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Ian Balchin

Ian Balchin
Non-executive Chairman

Ian has 29 years of extensive experience in technology-based businesses across several sectors, optimising business performance in start-up, growth, turn-around and change situations. Ian is currently a director of several high growth companies prior to which he was chief strategy officer and deputy chairman of AIM-quoted AFC Energy plc. Previously, until 2005, Ian was with Stanelco plc as CEO during its successful growth period and with AEA Technology plc until 2000, including serving as director of New Ventures. Other positions held include executive chairman of Forensic Alliance, president of Biotec Holdings GmbH, non-executive director of Synexus, chairman of Risk Solutions and chairman of Sonomatic BV.

Neill Ricketts

Neill Ricketts
Chief Executive Officer

Neill is a graduate engineer with over 20 years of senior level experience in manufacturing and engineering companies, including several directorships of AIM-quoted companies. Neill has demonstrated success in introducing and commercialising new technology, including new materials and coatings for diverse sectors from aerospace to Formula One, including significant work in the oil and gas sector. Neill has successfully led several successful turnarounds and was a board-level director at Elektron Technology plc, a group which included Total Carbide, which at that time sat within the Elektron Ventures division.

Christopher Leigh

Christopher Leigh
Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a chartered accountant with a significant track record in the manufacturing and engineering sector. His expertise covers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, organisational restructuring and change management. He was previously chief financial officer at a leading medical recruitment agency and was group finance director of AIM-listed Elektron Technology plc for 18 years between 1992 and 2010.

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Iain Gray CBE
Non-executive Director

Iain has spent his executive career at the highest levels within the aerospace sector, initially with British Aerospace before becoming engineering director of Airbus UK. After 27 years in the sector, Iain was, in 2007, appointed chief executive of Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and was responsible for its successful development into an autonomous, independent profit centre looking to drive growth from commercial investment in new areas of technical innovation. He was recently appointed director of aerospace at Cranfield University and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Academy of Engineering.