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Our Team

Our highly skilled and experienced team excels in adapting quickly to pioneer cutting-edge technological solutions

Founder & Engineering Director

Ed Gummow

Ed founded DCE in 2002. Ed has over 20 years of experience in the military, automotive, consumer electronics and subsea arenas. Ed’s core expertise is in the design and development of control systems for unmanned vehicles, vetronics and electronic systems integration.
Business Development Director

Lionel Nierop

Lionel joined the business in 2017, as the driving force behind DCE’s growth. Lionel has experience in strategy consulting, developing an innovative online business from start-up to exit and freelancing with a private equity backed travel business and 'household name' FMCG firms.

Geoff Robins

Geoff joined the business in 2019, as Non-Executive Director and Chairman. Geoff is instrumental to DCE’s business strategy, utilising decades of experience in senior leadership positions across UKRI, DE&S, and Atkins.

Toni Gummow

Toni plays a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction at DCE, and supporting the leadership team. With a background in publishing and academia, Toni brings a unique perspective to the board, enriching our decision-making processes and strategic planning.
Associate Director for Strategy

Gareth Morris

Gareth joined DCE in 2024 as Director of Strategy, having worked with the business during British Army experiments in 2018. With 25 years of platform experience in the Royal Tank Regiment, including two years as exchange officer with the US Army Manoeuvre Battle Lab and Cross Functional Team, Next Generation Combat Vehicle.
Business Development Manager

Jack Ryan

Jack joined DCE in 2023, as Business Development Manager, having previously worked within Dstl and wider UK MoD. Jack is an active Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) researcher, with a background spanning engineering, simulation and modelling, and scientific research.

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