new members appointed

New members appointed to the ESTnet Board

ChristianThe ESTnet Board has been joined by three new co-optees while Christian Coates has been appointed as ‘co-Chair’ replacing Simon Powell who stands down after making such a valuable contribution over the last two years.

Christian is Managing Director of Method4 Ltd, a software house and technology consultancy based in Cardiff. Co-founded by Christian in 2005, it delivers bespoke software and integration services. Christian joins Chris Meadows of IQE plc as co-chair of the ESTnet

Furthermore, to help ensure that the ESTnet Board is representative of the rapidly evolving tech industry in Wales three new members have joined as ‘co-optees’, providing valuable experience and insight to help shape the direction of the ESTnet and the electronic and software technologies industry in Wales.


Nia DaviesNia Davies is Managing Director of Davlec Limited in Welshpool. Since taking over as MD in 2002 Nia has diversified the company’s portfolio, building on its Agro-electronics base to include high-end catering equipment, Hi-Fi and healthcare electronics, as well as extending the range of notable automotive clients.




Ben DowdingBen Dowding, Managing Director of Taylor Dowding based near Flint in north Wales. Ben’s role includes all of the financial, operational sales and marketing aspects for TDI. Key recent product developments include a Marine Biology research camera, an ATEX approved Portable Gas Detector and Scott Sight™, an industry first in-mask display for firefighters with mask attached thermal imaging camera.