Management Team - 20 year track record of success

Jim Heathcote


Jim Heathcote has worked in energy storage technology for over 20 years. He has received international awards for ‘Excellence in the field of environmental technology research’ on behalf of his Companies. Jim and Dr Highgate have been working together for the last 20 years.

Dr Donald Highgate

Director of Research

Don Highgate has worked with advanced polymers for over 40 years. He led the team that created materials used for extended wear contact lenses and developed the materials used by ITM Power PLC for use in fuel cells and electrolysers.

Nigel Spence, FCA

Finance Director

Nigel Spence studied Chemistry with Jim in the 1970s. 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.


Research Programme for Bioelectronics planned


Surrey University IP agreement signed, Company registered


Research programme begins


Surrey and Bristol Universities announce discovery of Superdielectric materials (December)


Surrey and Bristol Universities announce the successful development of high energy density devices (February)