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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gavin is a secondee from the Ministry of Defence’s research organisation, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Gavin has enjoyed a varied career at Dstl and its predecessor DERA, wider UK Government, and QinetiQ. He has also spent several years living abroad working on collaborative research projects for the UK and US governments. As a Chartered Engineer his area of specialism is electronics including software and firmware but he has also held roles in business change management giving him a broad overview of corporate operations and responsibilities.
Gavin enjoys walking in his spare time.
Clare spent a large proportion of her working career in telecommunication before joining Ploughshare in 2010. She was appointed the Operations Manager in December 2014 and 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.
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 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 socialising.
Piers is the current Chair of the Board. He spent 25 years in Financial Services with Barclays, Flemings and Bank Insinger de Beaufort NV where he was UK Chief Executive. He brings more than 15 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director within technology and commercially-orientated Public Sector organisations.
Currently, Piers holds Non-Executive positions with the Hyde Housing Association, NHS Blood and Transplant and is chair of Courier Facilities Ltd.
Piers was awarded an MBE for public service in 2009.
Andrew has over 30 years of commercial and general management experience in publicly and privately owned high-technology businesses. 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. Prior to that he was CEO of Oxford Instruments plc for nine years.
Andrew is chairman of Sphere Fluidics Ltd, a biotechnology tools company aiming to transform the search for new drugs and medicines. He is also chairman of Oxford Quantum Circuits Ltd, a spin-out from the University of Oxford, which is developing a quantum computer. He is currently the external lead on a Treasury-based project developing implementation plans to improve the commercialisation of government knowledge assets.
Andrew has a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. 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 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, 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 President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and was awarded an OBE for services to innovation in 2017.
Cerys is the Dstl Fellow for Chemical and Biological Analysis and Attribution with responsibility for the delivery of Dstl’s research and operational capability in this area to meet the requirements of Defence and Security stakeholders in the UK.
After first working at Porton Down as a sandwich student in the early 1990s, she returned to Dstl in 1999 following the completion of a PhD, to undertake research in microbial hazard assessment and the development of novel medical countermeasures before moving on to develop the CB analysis capability. Cerys is a Dstl CBR Senior Scientific Advisor (SSA), trained to provide CB tactical and strategic level advice to UK police and military in support of operations; to date she has supported prosecutions with expert witness testimony under both the Chemical and Biological Weapons Acts in the UK.
Andy is the Chief Technical Officer for Dstl with responsibility for the direction and development of organisational strategy and non-nuclear Science & Technology capabilities to support the UK’s defence, security and resilience.
He is both a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Institute of Physics, and is a Council Member of the former. He holds a visiting chair at the University of Southampton Chemistry Department, is a Fellow of the University, and chairs the Chemistry Advisory Board. He also sits on the Board of the Jill Dando Institute and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL.