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Head office: Great Yarmouth, UK

Regional head office: Chandler, Arizona

Regional head office: Perth, Western Australia

Regional head office: Singapore

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Who we are

With over 25 years of experience in delivering satellite communications services, AST is a trusted global satellite communications equipment supplier of end-to-end remote communication solutions. Our company provides a comprehensive range of terminals and devices, high quality voice and data connectivity. Our unique enabling services such as INTEGRA, IRIS, iRAMS and My AST Portal empower our customers to optimise their operations, make informed decisions quicker and reduce their costs.

 

Why choose AST?

Global services, locally

We have a talented team of over 180 people in 12 offices and warehousing facilities, and an extensive distribution and service network, providing connectivity solutions to a wide range of maritime and land customers around the world.

Innovators at heart

Through our in-depth knowledge of remote communication technology and strong relationship with our customers, we develop and deliver industry leading satellite communication services such as INTEGRA providing organisations with connectivity solutions.

Customers come first

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and are dedicated to designing, implementing and supporting solutions tailormade to meet your unique needs and keep you connected anywhere in the world, 24/7.

Partnerships matter

As a global innovator and trusted Tier 1 Partner to all major satellite communications suppliers, and hardware manufacturers, we focus on delivering dependable and integrated connectivity services to our customers.

Meet The AST Group Leadership Team

Our Board of Directors, led by Group Managing Director Gregory Darling, is responsible for setting the strategic, operational and environmental direction of the company.

Gregory Darling

Group Managing Director

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Mark Sykes

Group Sales Director

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Frederique Gerard

Group Marketing Director

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Chris Binnie

Group Finance Director

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Andy Smith

Group Technical Director

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Stuart Castell

Group Marine Director

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Gregory Darling

Group Managing Director

With a Business degree from Sheffield Polytechnic, Gregory started with Gardline Surveys in 1977, a small ship owning marine survey company in the early days of North Sea Oil and Gas development.

Establishing overseas offices and playing an instrumental part in technical and commercial business development were crucial elements to growing the business and enabling operational efficiency, globally. Gregory became Sales Director early on and subsequently became Gardline Group Chairman in 2006, - the company was sold in 2017.

Founder of AST in 1992 as a ‘start-up’ he developed and led the company to its current position as a leading provider of satellite communication solutions.

Gregory travels extensively, playing an integral part in AST's global operations.  He is married to Sue with three adult children.

Gregory Darling

Mark Sykes

Group Sales Director

With over 25 years’ experience in the satellite industry in leadership roles with organisations such as Inmarsat, SES and AST Mark has been involved in almost all aspects of MSS and FSS service delivery to a diverse range of market sectors and geographies.

Specialising in the commercial aspects of satellite communications, Mark’s responsibilities include strategic alliances and new services introduction.

As Group Sales Director, he is responsible for revenue generation and growth across AST’s global channels.

Mark Sykes

Frederique Gerard

Group Marketing Director

Frederique joined AST’s leadership team in 2018, bringing extensive experience in global marketing and communication strategy, product management and brand development.

She has previously held marketing and business development senior positions for companies in diverse sectors including in the technology and maritime markets. She is responsible for leading the Group and its business units’ marketing and communication strategies.

Frederique Gerard

Chris Binnie

Group Finance Director

Chris began his career in traditional circles, training with a major practice firm before moving into a commercial role. He has held several board level Finance, Commercial and Managing Director positions gaining experience in all aspects of growing small to medium sized companies through both organic and acquisition-based strategies

Chris joined AST in 2016 as Group Finance Director, he has responsibility for the financial strategy and planning for the Group as well as oversight for the traditional aspects of reporting, compliance, and corporate governance.

Chris Binnie

Andy Smith

Group Technical Director

With over 20 years working in technology, Andy has had various roles in engineering, consultancy and management, working in SME’s, large enterprises and telco covering many aspects of technology delivery including the last 10 dedicated in the satellite industry.

Andy has responsibility for the AST Group technology, application and solution strategy and delivery. He leads the development of the Group’s flagship products and services such as INTEGRA, IRIS, and My ASTPortal, as well as drives the company’s 24/7 Global Customer Support Services.

Andy Smith

Stuart Castell

Group Marine Director

Stuart is responsible for the AST Marine Networks division (UK and Netherlands) leading maritime VSAT, L band and valued added services sales to AST’s core sector. He also leads the overall marine sector strategic direction as Group Marine Director.

He has over 37 years’ experience in the remote telecoms and satellite industry starting as a Junior Radio Operator in the British Royal Navy and then creating and running his own business providing satellite and radio solutions for 15 years prior to joining the AST board in 2016.

Stuart  Castell

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