Meet the team
Dr Simon Thomas, CEO
MEng, CPhys, CEng
Simon’s 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, have equipped him with the knowledge to truly understand two-dimensional materials production. With expertise in materials deposition techniques he has developed numerous new materials and structure generation processes whilst progressing the general community understanding of the science of materials growth.
As a global high-tech materials and engineering consultant, Simon has multidisciplinary skill sets in the development of equipment, deposition processes and surface science across a range of fields. The resulting technology advancements have achieved new performance levels in existing semiconductor device structures and have facilitated the capability to produce new and novel materials and devices.
Dr Ivor Guiney, Technical Director
Ivor’s experience is in physics, engineering and semiconductor materials, with focuses on solid state device development, epitaxial growth advancement and novel materials development. He has taken the lead on projects which have developed new combinations of functional materials with a view to linking innovative science with real-world applications. Throughout numerous projects, Ivor has taken charge of material deposition and characterisation for electronic and optoelectronic devices to solve issues endemic to the semiconductor industry.
Ivor has held positions both in the commercial world of capital equipment manufacture and academia as a senior physicist at the University of Cambridge. He also sits on the Institute of Physics Semiconductor Committee.
Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys, Chairman
CBE, FREng, FRS
Sir Colin has extensive experience in the commercialisation of scientific ideas and in 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 the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a regular invited speaker at materials science conferences.
Dr Andrew Lynn, Director
Andrew is a serial entrepreneur and executive, who has a focus on early-stage high technology opportunities and academic spin outs. Andrew has helped lead numerous businesses from initial concept through product commercialisation. His business experiences encompass start up, fund raising, growth and trade sale exits, and include leading both Orthomimetics and CamGaN to trade sale exits as CEO.
Andrew current serves as CEO of Fluidic Analytics and sits as a non-executive director on several boards including the Cambridge Network. His efforts have earned him recognition in Europe as an inaugural winner of a Science|Business Academic Enterprise Award and in the US as a member of Technology Review Magazine’s TR35 list of the world’s top young innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs.
Dr Steve Churchhouse, Director
Steve has a first degree in mechanical engineering which he subsequently built on with studies into operations research and control theory at Churchill College, Cambridge. On leaving academia Steve 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 US, sat as group director of Corporate Planning and led their Digital Business which is responsible 24/365 for Rolls-Royce’s 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 other spin outs from Cambridge University. He also acts as mentor to micro-business start-ups for the young persons’ charity, The Prince’s Trust.
John Halfpenny, Director
John has a successful track record as a Director and CXO of several high tech and clean tech companies with experience in company level transactions in all areas of the business life cycle, including start up to sale, and floatation on AIM.
John has considerable commercial experience from holding senior positions within global companies such as ARM and Texas Instruments. He has extensive international commercial experience, having negotiated IP licensing, outsourced manufacturing, distributor and joint venture agreements with organisations across Europe, Asia and the US.
John has a Masters’ degree in Engineering Science from The University of Cambridge and currently holds a variety of non-executive and advisory positions within the science community, John is also a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Ed Stacey, Director
Ed has over 20 years’ venture capital experience, since he co-funded Venture Technologies in 1996, a $50m deep tech fund, achieving excellent returns with several high-profile exits. Since co-founding deeptech investor IQ Capital in 2006, he has directed the technology strategy for the firm, which is currently seeking investments in machine learning, data-based propositions and disruptive IP. IQ Capital is currently investing from its £136m IQC Fund III.
Ed specialises in technology and strategy. He started his career with Henkel and Scientific Generics. He holds an MBA and BSc from Manchester University.
Amelia Armour, Director
Amelia is a Principal in the Early Stage Fund at Amadeus Capital Partners with an investment focus of autonomous systems, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, digital health and medical technology.
As well as sitting on the board of Paragraf she is Director at other technology companies including Riverlane, a developer of quantum software; Immense Simulations an intelligent mobility enabling software company and SLAMcore, a spin-out from Imperial College, developing spatial intelligence for autonomous robotics and drones.
Prior to Amadeus, she worked at Barclays Investment Bank as a manager in the structured capital markets team with responsibility for running a portfolio of multi jurisdiction transactions. Amelia has also worked in structured finance at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in the corporate tax department.
Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University and is a mentor on the Judge Business School’s Accelerate Programme.