Sentinel Systems, one of the UK leaders in commercial vehicle safety systems, is in new hands. Following several months of negotiations, private investor John Little has acquired the business founded by Bill Paulson in 1986.

John Little’s background is a great fit for Sentinel Systems. Qualified as a mechanical engineer, John has built up 30 years’ experience in design, development, manufacturing and sales of commercial and specialist vehicles.

He has worked in the roles of design engineer, design manager and engineering director at several different companies before becoming Managing Director of Fluid Transfer International, specialists in aviation refuelling vehicles for commercial and military applications. He stayed with the company for 17 years with responsibility for other group companies and as a member of the UK Board before leaving to pursue the opportunity of buying Sentinel Systems.


Commenting on his new ownership of Sentinel Systems, John Little said, “I am delighted to have acquired the family owned and run business of Sentinel Systems and look forward to continuing the growth journey started by Bill Paulson and taken forward by David Paulson in more recent years. Moreover, I am excited by the future growth potential of the business through the expansive existing product range complemented with new innovative product introductions going forward. All of this whilst having the opportunity to work with such an experienced team that prides itself on delivering excellent customer service. I would like to thank Bill and David for their professionalism in handling the sale and business transfer.”

Speaking on behalf of the Paulson family, David Paulson commented, “We are very pleased to hand the business over to John. He has an outstanding track record of business growth and technical excellence, and is committed to developing Sentinel in both UK and overseas markets. It was important to us to find a buyer who would offer our staff the chance to develop their careers in a growing business, and would be able to take Sentinel to new levels of innovation that will benefit our customers and suppliers. John Little offers all of those things, and we wish him and Sentinel’s staff every success for the future.”

John Little is to run the business in the capacity of owner/manager and the business operations will continue to be centred at the Kemble Airfield Enterprise Park, Gloucestershire. Naturally John is keen to meet with as many customers and key suppliers as possible within the weeks and months to come.

John Little lives at his family home in Cheltenham with his wife Julie and has two grown-up sons also living in Cheltenham. He has a passion for sport, particularly rugby, and also enjoys motor sport, skiing, walking and playing golf.

Further information is available from Sentinel Systems on 01285 771333, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

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