Workplace Representatives

Workplace Representatives

Our Workplace Engagement Project seeks to empower existing members to act as ambassadors for British APCO in order to recruit new members in their workplace, who can also then share in membership benefits.

We will equip you with information about British APCO and promotional materials.  If you are interested in becoming a Workplace Representative please contact us at


Mike Insherwood - Managing Director at APD Communications

Small Business Group Chair

Mike has worked in the IT and Telecommunications industries throughout his career. He has used technology to help both commercial and public sector organisations to reduce cost, increase efficiency and deliver better operational outcomes. As a control room geek, Mike loves being in control rooms and helping them to save lives through technology.

The Small Business Group exists to provide a representative voice for certain members of British APCO (subject to membership criteria).  The Group enables members to network, seek out business development opportunities, learn, influence markets and stakeholders and keep up-to-date with current, related developments.

The ambition is that members work collaboratively, to develop an understanding of capabilities within the group, and provide assistance to identify specific opportunities, products and services.  Working in partnership with UK Emergency Services, SBG members can deliver a vital contribution to help drive digitisation and transformation.


Matt Leat

Maritime Search and Rescue Representative

Matt is currently the Technology lead for HM Coastguard working from the organisations National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham. Prior to joining the Coastguard in 2010 Matt worked for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in London and is still a volunteer crewman, a position he has supported since 2002.

Since joining the Coastguard, Matt has undertaken significant operational and management roles within Search and Rescue with notable examples being the Search and Rescue Mission Co-ordinator for the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and senior manager for the internationally renowned Round the Island race.

Matt’s technology position requires an awareness and engagement with all operational disciplines within the organisation which includes Maritime, Coastal and Aeronautical Operations. This has seen the delivery of critical operational and technological programmes which includes the transferring of the UK Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre and the UK Mission Control Centre from the Royal Air Force to HM Coastguard in 2016.

Since joining the British APCO Executive Committee this year, Matt has helped to increase membership for us in the Maritime Search and Rescue sector by more than 50%.