Meet the Leadership Team Fighting Wobbly Tables

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Barry Mancell

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Barry commenced his professional career working in Public Practice Accountancy advising clients in a variety of industries specialising in business start-up and growth strategies, taxation law and compliance, business structuring, audit and assisting in funding and innovation activities.

Whilst working for a high net-worth individual and owner of a private Pharmaceutical company he facilitated a successful Initial Public Offer (IPO) for the company providing substantial returns to shareholders.

After providing management consultancy services to several enterprises in a variety of industries with a demonstrated focus on profitability improvement and increases in shareholder wealth, Barry then accepted a General Management role within the Telecommunications Industry with responsibilities for multiple Retail Outlets and Direct Sales Teams.


Sam Panagakis

General Manager - Global Operations

Sam Panagakis is the General Manager for Global Operations at FLAT. He is responsible for all global operations functions, including manufacturing operations, procurement, supply chain and business systems.

Sam is known as a collaborative leader, with 20+ years of experience in sales, logistics, and commercial operations. His focus on customer experience is notable by his history of transforming teams to deliver sustained results through customer partnership and stakeholder engagement.

Before joining FLAT in 2012, Sam held various executive commercial and operational roles within the retail, logistics and consumer goods sectors.

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce majoring in accounting from University of Western Sydney.


Ricky Then

Senior Engineer

Ricky is a Senior Engineer with a background in mechanical engineering and R&D. He brings extensive experience in product design, manufacturing, and project management. ​

At FLAT, Ricky is responsible for overseeing all aspects of engineering, from the initial concept to final production. Leading the engineering teams across Australia and China, Ricky manages engineering operations and drives innovation within the organization. ​ His expertise is grounded in a thorough understanding of manufacturing technologies, proficiency in product design and quality control, and advanced skills in 3D CAD modelling and analysis. ​ He is deeply committed to developing innovative products and delivering technological solutions. ​

Ricky holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Sydney.

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Arthur Snippert

Sales Director - EMEA

Arthur started his career at Hunter Douglas with specific objectives to develop and grow the business internationally. After 10 years, Arthur had laid the core business foundations including ICT, Planning and Sales & Marketing in the United States, Germany and his home country, the Netherlands.

Arthur developed a keen interest in the commercial side of business and, in 2000, joined Ricoh where he spent eight years in several sales and marketing roles.

Arthur has held several senior management roles and in 2010 became General Manager at Nien Made Enterprises. As the General Manager, he devised and managed the European strategy for the business. Within six years, the business became one of the leaders in the manufacturing of high quality window blinds. During Arthur’s time with Nien, he had direct involvement with all aspects of the business, including an international supply chain, operations and sales.


Arthur joined FLAT in 2014 and is responsible for developing the business across Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Nils Hughes

Executive Vice President of Sales – Americas

Having initially studied Hotel & Catering Management, Nils started his career working in a 3* Michelin Restaurant.

Staying in the foodservice and hospitality sector, Nils’ career expanded into Sales with companies such as Cambro Manufacturing, Steelite International, Dudson UK and more recently Rosseto Serving Solutions where he led their branding, new product development and global sales.

With over 35 years’ experience in the Industry and a strong background in hospitality, foodservice and manufacturing, Nils brings a deep understanding of the Global Industry.

Nils lives in Merritt Island, Florida and heads FLAT’s Americas sales team.

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Andy O’Donnell

Marketing Director – Global

Andy joined FLAT in 2012 having worked in the facilities management industry for a number of years.

Andy began his career at Rentokil Initial on their two-year graduate scheme. Following this, he held a senior operational role for three years. In 2005, Andy joined OCS Group UK Ltd working with blue chip national accounts and became Account Director for Lloyds TSB (Lloyds Banking Group), managing and developing a portfolio of services to 900+ locations. Andy also led major projects in business development, marketing, sales, IT and business acquisitions and disposals.

Working from the UK, Andy is now responsible for FLAT’s marketing activities worldwide and is passionate about promoting FLAT’s technology to the world.