EMEA Directors

Charles Lombard

Managing Director EMEA

Charles Lombard joined Apollo Fire Detectors as Managing Director with regional responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in August 2017.

With a career working in many European countries, Charles has led global businesses of increasing size and complexity based in Italy, Australia, Denmark and France. Charles was Vice President of a group of businesses in his last position with ITW.

Born and raised in France, Charles holds a degree from the Grenoble School of Business, and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Birmingham. He is fluent in French, English and Italian.

Jennifer Rudder

Finance Director

Jennifer Rudder joined Apollo Fire Detectors as Finance Director in June 2018 with responsibility for the company’s global finance and IT teams.

Originally from Missouri, USA, Jennifer has held a number of international roles in finance, IT and HR. Most recently Jennifer worked at Loma Systems in the UK, a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), where she was responsible for global Finance and UK Inside Sales. Prior to relocating to the UK to join Loma Systems, Jennifer held various roles at the ABB Group, the multinational technology corporation, where she began as an accounts controller in the Missouri power transformer manufacturing arm and rose to a leading role in the global HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

Wendy Osborne

Head of Global HR and Development

Wendy Osborne is Global Head of HR and Development and joined Apollo Fire Detectors in April 2011.

Wendy graduated from Southampton Solent University with a degree and post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management. She has 18 years' experience in HR since starting her professional career, firstly within the adult education sector, and later within the service and manufacturing sectors for Wärtsilä, a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for marine and energy markets.

Karl Westhead

Technical Director

Karl Westhead joined Apollo Fire Detectors as Technical Director in April 2016.

Karl graduated from Durham and Loughborough Universities with degrees in Electronics and Automotive Engineering. He started his professional career, firstly at Ford and later with Visteon. Most recently, Karl was Engineering Director at Avire, also a Halma company.