About
Paragraf

Our Story

Paragraf’s patented contamination-free deposition technology, developed by our CEO Simon Thomas, delivers game-changing opportunities for the commercialisation of graphene by allowing us to manufacture high-purity 2D graphene sheets at scale.

At Paragraf, we not only specialise in the manufacture of high-purity graphene but also its seamless integration into ready to use products that can be quickly adopted by our customers and partners to support the advancement of their technologies.

At Paragraf we are committed to materially transforming electronics through the development of high-purity graphene products that will facilitate massive improvements in the performance of technologies across all aspects of life.

Our Team

Dr Simon Thomas

MEng, CPhys, CEng, FREng

CEO

Simon has a diverse background in physics, engineering and materials science combined with many years’ experience in the fields of semiconductors, functional materials, solid state devices and capital equipment manufacture. This has perfectly equipped him to fully understand two-dimensional materials production. With expertise in materials deposition techniques, he has developed numerous new materials and structure generation processes whilst advancing the understanding of the science of materials growth.

As a global high-tech materials and engineering consultant, Simon has multidisciplinary skills in the development of equipment, deposition processes and surface science across a range of fields. The resulting technology advances have achieved new performance levels in existing semiconductor device structures and have facilitated the capability to produce novel materials and new devices.

With a diverse background in physics, engineering and material science combined with many years in the fields of semiconductors, functional materials, solid state devices and capital equipment manufacture, Simon is well equipped to fully understand two-dimensional materials production. His expertise in material deposition techniques has assisted him in developing numerous new materials and structure generation processes whilst also advancing understanding of the science of materials growth.

Dr Simon Thomas

MEng, CPhys, CEng, FREng
CEO

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys

FREng, CBE, FRS

CSO

Sir Colin has extensive experience in the commercialisation of scientific ideas and the creation of successful university spin-out companies. Low-cost, high-efficiency LEDs developed by his research group are now being manufactured in the UK. New alloys developed by the Rolls-Royce University Research Centre – which he founded and directed – are now flying in Rolls-Royce engines.

He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in materials science and has received many international medals for his research. Sir Colin is Professor of Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London, a Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and is repeatedly invited to speak at materials science conferences.

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys

FREng, CBE, FRS
CSO

Charles Platts

LLB, ACA, MBA

CFO

Charles has worked as the finance lead in various multi-site international businesses in listed corporate groups. He has extensive experience in manufacturing, with a career covering materials fabrication, metal refining and volume and speciality chemicals manufacturing. 

In previous positions, Charles was responsible for the financial leadership of businesses with multiple manufacturing and commercial sites covering Europe, US and Asia. As part of these roles, Charles has been significantly involved in strategy development and implementation, major capital projects, the development and review of business structures and processes and ensuring sound governance, compliance and risk management.

Charles Platts

LLB, ACA, MBA
CFO

Tony Pearce

CEng, BEng, FIMMM

COO

With over 30 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, Tony has held numerous leadership positions within the compound semiconductor field, His background is focussed in electronic material processes, volume manufacturing and capital equipment development and production.

Previously as Managing Director within the semiconductor capital equipment field, Tony led the organisation responsible for the development and manufacture of complex material deposition systems. More recently as VP of Global Operations for a leading compound semiconductor material supplier, Tony established and led the global teams responsible for the successful growth and volume production of materials for a diverse range of device applications including 3D sensing, RF power devices, solar power generation and optoelectronic telecommunications.

Tony Pearce

CEng, BEng, FIMMM
COO

John Tingay

CEng, BEng, FIMechE

CTO

John has led development of capital equipment in  the semiconductor and electronics industries for over two decades, spanning across wide-ranging technology areas from front end to packaging applications. In these positions, John has been responsible for bringing novel technologies and processes to the industry and supporting the introduction of products by top tier consumer electronics companies.

His experience of the business and technology acquisition process from a multinational corporate viewpoint  has led John to hold several non-executive positions in high technology companies within in the semiconductor and advanced imaging markets. .

John has also worked in the development of systems for particle accelerators and Synchrotron physics, after starting his career in consulting engineering.

John Tingay

CEng, BEng, FIMechE
CTO

An experienced leadership team

Paragraf is committed to materially transforming electronics through the development of high-purity graphene products, supporting the advancement of technologies.

Our Board

Dr Simon Thomas

MEng, CPhys, CEng, FREng

CEO

Simon has a diverse background in physics, engineering and materials science combined with many years’ experience in the fields of semiconductors, functional materials, solid state devices and capital equipment manufacture. This has perfectly equipped him to fully understand two-dimensional materials production. With expertise in materials deposition techniques, he has developed numerous new materials and structure generation processes whilst advancing the understanding of the science of materials growth.

As a global high-tech materials and engineering consultant, Simon has multidisciplinary skills in the development of equipment, deposition processes and surface science across a range of fields. The resulting technology advances have achieved new performance levels in existing semiconductor device structures and have facilitated the capability to produce novel materials and new devices.

