People

Management Team

Dr Sithamparanathan Sabesan

Paul Evans

Alastair Stewart

Dr Ian McEwan

Nigel Smith

Martin Neuhaus

Board of Directors

Bob Pettigrew, Chairman

Bob Pettigrew is an active technology investor and has served/serves on the board of a number of technology companies including Sphere Medical Devices Plc., ACAL Energy Ltd., and British Small Companies VCT2 Plc.

Professor Ian White, Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Ian White is currently Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, van Eck Professor of Engineering, and Head of the Photonic Research Group, comprising CMMPE, CPS and Photonics and Sensors, in the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge.

He currently chairs the channel model sub-task force of the IEEE 10 GbE LRM standard.

Ian’s research activity in optoelectronics and optical communications includes managing a team of 45 people publishing on average 60 papers a year. In terms of research output, the group is one of the largest in the field of optoelectronic systems in the UK.

The Institution of Electrical Engineers awarded Ian the Blumlein-Browne-Willans Prize and the Ambrose Fleming Premium Award.He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society and Editor-in-Chief of Electronics Letters.

Andrew Williamson, Board Observer

Andrew Williamson has hands on experience of building technology businesses, coupled with a venture investing background and an understanding of Cambridge and its academic institutes.

Michael Crisp, Board Observer and Co-Founder

Michael Crisp completed a MEng at Downing College, Cambridge in 2005. His PhD research on radio over fibre systems and distributed antenna systems was carried out at the Centre for Photonics Systems (CPS).

Elaine Loukes, Non-Executive Director

Elaine joined the Cambridge University Seed Funds team in 2015 and focuses on physical sciences investments. She has worked as an early-stage tech investment manager since 2001. At Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, she sourced new investment opportunities and managed the direct-investment portfolio for early-stage tech deals.

At PUK Ventures she focused on early-stage tech opportunities emerging from the public sector and UK universities. She has extensive experience in all stages of the investment process including due diligence, financial modelling, deal negotiation and investment management.

Elaine has BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (University of Strathclyde), a PhD in Physics (Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in 2000.

Moray Wright, Non-Executive Director

Moray co-founded Parkwalk, a leading early-stage technology EIS fund manager with c.£200m of assets under management in 2009.

Peter Cowley, Board Observer

Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran a dozen businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years.  He has a portfolio of over 65 angel investments with 4 good exits and several failures, and was UK Angel of the Year in 2014.

Dr Sithamparanathan Sabesan CEO and Co-Founder

See above

Advisory Board

David Gill, Advisor

David Gill is Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge. He previously set up and ran the Innovation & Technology Unit at HSBC Bank in London (1997-2004), then served as an executive director of a venture fund focused on early-stage, technology investments (2005-08).

Ian Sugarbroad, Advisor

Ian is an experienced serial entrepreneur as well as having been a Global Telecom Senior Executive earlier in his 40-year career.

Professor Richard Penty, Co-Founder

Professor Richard Penty graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences in 1986 and a PhD for research into nonlinear optical fibre devices in 1990.

Hugh Baker Smith, Advisor

Hugh Baker Smith is a Non-Executive Director and Board Advisor specialising in licensing intellectual property and selling innovative technologies into China, Japan, Korea, and North America.

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