Over 40 Years in Telecom
We’ve been developing and implementing solutions that reduce costs, improve returns, develop more efficient processes and ensure the highest standards of environmental care for over 40 years.
To be the leading solution provider to telecom network operators and service providers.
To bring structural change to the way our customers source and maintain their networks by revolutionising processes, resulting in substantial efficiencies and cost savings.
To support telecom operators with their equipment infrastructure and technical services needs.
Environment – Environmental responsibility has been and always will be at the heart of everything we do.
People – We care for the people and the planet we inhabit. Our health and safety standards are of utmost importance.
Innovation – Our obsession with technology keeps us looking to the future. We strive to evolve and change with the times, we’re always looking for new ways to improve and deliver not only for our customers but also for our corporation.
Quality – We pride ourselves on the quality we provide our customers. Whether that be the equipment we provide or the services we deliver, everything we do is held not just to our customers’ standards but to our own. We are our own harshest critics and work together to provide a level of quality that is second to none.
We value a work/life balance and believe in doing our best to support that balance. While our culture encourages hard work it’s also places a high level of importance on enjoying what we do.
Work is half our life when we are awake – you’ve got to enjoy it. We hold regular team lunches/events and provide great health benefits to ensure our Shields family is healthy and motivated not only when they are at work but also when they are at home.
Gordon Shields founded Shields Environmental in 1979 and quickly adopted the challenge of making environmental excellence a part of everyday business.
Gordon has since received continual recognition for his 40 plus years of experience in developing cutting-edge environmental management capabilities and developing them into successful businesses.
In 2000 Gordon and his team developed a solution for the mobile phone regarding safe and secure recycling, named Fonebak (later renamed Regenersis). He and his team floated this on AIM in 2005 with a market capitalisation of £25 million. With his team he grew this business from zero turnover in 2000 to £100m turnover and £6m profits before retiring as Chairman in 2008. That business reached a market capitalisation of over £300m and has now transformed into Blancco.
The company Shields continues to be a successful business in the telecoms sector and has grown to service the largest networks around the world.
Gordon’s focus is now working with his son to substantially grow Shields Energy Services. The company’s proposition combines advanced data analytics with intelligent building control in a unique manner enabling large commercial estate holders to achieve energy cost and opex savings.
Gordon served on the Leadership Board of Business in the Community’s (BITC) Environment Division from 1996 to 2008. In addition, Gordon was invited by the UK’s Environment Minister to serve on a steering group that assisted the UK Government in meeting its environmental targets and on a UK Government Business Task Force on Sustainability. Gordon has also contributed to the efforts of the United Nations Environmental Programme and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) for his contribution to the environment.
Tony was Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless, the international telecoms operator until the end of 2014. Previously, he was Joint Managing Director and Finance Director for CW, Chief Executive of Tunstall Healthcare, Europe’s largest telecare and telehealth business as well as serving as Group Treasurer at British Aerospace and its successor company BAE Systems for 16 years, ultimately becoming Group MD of Commercial Aircraft, responsible for its Airbus and Regional Aircraft business units. He also was involved in the launch of Orange Mobile Telephone and Airbus Industries during this time.
Tony is currently Chairman of Dechra Plc, the UK’s leading animal healthcare company and Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Halma Plc. He has been a NED and Senior Independent Director for Spirit Pub Company plc since 2008 and serves as a Trustee for the Whittington Hospital Trust.
He had been involved with various privately opened companies as a Chairman and investor most notably Alexander Mann Solutions, the market leading HR outsource company and currently Xerxes Equity and Atlas Software Solutions.
Daniel Jones is the CEO of Shields and a Board Member.
Before being named CEO in January 2015, Daniel was Shields Group CFO, then COO and was responsible for all the company’s worldwide finance, sales and operations.
Daniel’s vision as CEO is to be the leading provider of solutions to telecom network operators. Bringing structural change to the way networks are sourced and maintained by revolutionising processes, resulting in substantial efficiencies and cost savings.
Daniel qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) at the young age of 22.
A qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA), David spent 14 years with Kingston Smith LLP where he was both a trainee and latterly a Partner. He was responsible for general corporate and professional advice to SME’s, their Directors and shareholders.
David originally joined Shields in 2000 and soon became Finance Director. After the successful de-merger and AIM listing of the mobile phones segment of the Shields business in 2005 he joined Fonebak PLC (Latterly Regenersis PLC), holding the position of Divisional Finance Director and General Manager. David returned to Shields during 2013 as Chief Financial Officer.
Gerrit is responsible for our MarketPlace Operational and Technical capabilities, ensuring that the company delivers best-in-class solutions for our customers on their network assets, whilst expanding the Shields capabilities on the latest technologies. He also drives innovation through technology in Shields services and processes.
Gerrit joined Shields in 2013. Prior to that, he spent 15 years working around the globe in the Telecommunications industry.
Bringing a wealth of experience, Gerrit understands the challenges that telecom operators face, and is well-positioned to support them together with the Shields team.
Gerrit van Dijken
James serves as Shields’ Chief Commercial Office (CCO) overseeing our global sales teams and ensuring we not only meet but exceed our global sales target, continuously streamline sales processes and deliver an optimum experience for our customers.
James has many years of experience in direct sales as well as managing teams in the global telecom space. With significant experience in reverse logistics and technical equipment sales, James is skilled at building relevant market knowledge and tailoring solutions for the needs of our clients.