Dr Simon Thomas – MEng, CPhys, CEng, FREng


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.

Charles Platts

Charles Platts – LLB, ACA, MBA


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.

Tony Pearce – BEng, CEng


Tony brings to Paragraf nearly 30 years’ experience within the semiconductor industry. Having held several leadership positions within the compound semiconductor field, Tony has an extensive background in electronic material processes, volume manufacturing and capital equipment development and production.

Previously as Managing Director within the semiconductor equipment manufacturing field, Tony led the organisation responsible for the development and manufacture of scientific equipment. More recently as VP of Global Operations within compound semiconductor material manufacturing, 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.

John Tingay – BEng, CEng, FIMechE


John has led the development of capital equipment for the semiconductor and electronics industries for over two decades 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.

John has held Non-Executive positions in high technology companies in semiconductor and advanced imaging markets with experience of the business and technology acquisition process from a multinational corporate viewpoint.

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