Catapults

Our Team

CSA Catapult's team is comprised of talented people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines with diverse skill-sets and broad-ranging interests.

 
Kevin Crofton

Kevin Crofton

Chairman

The Catapult is chaired by Kevin T Crofton who is the President of  SPTS Technologies Limited. He is also Corporate Executive Vice President of Orbotech Ltd. Previous to his positions at Orbotech (and SPTS), Mr Crofton held executive positions at Aviza Technologies, NEXX Systems, and Lam Research Corporation. Mr Crofton is on the Executive Board of SEMI, the industry association of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. Further, Kevin is the former Chair and now member of the Governing Council of the MEMS and Sensors Industry Group.

Jonathan Lyle

Jonathan Lyle

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Lyle is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He held a number of senior roles in the Ministry of Defence, including as Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) – a government agency which works closely with companies and universities to harness innovative science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.

Stephen Duffy

Stephen Duffy

Non-Executive Director

Stephen has around twenty years experience in technical, operations and business development roles within the Semiconductor and Photonics industry. Stephen currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Optocap Ltd, a technology company offering package design and assembly services for a wide range of optoelectronic and microelectronic devices. Stephen was co-owner of Optocap Ltd for several years following a successful Management Buy-Out (MBO) from previous owners, Scottish Enterprise and was co-owner and executive director at the time of the multi-million pound trade sale of Optocap Ltd to the German multi-national TUV NORD. He now sits on the Executive Management Committee of TUV NORD Aerospace Business Unit. He has been an expert evaluator the European Commission for a number of Horizon 2020 R&D projects for semiconductors and photonics and was a previous member of the European Space Agency working group for Hybrid and Packaging of semiconductor devices. Stephen has co-authored a number of technical papers on compound semiconductors and photonics and is the author of several trade-articles on semiconductor packaging. Stephen holds BSc Hons in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics from University of Strathclyde.

Trevor Cross

Trevor Cross

Non-Executive Director

As the Chief Technology officer of Teledyne e2v, Prof.Trevor Cross brings over 30 years of technology, product innovation and commercial experience to the Catapult, which includes over ten years spent at plc board level as Technical Director. Dr Cross played a pivotal role in e2v’s university engagement programs and today leads the company’s growing Quantum Technologies activity. His experience in committee roles include council membership of the former Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, Chair of the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN, and he currently chairs Innovate UK’s Special Interest Group in Quantum Technologies.

Dr Wyn Meredith

Dr Wyn Meredith

Non-Executive Director

Dr Wyn Meredith is director of the Compound Semiconductor Centre, a new Joint Venture between IQE Plc and Cardiff University, focussed on technology translation of research and design in compound semiconductor materials and devices. Dr Meredith is also an expert advisor to the UKs Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Cardiff University Department of Physics, The UK National III-V Centre, and provides executive level advisory services to numerous SMEs in the field of semiconductor technology.

Angela Noon

Angela Noon

Non-Executive Director

Angela Noon is CFO of Siemens UK and Ireland and joined the Catapult board in January 2019 to lend her expertise to the audit and risk committee. Her experience is invaluable in ensuring that all appropriate governance and compliance is followed within the Catapult. Her support is pivotal to the next stage of the implementation of our strategy, the growth of the Catapult and driving innovation in the compound semiconductor sector.

Rob Bryan

Rob Bryan

Non-Executive Director

Rob is a solicitor with vast experience in the publicly funded STEM space and leads the only legal practice dedicated to STEM. He has held senior in-house roles with major PLCs, GEC and Courtaulds Textiles. His work on behalf of learned societies, including the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Physiological Society has caused him to advise on some of the more high profile issues that challenge STEM organisations. He is a qualified Chartered Company Secretary as well as Solicitor and is also a Non-Executive Director of the Open Data Institute. Rob is a visiting lecturer in Technology Protection & Management at Warwick University and has worked on two intellectual property cases that were successful in the House of Lords.

Martin McHugh

Martin McHugh

Acting CEO & Chief Technology Officer

Martin leads the strategic direction of the Catapult, driving its approach to accelerate UK industry’s ability to exploit advancements in compound semiconductor technologies. He also leads the strategic direction of the Catapult’s four key technology areas of power electronics, RF & microwave, photonics and advanced packaging. Martin’s wealth of technology experience has been developed through a host of technical and commercial roles with responsibilities covering the UK, Europe and North America. Prior to joining the CSA Catapult, he headed up business and technology development for Microchip’s (Microsemi Corporation) advanced packaging business where, during his 20 year tenure, he played a key role in transforming the company’s focus from analogue telecoms to wireless digital communications. Martin has also worked on over 30 Innovate UK and EU-funded collaborations worth a total of £50m over a period of 15 years and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University.

Clare Gunning

Clare Gunning

HR Director

Clare Gunning joined CSA Catapult in 2018 as interim Head of HR, later to be appointed as HR Director in December 2019. As HR Director, Clare strives to build a positive, diverse and inclusive workplace at the Catapult. After graduating as a French teacher, Clare decided to embark on her HR career back in 2004. With over 16 years’ experience in the sector, Clare is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and is passionate about promoting a healthy workplace for all employees. Her positive work in supporting mental health and wellbeing, and implementation of those strategies, has previously won her awards and was highly commended in CIPD’s National Awards. One of Clare’s aims for the Catapult is to help build a pipeline of talent for STEM careers. Her background in education and skills development has allowed her to create an innovative People strategy for the company, ensuring that professional development for staff is at the forefront of her work. Since Clare joined the Catapult, the HR team has grown the organisation from three to 70+ talented and skilled employees, in just over a year of business. In her spare time, Clare is also a WI advisor and was Chair of the Women’s Institute Home Economics and Craft Committee.

Amar Abid-Ali

Amar Abid-Ali

Chief Commercial Officer

Amar joined the Catapult in February 2019 after leading a large business development team at Future Electronics. As Chief Commercial Officer, Amar oversees the business development, communications, market research and intelligence teams, to drive the generation of commercial business and collaborative R&D projects for the Catapult. He brings with him sector specific technology and market knowledge and is experienced in the government’s four Industrial Challenge areas: Artificial Intelligence and Data, the Ageing Society, Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility.

Becky Jacobs

Becky Jacobs

Finance Director

Becky joined the Catapult in 2018 from Spire Healthcare PLC where she was Financial Controller. As part of her role, Becky led the strategic and operational finance across 14 private hospitals in the UK with total revenue of £400m and EBITDA of £100m. Prior to joining Spire Healthcare Plc she was a Financial Controller in a property development company which owned, managed and developed commercial properties in the UK, Europe and Middle East. At the Catapult, Becky oversees finance, procurement and business systems. She leads the Finance team on commercial investments, CR&D, funding and business expenditure. Becky has a degree in Accounting and Management from Cardiff University and is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA).

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