Our Team

We combine smart design with rich technology
to craft innovative products.

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Phil Bates, Co-founder and Managing Director

Co-founder of the company with Graham Fick, Phil has overseen the growth of the company from a small 2 person office to the dedicated production and design facilities we now have. A keen amateur historian, Phil enjoys walks in the local area.

Graham Fick, Co-founder and Chief Design Engineer

Graham is a qualified engineer with a passion for motors. Having worked in the industry following his university days, Graham worked with Phil to develop the initial prototypes and business plan for what would become Zikodrive.

Stefan Helsing, Director

A retired CEO and hugely experienced Director, Stefan joined the board following investment from SycoTec. When not in the Board Room, Stefan is often found travelling the world.

Andreas Koepf, Director

An experienced CEO, Andreas joined the board following investment in the company from SycoTec. A natural leader with a passion for the outdoors, Andreas focuses on growth through innovation.


Marius Sumutiu, Production Manager

Marius joined the company in 2020 to assist with the first iteration of our production line. Since then he has gone from strength to strength becoming a valued member of staff and working to improve quality and throughput in our Cragg Vale based factory.

Alex Calderbank, Operations Manager

Al is a hands on Operations Manager with a passion for process improvement and business growth. When not driving up standards he relaxes by watching Liverpool, fishing and listening to music.

Sanket Gore, Product Manager

Sanket is a qualified engineer with a passion for making great products. Brought in to oversee the overhaul of the Zikodrive stock range, Sanket has been a key force in developing this range. A keen chess player, Sanket enjoys following the game internationally as well as playing.

Shelley Walker, HR, Training and Development Manager

With a background in teaching and learning, as well as a degree in Business Management and Chartered Manager status, Shelley applies her skills and experience to support the needs of the team as well as scouting future recruits.