Senior Management Team

At Scorpion Automotive, we are proud to possess the industry’s most enthusiastic, brightest and committed individuals. Here are just some of our people that are key to the company’s ongoing success.

Mark Downing BA (Hons)

Managing Director

Mark is responsible for directing Scorpion’s overall strategy towards sustained, profitable growth and ensuring corporate objectives and standards of performance are understood and owned by the senior management team.

Mark also represents the company within a number of professional and industry associations and plays an active role in ensuring industry input and expertise is available to the SMMT Supply Chain Working Group.

Originally trained as an Engineer with BICC in their Connectors division, then educated to degree standard in Business Administration, Mark has over 20 years’ experience as a Managing Director. He believes that the secret of success is attention to detail and excellent customer service.

Ian Davenport BEng MSc

Head of Research & Development

Heading up the Scorpion’s expanding and multidisciplinary R&D department, Ian’s team is at the forefront of the company’s technological developments for its UK and expanding overseas markets.


Scorpion’s relatively unique offering of a bespoke electronic design and manufacturing service all within the confines of its UK HQ facilitates; enables an ultra-efficient product development process from conception to roll-out.

Ian and his team are responsible for identifying and solving complex vehicle electronics and telematics problems. To this end, R&D activities are very closely coordinated with Scorpion’s sales and marketing activities to ensure that the organisation is providing exactly what its customers need; along with the bespoke requirements of an increasing portfolio of OE and large volume aftermarket players from around the globe. Ian and his team also work closely with Scorpion’s Purchasing Team to inform upon optimal component selection and procurement.

The growing R&D team comprises of engineers engaged in: product design/development at PCB design level; coding using ‘Embedded C’ to design/develop programs embedded at microprocessor level; and engineers with expertise in GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo), GSM, RF, Bluetooth technologies.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Engineering and MSc degree in Electronic Engineering.

Richard Andrews

National Sales Manager

Richard holds responsibility for UK Sales and Key Account Management.

Richard joined Scorpion Automotive Ltd in December 2007. He has worked in many sectors of the automotive industry and gained over 26 years experience with electronic vehicle security manufacturers and distributors such as Connaught Electronics Ltd (CEL), Foxguard Electronics Ltd, TG21PLC and Toad Group PLC.

Richard has an extensive working knowledge of electronic vehicle security and tracking systems having managed his own car security installation business for a number of years.

Richard was responsible for managing the sales team at Toad PLC from 2001 until joining Scorpion Automotive Ltd in 2007. He now heads up the external sales team at Scorpion Automotive Ltd as well as working closely on original equipment development projects with Aaron Mitchell, OE Technical Manager.

Richard believes the secret of success is an experienced, professional and friendly approach with first class customer service always in mind.

Darrel Murgatroyd BSc (Hons)

Production Engineering Manager

Darrel directs the development and implementation of Scorpion’s manufacturing processes to ensure optimum production functionality, capacity and cost efficiencies. The role requires working closely with R&D, sales &

marketing and operations to ensure production capability and output stays ahead of customer demand for Scorpion’s growing product portfolio and the increasing volume requirements from its UK and export markets.
He is responsible for leading the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analysis and as a part of the company’s Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process to IATF16949 standards. His production engineering expertise is also called upon within the Group’s Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), a standardised practice ensuring accurate and efficient communication with customers in approving production designs and processes before, during, and after manufacture.

In line with Group-wide practice, Darrel works to establish and maintain processes conducive to continuous improvement in manufacturing.

Darrel has a Bsc (Hons) degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and possesses an in-depth knowledge of regulatory standards such as ISO9001, IATF16949 and those of the Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC).

Sue French

Regional Sales Manager – South

Reporting to Richard Andrews, Sue is Regional Sales Manager for the South. Sue has over 20 years’ experience within the stolen vehicle tracking industry, having started out at the very beginnings of the technology’s development at Securicor TrakBak where

she joined as a telephonist receptionist and left 9 years later in 2003 as National Account Manager.
From these early days, Sue has held Sales roles with NavTrak and Cobra and has been responsible for OE approved, stolen vehicle tracking sales via franchised dealer sites for many prestige brands including Land Rover, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and most recently, Audi following the Launch of the R8 in 2007.

As well as stolen vehicle tracking, Sue has extensive knowledge and experience of working with Aftermarket Resellers who specialise in all forms of automotive safety and security from alarms to parking sensors.

Sue joined Scorpion Automotive in January 2015 and is an enthusiastic and conscientious member of the sales team. With experience within both the direct and indirect sales channels, she has excellent relationship building skills and uses them ably to obtain and maintain business.

Sue also holds a Certificate in Marketing and has a broad knowledge of marketing communications methods.

Mike Nolan BA (Hons) PSM

Quality Manager – Six Sigma Black Belt Trained

Mike is responsible for the implementation and on-going integrity of the Scorpion’s Quality Management Systems. This includes developing and reviewing the effectiveness of our procedures,

conducting departmental audits and ensuring Scorpion’s on-going compliance with ISO9001:2015, IATF16949:2016, ISO14001, Thatcham and BSI Quality Standards.

Mike has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, 9 of which have been with Scorpion Automotive.

Mike is a fully trained Six Sigma Black Belt en-route to becoming fully certified, has Lead Auditor Course training to ISO9001 and TS16949, is Minitab trained; along with Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) training which all helps contribute to fulfilling specific customer requirements across Scorpion’s substantial customer base.

Dan Balsamini

Regional Sales Manager – North

Dan has 12 years of experience working within sales and marketing where he has worked with brands such as Vauxhall, Mercedes, Skoda and Allianz Insurance. He’s also a Town Councillor in his home town of Settle, North Yorkshire and was elected Mayor in May 2018.

Aaron Mitchell

OE Technical Manager

With over 25 years of experience in the automotive security industry 10 of which with Toad Plc, Aaron now provides technical support for the entire Scorpion range of products.


Aaron had vast hands-on experience of the installation and development of vehicle security systems for both vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. He plays a leading technical role in developing and launching vehicle security and telematics programmes for several vehicle manufacturers. He also provides installation and technical training to Scorpion’s Authorised Dealer network.

Ensuring the smooth integration between vehicle and Scorpion systems has meant travel to, and co-ordination with manufacturer’s technical teams at their headquarters across the globe.

Gill Downing

Operations Manager

Highly motivated and organised individual, managing a team of production supervisors and operatives in both the electronic and electro mechanical production departments. Gill works closely with Purchasing, and ensures that sales order demand and deadlines are met by coordinating the efforts of production and warehouse.

Karen Hicklin MCIPS

Global Purchasing Manager

Karen is the head of the Scorpion Purchasing Team who are responsible for end to end procurement and ensuring the timely delivery of a multitude of component types each month in line with Scorpion’s manufacturing resource planning process and agreed Client Service Level Agreements.

The Purchasing Team are the central point of contact for all company purchasing, tasked with ensuring optimal cost efficiencies without compromising Scorpion’s renowned product quality and reliability. Karen who is MCIPS qualified has over 30 years’ knowledge and experience in electronic component procurement.

Tony Heys

Aftermarket Technical Manager

Tony has worked for Scorpion for over 25 years and as Technical Manager, heads up the Customer Technical support department. Tony has responsibility for liaising with external bodies like Thatcham and gathering technical data from the field and working closely with the company’s R&D team regarding product development and continuous improvement.