company, Claire looks forward to its future innovations.