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Colin Beatty

Managing Director and Founder of CBi Ltd

RIN Past President (2011-2013)

Colin started his career with an apprenticeship as an Instrument Maker with gyroscope specialist engineering company, S.G. Brown Ltd. After a spell working at Cunard Steamship Company as an Electrical Engineer Officer Colin returned to work for SG Brown to test fire control stabilisation system.

In late 1969 he visited Magnavox Advanced Products and Systems, to learn about the Navy Navigation Satellite System, the precursor to GPS. For seven years travelled the world selling, installing and training on the revolutionary new positioning system for SG Browns. In 1977 he joined Magnavox Systems Limited where he helped run a worldwide marketing and sales distribution network from the UK.

In 1988 he left Magnavox to form his own Satellite Positioning consultation company CBiL  and in 1993 was invited to form the European headquarters for Ashtech. In 1998 he returned to running CBiL.

Colin has over 40 years experience in satellite navigation applications, has been closely associated with The Hydrographic Society, and with the Royal Institute of Navigation of which he is a past President. He is also a member of the US Institute of Navigation.

He has delivered lectures and presentations in a number of key centres of surveying and navigation throughout the world.

Colin is also a keen photographer, enjoys spending time on his canal boat and looking after his black Labrador Dougal.

Caroline Nash

Office Manager / PA

Caroline has been known to CBIL for the last 10 years in her previous occupation and joined us in March 2010 as Office Manager/PA when Melinda Beatty returned home to Maryland, USA.

Caroline is responsible for keeping everything and everyone in order, with particular attention being paid to the timely expedition of orders, deliveries, invoices and payments.  Caroline also assists Mark Hague, Accountant.

Caroline is married with two sons and a dog and a caravan retreat in Poole, Dorset.

Chris Beatty


After attaining a degree in Industrial Product Design in the late 1990s, Chris and his brother, Nick, founded digital media production company 3DB Limited, in which he designed and delivered complex web, animation and training projects for a number of blue chip organizations, including Carl Zeiss, GE Healthcare and Electrolux.

3DB merged with CBIL in 2010 and in addition to continuing to produce training programmes for customers Chris turned his attention to managing numerous projects within CBIL. These include GNSS and Timing markets as well as overall responsibility for CBIL's marketing communications and future business development.

In his spare time Chris pursues his passions for all things motor sport, looks after his baby daughter and attempts to stay fit.

Nick Beatty


Nick has 14 years of web and software development experience, and has managed a huge variety of projects for a diverse array of blue-chip corporate clients including Cable & Wireless, BBC Drama and Lego.

Nick specialises in web application and database design, online commerce, marketing and audio technology. As Director of IT & Online, he is responsible for overseeing CBI's web-based projects and those of our clients. He completed a BA/BSc in Business Management & Multimedia at the University of Gloucestershire in 1998.

In his spare time Nick spends much of his time playing the electric guitar, running and entertaining his two young daughters. He lives with his family in rural Maryland, USA, less than an hour from Washington D.C.

Mark Hague


Following a degree in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University Mark has over 20 years of Management Accounting experience in several sectors of the economy including, Pharmaceuticals, Cable Tv, Education and the Military.

Mark first met Colin in 1993 when he was part of Colin’s initial team for the formation of Ashtech’s European headquarters and has continued to work with Colin in one guise or another since that time. Mark currently works for CBIL on a part time basis producing Management reporting information and essential statutory returns as well as overseeing the day to day accounting of the company.

Mark has 2 young children who keep him very busy and is a season ticket holder at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.