Dr Simon Thomas – MEng, CPhys, CEng


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 truly 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.

Sir Colin Humphries

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys – CBE, FREng, FRS


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.

Alistair Crawford

Alistair Crawford


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 revenues 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.

Amelia Armour


Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University, and 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, she was a manager in the structured capital markets team at Barclays Investment Bank, with responsibility for 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.

Dr Andrew Lynn


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, and 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 Steve Churchhouse


After achieving a First in Mechanical Engineering, Steve went on to study operations research and control theory at Churchill College, Cambridge. On 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.

John Halfpenny – FIET, CEng


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.

Ed Stacey


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.