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Pete Hutchinson
Managing Director

Pete is Managing Director, a position he’s held since 2001 having previously led the R & D and Commercial teams. Pete is a Chartered Director and a Chartered Physicist, graduating from Warwick University. He’s worked on the effect and analysis of nuclear radiation on electronic components at the UK’s AWE Aldermaston, and spent considerable time overseas on radar and fibre optics. Pete returned to England in 1991 to co-found the AGD business.

Pete is the motivating force for the advancement of AGD’s detection technologies, their application in ITS market, and the international expansion of the business. He has successfully led AGD to its current prominent position in the Intelligent Traffic Systems market.

Doug Nelson
Technical Director

Doug heads up the company’s cutting-edge engineering function. His leadership roles feature R & D management at some of the UK’s most prestigious, but less publicised, centres-of-excellence. Doug holds an HND in electronics, an MBA, a Diploma in Management Studies and is a member of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

From technology assessment to promoting a design-for-manufacture & test culture, Doug and his team create, develop and harness the world-class IP behind AGD’s market-leading technologies. Doug’s specialist expertise and a team ethos translate AGD’s IP into outstanding product solutions that meet the needs of current and future traffic and transport systems worldwide.

Mike Hutchinson

Mike is AGD’s ambitious and highly experienced Chairman. He began his career as a Development Engineer in Lucas Aerospace’s weapons aiming laboratories. He went on to join Specto Avionics’ R&D team as a project engineer on head-up display equipment for the German Airforce and Tornado aircraft for Smiths Industries.

In 1974 Mike co-founded Huburt Knight Engineering Ltd, expanding the group to four manufacturing companies, he became Managing Director in 1989. In 1991 Huburt Knight was taken over by Arkon Group, and Mike became Managing Director of group company HB Detection. Later that year Mike co-founded AGD Systems.

Ian Hind
Commercial Director

Ian is a powerful commercial leader whose remit encompasses all customer-facing AGD activity, as well as focusing on overseas exports through AGD’s global network of distributors. 

A science background underpins Ian’s highly successful career where he’s accrued considerable experience in senior positions for electronic manufacturing, electro-mechanical and mechanical components concerns. At Abacus Polar Electronics Ian had sales and logistics support responsibility for multi-million pound national accounts across European and Far Eastern group subsidiaries and sub-contractors.