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Our Team

Our Team
Our Team
James Kirby, CEO
James Kirby, CEO

James has a 25 year track record of commercial leadership in complex technology and science based businesses, in both the private and public sectors.

He joined Ploughshare in July 2014 and is no stranger to technology or the defence sector, having worked for both QinetiQ and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl’s) predecessor. With 14 years of combining business strategy and technology ventures, he has proven expertise in spin-outs and licensing, and bringing research through to commercial success.

Away from the office, James enjoys taking to the water in his boat.

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Steve Callister, COO
Steve Callister, COO

Working closely with Ploughshare’s numerous licensees and spin-outs, Steve brings the benefits of his experience of other industries and technology transfer issues.

Steve’s early career was spent in management consultancy with Price Waterhouse, followed by various technical and general management roles with Thames Water. He then worked in business development roles for a number of small environmental companies, before leading a university spin-out business in the water sector. He has a first class BSc in Physics and a PhD in Polymer Physics from Bristol University.

Steve is often to be seen competing in road cycling events, or playing hockey for Winchester Warlocks.

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Gordon Scott, VP Business Development
Gordon Scott, VP Business Development

Working with new and existing licensees in support of the commercialisation of technology, Gordon brings a wealth of business experience to the process.

His commercial career began as business development director at InSync Technology, after which he worked for Brunel University. Prior to this he had a successful career leading product development teams in the broadcast industry. He holds an MBA from Henley.

Gordon is a competitive racquetball player, but with a young family any spare time is a rare bonus.

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Noel Botha, VP Commercialisation
Noel Botha, VP Commercialisation

Noel is an entrepreneurial business manager and innovation specialist, with a track record of success in realising commercial value from innovation.

Previously, Noel was a founding director of Orion Innovations, successfully guiding new businesses through start-up and early stage development, helping to turn-around and grow established businesses through market diversification, new venture creation, and acquisition. He has worked with government, academic and public sector research bodies, NGOs and innovation agencies to foster and accelerate innovation and growth.

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Mark Gostock, VP Commercialisation
Mark Gostock, VP Commercialisation

Mark brings extensive experience of early stage technology commercialisation, out-licensing and spin-out formation from his years within the university technology transfer sector, both with Oxford and UCL.

Previously, he directed product development of a portfolio of analytical instrument platform technologies and metrology solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, whilst at Farfield Group Ltd.

Academically, Mark complemented his Masters in Analytical Chemistry with a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Nottingham, where he developed his interest in triathlons and ultra-marathons.

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James Monks, Commercialisation Manager
James Monks, Commercialisation Manager

Having worked in industry and for Dstl, James is very well placed to help Dstl and potential partners build successful partnerships.

He has been instrumental in designing and delivering life-saving battlefield protection technology, as well as leading collaboration between the UK and international partners.

James very much enjoys a good dry Martini.

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Gerry Scott, Commercialisation Manager
Gerry Scott, Commercialisation Manager

Gerry is an experienced technology manager who has previously worked as Impact & Collaboration manager for an electronics and computer science research programme based across four UK universities. Prior to that, he worked in business development and commercialisation for the Natural Environment Research Council.

The bulk of his career has been spent in industry with multinational semiconductor companies, in a range of roles including product design, project management and leadership of an integrated circuit design group.

Outside work he enjoys music and spends too much time on DIY.

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Kerry Nuttall, Operations Manager
Kerry Nuttall, Operations Manager

Kerry has spent a large proportion of her career in the fleet and plant sector and also has experience of working with the MOD in a number of different roles including budgets and training delivery. She is responsible for the day to day running of the office and management of the Operations Team, overseeing all operational aspects of the business including IT, HR and finance.

Away from work Kerry enjoys walking her two dogs and has recently taken up Korean kickboxing.