With a diverse background in physics, engineering and material science combined with many years in the fields of semiconductors, functional materials, solid state devices and capital equipment manufacture, Simon is well equipped to fully understand two-dimensional materials production. His expertise in material deposition techniques has assisted him in developing numerous new materials and structure generation processes whilst also advancing understanding of the science of materials growth.

Dr Simon Thomas

MEng, CPhys, CEng, FREng
CEO

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys

FREng, CBE, FRS

CSO

Sir Colin has extensive experience in the commercialisation of scientific ideas and the creation of successful university spin-out companies. Low-cost, high-efficiency LEDs developed by his research group are now being manufactured in the UK. New alloys developed by the Rolls-Royce University Research Centre – which he founded and directed – are now flying in Rolls-Royce engines.

He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in materials science and has received many international medals for his research. Sir Colin is Professor of Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London, a Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and is repeatedly invited to speak at materials science conferences.

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys

FREng, CBE, FRS
CSO

Alistair Crawford

Chairman

Alistair has spent his entire career in the computer and high technology industry, spanning hardware, software, and management of large consulting and systems integration businesses.

For Oracle, he led a $1 billion business with 6,000 staff, which doubled in size under his leadership. He was CEO of two UK-listed public companies: CMG plc, with 12,000 staff and £900m revenue, and Psion plc.

He has been chairman of a number of high technology start-ups, helping them accelerate their growth by developing their teams, raising finance, and winning customers for their products. This has resulted in successful exits.

Alistair has an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.

Alistair Crawford

Chairman

Amelia Armour

Director

Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University and also qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in the corporate tax department. She is a Principal of the Early Stage Fund at Amadeus Capital Partners, focussing on investment in autonomous systems, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, digital health, and medical technology.

As well as sitting on the board of Paragraf, Amelia holds Directorships at other technology companies, including: Riverlane (a developer of quantum software), Immense Simulations  (an intelligent mobility enabling software company), and SLAMcore (an Imperial College spin-out developing spatial intelligence for autonomous robotics and drones).

Prior to Amadeus, Amelia was a manager in the structured capital markets team at Barclays Investment Bank, holding the  responsibility of running a portfolio of multi-jurisdiction transactions. She has also worked in structured finance at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Amelia is a mentor on the Judge Business School’s Accelerate Programme.

Amelia Armour

Director

Dr Andrew Lynn

Director

Andrew is a serial entrepreneur and executive, focused on early-stage high technology opportunities and academic spin-outs. He has helped lead numerous businesses from initial concept through to product commercialisation. His business experiences encompass start-up, fundraising, growth and trade sale exits, as well as leading both Orthomimetics and CamGaN to trade sale exits as CEO.

Andrew currently serves as CEO of Fluidic Analytics and sits as a non-executive director on several boards, including the Cambridge Network. He was an inaugural winner of a Science|Business Academic Enterprise Award in Europe, and appeared on U.S. Technology Review magazine’s list of the world’s top young innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Dr Andrew Lynn

Director

Dr Steve Churchhouse

Director

After achieving a First in Mechanical Engineering, Steve went on to study operations research and control theory at Churchill College, Cambridge. After leaving academia, he gained significant experience within global business. During his 35-year career with Rolls-Royce he has designed real-time, safety-critical control systems, led business units in Europe and the U.S., sat as group director of Corporate Planning, and led the Rolls-Royce Digital Business, which has 24/365 responsibility for mission-critical, real-time, digital engine monitoring services.

Steve currently holds a variety of global non-executive and advisory positions within the science community, including spin-outs from Cambridge University. He acts as a mentor to micro-business start-ups for The Prince’s Trust youth charity.

Dr Steve Churchhouse

Director

John Halfpenny

Director

John has a successful track record as a Director and CXO of several high-tech and clean-tech companies. He has experience of company level transactions at all stages of the business lifecycle, including start-up to sale, and AIM flotation. His considerable commercial experience includes senior positions within global companies such as ARM and Texas Instruments. His extensive international commercial experience encompasses the negotiation of IP licensing, outsourced manufacturing, and distributor and joint venture agreements with organisations across Europe, Asia and the US.

John has a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Cambridge University and holds a variety of non-executive and advisory positions within the science community. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

John Halfpenny

Director

Ed Stacey

Director

Specialising in technology and strategy, Ed holds an MBA and BSc from Manchester University, and started his career with Henkel and Scientific Generics.

He now has over 20 years’ venture capital experience, since co-funding the $50m Venture Technologies deep-tech fund in 1996. He has achieved excellent returns with several high-profile exits. Since co-founding deep-tech investor IQ Capital in 2006, he has directed the firm’s technology strategy. It is currently investing from its £136m IQC Fund III, seeking investments in machine learning, data-based propositions and disruptive IP.

Ed Stacey

Director

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