The Team

Our people are the heartbeat of our business, driving innovation, dedication, and customer satisfaction. Their drive and expertise form the foundation of our success. Learn more and connect with our people below.
MEET THE TEAM

Meet Our Passionate Team

Shawn Balstone

Director

Kieren Balstone

Director

+44 (0) 1462 542553
kierenb@vital.global
Kieren Balstone | LinkedIn

David Higginson

GLOBAL BusinESS DIRECTOR

+44 (0) 7947 468523
Davidh@vital.global
David Higginson | Linkedin

Joe Chisnall

Product manager: VECTR

+44 (0) 1462 542554
joec@vital.global
Joe Chisnall | Linkedin

Lewis Day

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

+44 (0) 1462 656621
lewisd@vital.global
Lewis Day | Linkedin

Emma Wright

Excess Administrator

Joe Kryza

QC Lead

+44 (0) 1462 654 727
Joek@vital.global
Joe Kryza | Linkedin

Ellie Bangert

Sales Support Executive

Ellie Burgess

Accounting Administrator

+44 (0) 1462 542551
ellieburgess@vital.global
Ellie Burgess | Linkedin

Max Cartwright-Wells

Excess Manager

+44 (0) 1462 654856
maxw@vital.global
Max Wells | Linkedin

Charlie Guy

Business Development Executive

+44 (0) 1462 542550
charlieg@vital.global
Charlie Guy | Linkedin

Luke Sugden

Business Development Executive
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Amie Cornish

Office administrator

+44 (0) 1462 654727
amiec@vital.global
Amie Cornish | Linkedin

Mike Shaw

Materials Inspector
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Andy Weavers

Quality Inspector

+44 (0) 1462 654727
andyw@
vital.global

Tate Wallace

Business Development Executive
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Gary Whitaker

Materials Inspector

+44 (0) 1462 654727
garyw@vital.global

Izzy Wilson

Account Manager

+44 (0) 1462 654857
izzyw@vital.global
Izzy Wilson | Linkedin

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Jodie Zhu

Regional Manager

Miguel Gomez

Key Account Manager - México

+52 622 149 0353
miguelg@vital.global
Miguel Gomez | Linkedin

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Adarsh Shrivastav

Account Manager

Shawn Balstone

Director

I’ve spent the last 22 years gaining knowledge and experience within the electronic component industry. I’m currently applying this knowledge in my role as Director for Vital Electronics, where I’m responsible for looking after Sales, quality and the day-to-day running of the business.

Kieren Balstone

DIRECTOR

With an extensive background in the electronics industry, I am an expert in Sales and Sourcing. The experience I have gained has led me to my current role as Director at Vital Electronics, where I am responsible for working with our Sales/Management teams, Customer Relationships and Solutions. Outside of work, I enjoy playing football and travelling.

David Higginson

Global Business Director

I started my career in the industry as a junior account manager 21 years ago. From that position I progressed through various roles including Senior Account Manager, U.K. Country Manager, EU Manager and now Global Director for Sales and Purchasing with Vital.

Throughout my progression I have advanced my knowledge and understanding of markets, industry connectivity and supply chain management, alongside management practise focussing on emotional intelligence, support, and encouragement.

Outside of the industry I have worked as a part time personal trainer and nutritionist for 22 years; owning my own Mixed Martial Arts gym for eight years. In what little spare time I have I enjoy travelling with my family, reading, and cooking.

Joe Chisnall

product Manager: Vectr

Joe has been creating positive experiences for customers since he first began his sales career in 1997.

In 2022, Joe joined the Vital team, bringing with him 15 years of electronics industry experience & knowledge.

As VECTr product manager, Joe is responsible for delivering best value to our excess inventory partners.

Lewis Day

Business Development Executive

As a business development executive, I’m responsible for supply chain solutions of various clients. Working closely with purchasing directors, I analyse past and present component data, providing strategies to cut costs and increase revenue.

Since joining Vital Electronics, the most rewarding part has been helping clients resolve their supply issues,  followed closely by consistently developing skills that will allow me to succeed.

Outside of work, I am a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast who likes to explore different countries and meet new people.

Emma Wright

Excess Administrator

I graduated in Business and Economics from the University of Hertfordshire in 2019, and since graduating I have gained experience in administration. I’m currently applying this knowledge in my role as an Sales Administrator for Vital Electronics, where I’m responsible for preparing, organising, and storing information for the team.

Joe Kryza

QC Lead

As QC Lead, I am responsible for overseeing the operational side of Vital Electronics inspection department. I have many years of inspection experience in various roles but most significantly to this role, I bring 6+ years’ experience in inspection and laboratory testing to AS6081 level mitigation of suspect counterfeit components.

In my future career with Vital, I look forward to continuous development and implementation of quality inspection methods and equipment to further enhance our capabilities and what we can offer to our customers.

Ellie Bangert

Sales Support Executive

Over the course of my five year career, I’ve worked for companies such as Knowhow Tech Support Service and Hutchison 3G Enterprises. In January 2022, I took on the Business Development Executive role at Vital Electronics to help improve and grow as a sales representative and individual.

As a Business Development Executive, I’m responsible for overseeing potential new leads globally and keeping on top of progress with existing customers regarding any individual company needs.

Ellie Burgess

Accounting Administrator

As an Accounts Administrator at Vital Electronics, I am responsible for reconciliation of accounts, credit management, purchase ledger activities and support for payroll and VAT. Whilst in my previous role at an accountancy practice as an Accounts Assistant, I trained to be a bookkeeper, becoming qualified in 2020. 

