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Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, FAA FTSE
Thomas is the Founding Chairman of Gelion Technologies. He is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and served as Founding Director of the new A$150m Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology (“Sydney Nano”).
In 2001, he was one of the founding Professors of Avantium, a Dutch High-tech company that listed in 2017 on Euronext with a current market cap of A$345m. He is also co-founder of the privately held Licella, a waste to fuels and chemicals company.
In 2011, he was elected youngest Foreign Member of the Academia Europea as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and, in 2014, of the Royal Society of NSW (Australia’s oldest scientific society).
He has authored 290+ publications (including 25 patents and 22 book chapters) and been cited 8500+ times. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and received many awards, including the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions (2012), RACI Applied Research Award (2011) and the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2007).
He has held positions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse), and was appointed to Professor and Department Head at the Delft Institute of Chemical Technology (1998), becoming Vice-Chairman of that Institute in 2000. He returned in late 2003 to the University of Sydney to ARC Future and Federation Fellowships.
Dr Donald Hector
Director & Co-Founder
Donald Hector AM is a founding board member of Gelion. He has extensive experience in large-scale industrial processing and the evaluation and commercialisation of new technologies and previously was managing director of Dow Corning Australia and the executive director responsible for the Australian/New Zealand, ASEAN and Indian subsidiaries of Dow Corning Corporation, a high-technology, American multi-national company. He was also managing director of Asia Pacific Specialty Chemicals Ltd, an ASX-listed specialty chemicals and food additives company and has been a non-executive chairman and director of ASX-listed and private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Donald has a PhD in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, of the Institution of Engineers (Australia), of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow and the immediate past President of the Royal Society of NSW. He is a Member of the Order of Australia.
Dr Len Humphreys
Director & Co-Founder
Dr Len Humphreys was instrumental in the conception and development of Licella’s technology and is the inventor of a number of patents around the Catalytic Hydro-Thermal process, Cat-HTR.
Len is a chartered chemist and the former Director and Managing Director of several renewable energy companies including Novera Energy, a renewable energy company now listed on the AIM in the UK and also the ASX listed company IBA Health (now I-Soft), a healthcare IT software provider.
In addition Len held Managing Director and Regional President roles inside the European Invensys Group of companies.
Invensys is one of the world’s largest IT, process control and industrial process automation conglomerates. In Europe, Len was a senior executive inside the Mannesmann Group, the German multinational specialising in engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications; in particular he was CEO of the Hartmann and Braun process Analytical Division based in the UK.
Kim Sides (Thompson)
Director & Co-Founder
Kim is a Gelion founding board member and an experienced executive in the Real Estate/ Construction industry. She is currently based in Asia as Commercial & Finance Director for the ~$A3b TRX Lifestyle Quarter joint venture between Lendlease and the Malaysian Government.
Kim was most recently part of the Executive team delivering Lendlease’s landmark Barangaroo South project in Sydney.
With degrees in Law and Commerce (with a Marketing major) from UNSW and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia, Kim brings an enquiring and challenging mind to her Director role with Gelion Technologies.
Kim’s foundation legal training was at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), including 5 years as an equity partner in the Sydney based Projects & Investments team.
Chairman Gelion UK
Dr Steve Mahon is CEO of Armstrong and also a co-founder. He has had a successful career in commercialising low carbon technologies with over 15 years in the sector and a track record in selecting and managing high growth low carbon companies, both in the private and public markets. He combines a detailed understanding across a wide range of clean technologies with the first hand experience of growing early stage businesses and delivering shareholder returns having been involved in the investment or management of over 25 businesses.
Prior to establishing Armstrong, Steve co-founded Low Carbon Investors Limited (LCI), a Guernsey based fund management company which advised Low Carbon Accelerator Limited, the AIM listed early-stage technology fund. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited (LCIUK) established with Downing LLP (Downing), the UK’s first dedicated feed-in-tariff fund, the Downing Low Carbon EIS and went on to advise Downing on the investment of more than £45m in feed-in-tariff projects in solar and wind assets.
Before establishing LCI, Steve had been a main Board member of Pursuit Dynamics plc, during which time it was the top performing small cap engineering stock on AIM; and of Sentec Ltd, the smart grid technology specialist, that became one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe. Steve started his career in Qinetiq and managed a business unit commercialising advanced materials. He has a first class degree and PhD in Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
Senior Project Manager
Kerry joined the Gelion team in February 2018 as Senior Project Manager. Kerry has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a Masters of Science (Physics/Materials) and certification in Project Management.
Kerry previously worked in Research and Development / entrepreneurial set-ups and has a comprehensive understanding of design manufacturing and industrial environments She is a highly experienced, commercially astute, hands-on Project Manager.
Most recently in her role as Project Manager for a global defence and aerospace company, Kerry has had project management responsibility for a portfolio of avionics projects with budgetary responsibility in excess of $16 million dollars.
Emma has over twenty five years, operational, commercial and human resources experience, including senior management, executive and HR Director appointments across a number of industries including FMCG, Healthcare and Retail in the UK, Europe and Australia.
Prior to joining Ignite Energy Resources in 2013, Emma provided HR consultancy services to entrepreneurial start-ups and small businesses.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD) equivalent to a Fellow of AHRI (Australia Human Resources Institute).
Finance and Adminstration Consultant
Ali Bowles joined Gelion in July 2017 and provides financial and administrative support to the team. Prior to joining Gelion Ali worked for Biointelect, an Australian Biopharmaceutical consultancy, providing organisational and financial support during its start-up phase. Ali also has extensive experience across both Pharmaceuticals and Retail following roles undertaken previously in the UK.
Andrea is currently Marketing and Communications Manager at Ignite Energy Resources and Licllea. Prior to this Andrea has over ten years’ experience in a variety of sales, marketing and communication roles within the pharmaceutical and resources industry. Andrea is experienced leading cross functional teams and managing multimillion dollar brands including Botox, Juvederm, Nasonex, Elocon, Valtrex and Evista. Andrea has a BA Hons and a Diploma in Marketing.
Andrea is a consultant for Gelion related to marketing and corporate communication, including shareholder and investor engagement, digital strategy, media and corporate communications.
Robin Chamberlayne is a chartered financial planner and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He formed Progressive Strategic Solutions in 1997, which was one of the first chartered firms in the UK. Progressive provides holistic financial advice and tax planning strategies to high net worth individuals and businesses. Robin has been actively involved in the creation and operation of numerous companies with a focus in the energy sector, he is a director of Armstrong Energy Ltd.
Since 2009 Robin has held board positions with Downing and ProVen Venture Capital Trusts covering both the generalist and renewable energy sectors