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Envoy's management team bring a wealth of professional expertise, not only in IP but across a wide range of business sectors.

The breadth of experience means we can always advise on the best IP annuities and renewals solution for your company.


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David Kennedy (CPA, EPA, RTMA) | CEO

David is a registered patent and trademark attorney and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He oversees all aspects of the business both in the US and the UK, and has established Envoy as a leading competitor within the annuities and renewals service sector. Prior to founding Envoy, David had his own patent agency with multiple offices in the UK.

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Claire Hosie | Director of Communications

Claire joined Envoy in 2010 and is responsible for all aspects of Envoy’s customer and prospect communications. She has over 12 years’ experience in communications, marketing and advertising, and has previously worked for award-winning agencies in Ireland and Australia.

Claire admits to a love of handbags and fine cuisine. Not the shy type, Claire has appeared in several TV adverts and taken part in a game show!

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Steven To | Service Manager

Steven has managed the day-to-day operations of the Service Team since joining Envoy in 2010. With over 10 years’ experience in intellectual property, Steven has worked in both private practice and industry, dealing with formalities and renewals/annuity fees.

Steven is a keen runner, and has completed many 10k races. He also enjoys travelling and going to the movies.

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Debbie Welch | Head of Sales

Debbie joined Envoy in 2014 and manages the international sales team in the UK and US. She is responsible for the account management of Envoy’s key customers and is the main point of contact for any account queries. Debbie works hands-on with annuity and renewal departments across all industries.

Debbie enjoys holidays abroad and loves cooking. Her not-so-secret ambition is to become the next Masterchef!

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Gordon Ricketts | Head of Technology

Gordon manages Envoy’s technology team. He is responsible for new system development, maintenance of systems that are transacted by customers and suppliers, and improving the IT infrastructure. Gordon is a hands-on technology leader with 20 years’ experience in leading technical and non-technical teams, specialising in web application development.

Gordon is very much a man of sport. He plays basketball every Friday and goes for a run every Sunday, and even manages to fit in the odd triathlon.

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Rachael Barton | Head of Marketing

Rachael joined Envoy in 2015 and manages the UK and US marketing teams. With over 10 years’ experience in marketing, communications, digital and PR, Rachael is responsible for implementing the strategic marketing plan in line with business objectives.

Rachael is obsessed with coconuts and loves anything that is coconut-flavoured or coconut-scented. She has tried almost every extreme sport going, including skydiving, waterskiing, snowboarding and canyoning - but has yet to brave a bungee jump...

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Raphael Ramani | Finance Manager

Raphael has been Finance Manager at Envoy since 2014 and manages all aspects of accounting and finance. He is the main financial point of contact within Envoy. Raphael has a BA (Hons) degree in Accountancy and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

As well as enjoying five-a-side football, Raphael is an active member of the office table tennis league and, appropriately for an accountant, has a keen eye for a bargain!

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