Andrea Linscer, Finance Manager
Andrea Linscer, Finance Manager

Andrea joined Ploughshare in June 2009 and manages the financial interactions for Ploughshare, she has 20 years of experience in accounts and is a part-qualified accounting technician. Previous jobs include working for Berkeley Homes, Williams Motorsport as well as experience in a defence background having served in the WRAF.

Maureen Levey, Senior Operations Administrator
Maureen Levey, Senior Operations Administrator

Maureen has many years of experience in pensions, payroll and HR. She is adept at helping others to understand their pay and benefits and making sometimes complex information much easier to digest.

Maureen is the Senior Operations Administrator, responsible for the office administration and HR function for Ploughshare.

Currently studying for a CIPD Intermediate Diploma in HR Management. She enjoys running and socializing.

Our Board
Piers White MBE, Chairman
Piers White MBE, Chairman

Piers was appointed as Chairman to Ploughshare Innovations in 2013. He previously held a number of executive roles in financial services including; Service Director for Barclays UK branches; senior executive roles at Flemings; UK Chief Executive Officer of Insinger de Beaufort, the Anglo-Dutch private investment bank. He is also a non-executive director at Nominet, the Ordnance Survey, The Hyde Housing Association, ACS International Schools Ltd, Chair of Courier Facilities Ltd and a Governor of Croydon College. He was awarded an MBE for public service in 2009.

Andrew Mackintosh Non-Executive Director
Andrew Mackintosh Non-Executive Director

Andrew is currently chairman of Sphere Fluidics Ltd., a biotechnology tools company aiming to transform the search for new drugs and medicines. He is a member of the Steering Board of the Intellectual Property Office and of the Diplomatic Excellence panel of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as the investment panel of the Design Council’s Spark product innovation fund. Andrew has over 30 years of commercial and general management experience in publicly and privately owned high-technology businesses, during which time he has been the CEO of spin-out companies from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

His most recent executive role was as the founding chief executive of the Royal Society Enterprise Fund, a unique early-stage technology investment fund set up by the Royal Society and supported by philanthropy.

Andrew has a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.He has held non-executive director roles with several companies and served on national and regional committees concerned with technical innovation and competitiveness.He speaks fluent French and conversational Japanese.

David English, Non-Executive Director
David English, Non-Executive Director

David is the Finance Director at Dstl and previously was at the Ministry of Defence where he was the Head of Business Strategy & Governance, for the Department’s corporate finance team. During this time, he led on the MOD’s asset sales programme and managed the Department’s relationship with its Trading Funds, including Dstl. Before this he had a wide range of roles across Defence, including responsibility for approvals and performance management in Defence Equipment & Support, financial planning and scrutiny within MOD Centre, and was a Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary leading on equipment and personnel matters.

In 2005 he completed a Masters in Business Administration at Imperial College London. David originally joined the Ministry of Defence in 1996 having completed a BEng in Avionic Systems at Bristol University and some hands-on engineering with GEC Marconi.

Mike Carr, Non-Executive Director
Mike Carr, Non-Executive Director

Mike Carr, previous Chief Scientific Officer for British Telecom (BT) joined the Ploughshare Innovations board on 1 May 2016 as a non-executive director.

Mike brings experience from an extensive and esteemed international career in telecommunications, related research and associated innovation having developed BT’s licensing and venturing business.

Mike also has other board roles including Innovate UK, the Enterprise Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Ordnance Survey and Astigan Ltd. an Ordnance Survey joint venture. Mike is currently Deputy President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and was awarded an OBE for services to innovation in 2017.

Professor Penny Endersby, Non-Executive Director
Professor Penny Endersby, Non-Executive Director

Penny is the division head of Cyber and Information Systems Division in Dstl, where she has significantly built up the intellectual property portfolio.

Following a degree in Physics from Cambridge University, Penny has had a long career in the defence industry, starting in the field of armour and explosives before broadening to run Dstl’s Physical Sciences Department. She holds a visiting professorship in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University. Penny is also a fellow and former council member of the Institute of Physics and Hon Treasurer of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.