CSA Catapult Launches Non-executive Board

Date: 16.06.2017

Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult launches its non-exec board

The South Wales-based, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult has announced the appointment of four of the UK’s leading experts in the field to its non-executive board of directors.

The appointments included Dr Trevor Cross, group chief technology officer of Teledyne e2v; Stephen Duffy, commercial director of Optocap; Jonathan Lyle, chief executive of Dstl, and; Dr Wyn Meredith, director of the Cardiff-based Compound Semiconductor Centre.

According to data from BCC Research and MarketsandMarkets, the compound semiconductor market is forecast to rise to £75-125bn by 2025.

The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult supports industry’s ability to access and exploit UK advancements in compound semiconductor technologies. Key to this is the Catapult’s work to ensure that the advancements resulting from ground-breaking UK research and development activities successfully translate into real-world commercial applications.

Commenting on the appointments, Kevin Crofton, chairman of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, said: “Today’s appointments represent a crucial step in establishing a world-class facility to help commercialise compound semiconductor technology in the UK. The Catapult complements other investments in region, including the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and the Compound Semiconductor Centre, as part of the CS-Connected cluster in South Wales.

“Integral to its success is the intention to create an environment that accelerates product development, drawing on the UK’s leading-edge research, to address a growing global market. Each member of our board brings with them an in-depth understanding of the UK’s R&D activity as well as the specific needs of the end-user markets we seek to target. The level of insight and experience brought by the newest members of our board will be invaluable in developing effective routes for commercialisation, and solidifying the UK’s global standing in industry.”

The newest members of the Catapult board represent a cross section of the country’s leading academic and commercial compound semiconductor industry.

As the group chief technology officer of Teledyne e2v, Dr Trevor Cross brings over 30 years of commercial experience to the Catapult, which includes over ten years spent at board level. A former council member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, Dr Cross played a pivotal role in e2v’s university engagement programs. Additionally, he previously served as chair of the Technology Strategy Board led Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN, and currently chairs Innovate UK’s Special Interest Group in Quantum Technologies.

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.

Stephen Duffy currently serves as the Commercial Director at Optocap Ltd, but will assume the position of CEO in June 2017. A technology company, Optocap offers contract package design and assembly services for semiconductor devices. Stephen was Co-Owner of Optocap Ltd and a key part of the management team that purchased Optocap from Scottish Enterprise, and later sold the company to German Multi-National TUV NORD. Mr Duffy now sits on the Executive Management Committee of TUV NORD Aerospace Business Unit.

Finally, bringing relevant experience from the public sector, Jonathan Lyle is the 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. He is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has held a number of senior roles in the Ministry of Defence.