My goal is to further my studies as I continue my journey to become a qualified accountant, currently studying with the AAT. I aim to grow with the company as I become more advanced in my role and look forward to taking on further responsibilities.

Max Wells

Excess Manager

During my time at Vital Electronics I have dedicated my time to learning everything there is to know about the Semiconductor industry. I’m currently applying this knowledge in my role as Excess Manager, where I’m responsible for the buying and selling of our customers excess stock to give them excellent ROI.

Charlie Guy

Business Development Executive

After years of competitive sport, and account management roles within global markets, I take pride in my ability to build long-lasting professional relationships. I love finding solutions within a challenging market, and thrive in assisting innovative businesses streamline their workflow, even through moments of volatility.

Years within FX, Sales and Engineering have also allowed an overview of Project Management – from conception to completion – across a range of Sectors. If, like many of my new clients, you are feeling frustrated with the fragility of your current supply chain, perhaps my team and I can help.

Luke Sugden

Business Development Executive

In May, I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire, where I studied a Business Management degree with a year of experience at Oklahoma State University, USA. I am now implementing the skills that I learnt through studying into Vital Electronics, where my role is to generate business through sales.

Outside of work – and throughout my adolescence – I have been a national swimmer, with medals at a British Championship level and some international representations. I have picked up transferrable skills that I can now implement into my career such as, thriving in a team environment, organisational management and priority allocation. These are all skills that are transferrable and have carried me through years of studying into what is now the early beginnings of my career at Vital.

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Amie Cornish

Office administrator

Since gaining my CIPD qualification, I have refined my skills in efficient organisation, meticulous record-keeping, and effective communication. Through performing administrative tasks, I have learnt how important processes can be to ensure everything is running smoothly.

My administrative duties at Vital Electronics range from record-keeping, office supply management and providing valuable assistance when needed. I intend on producing quality work and applying communication skills to fully support Vital Electronics as an Office Administrator.

Mike Shaw

Materials Inspector

Throughout my time at Vital, I have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to optimising warehouse efficiency and maintaining a safe, organised, and productive work environment. My expertise in inventory management and logistics coordination has been instrumental in ensuring the seamless flow of goods within the warehouse.

I am adept at utilising warehouse management systems and technology to enhance accuracy and streamline processes. As a warehouse professional, I am dedicated to contributing my skills and expertise to drive operational excellence and support for Vital Electronics.

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Andy Weavers

Quality Inspector

I have come from an electronic automation background where I was responsible for the quality inspections on all incoming bespoke parts and components by checking them to specifications and technical drawings. I was also identifying and rectifying any errors within the build of materials to prevent any errors in the production process.

I have transferred many of those skills to my role here at vital electronics, and I really enjoy the satisfaction of identifying and stopping counterfeit parts getting back out in the market. We can assure our customers they are getting exactly what they need. A service many of our competitors simply cannot offer.

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Tate Wallace

Business Development Executive

With a solid foundation in customer service and a new passion for transforming customer interactions into meaningful relationships, I’ve honed the art of delivering not just components, but great business impressions! The challenging market for electronic components has not only honed my resilience, but also allowed me to learn different skills to keep me ahead!

My passion lies in creating remarkable customer experiences and building long-term partnerships within the Electronic sector. I look forward to collaborating on your new projects!

Off the clock, you’ll catch me over the golf course, and if I’m not there I’m occasionally sweating it out at the gym. Like I’ve seen in my new role, consistency and growth are key.

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Gary Whitaker

Materials Inspector

With over 30 years in electronics distribution, I specialise in warehouse management and inventory processes. My primary focus is on meeting customer requirements while upholding high standards within the warehouse to optimise workflow.

A key aspect of my expertise lies in ESD processes, where I meticulously enforce adherence to procedures, safeguarding the integrity of electronic components throughout the distribution chain. My career reflects a commitment to excellence, precision, and proactive problem-solving in the dynamic realm of electronics distribution.

Izzy Wilson

Account Manager

As an experienced account manager in the electronic components industry, I enjoy nurturing relationships with both new and existing clients, leveraging my expertise in business development to drive growth and retention. I like to engage with my clients on a friendly and approachable level, fostering trust and loyalty. Outside of work, I’m a vibrant individual with a passion for travel (Mexico is my go-to place), enjoy following football as a Tottenham fan, and like most people I enjoy a night out with friends and a couple of drinks.

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Jodie Zhu

Regional Manager

Since gaining my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University I have become devoted to the electronic distribution industry and joined Vital Electronics as a Regional Manager based in Shenzhen. I have worked in both distributor and original manufacturer before, which has given me an in-depth knowledge of the electronic supply chain. I work with manufacturers in my region and help factory customers liquidate their stock and provide comprehensive supply chain solutions.

I am happily married with a one-year-old toddler and spend my time off with my family sea fishing and freshwater rod fishing as well as other outdoor activities.

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Miguel Gomez

Key Account Manager - México

I have 15 years of experience in the electronic component industry, I have played various roles in the supply chain and sales area. I’m currently applying this knowledge in my role as Key Account Manager.

All these years have helped me to build a great relationship with a lot of contacts in the industry. Outside of work I enjoy watching and playing sports like basketball and American football.

Adarsh Shrivastav

Account Manager - India

I am a results-oriented professional with over 5 years of expertise in Sales & Business Development. My robust background in account management and strategic growth has empowered me to navigate intricate sales cycles across diverse industries, including Semiconductor, e-commerce, and telecom. My customer-centric and consultative selling approach ensures a profound commitment to delivering unparalleled customer satisfaction.

Apart from my professional achievements, I find joy in playing cricket and exploring my passion for cooking.