Chairman

Alan Thomson Non-Executive Chairman

June 2016

Committee membership

Nomination
Remuneration

Background

Holds a Masters degree from Glasgow University
and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant with
the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

External appointments
Chairman of: 
Bodycote PLC 
Hays PLC 
Non-Executive Director of Alstom SA
 
Previous appointments
Chairman of: 
Polypipe Group plc 
Senior Independent Director 
Johnson Matthey plc 
Non-Executive Director of Laporte plc 
Chief Financial Officer Smiths Group plc
 

Executive Directors

Ian BarkfireIan Barkshire
Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board

November 2015

Committee membership

None

Background

Holds a BSc and DPhil in Physics from the University of York. He is a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. He has extensive experience of operating business and technology management across the Oxford Instruments Group and has held roles including NanoCharacterisation Divisional Head and Technical Director.

External appointments

Advisory Board Member:
University of York Department of Physics

Previous experience

Senior Principal Scientist:
GEC-Marconi Materials Technology

Research Fellow:
University of York



Gavin Hill Gavin Hill
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board

May 2016

Committee membership

None

Background

Holds a degree in Economics and Agricultural Economics from the University of Exeter. He is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

External appointments

None

Previous experience

Group Finance Director:
Synergy Health PLC

Corporate Finance Director:
Serco Group PLC
Syngenta AG
AstraZeneca plc

Non-Executive Directors

Professor Sir Richard FriendProfessor Sir Richard Friend
Senior Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board

September 2014

Committee membership

Audit and Risk
Remuneration
Nomination

Background
Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Cavendish Professor of Physics and a Fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors.  His research advances have shown that these materials have significant applications in LEDs, solar cells, lasers, and electronics.  He was knighted for “services to physics” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2003.  He has also been directly involved in the commercialisation of technology through several spin-out companies from the University of Cambridge.
 
External appointments
Non-Executive Director of:
Azuri Technologies Limited
Eight19 Limited
Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership
 
Previous experience

Non-Executive Director:
Cambridge Display Technology
Plastic Logic Limited
Cambridge Enterprise



Thomas GeitnerThomas Geitner
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board

January 2013

Committee membership
Audit and Risk
Nomination 
Remuneration, Chairman
 
Background

Extensive international experience in the technology and engineering sectors, having spent over 30 years in businesses operating across the globe.

External appointments
Chairman of:
Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems AG Switzerland

Non-Executive Director of:
Supervisory Board of Constantia Flexibles GmbH Vienna
 
Previous experience
Non-Executive Director of:
BBC Worldwide Ltd 
Singulus Technologies AG
 
Executive Director of:
Vodafone Group Plc 
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA 
RWE AG

Mary Waldner Mary Waldner
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board

February 2016

Committee membership

Audit and Risk, Chairman
Nomination
Remuneration

Background
Holds a MA in Physics from Oxford University and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
 
External appointments
Chief Financial Officer:

Lloyd’s Register

 
Previous experience

Group Finance Director:
Ultra Electronics Holdings plc


Director, Group Finance:
QinetiQ Group plc


Group Finance Controller:
3i Group plc

 

Board Committees

Audit and Risk

ME Waldner, Chairman; TO Geitner; RH Friend,

Remuneration

TO Geitner, Chairman; AM Thomson ; RH Friend, ME Waldner,

Nomination

AM Thomson, Chairman; TO Geitner; RH Friend, ME Waldner

Administration

Any two Directors