Management Team

Christopher Eddlestone


Appointed Chairman in 2005, Chris has more 30 years corporate experience as a partner of several major UK legal practices he is presently the practising with Hammonds and heads the hotels and leisure practice of the firm. Chris has been an advisor to Speedwall and the company's founder for more than 20 years. Chris has been instrumental in guiding the strategic focus for the business and advising on corporate structuring and growth strategies for the business.


David Wardlaw

(Chief Executive Officer)

Appointed as a CEO in June 2005, David has over 20 years commercial experience having been involved in the establishment and growth of a number of international businesses. He has experience gained in the UK, Australia, US, South America, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East with large international companies and smaller independents. His career began in London working with Deloitte's followed by a period of time with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Thereafter he pursued a more entrepreneurial career path that has led him to being involved in more than 20 businesses within the property, construction, retail and media sectors. He is also the joint-managing director or HWD Australia, one of Melbourne's leading residential property development companies.


Chris Thomas

(Chief Operating OfficerDirector) 

Chris joined Speedwall in May 2007 and was appointed COO in July 2008. Chris brings a depth of commercial expertise to the Speedwall group, having spent the past 10 years at working in Investment Banking in a variety of roles with Beeson Gregory and Evolution Securities. He holds an Undergraduate and Masters degree from Durham University and an MBA from Grenoble in France.



Kayed Al Haddad

(Director International Operations & CEO - Middle East & Africa )

Kayed joined Speedwall in 2006 and joined the board to head up the Group's Middle Eastern & African Operations. Kayed has over 25 years international business experience having established and led a number of highly successful international businesses operating in the manufacturing, industrial, medical and construction sectors. He has commercial experience of operations that have spanned the UK, South America, South East Asia, Africa and most widely the Middle East. 

His contacts and relationships within the Middle East and Africa are extensive, his practical experience in growing buisinesses in emerging markets has proved invaluable to Speedwall.


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