We are Verve Connect

We are an innovative technology company that delivers products through its design, manufacturing and marketing capability to many major global customers. Our market brand is called ‘IMO’, and is carried on a wide range of products that are available to end customers.

Our portfolio spans many categories from mobile handsets, fixed wireless access and fibre broadband devices, to sustainable technologies that include energy charging and storage solutions as well as electrical personal transport. Positioning ourselves as an agile, innovative challenger brand in the market, we pride ourselves on our end-to-end business reliability and ongoing support.

Mission and Vision

Our aim is to provide affordable technology to all. We help people and businesses to benefit from our latest products by providing innovative and reliable solutions, supported by unrivalled support and aftercare services.

Our Quality Commitment

Here at Verve Connect, we are committed to providing the best quality products and services to our partners and end users. We are BSI certified to the latest standard ISO 9001 Quality Management System. We operate an ISO based Quality Management System throughout our business. Our factories are accredited by leading industry organisations and work to internationally recognised ISO standards.

Meet the Team

Our leadership team is made up of a group of experienced and passionate industry professionals, who have built an organisation that delivers reliability to all our customers and partners in everything we do.

Chris Edwards - Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Edwards

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris is responsible for leading and developing the business to ensure it focuses on growing its business in line with market and customer needs.

With extensive international experience in the communications industry, Chris has held senior roles with Vodafone, Tech Data and recently as Liberty Global Vice President, where he was responsible for developing business operations and driving the rollout of mobile capability across Liberty’s European subsidiaries.

Through a deep knowledge of the value chain Chris adds a unique dimension to the team with commercial, marketing and product development expertise that will ensure solid all-round value with our partners.

Chris is a motor sports enthusiast and also enjoys outdoor activities when time allows.

Steve Hudson - Quality Advisor

Steve Hudson

Quality Advisor

A Quality Assurance & Social Accountability specialist, Steve joined Verve Connect in an advisory capacity in 2018 supporting all aspects of the Verve Connect quality assurance and industry accreditation program.

Steve enjoyed a 25-year career with Vodafone culminating as Head of Global Device Product Assurance supporting Vodafone’s global device quality and supply chain programme. When Steve left Vodafone he went on to head Q Assure, an experience rich company that have been applying their extensive knowledge of management systems, product development and manufacturing processes to support a select number of clients across very diverse industries.

Dr Jean-Francois (JF) Fava-Verde - Technology Advisor

Dr Jean-Francois (JF) Fava-Verde

Technology Advisor

JF became an advisor of Verve Connect in early 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, having held senior management positions in Raytheon, Racal and Orange in the US, Australia and Europe.

He is a Lead Technologist at Innovate UK, where he provides thought leadership on digital connectivity, including the Internet of Things and 5G. Prior to joining Innovate UK, JF was Head of Innovation at Orange Business Services, where he managed a collaborative innovation program for Orange’s customers and partners, dealing with digital innovations in health, transportation, finance and other sectors, in areas such as contactless, mobility or the Internet of Things.

In addition to his research activity in the field of history of science and technology, JF is a keen hill walker.

WU Sa - Managing Director


Managing Director

WU Sa is responsible for the building and running of this energetic company, overseeing business strategy and the building of product portfolio, proposition and business/partner development.

Previously at ZTE, he is credited as a key force in spearheading the company’s breakthrough in the UK and its expansion in Europe. He is also the key driver of the multi-channel strategy, shaping the practice from a white label model to a proposition-led business.

Prior to that, he held product management positions at Orange Business Services and Siemens Optical Fiber Cables.

Wu Sa is a passionate long-distance runner and a competitive tennis player.

Jasmine Stell - Business Development Director

Jasmine Stell

Business Development Director

Jasmine joined Verve Connect in February 2019 responsible for leading and developing the business to ensure it focuses on growing its business in line with market and customer needs.

Having held senior positions previously in Ericsson, Sony and Vodafone Jasmine benefits from 20 years of telecoms and FMCG experience in commercial product, sales and channel management. Most recently at Virgin Media she was responsible for the overall management of mobile devices developing differentiated and compelling device propositions to excite customers and ensure commercial needs were delivered. Jasmine’s strong background in relationship management, end-to-end planning and execution of products and propositions will enable further development of Verve Connect’s key partnerships to ensure joint business growth and success.

Jasmine enjoys keeping fit – she is a regular gym-goer and experienced skier, and likes being out in the countryside.

James Hunt - Business Development Director

James Hunt

Business Development Director

James is responsible for leading the strategy and leading the business within the broadband and IoT vertical.

Across the last 20 years, James has held senior European sales and business development roles within Samsung and Toshiba, working across both hardware, software and IoT.

Through a deep knowledge of connectivity and IoT platforms James will add value to our partners and customers as we focus on the market needs within wired and fixed line broadband.

James is a sports enthusiast and thrives on healthy competition.

Stephen Zhang - Head of Product & Supply Chain

Stephen Zhang

Head of Product & Supply Chain

Stephen joined Verve Connect in April 2015. His responsibilities include management of product planning and sales operations. He has worked for 12 years in the telecoms industry, specialising in delivering solutions in challenging circumstances and getting the best results for clients and businesses.

Prior to that, he was heading sales and marketing of consumer electronics for ZTE, supplying UK-based network carriers, retailers and distributors with multi-million pound business. He was a seasoned product specialist in China in his earlier professional life.

Stephen enjoys playing football, table tennis and is also a converted golfer.

Shelia Wang - Head of Marketing & Operations

Sheila Xiaolan Wang

Head of Marketing & Operations

Sheila is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and related activities, including management and building of the Verve Connect and IMO brands, PR, social, digital, and agency relationships.

She has marketing experience from both the in-house and the agency sides. Sheila was previously the key driver of ZTE’s marcoms in the UK and Europe, including branding, PR, advertising, sponsorship deals and sales promotions whilst setting up teams for both B2B and B2C marketing.

Sheila practices yoga regularly, and likes playing badminton and Zumba.