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.

Pete Browitt

Operations Director

Pete Browitt joined Apollo Fire Detectors as Global Finance Director in May 2016, before being appointed Operations Director in December 2017.

Pete graduated with a BSc in Physics from the University of York. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and his career encompasses a variety of financial roles at 3M and Halma. Most recently, Pete held the post of Finance Director at Avire - another Halma company. He was also appointed as Halma Fire Sub Sector Finance Director, a position that he continues to hold in addition to his role at Apollo.

Ed Browning

Sales & Marketing Director

Ed Browning joined Apollo Fire Detectors as Sales and Marketing Director in September 2015.

Ed graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Marketing in South Africa. He has extensive sales and marketing experience, gained over 25 years with companies which include Unilever, Black & Decker and the Coleman Outdoor Company.

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.

Wendy Osborne

Head of HR and Development

Wendy Osborne is 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.