About Us

Management Team – 20 year track record of success

Jim Heathcote

CEO

Jim has worked in the energy storage technology field for over 20 years. He has received international awards for ‘Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research’ on behalf of his companies. In the field of hydrogen fuel cells and electrolysers he led ITM Power PLC, as Chief Executive, from a small start up to a public quoted company inside four years.

In the 1990s Jim founded the first European Hydrogen Economy Investment Fund. Prior to this, post qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), he had a wide ranging and successful Investment Banking career working in Australia, New York and London. Previously, Jim was Senior Vice President and Head of US equity sales in the UK at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Later he was an Executive Vice President of Prudential Bache and Head of Institutional Sales for the UK, Middle East, Scandinavia and Africa.

Jim’s believes that a clean, affordable, sustainable energy system can be developed using new materials, new technology and imagination.

Dr Donald Highgate

Director of Research

Dr Highgate is the Company’s Director of Research. He is also a visiting Reader in the Division of Chemical Sciences at the University of Surrey; he is a named inventor in the IP that is the basis of this programme and works with the support of Dr Howlin and Prof Hamerton in the Company’s continuing research programme. Following a degree in physics, he then completed a PhD in the Rheology of non- Newtonian liquid systems, and with others he developed the hydrophilic materials used in the ophthalmic contact lens industry.

In 1992 he established the Hydropolymer Research Unit at the University of Surrey and generated projects worth approximately £1m. In collaboration with the Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University), Dr Highgate proposed and researched novel hydrophilic ionically conducting materials and low-cost methods for the production of fuel cell membranes and MEAs. These developments led directly to the establishment of ITM Power, of which Dr Highgate was a Founding Director, and Director of Research during the listing process. During his work with the Universities of Surrey and Cranfield he has supervised or co-supervised six PhD students, in excess of 22 MSc students and is the named inventor in 15 UK and international patents.

Subsequently he formulated and co-directed the research programme that has led to the development of the new, electrically active materials whose capacitive properties are the basis of the IP and commercial programme of Superdielectrics.

Marcus Scott FCA

Finance Director

Marcus is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with 30 years’ experience. He previously worked with Jim and Don as CFO of ITM Power Plc from 2005-2009 and helped raise over £29m in ITM’s secondary raise on AIM. His long collaboration and working relationship with the founders of Superdielectrics brings a trusted and tested executive into the team.

Previously as CFO and COO of TheCityUK for 10 years, he was responsible for leading the company’s strategy development and day to day implementation, winning the Global Excellence 2017 award for the Industry Association CFO of the year. He represented TheCityUK in the media, on overseas projects in collaboration with British Embassies around the world and gave parliamentary evidence to the Treasury Select Committee and Lord’s Home Affairs Committees on various issues affecting the Financial and related Professional Services industries, one of the UK’s most successful industries.

Philip Richards​

Chairman

Philip was a first round cornerstone investor in ITM Power Plc. He has an strong track record backing UK energy technology company start-ups, including two with current valuations of over $1bn. From 2002 he advised and helped finance ITM Power Plc through start-up to an AIM listed company (2004), he is repeating this role with the same team. He has always had a great interest in new energy technology companies and an excellent track record of backing winners.

Lord Spencer​

Non-Executive Director

Lord Spencer is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. Lord Spencer founded Intercapital in 1986 and then established NEX Group plc for focusing on technology based services enabling customers to better execute trades and manage risk. In 2018, NEX was acquired by the CME Group. Lord Spencer is also Chairman of IPGL, his private investment company, which invests in entrepreneurial companies at an early stage of their development.

Nigel Spence, FCA​

Non-Executive Director

Nigel qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in 1985. He has worked in financial accounting, taxation, corporate finance and research, at HSBC, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. He has analysed a wide variety of industries and technologies throughout the US, Europe and Asia. From 2000-2010 he was Finance Director of Wax Info Limited, a healthcare software business spun out of The Department of Clinical Informatics at Cambridge University. As Finance Director his responsibilities included fund raising and investor relations.

Ian Wright​

Non-Executive Director

Ian has been a self-employed Barrister working from Chambers in the Temple for more than 30 years.

He has degrees in both Biochemistry and Law. His areas of practice include regulatory, employment and commercial law.

He is listed in the ‘Legal 500’ for an area of regulatory law and has been retained on Part A of the Government’s Regulatory Panel of Counsel for more than 10 years.

Principal University Investigators

Dr Brendan Howlin

University of Surrey Academic Lead
Dr. Howlin has over 25 years’ experience in modelling large molecules. He is involved in computational drug design, designing new pharmaceuticals from protein and ligand modelling. He was awarded an international patent for a new cardiovascular drug in 2013, designed entirely by computer modelling. He worked for Pfizer Ltd in the mid 1980’s before coming to Surrey.

Professor Ian Hamerton

Universiy of Bristol
Professor Hamerton holds the Chair in Polymers and Composite Materials in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol. He has conducted research into high performance polymers, advanced composites, and nanocomposites since 1987 and has extensive experience of industrial project management (he has been associated with research income totalling £5.7M). He is currently the Deputy Director of the EPSRC ACCIS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and the Research Director for the EPSRC CDT in Composites, Science, Engineering, and Manufacturing.
2012
Research Programme for Bioelectronics planned
2013
Surrey University IP agreement signed, Company registered
2014
Research programme begins
2016
Surrey and Bristol Universities announce discovery of Superdielectric materials (December)
2018
Surrey and Bristol Universities announce the successful development of high energy density devices (February)
2021
Development team moves into 9,000 sq ft special-purpose facility at Chesterford Research Park
2012
Research Programme for Bioelectronics planned
2013
Surrey University IP agreement signed, Company registered
2014
Research programme begins
2016
Surrey and Bristol Universities announce discovery of Superdielectric materials (December)
2018
Surrey and Bristol Universities announce the successful development of high energy density devices (February)
2021
Development team moves into 9,000 sq ft special purpose facility at Chesterford Research Park