Our Senior Leadership Team

Ric Elkington Aish Technologies

Ric Elkington

Group Managing Director, Naval Business

Ric is Group Managing Director for the Naval Business, and is responsible for the growth and development of AGI Holdings Group’s naval businesses, which comprise of Aish and Aeronautical & General Instruments (AGI) in Poole, UK and AAE in Toronto, Canada.

In his spare time Ric’s passion is competing in Triathalons, including Ironman Triathalons involving a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon 26 mile run.

Aleesha Mitchell Aish Technologies

Aleesha Mitchell

Head of Engineering

Aleesha was appointed UK Engineering Director for the AGI Group in 2021, having previously spent 13 years in the Royal Navy.

As a Weapons Engineer Officer, Aleesha gained a wide-ranging experience working in operational and non-operational roles including periods in Navy Command HQ and the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation culminating with 2 years in Colombia as UK Deputy Defence Attaché.

In her spare time, Aleesha has a passion for the outdoor life and particularly likes to compete in (very short!) triathlons and enjoys wild water swimming.

Tony Holmes Aish Technologies

Tony Holmes

Business Development Manager

Tony joined Aish in June 2018 as Business Development Manager, having spent over 30 years’ in various roles within the Defence sector.

As BDM, Tony is involved in delivering major contracts across the globe as far as Australia, Canada, Spain and the UK. He believes that a good professional relationship is essential to grow any business especially within the defence sector.

In his spare time Tony enjoys playing Squash and Sea Fishing.

John Middleton Aish Technologies

Jon Middleton

Head of Projects

Jon joined Aish in July 2019 as a Project Manager and having been promoted to IPT lead for Surface Ships in September 2019, is now Head of Projects.

He has over 12 years’ experience as a Project Manager managing the full lifecycle of technical and business projects. He believes that communication, planning, attention to detail and determination is the key to successful full project delivery.

In his spare time he enjoys, running, cycling and paddle boarding.

Sarah Short Aish Technologies

Sarah Short

UK Managing Director

Sarah was appointed UK Managing Director for the AGI Group in 2021, having previously been General Manager at Aish. She joined the company in October 2019 as the IPT leader for General Dynamics Electric Boat and also Head of Contracts and Export.

She has spent most of her career in the defence sector in various commercial, compliance and export roles. She enjoys high paced dynamic working, being part of a team and achieving results.

Outside of work she spends most of my time with her husband and two year old daughter, and enjoys cooking big meals for friends, wine and being outside at every opportunity.

Amber Russell Aish Technologies

Amber Russell

HR Director

Amber joined the AGI Group in 2016 as HR Director. She is responsible for the UK HR teams across Aish and AGI.

Amber has gained HR & L&D experience from three industries – retail, financial services and engineering and manufacturing in the defence sector. It is important to Amber that her team feels inspired to lead from the front and develop themselves to be the best they can be. Amber has achieved Chartered status and holds an MA in HRM, alongside a first degree in Criminology.

When she is not working, Amber aspires to be the next MasterChef and is constantly kept busy by her two active boys.

Mike Harris Aish Technologies

Mike Harris

Business Development Manager

Mike joined Aish in January 2015 as Business Improvement Manager, and after various roles across the company now works as a Business Development Manager.

Having previously spent 12 years at Sunseeker International, Mike understands the need for high standards that customers expect, and the need to continually improve. He managed Aish’s continuous improvement programme before moving into Project Management. Now in Business Development Mike works closely with key customers and partners to deliver the aspirations of Aish’s growth strategy.

In Mike’s spare time he enjoys staying active with running and weightlifting, and also has a passion for travelling and experiencing new countries and cultures.

Andy Stewart

Andy Stewart

General Manager

Andy Stewart was appointed General Manager of Aish in September 2021.

Andy has broad experience with his most recent role working for our sister company AGI Ltd as Operations Director for the last 14 months.

His prior experience includes working at Honeywell Aerospace in the US and UK, Rolls Royce and other engineering SME’s. Andy also served in the US Air Force for 10 years as a Fighter Aircraft Avionics specialist on F-16’s stationed in Japan and the US.

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