Our people that make it happen

Meet the team

Iain Burgess
Chief Executive+

Iain Burgess
Chief Executivex

Iain founded BVG in 1991, after a short career with retail group Marks & Spencer. He has received numerous business awards both individually and on behalf of the company, including the Welsh Young Business Achiever of The Year, Welsh Innovative Company of the Year, Welsh Exporter of the Year, Welsh Excellence in Growth Award and Management Today ranked him as the 60th most successful entrepreneur in the UK in 2008.

Iain no longer works in a full time role for BVG-Airflo Group and he devotes his spare time, in part, to helping and advising other business owners.

Dan Price
Sales & Purchasing Director+

Dan Price
Sales & Purchasing Directorx

Dan joined BVG-Airflo in 1996, being promoted to Sales Purchasing Director in 2000. Dan heads up a large team that is responsible for developing Clifford James trade distribution, reader offer and mail order channel businesses. Dan spends several weeks a year with his team in the Far East sourcing new and innovative products for the group.

Andrew Crees
Finance Director+

Andrew Crees
Finance Directorx

During his time with the company, Andrew has either carried out, or been responsible for most of the key functions of the business. Today he heads the finance team and plays a key role in the on-going development of BVG-Airflo's sales order processing, accounting and IT systems.

Robert Williams
Managing Director, Airflo+

Robert Williams
Managing Director, Airflox

Robert originally qualified as a surveyor and later was one of the two founder partners of Tightlines Direct, a mail-order and retail fly fishing company subsequently acquired by BVG-Airflo Group. Robert is currently the Managing Director for our fishing tackle division, which encompasses the Airflo, Total Fishing Gear and Fishtec brands. Robert is a passionate fisherman, has fished for his Country at the highest level and spends most of his spare time on the riverbank.

Gareth Jones
Sales Director, Airflo+

Gareth Jones
Sales Director, Airflox

Gareth joined Airflo in June 1991 as a technical assistant, providing technical and fly fishing advice to our retail customers. He left the company for a short time and returned to head up Airflo Direct, a mail order operation that was the forerunner to Fishtec.

In 1996 Gareth was promoted to Airflo Sales Director with responsibility for over 400 domestic and export accounts. His role involves extensive travelling around the world supporting our export customers as they develop our overseas markets. Gareth is a passionate fly-fisherman and has fished all over the world. He has been a regular member of the Welsh International team for the last 15 years, and has achieved Bronze individual and team Silver medals at World Championship level.

Richard Wothers
Production Director, Airflo+

Richard Wothers
Production Director, Airflox

Richard is the longest serving member of staff, having started in 1988 shortly after graduating from Liverpool University. During his 23 years with the company, he has played a key role in the development of the Airflo fly line and was appointed Production Director in 1997. His joint responsibilities are running the production facility and R&D. Richard is a keen fly fisherman with professional qualifications in casting instruction. His fly fishing ability has enabled him to develop many new innovative products and production techniques, the latest of which is 'the Ridge line' and has recently been awarded the 2006 Cardiff University Innovative Award.

Simon Locke
Marketing Director+

Simon Locke
Marketing Directorx

Having graduated from Greenwich University in 1992, with a BA (Hons) in Marketing, Simon returned to his native Wales to become marketing manager of the Welsh Institute of Sport. In 1997 he decided to combine his passion for fly fishing with a business idea and set up mail order fishing tackle company Tightlines Direct with fellow Director Robert Williams. Tightlines became part of the BVG-Airflo group in 2000 and Simon is now Marketing Director for Clifford James.