Management

Management Team

David Wong - CEO

David joined in March 2010 from BOC Edwards, where he ran the ca. £400m global Vacuum Equipment Division. Has deep experience in advanced technology development targeted at the semiconductor and scientific instrument sectors, and in supplying these demanding, technology-driven customers. This, coupled with his breadth of management and operational experience, brings core expertise to the management team.

Ben Jensen - CTO

Ben's background is in the development of novel reactors used in Nanomaterials growth. Prior to founding SNS he was responsible for developing new technologies used in the hard disk drive industry and in sputter processing. He leads technical development of Vantablack coatings, and is involved with commercial engagement in new technology sectors from defence to luxury goods.

 

Lars McBride - Chairman

Following a career in corporate finance in London where he held a number of positions including Head of European Mergers & Acquisitions at Chase Manhattan, McBride has worked with a broad spread of engineering businesses for 18 years, including as president of a supplier of gas analysis equipment to the semiconductor fabrication market. He also sits on the boards of six other businesses, ranging from well-established companies to start-ups.

Board of directors

David Wong

David joined in March 2010 from BOC Edwards, where he ran the ca. £400m global Vacuum Equipment Division. Has deep experience in advanced technology development targeted at the semiconductor and scientific instrument sectors, and in supplying these demanding, technology-driven customers. This, coupled with his breadth of management and operational experience, brings core expertise to the management team.

Ben Jensen

Ben's background is in the development of novel reactors used in Nanomaterials growth. Prior to founding SNS he was responsible for developing new technologies used in the hard disk drive industry and in sputter processing. He leads technical development of Vantablack coatings, and is involved with commercial engagement in new technology sectors from defence to luxury goods.

Achim Hoffmann

Achim joined IP Group in 2013 as  Director of Tech. Previously he was  involved in setting up and running start-ups supported by the DTI and the Carbon Trust. He started his career as a chemical engineer developing new technologies and processes for a Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. This was followed by four years as a Strategy Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising mainly industrial clients. He holds a number of board positions as Chairman and NED for IP Group Tech and Cleantech Portfolio companies.

Keith Robson

Responsible for strategic direction of UniSdirect (a University of Surrey unit which works to maximize performance in research, enterprise and knowledge transfer). Before joining UniS, he was Director of Enterprise at Brunel University. Previously had a career in electronic and instrumentation manufacturing, latterly in MD roles. Took one company to a successful trade sale, and set up a spin-out in vision systems - subsequently acquired by Sumitomo.

Simon King

Joined Octopus in 2012 and focuses on early stage deal flow, screening investment opportunities and preliminary due diligence. Has an active interest in businesses focussing on hardware, IoT and machine learning. For Octopus, Simon works closely with Surrey NanoSystems, Origami Energy, Trafi and SmartKem. Previously, he was a researcher investigating novel materials for photovoltaic applications at Imperial College. Simon holds an MA and MSc in Physics and a PhD in Molecular Electronics.

Tim Bullock

Tim is a co-founder of New Wave Ventures LLP and leads its investment activities. He had a successful career in finance, with 14 years as a Managing Director with Lloyds TSB. Although coming from a finance background, Tim is more interested in innovation and the management challenges in business. He aims to spread best practice and ideas among the boards on which he represents New Wave.