Management Team




Dr Simon Thomas

MEng, CPhys, CEng

Simon is a Physicist, Engineer and Materials Scientist with many years’ experience in the fields of semiconductors, functional materials, solid state devices and capital equipment manufacture. With expertise in materials deposition techniques he has developed numerous new materials and structure production processes whilst progressing the general community understanding of the science of materials growth.

As an R&D company owner and high-tech development consultant Simon has focused on the development of equipment across a range of fields in conjunction with deposition processes and surface science to achieve new performance levels in existing semiconductor device structures and facilitate the capability to produce new and novel materials and devices.

Dr Ivor Guiney


Ivor has degrees in physics and engineering and has spent many years working in the semiconductor industry, both as a consultant and in various scientific roles. His focus was on solid state device physics development, epitaxial growth advancement and novel materials evolution. In his role as a senior scientist in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge he has taken charge of material deposition and characterisation for electronic and optoelectronic device projects to solve issues endemic to the semiconductor industry.

Ivor has also taken the lead on projects to develop new combinations of functional materials with a view towards linking innovative science with real-world applications. He additionally sits on the Institute of Physics Semiconductor Committee as the treasurer.

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys


Sir Colin is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is also the Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre at Cambridge on Advanced Materials: patented high temperature alloys developed in this Centre now fly in Rolls-Royce engines. He is also the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride (GaN).

In 2010/2011 he set up two companies to exploit the low-cost high-efficiency GaN-on-silicon LEDs developed by his research group. These were acquired by Plessey in 2012, which is now manufacturing LEDs based on his technology in Plymouth, UK. Professor Humphreys is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.




Dr Andrew Lynn

Andrew Lynn is an entrepreneur and executive with a focus on early-stage life-sciences and technology opportunities. Since 2014 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Fluidic Analytics Limited, a VC backed biotech developing transformational products for protein characterisation. His other current appointments include a position on the board of directors of the Cambridge Network, a seat on the Venture Prize Committee of the Worshipful Company of Amourers and Brasiers and an appointment as an Associate of Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School.

Andrew founded the regenerative medical device company Orthomimetics Ltd, based on his PhD research conducted jointly at the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then led the company as CEO from incorporation to exit. During his tenure at Orthomimetics, the company raised £7.5 million in venture capital and grant funding, established commercial-scale manufacturing capabilities and brought the flagship product through pilot clinical trials to market. In 2009, he led a process that culminated in the successful trade sale exit of the company. Dr Lynn subsequently led solid-state-lighting venture CamGaN Limited as CEO from the commencement of operations to a exit in 2012.

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

Steve was born in Manchester in the UK. He qualified as a mechanical engineer at Loughborough University and subsequently studied operations research and control theory at Churchill College, Cambridge. His early professional life was spent designing real-time safety-critical control systems. In a 35-year international career with Rolls-Royce plc he held a wide variety of roles. He led business units in the UK, USA and Germany, was Group Director of Corporate Planning and finally led the Rolls-Royce Digital business, which is responsible 24/365 for Rolls-Royce’s mission-critical real-time digital engine monitoring services.

Currently Steve holds a variety of non-executive and advisory positions. He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Parkwalk which is part of IP Group plc, Chairman of Geospock which is a Cambridge University spin out offering extreme-scale real-time geospatial database solutions and non-executive director for Mind Foundry and Paragraf. He also chairs the board of Techjet, an aerospace manufacturing company based in Israel. He is a member of the strategic advisory board of the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics and an occasional speaker at the Oxford Saïd Business School. He mentors micro-business start-ups for the young persons’ charity, The Prince’s Trust.

John Halfpenny


John has a successful track record as a Director and CXO of high tech and clean tech companies with experience in company level transactions, having grown and sold several start-ups.

As CEO he was responsible for CMR Fuel Cells’ London Stock Exchange AIM listing, was Director of Embedded Software at ARM plc and CEO at Splashpower Ltd.

He founded and sold Micrologic Solutions to ARM plc and has extensive international commercial experience, having negotiated IP licensing, outsourced manufacturing, distributor and JV agreements with organisations across Europe, China, Korea, Japan and the US.

John holds a variety of non-executive and advisory positions. He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cambridge Enterprise which is part of the University of Cambridge, Chairman of HE Ltd and non-executive director for Paragraf Ltd.

John started his career with Texas Instruments in 1982 and has a Masters’ degree in Engineering Science from The University of Cambridge.

He is also a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.