Team

Ronald Wilting

Ronald Wilting

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald is a dynamic international senior executive with proven experience of transforming early-stage technology concepts into mass-market solutions. He has held senior positions with a number of respected organisations in the semiconductor sector including Qualcomm, SemiBlocks and Ericsson and over the course of his 25-year career he has consistently achieved outstanding results. He has exceptional finance raising capabilities across multiple company stages and demonstrable expertise in product development, team leadership and successfully launching new products. Ronald is well known in the global RF market for pioneering the introduction of closed loop antenna tuning technology for use in mobile handsets and for crafting a $1.2 billion business. Ronald is a proactive, results-oriented professional who is dedicated to driving organizational success through innovation and operational excellence.

Dr Leo Laughlin

Dr Leo Laughlin

Founder - Chief Technology Officer

Inventor and entrepreneur, Leo’s award-winning research into signal cancellation technology forms the basis of Forefront RF. Previously a Research fellow at the University of Bristol, his pioneering work demonstrates how fixed frequency filters (a critical component in all wireless enabled devices) can be replaced with a tuneable alternative, simplifying product design, and saving space inside connected devices. Leo has a doctorate in wireless communication, has had his work published in top academic and industry journals and is a named inventor on several patents. In 2020 he co-founded Forefront RF and is now working with an experienced RF experts to build the company and bring this ground-breaking technology to market.

Julian Hildersley

Julian Hildersley

Founder - Chief Operational Officer

An experienced business leader with a strong background in in systems engineering for mobile phones Julian has been developing, launching, and marketing breakthrough RF technologies for use in mobile devices for 30 plus years. He was Managing Director of Cambridge-based TTPCom plc’s Silicon IP Licencing business followed by spearheading the adoption of start-up Nujira’s envelope tracking technology by global chip and handset manufacturers. Julian combines technical knowledge with strong leadership skills and astute commercial awareness born of negotiating multi-million-dollar agreements with blue chip companies around the world.

Andrew Bligh

Andrew Bligh

Chief Financial Officer

An experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who has worked with large multinationals, investor/PE companies, founder owned and turnaround businesses in the cloud technology and telecommunications industries, Andrew joined Forefront RF in January 2023 and is responsible for all financial and contracting activities. Prior to Forefront RF Andrew held several CFO roles at Satavia, AdvantageGo, MSC Software (now Hexagon Group), Anatwine and Optymyze as well holding Senior Finance positions at Qlik Tech, Cisco and Motorola.   He has lived in China and Singapore and brings a wealth of international, technology, M&A and start-up experience.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young in London and graduated from Durham University with an BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Frank Theunis

Frank Theunis

Director - New Product Introduction

Frank is an industry veteran with 35 years of experience in semiconductor concept, product development and manufacturing. He has been responsible for NPI activities at a range of major manufacturing companies including Philips, NXP, EPCOS and Qualcomm. He has a proven track record of bringing products from prototype to high volume production at both internal as well as external Assembly & Test Centres. Frank is a solid team player and valued for his ability to build strong working relationships with suppliers and partners.

Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers

VP Engineering

With comprehensive leadership, operations, R&D and high-volume manufacturing expertise, Ian has been involved in the wireless communications and OEM/ODM industries for more than 20 years. Analytical, energetic and commercially driven he has been instrumental to developing, designing and delivering a portfolio of smartphone camera technologies for inclusion in over 50 million devices annually. Before joining Forefront RF, he held numerous roles at Cambridge Mechatronics, including Operations Director, and was responsible for all aspects of operational business leadership, including taking ownership for a new silicon strategy to design, manufacture and sell chips to a broad portfolio of customers. Ian has also held senior positions at Blackberry and Nokia.

Dr Phil O’Donovan

Dr Phil O’Donovan

Chairman

Phil O’Donovan, as co-founder and Managing Director, helped grow Cambridge-based CSR plc from a start-up of nine into a highly successful FTSE 250 listed fabless semiconductor company employing, in 2015, more than 2,000 people in 23 locations.
Within four years from 1999, CSR became the Bluetooth market leader and supplier of chips to hundreds of global high-volume consumer product manufacturers. By 2012, CSR had achieved annual revenue of $1billion and had, by 2015, shipped close to 4billion chips. CSR was acquired by US company Qualcomm in September 2015 for $2.5billion.